Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has unveiled plans for Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, one of the largest new hospitality projects in Florida that will feature family suites designed around four unique themes: The Lion King, Finding Nemo, Cars and The Little Mermaid.
“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 Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “This project also underscores our optimism about the future, as we continue to invest in new experiences for our guests around the globe.”
Located adjacent to Disney’s Pop Century Resort, the new 65 acre resort will include 1,120 family suites in The Lion King, Cars and Finding Nemo wings, and 864 themed rooms in The Little Mermaid wings—for a total of almost 2,000 new units. Suites will feature both a living room and a bedroom, offering added space for large families and groups of six.
Each group will have its own courtyard, and each courtyard will feature an icon from the movie it is based on. So the Little Mermaid courtyard will have a giant 35-foot statue of King Triton holding his all-powerful trident.
The hotel rooms are further divided into 10 wings, with a separate building for the lobby and restaurants. The low nightly room rates will make Art of Animation a ’value’ hotel.
Disney World currently offers four existing value accomodation options - the Pop Century Resort and the three All-Star resorts – All-Star Sports, All-Star Movies and All-Star Music.
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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