Everything Reopening at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort Nov. 1

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Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is reopening to Guests on November 1 for the first time since Walt Disney World Resort temporarily closed in March.

This is big news for fans of Disney animation as well as the Disney Skyliner transportation system, which recently turned a year old. Art of Animation is a Skyliner Resort, which means Guests who stay there have easy access to Disney World’s newest form of transportation.

Related: New Construction Permit Filed for Art of Animation

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For those unfamiliar with this Disney World Moderate Resort, Disney describes it as:

Be surrounded in the artistry, enchantment and magic of Walt Disney and Disney and Pixar movies. Stay at a Disney Resort hotel that invites you to explore the storybook landscapes seen in such classics as Finding Nemo, Cars, The Lion King and The Little Mermaid. From delightfully themed family suites to wondrously detailed courtyards, Disney’s Art of Animation “draws” you and your family in to become a part of some of your animated favorites.

Here is a full list of what shops, dining options, and other experiences will be reopening at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort on November 1:


  • The Drop Off Pool Bar
  • Landscape of Flavors


  • Pools (Big Blue Pool, Cozy Cone Pool, Flippin’ Fins Pool)
  • Movies Under the Stars
    • Official Disney Description – Watch some of your favorite Disney films outside in the fresh evening air—located on the grassy area found between The Lion King building and Finding Nemo building.

Related: Disney Confirms Skyliner Now Operating on Reduced Hours

Transportation Options

  • Walt Disney World Buses (available to all four Disney theme parks — EPCOT, Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios — and the Disney Springs entertainment district)
  • Disney Skyliner gondolas (available to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and EPCOT only)

Big Blue Pool to Remain Closed

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It is important for Guests who have plans to stay at Disney World’s Art of Animation Resort in the near future to note that the Big Blue Pool will be undergoing refurbishment. Disney’s official announcement reads:

The Big Blue Pool will be closed for refurbishment from January 11, 2021 through early April 2021. While this work takes place, other exhilarating pool and recreation offerings will remain open for your enjoyment—including Flippin’ Fins Pool, Cozy Cone Pool and the Schoolyard Sprayground.

During this time, it is possible that Guests may see or hear construction, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9:00 AM.

Related: Disney Files Permit for Art of Animation Resort Construction

Guests who have upcoming reservations at the Art of Animation Disney Resort hotel may receive this email prior to their stays:

We are excited you have selected Disney’s Art of Animation Resort as your vacation destination. We are thrilled to host you as our Guest and are excited to share the magic, imagination and artistry of our storybook surroundings with you.
To ensure we are continuing to deliver the best vacation experience possible, it is necessary for us to refresh our offerings from time to time. In preparation for your upcoming visit, we would like to inform you of refurbishment work that will be taking place.
Big Blue Pool is scheduled to be closed for refurbishment during your stay. During this time, we invite you to make a splash at nearby Schoolyard Sprayground. Our two additional pools, Flippin’ Fins Pool and Cozy Cone Pool, will also remain open.
While we work our magic, it is possible that you may see or hear construction, but noise should not be heard from your Guest room between dusk and 9:00am. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and appreciate your patience and understanding. Please know that we are making every effort to ensure your comfort and enjoyment.
If you have questions or need assistance prior to your arrival, please contact your travel agent directly.
General Manager Jose Mola and the team at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort look forward to your arrival and wish you a truly magical stay!
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