Monday, April 30, 2012

Disney World's new Art of Animation Resort: Loaded to the gills with fun details

Last week, I got a sneak peek at Disney's brand new Art of Animation Resort in Disney World, which won't officially open until the end of May 2012. I included this resort in my article for Travel+Leisure.com on the coolest new Disney vacation experiences in 2012.

As a mom of three, I'm most excited that this resort will offer suites that can accommodate up to six people, at a price point well below Disney's deluxe villas.

The entire resort pays hommage to the art of animation by focusing on four beloved Disney and Disney/Pixar films from recent years: Finding Nemo, Cars, The Little Mermaid, and The Lion King. In the lobby, an entire wall is devoted to never-before-released concept art from the films. I just love these sketches of Simba from The Lion King.



Much of the fun at this resort will happen in the pool courtyards. Each section of the resort has its own pool area with incredible theming around one of the four films.

The Finding Nemo courtyard has the largest pool at any Disney World resort, with oversized characters and sculptures to make guests feel Nemo-sized. The coolest thing about this pool? Swimmers will be able to hear the voices of Dory, Crush, and other characters through the underwater sound system.


Here's a close-up of Crush.


As always, the Disney difference is in the details. Check out this sign for the pool rules, modeled after the diver's goggles from the film. But wait for it. The real "ahhh" moment comes when you get a look at the back.



Want a closer look? Here's a video from Disney that really shows off the resort.

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