We had an awesome time during our Disney World in November. Not only did we stay at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and take Disney’s new MagicBands for a spin, we also celebrated my nephew’s very first trip to Disney World and we did it the only way we know how…4 parks in 4 days.
We really love staying on the Disney Resort because, not only is it magical, it’s convenient and affordable. Because we’re a military family, Disney offers discounted tickets AND discounted resort rates on all of it’s properties, including its value resorts. With a group of seven, it made sense for us to book a family suite to save money while not skimping on the Disney magic.
One of the biggest reasons we stay on resort is that transportation and parking costs are included as an amenity. Rather than pay $15 to park our car each park day, we pocket that $60 and put it towards our lodging costs. And if we don’t want to drive we can always take the free resort transportation.
My family arrived ahead of my sister’s family, so we were responsible for getting check-in handled. When we arrived, we knew that the very first thing we’d need is our MagicBands. We popped those on and huddled up for a pre-resort pump up session.
Before we’d arrived, I installed the My Disney Experience App on my iPhone so I could link up our tickets and reservation to our Magic Bands. I was also able to do an online check-in for our resort to expedite our registration process once we arrived at the resort.
Our MagicBands served as our room key and charge account all in one. They’re totally waterproof so you can take them to the pool, water parks, or brave Splash Mountain without a worry.
Disney resorts, value or otherwise, are just breathtakingly awesome. Our Art of Animation Cars Themed Family Suite really did get us in the magical mood.
Our suite comfortably accommodated 3 children and 4 adults. There are two “rooms” in the suite. One room has a queen bed and private bathroom (shower, no tub). The other room operates as the common area with a pull-out couch, table-murphy bed (super cool and the better mattress), kitchenette (sink, small fridge/freezer, microwave), and bathroom (shower with tub).
While waiting on my sister to arrive along with her husband and my nephew, we took a walk around the resort. Disney resorts are unlike any other resort experience in the world hands-down. We couldn’t stop oohing and ahhing and pointing and smiling.
The girls were totally goo-goo for ga-ga over the room and honestly, it just took their Disney experience to a whole new level. La Rubia was finally old enough to “get it” and she was bubbling over with excitement.
We’re already starting to think Disney 2014 and we’re pretty sure that we’ll be back to the Art of Animation again!
What’s your favorite Disney Resort?