Disney’s Art of Animation Resort Preview.

On the last night of Disney’s Social Media Moms Celebration we were treated to a special night, “under the sea“, where we boarded buses at Disney’s Yacht Club and were whisked away to a sneak peek at Walt Disney World’s newest resort, Disney’s Art of Animation. Upon entering Animation Hall you will notice the animation is everywhere and in various stages, from early concept sketches in pencil, all the way through to what ends up as the final product. It’s awesome to see how the characters developed over time.

Across from the animation wall are these brightly lit resort check in desks, how fun are those?


When in the lobby check out this light fixture. Take a good look at it. Do you notice anything peculiar? 

  There are pencil drawings hanging from it.

And each drawing is suspended on an individual pole with a back light shining on it. Cool, right?

In Animation Hall you will find Registration, The Ink & Paint Shop, which is filled with Disney merchandise and collectibles, Landscape of Flavors, which is the food court, and the Pixel Play Arcade.  And we just walked into the resort! Wait until I show you the pool area and the really cool family suites.

This new property will bring guests into the larger than life worlds of classic Disney and Disney Pixar films and will consist of nearly 2,000 themed rooms which will primarily be 1,120 family suites in the Finding Nemo, Cars and The Lion King wings and 864 regular value rooms in the Little Mermaid wing.   The opening of the different themed areas of the resort will be staggered starting with the Finding Nemo wings opening to the public on May 31, followed by Cars on June 18 and The Lion King on August 10. The value rooms at The Little Mermaid wings will open on September 15.

Some Fun facts about this new property

  • Total property size: 87 acres
  • The Nemo pool has 310,000 gallons and is the largest pool on Disney property, not counting water parks
  • If you combined all the swimming pools, you could park 125 cars inside the pools
  • For the first time ever at any Disney resort hotel,  in-room décor pieces may be purchased at the gift shop. Ink & Paint Shop offers such items as the “Bruce” shower curtain or cozy cone lamps.
Disclosure: Thanks to Disney Social Media for inviting me to attend Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. As part of my paid registration, I received for myself and my family discounted hotel accommodations, park tickets, attendance at special events, and branded merchandise. I was not asked to post about this event at any time. My opinions are entirely my own.