The excitement is building as the opening of the Disney Art of Animation Resort Hotel gets closer. Disney has just announced that the resort will open in stages. The first Art of Animation Resort rooms will be available on 31st May 2012. The final phase will open in December 2012.
Here is a video showing how the details of the Art of Animation Resort are taking shape
The Art of Animation Resort has 4 distinct themed areas all taking inspiration from Disney Pixar movies.
All of the 260 square feet standard rooms will have a Little Mermaid theme. They sleep up to 4 guests. These standard rooms are based on the design in the All Star Resorts. Demand for these rooms is likely to be very high as this is of course the newest Disney Value Resort and it has a theme which young children are really going to love. Current pricing ranges from $94 to $179 per night. If you want a preferred room these have a premium of $10. They are exactly the same in design as the standard rooms but have a better location within the resort (closer to the pools or bus transportation).
One of the most popular room choices is the family suite. The suites will be in The Lion King, Finding Nemo or Disney Pixar Cars themed areas.
These family suites will sleep up to 6 guests in a 520 square feet suite. The design of the family suite has a separate bedroom with a double bed. There is also a living room which has a single sleeper couch and a double sleeper sofa. There are also basic kitchenette facilities of a refrigerator, coffee maker and microwave. These Art of Animation Resort rooms are bound to be very popular with families who are looking for more space but do not have the budget for a Disney Resort Villa. The family suites are priced from $248 per night in low season.
As you can see from the video the attention to detail at the resort is going to be amazing. The Art of Animation resort is sure to prove very popular with families with young children. The 3 themed swimming pools will be a large part of the attraction to the resort (and most likely be very busy at peak times). The main pool is named The Big Blue and has a Finding Nemo theme. The Big Blue is located in the Finding Nemo section of the resort so these rooms are likely to be very popular. There are 2 other swimming pools available too: The Cozy Cones in the Cars themed section and Flippin Fins Pool in The Little Mermaid section. These pools are smaller and are likely to be quieter than the main pool (if a pool in a Value Resort can ever be quiet)!
The Art of Animation Resort will have access to Disney bus transportation and there will be bus stops throughout the resort. There is a main quick service dining venue but details have not yet been announced. As with all the Disney Value Resorts there will not be a full service restaurant on site.
The Disney Art of Animation Resort is likely to be hugely popular and bookings are already going extremely well even before the first phase of the resort opens in May 2012. If you want to ensure that you get your first choice of room then make sure to book as far ahead as you can. Particularly if you want one of the Family Suites.
Alison Meacham is the founder of EverythingMouse Disney Blog. For over 15 years she has shared her love of Disney Parks, Disney Cruises and Universal Orlando. In over 30 years of Disney Travel she has spent countless months in Disney Parks and has sailed on over 45 cruises. A British native and now a United States resident she splits her time between California, Florida and the UK. And spends a serious amount of time sailing the seven seas. She helps over 200,000 people per month follow their Disney travel dreams.