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Best Disney World Family Suites: Art of Animation or All-Star Music Family Suites

It can prove to be difficult to find Disney World accommodations for large families at an affordable price. So I was happy when Disney World Family Suites were added to Value Resorts. Which are the best Disney World Family Suites: Art of Animation or All-Star Music Family Suites? I’ll compare Disney’s Art of Animation Family Suites and Disney’s All-Star Music Family Suites, so you can decide which is better for your family’s next Walt Disney World vacation. 

All-Star Music Family Suite Master Bedroom

Which Disney World Family Suites Are Best For Your Family?

There are a lot of Walt Disney World Resorts with suites. However, most of them are Deluxe Villas which can be very expensive. The Disney World Family Suites in the Value Resorts provide a more economical option for bigger families or families who just want some more space. And even those have gotten pricier these days.

Which is a better value -All-Star Music Family Suites or Art of Animation Family Suites? Well with recent-ish renovations to both types of rooms, the decision comes down to location and budget.

Years ago I would have said, choose the Art of Animation Suites all day, every day, but with the renovations to All-Star Music Family Suites and their price point, it’s hard to make that case. 

My family and I have stayed in a plethora of Walt Disney World accommodations for large families. The list includes Value Resort Family Suites, 2 Value Resort hotel rooms, 2 Moderate Resort hotel rooms, 2-bedroom villas, and 2-bedroom suites.

We loved the Disney World Family Suites. Biggest plus: 2 bathrooms! The things both Family Suites at Disney World have in common are two bathrooms with a separate bedroom and sitting room, and a kitchenette (which includes a microwave, coffee maker, and small refrigerator).

Walt Disney World Art of Animation Family Suites

The newer of the two, this hotel’s theming is incredible. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is one of my favorite resorts! You can’t help but smile from ear-to-ear when you look around. 

Tons of bright colors, larger-than-life icons, and scenes from Disney•Pixar movies. There is an Art of Animation Cars Family Suite, a Finding Nemo themed Disney World Family Suite, and a Lion King Family Suite section with themed rooms.

There are some Little Mermaid rooms, but they are not family suites. The Art of Animation Finding Nemo family suites cost a little bit more for the location. They will be closest to the main building. These family suites at Disney World are approximately 565 square feet.

Art of Animation Lion King Section

Art of Animation Family Suites Pros

The Big Blue Pool is the largest Walt Disney World Resort pool, and it is a zero-entry pool, which is a big bonus for my little Nemos who don’t have lucky fins and aren’t good swimmers. There are 2 other pools, too, at the resort.

The Big Blue Pool at Art of Animation

Landscape of Flavors is a pretty good food court. They have different quick-service options other than your typical pizza and hamburgers. Covid has changed some of the options and selections though.

In my opinion, the transportation is better at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. They have one dedicated resort bus stop, and it does not share with other resorts. Also, you have interior rooms inside a building compared to outside walkways at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort. Perhaps one of the biggest PROS is access to Disney Skyliner.

If you’re going to be visiting Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios and won’t have a car, this transportation option is fantastic, even if I’m not super keep on flying high in the air. It’s way better than the buses. Anything is better than the buses.

The rooms are definitely more themed than All-Star Music, so that could be a pro or con to some people. If you have fans of a specific movie, then it might be fun for them to engrossed in all that magic!

Art of Animation Family Suite Cars Room

Cons to Art of Animation Family Suites 

The biggest con to the Art of Animation Family Suites is that they are more expensive than Disney’s All-Star Music Resort. I checked a Value time in January 2022, and the family suites were approximately $150 more per night than the All-Star Music Suites. If you’re staying for a week, that’s a chunk of change. 

Also, the Art of Animation Family Suites include a bedroom with one queen-sized bed; one double-size convertible TableBed; one double-size sleeper sofa; living room; 2 bathrooms, and a kitchenette. Anytime you get a sofa bed, it’s just not going to be the most comfortable thing ever. But some people, especially kids, don’t mind it. I do.

Also the kitchenette is very small in the corner of the living room. 

Lion King Family Suite Living Room

Finding Nemo Family Suite Sofa Bed

All Star Music Disney World Family Suites

Disney’s All-Star Music Resort is also a fun resort! They have large musical instrument icons like guitars, drums, saxophones, and maracas. The family suites are approximately 520 square feet. There are 2 pools at this resort and a water play area for smaller children.

It is within walking distance to Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort and Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort, so we’ve gone exploring to other resorts, and the kids enjoyed it.

All-Star Music Resort Icons

All-Star Music Family Suite Resort Pros

If you stay in a family suite, you automatically have a preferred location and are close to the main building with check-in and the food court.

Also the kitchenette in the All-Star Music Family Suite has a much bigger kitchenette with a full-size refrigerator. You can eat a lot of breakfasts in the room and save money. It’s also helpful with babies and toddlers when I needed to refrigerate milk or formula. 

Kitchenette All-Star Music Family Suite

You get a master suite with a bathroom attached. And a living area where the couch and table converts into two queen beds. This is one of the biggest pros – three queen-sized beds in the suite. I find pull-down Murphy beds more comfortable than a sofa bed. 

All-Star Music Family Suites

 

All Star Music Family Suite Bathroom

All-Star Music Family Suite Living Area

Theming is not as in your face here at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort in the rooms, so if you want subtle, then this would be the one for you. It’s similar to the All-Star Movies renovated rooms.

All-Star Music Family Suite Cons

The Intermission Food Court is kind of small and does not have the selection of flavors as Landscape of Flavors. However, things everywhere are different with Covid. But there are still plenty of options and my children probably enjoyed the food here better, because their palate is well, unsophisticated. Pizza and chicken nuggets are their go-to choices.

Disney bus transportation can be shared with the neighboring All-Star Movies Resort and All-Star Sports Resort. That’s usually during the middle of the day when the crowds aren’t as heavy. However, it can be annoying when your kids are tired and need a nap or you need a nap. All Disney buses are fickle. But if you have your own car, then it doesn’t really matter. I’d use the savings from Art of Animation to rent a car.

Are Disney World Family Suites Worth It?

The Disney World Family Suites are awesome!  This is a good budget Disney World accommodation for larger families. I would even recommend them to smaller families where parents just want some privacy. 2 TVs, 2 bathrooms, a kitchenette, more square footage.

You get all the amenities of staying on-property like Extra Magic Hours, Disney’s Magical Express, free transportation to and from the theme parks, and added activities like pool parties and movies by the pool.

If the price were equal, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort Family Suites may win just to Disney Skyliner access, but the price is not equal. So my budget and length of stay would determine which resort I chose. I would also ask, is theming important? Do I need queen-sized beds versus full-size beds? It’s hard to beat the value of the renovated All-Star Music Family Suites.

So which Disney World Family Suites would you choose?

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Steven A

Sunday 13th of June 2021

Thanks this has helped alot. We were thinking of the Swan and Dolphin for more room, but this has now made us consider the a family suite a a budget Disney hotel.

tanialamb

Sunday 13th of June 2021

You’re welcome! Also now Art of Animation has the skyliner transportation, which ups its value.

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Dean

Saturday 30th of June 2018

Between the slightly larger size rooms, the excellent food court and the great pool, AofA is a great choice if the budget allows it.

tanialamb

Saturday 30th of June 2018

I agree! If they were priced the same, AOA all day, every day.

Brenda Cisneros

Tuesday 17th of May 2016

Hi Tania! We stay there one night two years ago for the first time, my kids love itI Saludos!