Disney’s Art of Animation Resort will be opening in stages, with the first section opening this May. The resort will feature many family suites and some standard rooms (opening Dec. 31). The resort will offer three swimming pools and four playful courtyards — one for each section of the resort. The suite sections include Finding Nemo, Lion King and Cars. The Little Mermaid section will feature the standard rooms. Let’s take a look down at the construction progress. Click on any of the photos to view them larger.
The entrance to the new resort is just down the street from the Pop Century Resort. In fact, this area and some of the buildings were originally going to be part of the Pop Century. From the street, you can see a new sign has been put up. You can also see the resort is located on the new Animation Way.
Back in the air, you can see a similar sign has been put up at the lobby entrance. The Disney Parks Blog reported the sign is 46 feet, six inches long and it is the largest freestanding marquee at Disney World, and 18 inches taller than the famous Hollywood sign in Los Angeles.
The first wing to open (on May 31) will be the Finding Nemo area. As you can see, it looks just about ready to go. This will be the largest pool at the resort. The bridge at the top of the photo leads to the Pop Century resort.
Here’s our video of the resort flyover:
For more information about the resort, visit Click Here to visit Disney World’s website.
UPDATE: The opening dates have been announced and are sooner than expected.
Finding Nemo opens May 31
Cars opens June 18
Lion King opens Aug. 10
Little Mermaid opens Sept. 15
You can start booking rooms on March 23, 2012.