Disney’s Art of Animation Resort Opens Lion King Wing Today

Walt Disney World has been unveiling their new resort, Disney’s Art of Animation, in segments.

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Today, the third wing, themed for fans of the hit film, The Lion King, opens at the resort. Like the previously opened wings – one Finding Nemo themed and one Cars themed – the nods to the Lion King are present both inside and outside.

Large displays outside recreate moments from the movie, including Pride Rock and the Hakuna Matata scene. Inside, it’s a jungle for guests, with plenty of Lion King-themed decor. I particularly like the Timon and Pumba shower curtain in the bathroom.

Like the other two wings, this Lion King section has family suites, not regular guest rooms. The 320 suites in this wing feature two bathrooms, a kitchenette, and three separate sleeping areas that can sleep up to six guests.

Rates start at $248 per night.

The Little Mermaid-themed final wing will open September 15, 2012. It will feature 864 standard guest rooms that sleep four, with rates starting at $94.

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is adjacent to Disney’s Pop Century Resort.

Here are some more photos courtesy of Walt Disney World:


[all photos: exteriors-Matt Stroshane photographer; interiors-Kent Phillips photographer]

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Michelle is the owner and editor of CitySurfing Orlando. She also owns Zengrrl.com, is a freelance writer specializing in travel and entertainment, and has authored/co-authored four guidebooks on Orlando and Florida. She lives in Orlando near Disney, and hears Magic Kingdom fireworks every night.
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