In total, this resort has 864 standard Little Mermaid rooms and 1,120 Cars, Lion King and Finding Nemo family suites. The standard rooms will hold up to 4 people plus a small child (under 3) in a crib. The suites hold up to 6.
We stayed in the Cars Suite and this turned out to be a great choice! My husband (a car guy) thought the small details were the best - the street cone lamp shades and entertainment center that looks like a tool box were our favorites. Even the bathrooms had the Cars theme in the décor. But the one thing that stood out the most was how much storage space this suite has. The amount of storage space is by far, the best of any Disney resort I have stayed at. These 565 square feet suites can fit up to 6 people and I know that when I recommend this resort for large families, they will fit comfortably. There is one separate bedroom, an eating area where the table makes into a bed, 2 bathrooms, a sitting area with sofa that makes into a bed and a kitchenette area. The kitchenette was stocked with paper plates, paper towels, utensils and small kitchen gadgets. The mini-fridge was not so mini - it was rather large and the birthday cake fit with plenty of room to spare. There was also a microwave and coffee maker with different coffee and tea options. Plenty of counter space too. See more details and floor plans of the rooms on the Walt Disney World page under the Resorts section.
There are 3 heated pools with the main pool (also famous as the largest pool of any Disney resort) located in the middle of the property just outside the Animation Hall in the Finding Nemo Courtyard. A cool feature of this pool is the underwater music that you can hear clearly and it was fun to go under and see what song was playing. There is a splash area for the kids and resort staff are on hand to host pool games. There is also a pool in the Little Mermaid Courtyard and another pool in the Cars Courtyard. These other pools are much smaller in comparison but do carry the theme of the courtyard and are much less crowded.
There is also an arcade, gift shop, a themed playground for the little ones and in the evening, you can catch Disney movies under the stars. This resort provides plenty of activities for the day of arrival or if you have some time on your departure day and are wondering what to do.
I enjoyed the Landscape of Flavor food court that has a variety of options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can use your dining plan here for a quick service meal or snack. There is plenty of seating so even at busy times you are able to find a good spot. There is also a poolside snack bar and a pizza delivery service. Please note that the pool side snack bar has rather long lines and you may be waiting for a bit.
PRO TIP: Bring some individual cereal cups from home and use your snack credit for milk for a quick, easy and inexpensive breakfast in your room before heading to the park.
To sum things up, here's my top picks of what I enjoyed and what I though was a bummer.
The Magic List
#5 The Food Court. The selections and especially the desserts at the food court are phenominal. You will never run out of choices here!
#4 The Convenient Laundry Room. The self service laundry offers many washers and dryers for those emergency situations!
#3 The Cleanliness. Not only are the exterior and public spaces well kept but the housekeeping is top notch!
#2 The Friendly Service. Everyone is genuinely happy to assist with anything you might need!
#1 The Accommodations. The themed suites and the standard rooms are well appointed and the detail oin the theming is second to none. You'll love it!
The Not So Magical List
#1 Some Room Locations. This is a huge resort and some of the standard rooms are really far from Animation Hall which is the main hub of activity of the resort. You will be in for a little walk to get to and from your room if you plan on enjoying the activities in the main public areas.
Wow, that was the only thing I found that was a bummer. I'd say that's pretty decent! Since I have more room to spare, please enjoy this picture of Mickey Mouse!
Not just an obsessed theme park fan, I am also a professional theme park private guide, I own Orlando for Families, a vacation services company and I also own a full service travel agency in Orlando. I am a graduate of the College of Disney Knowledge, and also a certified specialist by Universal Orlando Resorts. I hold specialist certificates from Visit Orlando and Visit Florida as well.
I'm a busy professional and mom of two who enjoys visiting Walt Disney World several times a week, staying at theme park resorts (and off-site hotels) several times a month and dining in the parks and around Orlando every day.
I tell it like it is and hopefully my experiences, whether good or bad, will help guide you in the right direction on your next vacation to Orlando!