During our most recent Disney World trip, we stayed in a Cars Suite at the Art of Animation Resort. We have stayed at AOA twice before, in both a Lion King Suite and standard Little Mermaid Room. I made a post about AOA and will be updating it for this section as well…so now we just need to stay in the Finding Nemo Suites!
I have to admit, since AOA opened, we always said “We probably won’t ever stay in the Cars area” because we liked the theme the least out of the 3 suite themes, except for the cars outside.
Man, not only were we wrong, but it sure is funny how your kids can completely change your viewpoint on things. While we would have been happy in any suite, we specifically requested Cars because of Trent. He had a Cars party this year, and has really gotten into the movie (the first one!), so we thought he would just be elated with this section of the resort.
We visited this section during our first visit (Trent’s first trip) so that he could take pictures with all of the Cars in the area. He didn’t know much about them then, but he was over the moon running to each Car. This time, he knew all their names and was so excited to see them ever time we were outside of the room. Unfortunately, we waited too late to take pictures with them and they had temporary fences around each car during our last two days in order to renovate the ground around them. So here’s a photo from our first visit instead 😉
Our room was really close to the pool, parking lot and main building. We had the very first room on the first floor in this building. It was the perfect spot except that since we were the very first room on the first floor, we were right next to the door to get in and out of the building. Convenient, yes, but very loud. The door itself wasn’t the worst part, although it was quite the loud bang each time it closed. The worst part was all the inconsiderate people that think it’s ok to yell down the hall to their family members, or to stand by the door while their kids screams and cries, or to just be as loud as possible at all hours of the day and night without regard to the people that may have babies napping or sleeping 3 feet away on the other side of a door. This is something that really irritates me when we are on vacation…other people and their inconsiderate tendencies. But, there’s not much you can do about it (I did go an knock on a door once while at the Contemporary – you can hear everything in the older hotels – it’s so bad).
With all that being said, if you want convenience and are a heavy sleeper, I would definitely recommend this room. If not, pick a room on another floor and away from doors and elevators.
Once you enter, our room had the tables and chairs to the left, the living area with the tv and kitchenette straight ahead, and bathroom to the right.
This table actually pulls out to a bed. This is where Brett and Trent slept, which is probably why it was so loud for them seeing that it’s the closest to the door, but after one night on the pull-out sofa bed, Brett thought this bed was much more comfortable.
The living area with tv, pull-out sofa bed, and kitchenette area.
With kids, this kitchenette area was used quite a bit and was very beneficial to us. I didn’t use the coffee machine, but it was so nice to have everything else, like the microwave to warm up leftovers for the kids whenever we’d be hanging out in the room and the sink to wash sippy cups and reusable mugs. It also came stocked with things like paper towels, plastic utensils, cups, bowls and plates.
We brought snacks, fruit, applesauce, juice and milk to keep in here for the kids.
Bathroom #1 is pretty standard with the sink area separate from the tub and toilet.
The main bedroom is a separate room with a door; perfect for sleeping babies when the other kid is still awake and you don’t want them to be disturbed.
The “master” bathroom is all one room with a walk-in shower.
I love the design of the shower.
You’ll find sprinklings of Cars images throughout the suite. This is the shower curtain in bathroom #1.
These next two images are from art on the walls.
The carpet has little cones all over it.
The table has “post cards” designed on top…yes, I actually tried to grab one before I realized what it was. D’oh!
The safe is in the master bedroom. It’s not that deep, but it’s pretty tall. Here you can see my Macbook Pro fits inside nicely.
Don’t forget there is a hidden panel under your TV for any accessories you need to bring or charge; no need to fish around behind the tv.
**TIP** Notice the HDMI port? Well we all know the TV stations in the rooms are fairly limited (they want you to spend time in the parks). Well, if you are having trouble finding something for your kids to watch, you could always plug in a HDMI dongle like Chromecast and stream shows from your phone or Ipad to the TV!
Art of Animation is one of our favorite resorts at WDW – so fun and colorful and the kids love it too! It just need monorail access to Magic Kingdom and we’ll be set!
To see our original AOA review, click here!