Finishing Up the Walt Disney World Trip Report

When I left off last week, I was leaving Disney’s Hollywood Studios on our last full day at Walt Disney World.  Now, some folks will go and visit a theme park before they catch Disney’s Magical Express to the Orlando Airport on their last partial day. Brooke and I chose to visit Disney’s Art of Animation Resort instead.

IMG_8735

The morning started off with one last Mickey Waffle. Then, we got on a bus to EPCOT. From there, we caught a bus to Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.

IMG_8737

Since we had plenty of time to kill, we headed off to see all the fun wings of this resort. Up first is the Lion King wing.

IMG_8742

It was rather windy, but we had a lot of fun taking pictures, making memories.

IMG_8747

Hakunah Matata!

IMG_8748

There was even an elephant graveyard to play in. Watch out for those hyenas though.

IMG_8750

Scar sits that the other end.

IMG_8751

Right past the Lion King wing is the Little Mermaid wing. This is Brooke’s favorite. It’s also the only wing that is not suites. We haven’t stayed at this resort because this is also the only wing I don’t get my discount at. Although, Brooke and I have decided that we will stay at the Art of Animation the next time we head out to Walt Disney World. Discount or none, we both think that we need to stay here.

IMG_8753

In the middle of the wing is a larger than life Ursula.

IMG_8759

King Triton sits right across from Ursula.

IMG_8756

Sebastian hangs out by the pool!

IMG_8760

Right at the front of the wing is Prince Eric’s statue.

IMG_8764

For those interested, Disney’s Art of Animation sits across the lake from Disney’s Pop Century Resort. There is a bridge that connects the two. I believe there is also a runDisney running path that goes between the two resorts. Next time I visit, I’ll have to run on it.

IMG_8778

The next wing we came to is the Finding Nemo wing.

IMG_8777

Squirt hangs out by the pool.

IMG_8779

Crush is nearby. Also Nemo and Marlin are by the pool.

IMG_8786

The last wing to explore is the Cars wing.

IMG_8785

Welcome to Radiator Springs East!

IMG_8789

The Cozy Cone Motel is the pool at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.

IMG_8804

All the cones provide a cabana like feel.

IMG_8790

No Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree here.

IMG_8792

However, Mater is always up for a quick selfie!

IMG_8796

At the end is the Wheel Well Motel.

IMG_8798

IMG_8802

No big deal. Just chillin’ with Lightning McQueen!

IMG_8803

IMG_8806

What I love about the Cars wing is that it reminds me of Cars Land at Disney California Adventure. They have tried to re-create Radiator Springs. This would be totally fun if I had kids. I’m sure they would have fun playing around the various cars.

IMG_8810

After visiting all the wings, we headed back to Animation Hall for lunch.

IMG_8811

The dining at Disney’s Art of Animation should not be missed just for the ambiance.

IMG_8814

Look! Ariel’s trove with treasures untold.

IMG_8815

I love all the backgrounds from the various movies like Finding Nemo

IMG_8818

and the Lion King. All without the characters. It’s just the backgrounds.

IMG_8820

Art is everywhere. Even in the restroom. They have Mater in the Men’s room.

IMG_8821

I love the lobby with all the artwork!

IMG_8824

Concept Lightning McQueen!

IMG_8826

Ariel…

IMG_8827

Mater…

IMG_8828

and Simba.

IMG_8829

The way they’ve designed the artwork is that it flows  from the sketch work all the way to finished, colored in renderings.

IMG_8830

They even have artwork included with the lighting. If you’re ever trying to come up with something to do on your last partial day or to fill in some time outside of a theme park, I highly recommend checking out Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.

IMG_8831

After roaming around Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, it was time to catch a bus back to the All Star Resorts. I had the chance to run through all three of them earlier. However, Brooke didn’t get to see the All Star Music Resort. So, we started there.

IMG_8832

Of course, what she really wanted to see was the Ariel at one of the pools. Who knew that Ariel played guitar?

IMG_8835

The pool that Ariel is at is super cool. It’s in the shape of a piano, complete with keyboard!

IMG_8836

On the way back to the bus, I got to walk through the Mighty Ducks wing of the All Star Movies Resort which I had not run through.

IMG_8837

How fun is the pool? Goofy is the goalie!

IMG_8838

The Mighty Ducks wing was right by the wing we stayed in for our trip…the 101 Dalmatians wing.

IMG_8840

I was told that there are 101 dalmatians in this wing. Pretty impressive!

IMG_8842

One of them was watching TV!

IMG_8843

Then, of course, the adult dalmatians are the larger than life variety.

IMG_8845

On the way to the lobby, I had to grab a quick picture of Sorcerer Mickey at this pool.

