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Take 5: Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Artist Rendering of the 'Finding Nemo' Area at Disney's Art of Animation Resort

A little over a month ago, Guests were able to begin booking rooms for the brand new, one-of-a-kind Disney Art of Animation Resort that is scheduled to open in early spring of 2012 at Walt Disney World. This resort will feature family suites designed around four themes: The Lion King, Cars, Finding Nemo and The Little Mermaid. Below are updates we’ve shared on the Disney Parks Blog regarding the resort’s progress. Are you planning to stay at this new resort?

Take 5: Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

  1. Topping Out Ceremony Held at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – Check out this exciting update about the new Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, which is set to open at the Walt Disney World Resort next year.

  2. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Royal Guest Rooms Now Available for Booking – In June, “Disney Story Rooms” at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort became available for guests booking vacations in 2012.

  3. New Images: Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – Last Decemeber, we shared some artist renderings to help give readers a better idea of what to expect when the resort opens in 2012.

  4. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort Scheduled to Open in 2012 – Take a look at the first artist rendering we shared on the Disney Parks Blog showing the one-of-a-kind resort.

  5. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort Unveiled – Last spring we officially announced plans for the new resort at Walt Disney World that will bring to life some of Disney’s most beloved characters and stories.


  • – That’s cool! 🙂

    – When will Animation Resort going to be available?

  • We were down in January staying at Pop Century prior to going on the “Dream” Maiden Voyage, and the interesting thing that we saw with regards to the Art Of Animation Resort, is that originally the plans must have been to add it on to Pop Century. We could clearly see the huge 10, 20, 30, 40, numbers similar to what are on the current Pop Century. I am wondering why Disney changed their mind about the concept, although I must say based on the artist concept drawings, I like the “Animation” resort better. Mr. Smith… can you provide any insight for the curious?

  • Dagny: We also have 1 son that has a diagnosis of PDD autism. He is 8 years old. We have taken him to disney a couple of times already. Our best stay has been in Caribbean Resort Pirate Rooms in South Trinidad area. There is a small pool there and he just loves it. Better than the larger pool where there are a lot of kids and noise. The busing is right outside your door, but you need to ask for a bottom level as it is 2 level and bus is right around the corner. You can ask for a room close to the bus. It is a large resort so there is a private bus line that takes you right to your area. My son loved it. I am sure you would as well. Rooms are pirate themed and he loves that also. Good luck.

  • Really WISH there was a way standard rooms could also be available early or mid-summer, we were excited to stay in this new resort but will not stay in a family suite:( SO SO SAD!! My little mermaid is going to be so disappointed once I have the heart to tell her. As I understand the family suite buildings were already built (were suppose to be part of Pop Century) which is why they are opening so much sooner then the standard rooms BUT is there not a way to work some Disney magic and get some standard rooms open for the summer….had to ask:)

  • We have 4 Autistic boys, the youngest being a huge Nemo fan, watching it over and over and even wearing out a dvd. Although we normally stay at Port Orleans, we’re looking forward to trying the new resort out… Just wish we could see a map or room layout or something more to go on than just the few drawings we’ve seen so far. Due to the severity of his Autism, our youngest is in a wheelchair, so it would be nice to know if any of the suites will be accessible, how far away from the cafeteria and bus stops they will be, how big each building is etc.

    Our biggest reason for going with POR is that it’s about the quietest resort you can find for families – all the trees and landscaping really allow so much of the noise to be absorbed before it reaches the rooms (let’s admit it, the walls in the resorts do tend to be rather thin!) We may wait out this next spring at POR and drive over to the new resort to check it out before taking the plunge, but the lure of Nemo… it’s strong 🙂

  • Looks like an awesome place!! Can’t wait to check it out when we are there next year!

  • I wonder if having a whole resort named after a former WED/Disneyland attraction will make use of elements from that attraction? Will there be recreated artifacts from that show in it’s lobby like at the Disneyland Hotels with a Big Thunder model in the tower of the same name? I remember the Disneyland poster with all the Disney charcters dancing around Sleeping Beauty which had just come out in 1959. A few of the key artists who worked on that film are still producing today and maybe could be summoned up by Mickey. PD

  • Just noticed something–
    We’ve seen concept art of the exteriors, and test photos of the interiors have turned up (looks good!), but…not a single shot of the concept swimming pools? Usually that’s what Disney sells a family resort with first!
    ARE there swimming pools (except for the Nemo splash area), or do we have to cross the bridge to Pop Century? 😉

  • I can’t wait to stay at this resort! The concept of it is something new that this park needs. It looks very promising.

  • Can’t wait to until our next trip in December at the Boardwalk, however, our trip during Spring Break will be at the Art of Animation. Will guests be able to check out the lobby in December?

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