Disney’s Art of Animation Resort Opens Second Wing Dedicated to Cars

After opening last month with a splash, with a wing dedicated to the hit film Finding Nemo, Disney’s Art of Animation resort opened its second wing this month.

Dedicated to the Disney/Pixar film Cars, a freshly paved road leads guests right into the heart of Radiator Springs. And of course, when in town, all guests stay at the Cozy Cone Motel.

The family-style suites are even decorated to keep with the Cars theme, with such detailed touches as a tool chest dresser.

This area has its own pool, the Cozy Cone Pool, and the exterior decor of the buildings really do make you feel like you’ve just stepped into the movie.

 

Family suite rates range from $248 in value season to $425 in peak season (usually Easter and the winter holidays). It is a bit more than the average Disney value resort room, but these suites have a separate bedroom area, two bathrooms, a kitchenette, and can sleep up to six.

Disney’s Art of Animation resort still has two more wings to debut. WDW says that the Lion King wing of family suites will open August 10, 2012, followed by the Little Mermaid wing of standard rooms on September 15, 2012.

Here are some more photos of the new Cars wing, courtesy of Walt Disney World:

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More Photos of Finding Nemo Wing at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

As we mentioned in an earlier story, Walt Disney World’s newest resort, Disney’s Art of Animation, is already accepting reservations and plans to open up for guests as of May 31, 2012.

The first wing to open to guests will be the Finding Nemo wing of family suites and WDW has been kind enough to release these photos of the external decor for the wing.

The first thing to notice is that unlike other value Disney resorts, there is no exterior hallway. This allows the themed decor to include huge murals on the side of the building, as you can see in the next photo.

The next photo is of the main “Big Blue” pool area, which is not only zero-entry, but is the largest pool on Disneyworld property.

I think the whole external decor looks great and very whimsical. Even if you aren’t a guest, head over for some great photo ops with the family.

The next section to open will be the Cars family wing, which Disney says will be open for reservations starting June 18. Here, a freshly paved road leads to the Cozy Cone Motel complete with a Cozy Cone pool and cone-shaped cabanas.

The Lion King wing is the last family suites wing to open, and that should start accepting reservations for dates around August 10. Its decor is a journey through an African landscape complete with an elephant graveyard play area that invites youngsters to seek hakuna matata time.

Finally, the Little Mermaid standard room wing will open for reservations starting September 15, which is decorated like an under-the-sea kingdom, complete with a 35-ft-tall model of King Triton.

In the meantime, here are a few more photos of the Finding Nemo wing:

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Car Masters Weekend Rolls into Downtown Disney May 13-15, 2011

Very few people I know can’t appreciate a good vintage car – especially the old muscle cars. If that includes you, then you’ll want to head over to Walt Disney World this weekend for the Car Masters Weekend.

Classic cars will take center stage at Downtown Disney Westside during this weekend devoted to all things car.

From 10:30am to 6pm Friday, May 13, to Sunday, May 15, muscle cars will line the Downtown Disney promenade, alongside the largest life-sized, radio-controlled replica cars ever built.

Of course Disney will tie in the exhibition to the upcoming release of  “Cars 2“, which hits theaters on June 24. Characters like star racecar Lightning McQueen, pal Mater and master British spy Finn McMissile will be brought to life so fans can “meet” them face-to-face.

Other activities will include a Classic Car Show on Saturday and Sunday, judged by Pixar Animation Studios’ “Cars” Franchise Guardian and resident car expert, Jay Ward, as well as other “Cars 2”-themed activities (a video kiosk, games and giveaways that offer 18,000 prizes, including a new car).

The original “Cars” movie will also have a limited-engagement showing at the AMC Downtown Disney 24 throughout the weekend. Speaking of movies, don’t forget about the special free sneak preview of the AMC 24’s new Dine-In Theaters on Friday, May 13.

This sounds like a fun, low-cost (it’s free!) weekend event for the whole family. I’m definitely going to check it out.

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