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September 17, 2012

Art of Animation – Little Mermaid Section

Jack Spence Masthead

Once again I visited the Art of Animation Resort, this time for the grand opening of the final phase of this Disney property, The Little Mermaid section. I toured the grounds and stayed in a standard room during my visit. Let's start with the room.

To begin with, the Little Mermaid section of the Art of Animation Resort contains rooms of the same type and configuration as the other value resorts like the Pop Century and the All Stars. These are NOT suites as found in the Finding Nemo, Cars, and Lion King sections of the resort. To read a brief history of how these three wings of the resort came into being, check out an earlier article of mine by clicking here.

The Little Mermaid rooms open up onto an outside balcony. This balcony is decorated with a number of colorful fish found in the movie.


Little Mermaid Balcony

Balcony Fish

Balcony Fish

Balcony Fish

Balcony Fish

Little Mermaid Balcony


The three buildings that make up the Little Mermaid section of the resort are each four stories high. Ice and drink vending machines can be found on each floor near the elevators.

The guest rooms feature two double beds covered in turquoise bedspreads with several sea flowers as accents. The edge of the bedspread displays a design of coral. Each bed has two reasonably sized pillows.


Double Beds

Double Beds

Bedspreads


The headboards look like giant clamshells and feature small bubbles floating upwards. The light above each bed is a giant bubble and is surrounded by curious seahorses. Convenient light switches are located above the nightstand.


Headboard

Bubble Light


Between the headboards we find Sebastian and Flounder giving a fin-claw-high-five.


Sebastian and Flounder


On the nightstand are a telephone and a clock-radio. A single drawer contains a phone book and a Gideon Bible.


Nightstand


On the sidewall we find a portrait of Eric captaining his ship with his trusty companion Max.


Prince Eric Portrait


The carpet continues the "under the sea" theme with a sandy look and various seashells, starfish, and sand dollars.


Sea Floor Carpet


The window has both sheers and blackout curtains. The curtains feature a seascape minus any Little Mermaid characters.


Window Covering

Window Covering


Each room has its own air conditioner which is nicely concealed behind a wall. The electronic thermostat is motion sensitive to help reduce energy use.


Air Conditioning

Thermostat


The room has a small table and two plastic "clam" chairs. An electrical outlet is conveniently located on the wall behind the table for laptop use. Embedded into the table's surface is the sheet music for "Under the Sea."


Table and Chairs

Table and Chairs

Sheet Music


Above the table is a brightly colored "fish" lamp/mirror. The switch for this fixture can be found next to the door.


Lamp - Mirror


The chest contains three drawers and a refrigerator. A "hidden" compartment houses electronic hookups for audio-visual connections to the flat-screen TV. There is NO coffee maker in the room.


Chest of Drawers

Chest of Drawers

Chest of Drawers

Chest of Drawers

Chest of Drawers

Chest of Drawers


On the wall next to the chest is an octopus coatrack.


Coatrack


The bedroom is separated from the vanity area by a somewhat light-resistant curtain. It displays a scene right out of the "Under the Sea" section of the movie.


Vanity Curtain


The vanity only has one sink. The countertop is made out of a material that looks like the sandy sea floor. It's a wonderful accent that really adds to the personality of this room. In addition, Disney has added a handy cubbyhole beneath the sink for the storage of odds and ends. The mirror is framed in a sea coral design. A hairdryer hangs on the side wall.


Vanity Sink

Vanity Sink

Mirror

Hair Dryer


Next to the sink is the open closet. Besides hanging space and a shelf you'll find a luggage rack, iron and board, and an electronic safe.


Open Closet

Safe


The water closet is small, but efficient. A motion sensor detects movement and activates the exhaust fan whenever someone enters. The Little Mermaid shower curtain is especially appealing. If you must have one for your own home, it is for sale at the Ink & Paint Shop located in Animation Hall. The bath is stocked with four, adequate towels. If you're looking for fluffy, you'll have to book a deluxe property.


Toilet

Shower Curtain


For me, one of the highlights of the Little Mermaid room is the tile work behind the tub/shower. Here, you bathe in Ariel's grotto which is chalked full of bric-à-brac. It's stunning and my picture does not do it justice.


Shower Tile


Obviously, this room can't compare to the value suites found in the Finding Nemo, Cars, and Lion King Sections of the resort. But how does it stack up against the rooms at the Pop Century and All Stars? Quite well. The theming in the Little Mermaid rooms is far more pronounced than at its sister resorts. Enough so that I would definitely lean toward this resort if I was searching for a standard, value room. Don't get me wrong, I like all of the value resorts. But these new rooms get the edge in my book.

