The last wing to open at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is actually the first set of buildings built. Of course, it was still called “Pop Century – Legendary Years” at the time. Later these buildings became known as Disney’s Ghost hotel. Now we’re just… Read More »Inside The Little Mermaid Wing at Art of Animation Resort
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Today the first guests will be checking into the Pride Lands of Africa which is the setting for The Lion King, the third phase of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. The new Lion King wing celebrates the journey of Simba, with landscapes and theming that… Read More »The Lion King Marks Last Section of Family Suites to Open at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
With this episode of “From the Drawing Board” Disney takes us behind the construction walls to provide a sneak peak of “The Lion King” courtyard at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, set to open August 10th! The new wing celebrates the journey of Simba, with… Read More »Behind the Construction Walls at Disney’s Art of Animation Lion King Wing
The fourth video in the “From the Drawing Board” series features the “Cars” wing of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, the second phase of the resort, which just opened on June 18. While not quite as exciting as ‘Cars Land’ in DCA, you will get… Read More »Cars Wing at Art of Animation Resort
The Finding Nemo, Cars, and Lion King themed buildings at Disney’s Art of Animation resort all feature the family suite style rooms. Although they’re designed to sleep six adults comfortably, you’ll still need to convert the couch and the dining room table to beds before… Read More »Disney’s Art of Animation Resort Family Suites – Converting Bed from Table
On a recent visit to The Happiest Place on Earth, my dear friend Kristin and I decided to visit the newly opened Art of Animation Resort to check things out as well as try their some of their unique breakfast offerings. Kristin and I, along with my husband, will be staying at DAAR in January over Marathon Weekend, so we definitely wanted to explore a bit and see what it would have in store for us as guests!
Upon pulling into the parking area, you are already able to get a sense that this resort is not quite as kitschy as any of the other value resorts. Most of the decoration/color is left to two dimensions instead of three, giving the building a very sleek, clean look while still being bright and colorful. The basic layout of the main building is the same as POP! Century: the main areas are located in the same places; the front desk, gift store, food court, arcade, etc. It might feel empty in comparison to many props and shadow boxes that adorn POP! Century, except there is so much color around you that it never feels undecorated; it just feels clean. Shapely lines and curves are everywhere, making you feel as though you’ve stepped right on to the animator’s desk. The front desk sparkles with color while the backlit storyboard sketches that decorate the Ink & Paint Shop entrance positively glow.
Disney recently opened part of Storybook Circus ahead of schedule and now they’re moving up another project at the resort. The wings dedicated to the popular films featured at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort will now be opening than sooner than expected after the resort hotel’s grand opening May 31.
“We are excited that the Cars, The Lion King, and The Little Mermaid wings at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort will all open earlier than we originally planned, bringing more permanent resort jobs to Central Florida sooner,” said Kevin Myers, vice president of resort operations for Walt Disney World Resort. “Demand for family suites exists in the marketplace today and the new opening dates reflect how optimistic we are about tourism in Central Florida.”
Walt Disney Imagineer Ryan Parrish offers the first sneak peek inside Disney’s Art of Animation Resort at Walt Disney World Resort, as well as a look at the three large character icons featured in the “Finding Nemo” courtyard. Here’s the concept art again: How do… Read More »Finding Nemo Icons installed at Art of Animation Resort