Thursday, April 5, 2012

Walt Disney World’s Art of Animation Resort - Opening Dates

Disney announced the opening dates for the new Art of Animation Resort, and guests can start booking rooms at the resort now.  The Finding Nemo wing will the the first section to open, on May 31, 2012.

The new Art of Animation Resort is located on the formerly unfinished half of the Pop Century Resort.  The Art of Animation Resort is the fifth value-level resort on Disney property. The resort features both standard rooms and family suites.

There will be 1,120 family suites designed after Finding Nemo, Cars and The Lion King, and 864 rooms inspired by The Little Mermaid.  Family suites (starting with Finding Nemo) are scheduled to open on May 31, 2012 and standard rooms (The Little Mermaid) are scheduled to open September 15, 2012.

Finding Nemo Family Suites -- Opening May 31, 2012
Cars Family Suites -- Opening June 18, 2012
The Lion King Family Suites -- Opening August 10, 2012
The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms -- Opening September 15, 2012

Standard rooms will include 2 double-size beds or 1 king-size bed. Much like the other standard value resort rooms, it will include a set of chairs and a table, flat-panel TV and wall safe.

The Family Suites will accommodate up to 6 people.  There will be 2 separate bathrooms, three sleeping areas, including a master bedroom.  The suites will also feature an Inovabed, which is a dining table that transforms into a comfortable bed.

At Landscape Cafe Food Court, you will find four different food stations serving up everything from pizza, burgers and sandwiches.  There will also be a Pool Bar near the Finding Nemo courtyard.  Pizza delivery to your room will also be available.
Fresh fruit smoothies will be made to order, as well as lemonade and pomegranate limeade.  Organic teas, beer (including gluten free), wine, coffee and juices also will be stocked.  Half bottles of wine are paired with cuisine from the food shops.

Menu highlights from the four stations within the Food Court will feature the following...

You'll be able to create a salad at the Soup-Salad-Sandwich Shop, including a caprese sandwich with fresh mozzarella and tomatoes on focaccia, or a Buffalo-style turkey sandwich with arugula and a blue cheese-Buffalo sauce-mayo spread. Both served with house-made potato chips.

The World Flavors Shop adds Indian-African flair to breakfast, with scrambled eggs, tandoor potatoes, Portuguese sausage, slab bacon and a mini-naan; or a veggie flatbread sandwich on naan with cauliflower, spinach and paneer. Lunch and dinner is a choice of tandoori chicken or shrimp, Mongolian beef with vegetables, mahi mahi, Portuguese sausage or roasted acorn squash served with sides and naan bread.

The Pizza Shop features make-your-own pasta, cheese and pepperoni pizzas and meatballs on ciabatta bread.  Room delivery is also an option.

The Burger Shop includes a breakfast burger with chicken breakfast sausage, cheese and scrambled eggs on a multi-grain bun, and a steak-and-eggs breakfast burger with a burger topped with fried eggs, cheese and bacon.  Besides the traditional burgers, lunch and dinner includes a surf and surf burger with crab cake and fried popcorn shrimp, and a pastrami cheeseburger topped with pepper jack cheese and a slice of fried green tomato.

The “Grab ‘n Go” Market Shop will offer drinks, yogurt, bagels, pastries, gourmet cupcakes, cookies and gelato.
The food court will be part of the Disney Dining Plan.

Guests will be able to choose from three swimming pools at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.  The Big Blue Pool will be in the Finding Nemo area and will feature a pool bar.  The Flippin’ Fins Pool will be found in the The Little Mermaid area and the Cozy Cone Pool will be found in the Cars area.

In addition to pool fun, there will also be a playground, interactive wet play area, arcade and fun themed courtyards to explore!

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is adjacent to Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park and the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.  Guests can enjoy complimentary transportation to and from the theme and water parks.  It is a smoke-free Resort; smoking is permitted only in designated outdoor smoking locations.  Accessible rooms and features are offered for Guests with disabilities. See all amenities & services at the Art of Animation Resort.

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