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.


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:

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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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Broadway Across America Announces 2011-2012 Season for Bob Carr P.A.C.

Even though Wicked is currently holding court at the Bob Carr P.A.C. as part of the Broadway Across America series, there’s a whole new season of traveling productions that will be making their way to Orlando.

Newly announced as part of the upcoming 2011-2012 season are the following shows:

  • November 1-5, 2011 – The Addams Family
  • December 6-11, 2011 – South Pacific
  • January 17-22, 2012 – Les Miserables
  • February 15-26, 2012 – Billy Elliot The Musical
  • April 17-May 13, 2012 – Disney’s The Lion King
  • June 5-10, 2012 – La Cage Aux Folles

For more information, or to purchase season tickets, visit Broadway Across America online or call 800-488-6322.

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