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Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Lion King Section Tour


When Disney’s Art of Animation resort opened in 2012, it was the first new hotel to be opened on property in seven years. The resort took over what was the “Legendary Years” of Pop Century Resort, that had been sitting undeveloped for nearly 10 years. Some of the sections that had already started construction were left to rot becoming known as Disney’s “Ghost Hotel.”

The good news is that Disney took extra care to make Art of Animation a terrific resort. I’m particularly impressed with the resorts themed sections, which consist of Finding Nemo, Cars, The Lion King, and The Little Mermaid.

It had been a few years since I’d been back to the resort, but we stopped in for lunch and took a tour of the resort last week. Turns out the place still looks very good.

Head below a look at The Lion King section to get this tour started:

A look at The Little Mermaid and Cars sections coming soon.

4 thoughts on “Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Lion King Section Tour”

  1. I’ve been wondering for quite awhile where the statue of Scar would. I was driving home on Bear Island Rd and it was sitting on the side of the road with about 8 guys standing around. No truck or anything, just on the grass on the side of the road.

  2. Art of Animation was actually the first disney resort we started taking our daughter to a few years back. Mostly stayed in the Little Mermaid for the first few years since there was only 3 of us, and didn’t need the larger suites of Nemo, Cars, or Lion King. Beautiful hotels inside and out, and arguably the best disney hotels if you have very little kids. In fact I remember that from the age of 2 to 4, my daughter enjoyed just walking around the cars section and the Lion King ambience as much as going to the park. I always considered the Cars Section at Animation as our mini version of Disneyland Carsland, since you get to see all the cars full size. Daughter loves it.
    As of late, we’ve actually moved over to the Pop Century and stayed there regularly for the past 3 or 4 trips. And then just walk over the convenient connector bridge to enjoy the sights and sounds of Animation.
    Very VERY awesome hotel. Would recommend this VERY highly if you have young kids.

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