Popular Disney Resort Is Getting a Big Makeover

in Walt Disney World

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Walt Disney World Resort’s Disney’s Art of Animation Resort hotel is popular with Guests for a number of reasons.

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It is the most “Disney-themed” Resort at Disney World, with characters from a number of Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios films — like The Lion King (1994), The Little Mermaid (1989), Cars (2006), and Finding Nemo (2003) — featured throughout the property.

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Now, one area of Disney’s Art of Animation is undergoing a fairly big makeover. The Lion King area of the Resort hotel has had a great deal of its landscaping removed and there are cranes onsite for construction.

As you can see below, numerous trees and plants have been cleared for the ongoing project.

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At this time, Disney has not officially announced when the cleared area will be restored.

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Furthermore, Guests entering the building that is under construction must go through a temporary walkway in order to reach their hotel rooms.

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Again, an end date for the construction at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort has not been announced, so if you plan to stay at this hotel soon — perhaps for Disney World’s 50th anniversary celebration! — be prepared (as Scar would say) for The Lion King section to look different than you’re used to.

More on Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

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Disney’s Art of Animation is officially described 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.

Are you staying at Art of Animation soon?

Let the expert team at Academy Travel help you plan your next magical vacation to Walt Disney World Resort’s four theme parks — EPCOT, Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios — and the Disney Springs shopping and dining district!

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