I always dread the last morning on the ship. We had to be at breakfast by 7:00 a.m. We had one last meal with our fantastic servers, and we were off the ship by 8:00 a.m. We breezed through customs and quickly got back on our private van shuttle, which took us to Disney's Art of Animation Suites.
We were all in foul moods...from lack of sleep mostly, but we also lost our passports and had to deal with the aftermath of one of our kids writing on one of the seats in the van. So imagine how grateful we were when we checked in to the Art of Animation Suites somewhere around 9:00 a.m. and our room was already ready! We were elated to have a place to crash, even if just for a few minutes to pull ourselves together. (We did find our passports, thank goodness!)
We received this activity sheet when we checked in:
We had a suite in the Finding Nemo section of the resort. The suite has a separate bedroom and sleeps up to 6 people. The kitchen table, which folds out to a bed:
Here is the kitchen table when it becomes a bed:
Once we settled in, we decided to go check out the resort. Originally, our plan was to swim...but it was only 47 degrees!
First, the kids played at this playground close to our room:
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While the boys played at Disney Quest, I took Alyssa to the World of Disney store to buy a toy. Then we went back to our room to take a nap.
The next day, our flight didn't leave until 5:00 p.m. We had a breakfast reservation at 'Ohana with Lilo, Stitch, Mickey and Pluto. To get there, we had to take a bus to the Magic Kingdom, and from there we took a boat to the Polynesian Resort. We were only at the restaurant for an hour, but each character made it to our table twice. They were moving through faster than usual!
Overall, we really liked the Art of Animation resort. Here are some pros and cons:
* Disney theming
* Suites that fit 6 people
* Separate bedroom for parents
* Buses and food court are close to all rooms
* Main pool has underground music
* Refrigerator/microwaves in suites--can make breakfast on your own
* Resort is not too big--we found it easy to walk
* Suites have doors on inside hallways (instead of opening to the outside)
* No water slides or hot tubs
* The resort is spread over many buildings, so if it's raining you have to get wet to get to the food court or buses (unlike Wilderness Lodge, for example, where everything is contained in one building)
Up next: Final thoughts on our trip