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Disney's Art of Animation Resort announced

Written by Tim Krasniewski on . Posted in Other Resorts News


On Wednesday Disney announced that the long vacant structure originally slated to be the second half of Disney's Pop Century Resort will finally be completed.  No longer a part of Pop Century, the redubbed Disney's Art of Animation Resort will offer 1,120 Value suites and 864 hotel rooms.

The project has sat dormant for nearly 10 years now in the wake of the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks and subsequent decline in tourism.  At one point, Disney reportedly considered repurposing the building as Value-class Disney Vacation Club units.


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (May 12, 2010) – Work begins soon on an exciting new resort hotel built around the themes of Disney animation, Walt Disney World Resort announced today. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort will be one-of-a-kind, featuring family suites designed around four themes: The Lion King, Cars, Finding Nemo and The Little Mermaid.

Crowned by a 35-foot-tall model of King Triton, the family-friendly resort will have themed room interiors in its nearly 2,000 new units — 1,120 family suites in The Lion King, Cars and Finding Nemo wings and 864 themed rooms in The Little Mermaid wings. Suites will have both a living room and a bedroom.

“These themes have both compelling storylines and vivid visuals which will come together to create a truly memorable, immersive resort experience,” said Eric Jacobson, Senior Vice President of Walt Disney Imagineering. “With more multi-generational families vacationing together, guests are looking for places where they can play together and stay together. This resort was designed with the needs of families in mind, as we continue the Disney tradition of providing a great guest experience for every taste and budget.”

Added Tom Staggs, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts: “We are always looking for opportunities to expand and enhance our Walt Disney World offerings, and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is a great example of those efforts. This new resort will feature some of our most beloved characters and stories in a unique and special way that we think our guests will really enjoy,” said “This project also underscores our optimism about the future, as we continue to invest in new experiences for our guests around the globe.”

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, the 26th resort at Walt Disney World, will be one-of-a-kind, with themed building exteriors and room interiors, and larger-than-life icons from the animated films in the courtyard areas. To be located next to Disney’s Pop Century Resort, all of the themed suites and rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort are expected to open by the end of 2012.

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Disney's Art of Animation Resort announced -- DVCNews
Thursday, 13 May 2010 14:08
On Wednesday Disney announced that the long vacant structure originally slated to be the second half of Disney's Pop Century Resort will finally be completed. No longer a part of Pop Century, the redubbed Disney's Art of Animation Resort will offer 1,120 Value suites and 864 hotel rooms.

The project has sat dormant for nearly 10 years now in the wake of the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks and subsequent decline in tourism. At one point, Disney reportedly considered repurposing the building as Value-class Disney Vacation Club units.

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Re: Disney's Art of Animation Resort announced -- DiZ NeE 08
Thursday, 13 May 2010 14:15
Hellloooooo!!!! that's what I'm talking about!
Re: Disney's Art of Animation Resort announced -- teburgess
Thursday, 13 May 2010 14:45
I was an Opening Team Cast Member for the Front Desk at Pop Century in 2003. As we prepared for opening and met with the Imagineers they showed us the plans, costumes, and concept art for the other half of the resort... then called "The Legendary Years." I remember the Coca-Cola pool as the best icon. I figured we would never see the resort come to fruition and we just watched those partially finished brown buildings just sit there.

So now Pop Century really does not hold to its name and either does the lake (Hourglass Lake) or the bridge (Generation Gap Bridge). I wonder if the resort and the landmarks will be renamed to be more fitting with the 50 years that it pays tribute to and its new animation sibling.

Very excited to see the theming of the new suites. I have not yet seen the All-Star ones in person.
Re: Disney's Art of Animation Resort announced -- apriliss0710
Thursday, 13 May 2010 15:59
So will any of these be DVC?
Re: Disney's Art of Animation Resort announced -- DiZ NeE 08
Thursday, 13 May 2010 17:42
apriliss0710 wrote:
So will any of these be DVC?

I am hoping it is... Bc I will buy in there if it's somewhat cheaper!

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