When Disney debuts a new resort, you can bet it is going to be unique. When Art of Animation opens later this month unique doesn’t even begin to describe the newest option for guests. The resort rooms take a bold new step from traditional rooms to over-the-top, step-into-the-cartoon decor.
From the moment guests step foot into the lobby they will be immersed in color, characters and fun. With neon glowing lights and sketches from the resort’s feature films lining the walls, the lobby will take your breath away.
In true Disney style, while guests are busy taking in the sites around them it is important to look in every direction — even up.
Inspired by Finding Nemo, the first wing of Art of Animation features giant fish friends surrounding an enormously fitting pool and splash area. Our tour of the not-yet-open animated resort was no ordinary tour. As part of Disney Social Media Moms event, Disney threw a pool-side bash. While there was no swimming at this pool party, the splash zone and playground were open for play and the kids were happy to test the waters – so to speak.
The most impressive part about Disney’s newest value resort is that all of the rooms in the Finding Nemo, Cars (opening June 18, 2012) and The Lion King (opening August 10, 2012) are family suites that sleep 5-6 people. Yes, all. Only The Little Mermaid (opening September 15, 2012) wing will be home to the traditional room style. These suite-styled rooms are the first at the value level offering families a lower price point for big families.
Kids and parents alike will sleep with the fishes in the cutest fishy rooms, which feature a one bed room with two bathrooms (yay!). In addition to the master bedroom and a sitting area (with a sofa bed), guests will find a Murphy bed that cleverly converts into the kitchen table.
In addition to the pool located in the Finding Nemo wing, guests will find two smaller pools on property in the Cars and The Little Mermaid areas. The resort’s main building is also home to an animation-themed food court, gift shop and arcade.
As blown away as I was by the sheer design elements of this resort, I can’t wait to go back and see what they have in store for the other wings. Disney’s Art of Animation is now accepting reservations. In addition to pricing and availability, you will also find a really cool 360-degree view of all of the themed rooms at Art of Animation online.
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Disclosure – As part of the Disney Social Media Moms conference fee I received lodging, admission and various other complementary items and perks. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.1