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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Disney Unveils Summer Change to Magic Kingdom Nightly Show

Yesterday, Walt Disney World revealed that they will be implementing a seasonal change to their nightly show at the Magic Kingdom.

During the “The Magic, The Memories, and You!” show, images are projected onto the castle and one of the new scenes features Cinderella Castle turning into a huge sandcastle.

Park reps say the seasonal changes to the show will start May 25. They do not have an exact end date, but my guess is it will be sometime around Labor Day weekend in early September.

Here’s an artist rendering of the sandcastle scene:

[Image courtesy of Walt Disney World]

Out and About: A Family Day at the Lakeland Sun’n’Fun International Fly-In Weekend

This year’s Sun’n’Fun event in Lakeland got off to a rough start as a strong storm last Thursday (March 31) caused damage to several planes and temporary structures.

However, they quickly cleaned up and they re-opened Friday morning, continuing the event schedule through to close on Sunday (April 3).

Our own Carol Garreans and her family attended the event and she took the following photos during the day:

Ready for Take-Off!

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