Many casual tourists are quick to say Walt Disney World is just for kids, with its princesses, carousels, and magical fairy tale lands. But Disney fans are just as quick to say that Disney theme parks and resorts are for kids of all ages, just as Walt Disney himself intended when he decided to create Disneyland decades ago. The first wing of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort lies distinctly in-between these two camps, certainly entertaining both kids and adults, but leaving the latter with less to enjoy on their own.
In recently attending the grand opening of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and its “Finding Nemo” wing and spending a night there, I greatly enjoyed exploring its colorful, detail-rich grounds and swimming in its massive Big Blue Pool. But as a married-without-children 31-year-old, I did find myself feeling a bit out of place among families with kids, running through the Nemo-themed water play area and splashing around the zero-entry pool.
Alas I am a Disney fan, able to enjoy giant representations of Crush, Mr. Ray, Dory, and the rest of the “Finding Nemo” gang, along with the rest of the new hotel’s artwork and design, just as much as any young kid does, if not more so with a greater appreciation for the creative process behind it all. But while I highly encourage all Walt Disney World visitors to explore Disney’s Art of Animation Resort no matter how young or old they are, a night’s stay there may not be right for those without kids looking for a nice, quiet place to settle in for the day.
Taking a look around my 4th floor “Finding Nemo” family suite with a pool view in the video below, it becomes obvious that only the biggest Disney/Pixar adult fans will enjoy this colorful temporary home.
Video: Finding Nemo wing 4th floor family suite tour at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
Before getting into the details of what is and isn’t good about spending a night inside one of these new suites, let’s take a step back outside the building.
Disney storytelling is present in nearly everything they create. Here, guests are joining the “Finding Nemo” characters as they hit the EAC (East Australian Current), “swimming” all the way to their rooms. The EAC experience begins outside each of the “Finding Nemo” wing buildings, with painted lines swirling into the entrance.