Disney’s 26th resort is now open - a new 2,000 room property themed around the history of Disney Animation. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort will open in stages beginning in May of 2012 and features 1,120 family suites all themed around the Disney animated classics Finding Nemo, Cars, and The Lion King. 864 standard guest rooms will be in The Little Mermaid building. Larger-than-life icons, including a 35-foot-tall model of King Triton, grace the courtyard areas. Many guests may already be familiar with the location of the newest resort. It is adjacent to Disney’s Pop Century Resort, in the area that was started several years ago when it was assumed it would be an extension to Pop Century.
- 3pmCheck In
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The Art of Animation Resort brings guests into the world of the animation process, from the first pencil sketches all the way to the films’ close-ups. As you walk through the resort, make sure to look all around, including up, and discover the magic of animation. Beginning at check-in, pencil drawings set the stage as the process begins. As you move through Animation Hall, the sketches become more detailed as the animators figure out more of who their characters will be. A chandelier hanging from the ceiling is filled with storyboards (look closely to see one hand-signed by John Lasseter.) Next, you see the colorscript wall, right next to the Ink and Paint Shop. To discover the films’ backgrounds, we head into the Landscape of Flavors food court. This is divided into 4 different areas, one for each movie represented in the resort. As you step outside, you can see everything working together to create the perfect medium shot. The last part of the process is stepping into the rooms - the closeup.Read More
The resort falls into the “value” range (similar to the All Star and Pop Century resorts), but this marks the first time Disney will open a hotel that features mostly family suites. While it may be a ‘value’ resort, it should be noted that because the majority of this resort is suites, the price is higher than what guests may be used to paying in the typical value resorts.Close
Each set of buildings focuses on a different Disney film and the details start before you even enter the rooms. The outside of each building is covered in characters and icons from the films. As you walk up to the Cars wing, you walk down a freshly blacktopped road (can you picture Lightning paving the road, just like in the movie?) right up to the Cozy Cone Motel, complete with a Cozy Cone pool and cone-shaped cabanas! To enter the different buildings, you actually step into the different shops around Radiator Springs! The Lion King buildings are set in an African landscape, with an elephant graveyard play area. A giant-sized Mufasa overlooks the whole thing. The Finding Nemo theme is set off by the “Big Blue” pool, complete with Mr. Ray soaring above it all.
The detail doesn’t stop outside. Every fixture in the rooms fits the theme. The Finding Nemo roms have coral-shaped chairs and ceiling lights that look like bubbles. The bathroom is designed like the submarine scene in the movie, right down to the porthole that serves as a mirror. Lion King fans will love Zazu performing on the headboards and Pumbaa and Timon decorating the shower curtain.
The Little Mermaid courtyard is filled with the treasures that Ariel has rescued from the human world, just like in the movie. These buildings will house 864 rooms and will be similar to the rooms at the existing value rooms.
1,120 family suites are divided between The Lion King, Cars, and Finding Nemobuildings. These suites each sleep six guests and will have a kitchenette, 2 bathrooms, a master bedroom and 3 separate sleeping areas. One new feature at this resort is the “Inovabed” - a table that converts to a bed in seconds.