Disney’s Art of Animation Resort Pre-Opening Review and Video

by All Things Mouse Staff on September 14, 2011
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Disney’s Art of Animation Resort in Walt Disney World has unfortunately not opened as of this posting, and will not do so for several more months. However, we still thought it would be a good idea to offer this review and video of the resort in an effort to help those thinking of a trip to Walt Disney World after the resort opens.


With so many people planning their Walt Disney World vacations months (if not years) in advance, it is highly likely that many may consider staying at the newest on-property resort. This review and video of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort may help them make the appropriate decision.

First off, it should be known that the Art of Animation Resort will be a value level resort joining four other on-property value level establishments – Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort, Disney’s All-Star Music Resort, Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort and Disney’s Pop Century Resort. Of those four, Pop Century actually has quite an association with the Art of Animation Resort going back years before the concept of the new resort was even thought of.

In fact, initial construction on the new resort actually also dates back several years before anyone considered the Art of Animation. Originally, the resort was going to be an extension of the Pop Century Resort which was first built around the concept of the “Classic Years” ranging from the 1950’s to the 1990’s. Construction on the second part of the resort, which was going to be known as the “Legendary Years,” was started but then halted following the tourism slump after the September 11 terrorism events in 2001.

Those partially constructed buildings stood empty for several years until finally the plans of the Art of Animation Resort was announced last year. Construction has since continued with a projected opening of early summer 2012.

The theming of the resort is centered around Disney animation and will encompass four classic animated Disney and/or Disney Pixar movies – Cars, Finding Nemo, The Lion King, and The Little Mermaid. Like the other value level resorts, giant icons based around those themes will be found throughout the resort.

As previously mentioned, the resort will be considered value level and will feature approximately 860 standard value level layout rooms which run approximately 260 square feet with either two double beds or one king bed. Disney is also construction 1,120 family suites on the property which are twice the size of the standard room and sleep six.

Of course, those family suites will cost considerably more than a standard room but will likely prove popular with larger families. Currently, Disney has family suites at the All-Star Music Resort and they apparently are booked quite consistently.

Look for more information on the Art of Animation Resort as we get closer to its opening!

Thanks to disofan69 who provided the video shown above.

Additional reviews and videos of Disney resorts and attractions may be found on the All Things Mouse Video Tours Page

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