Staying at Disney’s Art of Animation and Disney’s Pop Century Resort

Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Art of Animation are arguably the best Value category resorts at Walt Disney World Resort. Their proximity to the parks and the fact that it is located along the Disney Skyliner System, make these resorts convenient and just a steps from a plethora entertainment and dining options. The resorts are considered sister resorts as they are located side-by-side and from time to time, may share transportation.

Why is the Disney Skyliner so awesome?

The Disney Skyliner gives you the ability to glide through the Florida sky to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and EPCOT.

It connects fabulous Walt Disney World Resorts, such as Disney’s Caribbean Beach, Riviera Resort, Boardwalk Inn and Villas and Yacht and Beach Club. Since the Skyliner connects so many resorts, dining options are aplenty.

Shopping and entertainment along Disney’s Boardwalk Inn makes a great stop on the Skyliner on a non-park day. Whether you rent Surrey Bikes or catch jugglers or other performers, there is almost always something happening on the Boardwalk. Just steps away from Boardwalk Inn, you will find Fantasia Gardens, one of two Walt Disney World resorts mini-golf location.

They are budget friendly. Disney magic makes these two Value resorts some of the best choices for families looking for convenience while also being budget conscious.

Pop Century

All rooms at Disney’s Pop Century Resort are traditional hotel rooms with either two Queen beds or one King bed. The resort buildings are themed based on American pop culture by decades, starting with the 1950’s and going up until the 1990’s.

The 2 Queen beds rooms offer a one a fold down Murphy bed that also doubles as a table when the bed is up and another queen bed. There are a limited number of King bed rooms and some rooms are connecting.

Disney’s Pop Century resort room categories are based on proximity to transportation, main building and feature pool. Every Walt Disney World Resort has one feature pool and then several other quiet pools. The Quiet pools don’t typically have lifeguards, entertainment or slides. They are purely pools for relaxation.

The 1950s and 1960s buildings are Preferred category rooms that are the closest to everything. When you stay in a Standard category room, you are likely to stay in the 90’s building, which is the furthest from amenities.

Art of Animation

Understanding the resort room offerings and booking categories is key at both of these resorts. At Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, the resort is centered with Nemo themed Family Suites. These rooms offer sleeping for up to six adults, have two bathrooms and a kitchenette area in the main living space. Family Suites offer a primary bedroom with it’s own bathroom and then a main living space with two fold down/pull out double beds with the kitchenette and shower/tub bathroom. There are two other sections at this resort that are also family suites, those being Lion King and Cars.

The Nemo Suites are the closest to the Disney Skyliner, main building, and the feature pool. By Disney standards, this means they are the Preferred location and thus usually are the most expensive location to stay at the resort.

Understanding the location of your room category is crucial when calculating your distance to the quick service and transportation.

The furthest buildings from the transportation and main building are the Little Mermaid rooms, which are standard style hotel rooms with two queen beds. Thus, while these are cute and get the job done, they will be the furthest walk to everything. They are also on the smaller side for square footage.

Overall these two Walt Disney World value resorts have the Disney level of detail and service you know and love at a great price point and location. If you the location of the room category you are considering and what it will mean for your vacation logistics and access to services, you will have a fantastic time at either of these resorts.

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