Thursday, May 31, 2012

Disney's New Resort Art of Animation Opens Today

I thought with the opening of the art of animation that I would finally post a blog that I have been working extremely hard on for the past few months. 

I would like to thank Jenn Harris and Kerri Hill for providing me with a some awesome pictures from the resort on their tour during AEP week. 

All other pictures used where found on, Disney Mom's Panel, and Also a special thank you to for their awesome pictures of the rooms.

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This new resort is located next to Pop Century Resort near Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and ESPN Wide World of Sports. It is the first Resort of its kind. Mostly made up of Family Suites similar in price and size to the existing suites at The All Star Resorts, as well as a few buildings made up of Value Size Rooms. This Resort is dripping with creativity from the Animation Hall drawings to the gorgeous courtyards that feature each individual movie that they showcase. I can not wait to stay here!
The Resort is made up of 4 types of Family Suites. Finding Nemo Family Suites, Cars Family Suites, Lion King Family Suites, and Themed Family Suites. There is also a few buildings made up of Value Resort Rooms themed with The Little Mermaid. 
Map of the Art of Animation Resorts
Actual Map for Travel Agents Website

Some people are second guessing The Little Mermaid Value Rooms location. They are wondering if they will be to far away from transportation and the main Art of Animation building. What do you think?

Recreation available at the Art of Animation Resort includes Arcade, Wet Play Areas for kids, Playgrounds, Jogging Trails, 3 Uniquely themed Pools, Movies under the stars, and shopping.

Amenities and Services available at the Art of Animation include Concierge Desk, Dry Cleaning and Laundry Drop Off, Self-Service Laundry Facilities, Child-Care Services, Ink and Paint Gift Shop inside the Animation Hall Building, Pizza Delivery, Handicapped and Valet Parking, Complimentary Wheelchairs.
Here is the proposed floorplan for the Family Suites

Main Building-Animation Hall
This Main Building was built similar to it's sister location, Pop Century. It includes the Ink and Paint Shop, Front Desk, Concierge Desk, DVC sales Desk, Restrooms, Landscapes of Flavor Food Court, and exit to the large bus transportation center. 
Art of Animation Renderings Wall at Front Desk
Picture from Disney Blogs of Front Desk

The New RFD Bracelet technology being used at the Art of Animation Resort 

Ink and Paint Shop
This shop sells regular theme park merchandise as well as a ton of awesome Art of Animation logo items.
Landscapes of Flavor
Featuring Pizza, Pasta, Burgers, Sandwiches, Salads, and Grab-N-Go Items.

Breakfast offerings include Mickey Waffle with fruit and bacon, Create your own yogurt parfait, Create your own fruit bowl, Vegetarian breakfast sandwich, World Flavors breakfast platters, Challah French Toast, Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Bounty Platter, Steak and egg breakfast burger, and Create your own omelet.

Lunch and Dinner offerings include Buffalo style Turkey Sandwich, Create your own Salad, Mongolian Grill Fish, Pizza, Create your own pasta, Meatball Sandwich, Burgers, Chicken Burger, and Soup of the day.

Desserts offerings include Mickey Ganache, Mini Cupcakes bites, Stawberry Cheesecake, Mickey Oreo Cupcake, Gelato, Create your own Smothie, and more. All of these are covered under the Disney Dining Plan Snack credits. 

I can't wait to try some of these new food offerings.Disney is really trying to offer new and exciting food options. I think it is a great way to appeal to more guests by offering unique items at every resort. something new to try every time you visit!

Soda Refilling station with Mello Yellow
Seating at the Landscapes of Flavor Food Court
Awesome picture of the seating area and cars themed pictures.

Finding Nemo Family Suites- Opening May 31, 2012
This is the first set of Suites to open to the public. This date was pushed up recently by Disney, it was slated not to open until the fall of 2012. The Courtyard of Finding Nemo was made for you to see everything through Nemo's eyes. That why some things like Crush the Turtle are larger than life!
Here is the rendering that Disney Released 
Here is an actual picture of the new Nemo Courtyard
Here is an actual picture of the side of the Nemo building
Here is a picture of the Finding Nemo Pool which is the largest pool on the Disney Resort Property. It also features zero entry and under water music!
Another great picture of the Finding Nemo Pool Area
Here is a picture of the New Splash Area near Finding Nemo Pool
Finding Nemo Family Suite Rooms
These Suites accommodate 6 guests and feature 2 separate bedrooms, 3 separate sleeping areas within the living space. In the living are you will find a first of its kind Murphy style bed that transforms from a table to a bed! 

There are 1,120 of these rooms. These rooms during non-peek times and without a special run around $249 a night, the same price as the Family Suites at the All Star Resorts. The themeing of these rooms are out of this world.

Here is picture of the actual Finding Nemo Family Suites living area.
Here is a picture from a TV special that was run on HGTV about the new resort. This is the Murphy style dining table.
Here is an actual picture of the table close up
Finding Nemo Family Suites Bedroom
                                                           Same bed picture from Disney Site
Picture from Living area
The Murphy Table Bed at Finding Nemo Family Suite
TV area in bedroom 
Picture of Master Bathroom with walk-in shower
Kids Bathroom with tub and shower

Cars Family Suites
These rooms are the same in size and layout as The Fining Nemo Family Suites just with a change of theme. These buildings are slated to open June 18, 2012. There are 1,120 rooms in this theme category as well. The Cars Suites will also have themed courtyards and a themed pool area.
Courtyard to the entrance of the Cars Family Suites
Awesome picture of the bed table in a Cars Family Suite
Living Area of a Cars Family Suite. Awesome Retro themed with Tool Box cabinets.
Another picture of the folding Table Murphy Bed
More Courtyard Themeing
First rendering picture from Disney
Cars Family Suite Private Room
Very nicely themed adult bathroom

Lion King Family Suites
Thees Buildings will be the last to open in the Suites category for the Art of Animation Resort. They are slated to open August 10, 2012 just in time for Late Summer Travel. 
These suites are the same layout as the others with a Lion King theme. This will be the only Suite buildings without a pool, but it will give it a quieter atmosphere and it is only a short walk to the other 3 pool areas.
 First Rendering of the Lion King Family Suites by Disney
Here is a picture of the Buildings and courtyards still under construction. You can see a Lion on the left hand side behind the tree.
Lion King Family Suite Living Area. This has to be my favorite of the three themed suites.
                                                              Lion King Suite Room
Lion King Kids Bathroom
The Murphy Table Bed in Lion King Suite

Little Mermaid Value Rooms
These Rooms will be similar to other Value Resort rooms and can accommodate 4 guests with 2 double beds. 
This area of the Resort will be the last and final phase to open at the Art of Animation on September 15, 2012. 
These rooms are priced similar in price to Pop Century Resort Rooms from $86-$169 a night. The Little Mermaid rooms will feature great themed courtyards as well as a pool area called Flippin' Fins Pool.
First Rendering of The Little Mermaid Value Rooms
A Look inside the the Value Room
Bathroom area with one sink and separate toilet and bath area
Another great picture from Disney Parks
An Disney Imagineer Creating the King Triton Figure  

Please look for more to come as more friends share their pictures with me. As the resorts open I will get more photos and reviews and hopefully some pictures of food and menus. Please consider adding my blog to your following list.

If you have stayed at this resort please leave a comment below. I would love to hear what you have to say about the resort. I really think this will be the most requested resort soon as more and more people start seeing the finishing touches of this wonderfully imagined and created resort!

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Written by Chelsea May 
Disney Travel Specialist
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