IMG_8847

In the lobby of the All Star Movies Resort, they had a little theater area set up.

IMG_8851

Alas, our time had come to an end and it was time to board Disney’s Magical Express back to the Orlando Airport. Disney’s Magical Express is both an exciting thing to see and a sad thing to see. It’s exciting when you’re coming to Walt Disney World and sad when it’s taking you back to the Orlando International Airport. As we had made our way back to catch the bus, I was trying desperately to capture every last bit of Disney magic until we got to the bus. We arrived at the bus loading area about 10 minutes before we needed to be there. So, I’d say we maximized our time.

IMG_8853

Once onboard, Disney does a great job at keeping the magic going all the way to the airport. They had these mini dapper dans sing to us.

IMG_8856

One of our favorite runDisney race announcers hosted the video that played.

IMG_8873

Eventually, the time comes to say…

IMG_8876

Then, it was time to make sure we didn’t miss our flight. It’s always sad for me when the bus finally arrives at the airport because that’s when the Disney fun ends. By the time we got into the check in area, my thoughts center around everything you need to do to get to the gate for our flight. Brooke and I had to do some repacking before we checked in. What we didn’t count on was how long it would take to get through the security area. The line took forever and I started to worry that we’d miss our flight. It was crazy.

IMG_8878

We did make it though with enough time thanks to some pixie dust. Whew! The bummer about our flight time is that we didn’t have time to get dinner before boarding. The flight left around 6pm.

IMG_8881

Here we are half way home. Once the flight starts, my mind usually is reflective on the fun we had, but understanding that life continues. It was a wonderful trip. Walt Disney World did not fail to give us a great time. It was fun having family and friends with us on this trip and several first timers. I loved the chats we had about the differences between Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

IMG_8882

Once we got settled back at home, it was time for our traditional first meal back in California. When Brooke and I went on our honeymoon (our first flight oriented trip together), we went to In-N-Out for food upon returning to California. It has quickly become tradition for us. Since we didn’t get to eat dinner in Orlando, we were both really hungry when we got home. In-N-Out was the perfect way to end our trip.

Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Virtual Disney Trips
2 comments on “Finishing Up the Walt Disney World Trip Report
  1. Ian says:

    Thanks for sharing. I love the photos of the concept art on the walls, very cool.

  2. I love Art of Animation: I finally walked around there and ate there during Dopey (we stayed at Pop). definitely a cool resort!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

My Next Race
TCS NYC MarathonNovember 5th, 2017
15 days to go.
My Next runDisney Race
???? - Hopefully Star Wars Rebel ChallengeJanuary 17th, 2018
88 days to go.
Contact Me
If you have any questions and would like to contact me directly, please send an email to whyirundisney@gmail.com.

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 835 other followers

Follow me on Twitter
Join the Team #runDisney Facebook Group!
ambassador button
I love this Facebook group! There are so many awesome members. Click on the link and join if you have a love of runDisney races! It's also an excellent resource on running in general. There are members from all over the world. You might even find someone who lives near you!
Official PR’s
5K - 32:46 - 2012 Pasadena 5K

10K - 1:15:42 - 2013 Pasadena 10K

Half Marathon - 2:43:25 - 2013 Rock n Roll Los Angeles Half Marathon

Full Marathon - 6:21:46 - 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon
Giggle Giggle Toot Roar

Striving to answer the call to motherhood and wifeyhood with joy, Jesus, and crazy dancing.

The Souzapalooza Blog

celebrating the ups, downs and in betweens of my life

RunAllTheRaces

Share Perfect Goofy Gail & Kimberly's adventures as they runDisney and everything in between!

The Halo Way

The official photo blog of the Los Angeles Angels

choose happiness

wonderful bits of joe

Like Gold To Us

Letters to the Future

Pavement Runner

Run Strong. Finish Stronger.

Real Mom of SFV

Valley Girl at Heart

Chocolate Covered Race Medals

Where I race to the chocolate bar

The Road to Physical Fitness

Sweat. Smile. Learn. Live. Eat. Sleep. Repeat.

See Sharp Run!

Running My Way to Better Health through runDisney, One Magical Mile at a Time

...Just Me and My Running Shoes...

Running My Way to Better Health through runDisney, One Magical Mile at a Time

Running to Tahiti

Tahiti is 4,109 miles from Los Angeles. Rebecca and Brad ran there.

WDW Mousenger

I'm a Disney geek bringing you all things Disney by a Disney geek, for other Disney geeks!

thingsGoofy.com

a Goofy look at Disney Parks & Entertainment

The Undercover Princess

Dreaming up my own "happily ever after!"

Not Your Normal Health Blog

Fun Fitness. Yummy Health Food. Spoil-Yourself Spas. Barely Any Kale.

%d bloggers like this: