A new Walt Disney World hotel called Disney’s Art of Animation Resort will be built to open in 2012.
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort will be built across from Disney’s Pop Century Resort, utilizing the unfinished half of that hotel that was originally slated to be called the “Legendary Years” section. Now it will be transformed into a new 10-wing hotel that will be priced at the “value” level. Other Disney “value” hotels include Pop Century and Disney’s All-Star Resorts.
The hotel’s decor will include many of Disney’s classic animated films and, like Walt Disney World’s other value hotels, will feature oversized sculptures of characters. One sculpture to become part of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is King Triton from The Little Mermaid, pictured above being scuplted by Walt Disney Imagineer Joni Van Buren. This new sculpture will tower at 35 feet tall.
The four movies that will be prominently featured at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort will be The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Finding Nemo and Cars.
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort will also contain a building to house the check-in lobby and restaurants.
Construction on the new hotel is scheduled to begin this summer with a completion date scheduled for some time in 2012.