Big newsâ€¦ Disney has just announced plans for a new resort at Walt Disney World Resort that will bring to life some of their most beloved characters and stories. Disneyâ€™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. It will be the first new resort built on property in seven years.
Itâ€™s a resort designed with families in mind. There will be amazing sights at the different themed wings of the resort, including a model of King Triton thatâ€™ll eventually be 35 feet tall and tower over guests. And Disneyâ€™s Art of Animation Resort will also have themed room interiors in its nearly 2,000 new units â€” 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, offering added space. Each section will have separate courtyards anchored by icons from the movies, such as a 35-foot tall version of the King Triton statue pictured above.Â â€œThe hope is you walk into this courtyard and youâ€™re kind of like seeing it as a character in the movie,â€ said Frank Paris, a senior project manager with Walt Disney Imagineering, the companyâ€™s in-house attraction-design unit.
Like the nearby Pop Century Resort, it will be a “value” resort with standard rates starting at around $82 per night and is expected to open in 2012. The 65-acre plot was originally designed to be the second phase of Disney’s Pop Century Resort, but was abandoned in 2001.
In addition to bringing new, value-conscious options to its Guests, Disney said the project will generate approximately 800 construction jobs.
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