Art of Animation Resort


Walt Disney World Cast Members Participate in Fourth Annual Holiday Bird Count

Walt Disney World cast members and their families recently had a chance to take part in the 4th Annual Walt Disney World Resort Holiday Bird Count guided by Disney's Animal Program experts.

During the bird count more than 24,000 birds representing 119 species were counted at the Walt Disney World Resort and surrounding areas. This number set a new record for the most birds and species observed in the last four years.

Art of Animation Resort Takes Top Spot on TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor has a new number one Orlando area hotel: Disney's Art of Animation resort. The new kid on Disney's resort block recently took over the top spot on TripAdvisor's website, ousting Floridays, a hotel on south International Drive. Floridays had been at the top of the list for nearly a year.

"Cars" Wing at Art of Animation Resort Now Open

Earlier this week, Disney's newest resort opened its second wing of family suites to guests. The "Cars" wing of the Art of Animation Resort opened for guests Monday, June 18.

Inspired by the flick "Cars", the newest set of rooms feature Lightning McQueen, Mater, Flo, Doc Hudson and other characters from the movie welcoming guests to Radiator Springs. Guests will also take in a myriad of orange cones - they are reported to be found in the carpeting, light fixtures and as the inspiration of the cabanas near the Cozy Cone pool.

Cupcake Update

Usually, you don't think of "cupcakes" and "news" in the same sentence. But when there are two new cupcakes to be had at Walt Disney World, that means there are two reasons to do a news blurb on the sweet treats.

First up, the Pop Century resort has a new cupcake: the King. You guessed it, it's a tribute to the King himself - Elvis Presley. This new concoction features chocolate cake with a banana custard filling and peanut butter frosting. The finishing touch? None other than candied bacon and a chocolate drizzle.

New Pixar Stamps Available Now

Got a letter to send? How about sending a bit of Disney and Pixar charm along with it? Late last week, the United States Postal Office debuted a series of new stamps featuring popular characters from several Disney Pixar films.

First Look At Art of Animation Resort's Unique Check-In

It looks like Disney's Art of Animation Resort will be handling the checking in of guests in an updated, re-thought way when it opens in May. Gone is the long desk staffed by multiple cast members and in is a more personal check-in experience.

The resort has installed a series of small tables to serve as a check-in point for guests. Guests will be greeted individually by cast members who will assist them in getting settled into the resort.

In addition, guests will find the lobby filled to the brim with, appropriately enough, animation art from Disney movies.

Art of Animation Resort: Opening Dates Set

Disney recently released the dates the different themed wings from Disney's newest resort, Art of Animation, will open - and the dates may just be sooner than anyone had anticipated.

First off, the grand opening will take place May 31 as the "Finding Nemo" themed wing opens for guests. Next, the "Cars" will open June 18 followed by "The Lion King" on August 10. The opening of "The Little Mermaid" on September 15 rounds out the rest of the resort's room openings.

Sneak Peak of Art of Animation Resort's Food Court Offerings

We're still a few months away from the opening of Disney's Art of Animation Resort, but details of the resort's food court, Landscape of Flavors, have surfaced.

Disney's Art of Animation Resort Opening First Phase in May

It's good news for Disney Resort enthusiasts! Earlier this week, Disney Imagineers made the announcement that the newest resort, Disney's Art of Animation, is expected to open in phases beginning May 31, 2012.

Art of Animation Resort: Topped Out

Construction may be slow going at Downtown Disney, but it is full speed ahead at Disney's Art of Animation Resort. This past week, the resort was the site of a "topping out" ceremony - an important step in its construction.

The topping out ceremony is steeped in history and takes place when steel is placed in a building's highest part of the frame. An evergreen tree is hoisted to the top of the frame for good luck and is a tradition that dates back to the Vikings era.

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5 Things We Love About Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Disney's newest Resort Hotel is a fun romp through the world of animation. The wildly popular Disney's Art of Animation Resort at Walt Disney World opened up in May 2012 and has been already gained a following of dedicated fans. Here are five reasons that we think this could be the hotel for you.

The Little Mermaid Wing Opens Completing Disney's Art of Animation Resort

The final wing of Disney's Art of Animation Resort is complete and Guests are now invited to slumber in Ariel's colorful retreat at "The Little Mermaid" wing. This final phase of the staggered opening that included "Finding Nemo", "Cars" and "The Lion King" which opened previously and have been hosting guests while construction continued. The Little Mermaid saw it's first Guests arrive on Saturday Sept. 15 at Walt Disney World Resort.

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."

Art of Animation Finding Nemo Photo Room Tour

Melissa just got back from Walt Disney World and she took some wonderful pictures to share with us of the Finding Nemo Rooms at Disney's Newest Value Resort, Art of Animation! Disney's Imagineers wanted to put guests of this expansive resort right into the classic Disney and Pixar stories that we all know and love, from this photo tour it looks like they've done just that.

Disney's Art of Animation Resort is Now Open

Disney's Art of Animation Resort officially opened to the public last week with guest being able to stay in the Finding Nemo section. Disney's newest resort is adjacent to Pop Century, but will have it's own bus transportation in addition to featuring 1,120 family suites that will sleep up to 6.

Suite Themes at Disney's Art of Animation Resort

Have you seen the new concept art that's been released for the Art of Animation Resort? We've got a peek for you! These Lion King layouts seem to take you and your family right into the middle of Simba's animated savanna when kids and adults alike can share in the circle of life.