Disney’s newest resort promises lots of family fun

January 7, 2013

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ORLANDO, Florida, Jan. 7, 2013/ Troy Media/ – Prepare to suspend all reality as you enter Disney’s Art of Animation Resort located at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. From the moment guests enter this colorful, three storey resort they are transported to the magical world of classic Disney and Disney Pixar films.

Wavy ribbons of colour decorate the resort’s exterior and pencil drawings of Ariel, Lightning McQueen, Nemo, and Simba adorn the entryway. A chandelier composed of animation storyboards enhances the lobby. Even the walls of the lobby are covered with Disney characters showing how they began as simple black and white sketches and evolved through various stages of detail and color.

“Our goal is to make guests feel like they have been immersed in the artistry and enhancement of Walt Disney-Pixar animated classics,” said Walt Disney Imagineer Frank Paris.

Opening the first of its four wings in May of 2012, the new Art of Animation Resort was fully operational in October with the completion of its fourth and final wing. Three of the wings feature family suites that sleep up to six. These include: Finding Nemo, Cars, and The Lion King wings. Standard guest rooms make up the Little Mermaid wing.

The new resort offers 1,120 family suites that include a kitchenette, two bathrooms and three sleeping areas. Each of the colorful suites – from carpeting, linens, fixtures, headboards and furniture – highlight one of the four resort-themed movies. The suites are designed to make the most of the space, including a dining table that magically transforms into a pull-down bed at night.

Visiting the resort last May, I couldn’t help but wish I had a kid with me – then I would have an excuse to act like one myself! Disney has thought of everything to actually make you feel like you are part of the movie scene. You eat, sleep and dream Disney!

The real highlight of the resort, located at the Finding Nemo wing, is the “Big Blue” pool, the largest resort swimming pool at Walt Disney World! Measuring 11,859 square feet, it even has an underwater sound system. There is a colorful reef, a 35-foot-tall King Triton and giant sized Mr. Ray, Crush and Squirt. There is also an arcade and poolside snack bar offering smoothies, hand-scooped gelato and Mongolian barbecue.

At the Cars Wing, a paved road leads to the Cozy Cone Motel complete with a Cozy Cone pool and cone-shaped cabanas. At The Lion King Wing, an African landscape with an elephant graveyard play area invites youngsters to seek hakuna matata time. Treasures from the human world fill Ariel’s grotto in an under-the-sea kingdom in The Little Mermaid courtyard.

I can’t imagine a kid who wouldn’t thrill to stay at any of the wings. The suites are designed so that the whole family can stay together in an affordable, yet fun setting. In fact, you may have so much fun at the resort that you won’t even make it to the Parks!

‘Better-for-you’ eating options are available at five mini shops serving breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Landscape of Flavors food court located next to the lobby in Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.

The World Flavors Shop offers an Indian-African flair while the Pizza Shop features make-your-own pizzas. At the Soup-Salad-Sandwich Shop guests can create specialty salads. The Burger Shop offers not only lunch but breakfast burger options. Fresh fruit smoothies, organic teas, beer, wine, coffee and juices are also available. And the Market Shop offers drinks, yogurt, pastries, gourmet cupcakes and gelato.

‘The idea is that you customize your choices,’ says Chef Ed Wronski, Director, Food and Beverage Concept Development, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. ‘From burgers to pasta, salads, ethnic flavors, omelets, even parfaits and gelatos, everything is made fresh as you order.’ And the food court is part of the Disney Dining Plan.

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is located adjacent to Disney’s Pop Century Resort. Room and suite rates begin at US$112.50 to $283.50. For reservations or more info, call 407-934-7639, or go to disneyworld.disney.go.

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