Lion King Wing Opens at Disney's Art of Animation Resort

On Friday August 10th The Pride Lands of Africa opened in the third phase of Disney's Art of Animation Resort at Walt Disney World Resort. The whimsically designed property, is situated just across the Generation Gap Bridge from Disney's popular Pop Century Resort. The opening of the Lion King wing celebrates Simba's journey, with landscapes and theming that reflect playful and poignant scenes from the Academy Award-winning Walt Disney Pictures animated film "The Lion King."

King Mufasa on Pride RockKing Mufasa on Pride Rock
Guests staying in this wing embark on a journey through Africa with encounters with the beloved characters from the classic Disney Film. "King Mufasa towers atop Pride Rock while his evil brother Scar slinks in the shadows beyond the elephant graveyard. There's Pumbaa and Timon with a young Simba dancing across a log bridge in true carefree "hakuna matata" fashion. Scar's crazed and comical hyenas "guard" the elephant graveyard, a fun area sure to delight youngsters."

Timone, Pumba and Simba Greet YouTimone, Pumba and Simba Greet You
The Lion King Wing is home to an additional 320 family suites at the Art of Animation Resort which celebrates "rich storytelling, spirited characters, original sketches and playfulness with colorful icons and whimsical theming inspired by classic Disney and Disney*Pixar films." This is the third and final wing with it's rooms dedicated to Family Suites featuring a kitchenette, two baths and sleeping space designed to sleep six.

Family Suite Living RoomFamily Suite Living Room
Next up in the four phase roll out are the 864 standard rooms which will adorn the "Little Mermaid" wing. These standard rooms are scheduled to open in September and complete this newest Disney Value Resort property.

Are you looking forward to staying at the Art of Animation? Leave a comment and let us know which wing you would most like to stay in!


The Cookie Crumbler wrote on Thu, 08/16/2012 - 00:51:

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I certainly look forward to exploring the grounds when we stay at Pop this winter! But I don't know if I'd like staying in one of the theme rooms. I don't want to say that they look too cartoony for my tastes because that would imply that cartoons are bad and that is absurd! Maybe I'll change my mind after seeing it in person, but going by the photos, I think the resort decor is too bright and busy for me =/

Kristen K. wrote on Thu, 08/16/2012 - 12:40:

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Shannyn - I'm a huge Disneyland fan, it's so different than WDW though! How exciting to be going for the first time, you're going to have so much fun!

Cyndi R. wrote on Tue, 09/11/2012 - 02:09:

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I am so excited! i can't wait to see more photos and get more info! will certainly be looking into this resort for our next trip! I love the decor!

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