Disney’s Art of Animation Pool is Completely Drained

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One of the best parts about visiting Walt Disney World is surely being able to go to the theme parks, but also, getting to explore the Disney Resorts.

With over 25 hotels to choose from, Guests can not only stay in the magic but also, can spend days immersing themselves in the other worlds and stories that each Disney Resort includes! That being said, to make sure that every Walt Disney World Resort hotel is always looking its best, refurbishment must be done. 

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Disney’s Art of Animation, which allows Guests to jump into the pad of paper that classic films such as The Little Mermaid, Finding Nemo, Cars, and The Lion King, has been undergoing a bit of a refurbishment. The Disney Resort, which falls under the Value Resort category, did not reopen with the Disney World Parks in July, but rather, stayed closed through to November 1st. 

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We previously noted that Disney filed a permit for Art of Animation to do some general construction, and had speculated that it would be The Big Blue Pool, which would most likely receive a refurbishment. Most recently, Disney announced that:

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.

Now, thanks to Biorecontruct (@bioreconstruct) we can see that the refurbishment for Disney’s Art of Animation’s main pool is well underway.
Aerial looks at a pool refurbishment in Art of Animation resort.

From this, we can see that the pool has been fully drained, and all pool lounge chairs and tables have been removed, leaving The Big Blue Pool looking quite barren. Disney has not announced if the changes at the pool are significant, but considering the pool has a technical element of playing music and sounds for Guests to hear when underwater, there could be a handful of reasons for the refurbishment from wiring to regular maintenance.

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The Walt Disney World Resort describes The Big Blue Pool on its website as the following:

Just keep swimming in the largest hotel pool in all of Walt Disney World Resort.

Inspired by the Disney•Pixar “splash hit” Finding Nemo, this huge, zero-entry pool contains over 308,527 gallons! Guests can relive the story of their favorite clown fish alongside giant set pieces of Nemo, Crush and other beloved characters from the film.

For the little ones, Schoolyard Sprayground is home to pop-up jets, gushing water and more familiar faces from Finding Nemo, while Squirt’s Righteous Reef is a Nemo-themed playground perfect for kids who prefer to stay dry during playtime.

For refreshing snacks and beverages, drop by The Drop Off pool bar conveniently located nearby.

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Disney’s Art of Animation is not the only Disney Resort undergoing an extensive refurbishment at the moment. Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is currently being reimagined to include a Moana flare to the resort, including the hotels Lava Pool. Disney’s Contemporary Resort is also undergoing a room refurbishment at this time.

Related: Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort to Remain CLOSED Until Summer 2021

What is your favorite Disney Resort pool on property? Let us know in the comments below.

Do you want to head back to Disney’s Art of Animation Resort on the Disney Skyliner after meeting Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse at Disney’s Hollywood Studios? If so, it is important to start planning your Orlando vacation ahead of time! With Disney Park Pass reservations always moving fast, having the experts at Academy Travel in your corner is essential to ensuring you have a magical visit. Click here to begin planning today! 

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