My family and I recently had the pleasure of staying in a Lion King Suite at Disney’s brand new Art of Animation Resort. We loved the oversized decorations throughout the resort, the extra space in the suite and, of course, the massive Finding Nemo theme pool.
I was especially excited to try out the newest food court on Disney property, Landscape of Flavors, so we stopped there for lunch on our first day. The first thing that struck me was the size of the dining area. There are four themed seating areas, based on different areas of the resort, Cars, Finding Nemo, Lion King and the Little Mermaid. We had no problem finding a table with so many seating areas.
The food options in Landscape of Flavors are not your typical food court options. There are 5 food counters that let you choose from a variety of food options depending on the meal time. At lunch we saw Indian, pizza, pasta, burgers, sandwiches, salads and more. Breakfast choices included traditional breakfast fare like pancakes, omelets, French toast, Mickey waffles (Yea!) and breakfast sandwiches.
At each counter, your food is prepared fresh as you wait. (My only complaint was another day at lunch they only had one person making sandwiches, which really slowed down the line.) My husband had a make your own salad, the kids opted for macaroni and cheese and I chose a burger. How could I not when the sample looked like Mickey Mouse?
Being on the dining plan, we also all got drinks, desserts and sides with our meals. We loved that a smoothie counted as a dessert on the meal plan. There were plenty of other dessert options, including these amazing cupcakes and one of my Disney favorites, chocolate covered rice cereal treats. Yum!
As a part of the meal plan we were also all given the refillable travel mugs for drinks from the food court. Between this and the drinks included on the meal plan, we were never short on drinks in the hot Florida sun.
Along with counter service choices, the food court has coolers full of drinks, snack items and quick meal options. We all really enjoyed our meals at Landscape of Flavors. The food was fresh, different and tasty. For the most part, we had very short lines and very short waits for food and to check out. We typically don’t eat any meals other than breakfast at our resort when we’re at Walt Disney World, because we prefer to eat in the parks. However, we found the choices at Landscape of Flavors so great that we ate lunch there a few times during our trip.
Overall, the Art of Animation was fantastic and the food court was great for my family. I would highly recommend a stay there on your next trip. And, if you can send me a few of those cupcakes, that would be super!
Amy is a Disney loving Mom of two boys. She, her husband and her boys love talking about Disney World, reading about Disney World, planning for Disney World and most of all, visiting Disney World! She is a regular writer and “Pinterest Guru” for Walt Disney World Hints.