Disney announced on their blog a few days ago about plans for a new resort on the Walt Disney World Property. Where the planned "Legendary Years" area of Pop Century Resort remains lie, there will be a brand new resort capturing the hearts of Disney movie lovers, Disney's Art of Animation Resort. This resort is aimed at families and will have wings of the hotel themed to 4 different Disney movies: Cars, Finding Nemo, The Lion King and The Little Mermaid. The Little Mermaid wing will be the largest with 864 themed rooms while the remaining 1120 will be themed around the three other movies. There will be rooms and suites in the resort, the suites having both a living room and a bedroom, sleeping 6 people while the rooms will sleep 4. Disney's Art of Animation Resort will be a value resort and a non-DVC resort.
While the unveiling of a new resort is very exciting, there are several questions that come to mind. The main one that comes to me is Why these Movies? Two of these four movies already have representation at resorts on property; the new Finding Nemo rooms at Caribbean Beach and The Lion King theme at the Kidani Village DVC Property at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. Disney has so many different movies, why are they repeating? It doesn't really make sense to me. I will be also interested to see the layout of the resort when it is released, I am curious as to why The Little Mermaid is such a large portion of the resort. And will this resort have any interactions with the Pop Century Resort? These hotels share a waterway and there are bridges connecting the two properties currently built.
Hopefully all of these questions will be answered for us, but in the meantime, the speculation continues. Do you have any questions about the new property? Feel free to comment about them! Keep your eyes here for updates as they become available.
To see the Disney Parks Blog post about the new Disney's Art of Animation Resort, click here.