That's it for the Little Mermaid room. To see a three minute movie of this newest addition to Disney's lineup of sleeping quarters, check out my video below.

Now let's take a look at the exterior of this newest addition to the Art of Animation.

First, let me say, the Little Mermaid section of the resort is the furthest away from Animation Hall which houses the shop, restaurant, check-in area, and bus stop. If you have a mobility issue, you might want to think twice before booking a room here. Most people will be okay with the walk, but not everyone.

The end staircases of the various wings are hidden behind multiple layers of giant, colorful coral. The effect works quite nicely.


Coral Stair Coverings


You enter the Little Mermaid section along a winding path that is lined and illuminated by ships lanterns. At the moment, the foliage is a little thin, but give it time. In six months it will feel like the ocean floor.


Pathway into the Little Mermaid Section

Lamp


To give you an idea of how detail oriented Disney can be, some of the flower beds use crushed seashells as ground cover.


Seashell Ground Covering


Along this pathway we find a number of Ariel's treasures including a fork (dinglehopper), pipe (snarfblat), treasure chest, and stein.


Fork

Pipe

Treasure Chest

Stein


At the end of the pathway we discover the statue of Prince Eric that fell overboard during the storm at sea.


Prince Eric Statue

Prince Eric Statue


I will take this moment to chide Disney just a little. Flanking every one of Ariel's treasures are at least two signs warning us not to climb on the structures. Really? Has Disney forgotten their audience? They have placed pieces of art that are absolutely irresistible to children along a pathway and expect the kids not to climb on them.

I really don't know what the answer is. Should they put a fence around these pieces like they did the Casey Jr. engine in Storybook Circus? Or are these signs just Disney's way of getting out of any legal entanglements should someone's child hurt themselves while climbing into the treasure chest to see what can be discovered.

Bottom line, I understand the reasoning for the signs. But for me, it takes away a little of the magic.


No Climbing Sign


Okay, back to the resort"

Each of the three buildings of the Little Mermaid section is anchored by a giant character from the movie. We have King Triton, Ursula, and Ariel & Flounder.

On the building to the left as we enter this area we discover King Triton and his trumpeting entourage.


King Trident

King Trident

Trumpeting Entourage


Facing Triton across the courtyard is his sister and nemesis, Ursula with her companions in evil, Flotsam and Jetsam.


Ursula

Ursula

Flotsam

Jetsam


On the furthest building we find everyone is swimming to greet their friend Ariel and her best buddy Flounder.


Swimming to Ariel

Ariel

Ariel

Ariel

Flounder


In the center of the three buildings we encounter Sebastian in all his glory.


Sebastian

Sebastian

Sebastian


The Flippin' Fins Pool is large and offers a number of lounge chairs and tables for enjoying the outdoors. However, this pool lacks the imaginative theming of the Big Blue Pool located at the Finding Nemo section and the Cozy Cone Pool found in the Cars section. Don't get me wrong. The Flippin' Fins Pool offers everything you need for a good time. But in my opinion, it isn't anything that will knock your socks off. Disney has raised the bar to a new level and now they must compete with themselves. The Flippin' Fins pool is great, but kids will have more fun at the Big Blue Pool and adults will enjoy the cabanas found at the Cozy Cone Pool.


Flippin' Fins Pool

Flippin' Fins Pool

Flippin' Fins Pool

Flippin' Fins Pool


In the pool area are restrooms and a laundromat.


Laundromat

Laundromat


To see a three minute movie of the Little Mermaid exterior grounds, check out my video below.



That's it for my four-part review of the new Art of Animation resort. Overall, I really think Disney has done an outstanding job. People come to Walt Disney World to be immersed in the magic and this spot does it in spades. Even if the Grand Floridian is more to your liking, you should definitely stop by the Art of Animation on your next trip for a look around. You'll be glad you did.



August 12, 2012

Lion King Suite - Art of Animation Resort

Jack Spence Masthead


Hey everyone!

Being the ever vigilant Disney reporter that I am, I was at the Art of Animation Resort on opening day of the Lion King section (August 10th). I wanted to share with you some pictures of the grounds and room and share my thoughts with you. Let's start with the exterior.

The two Lion King buildings are located to the north of the Finding Nemo section of the resort. When exiting Animation Hall toward The Big Blue Pool, you would turn left. The first thing you notice as you approach this area are the two rock monoliths that "hide" the staircases on the ends of the building.


Rocks Hidding Stairs


As the walkway approaches the opening between the two buildings, we see Rafiki welcoming us to his world. This is the first of many photo opportunities guests will encounter here.


Rafiki


Also from this spot, we can begin to see the wonderful graphics painted on the buildings. Elephants, giraffes, and giant acacia trees punctuate the make-believe landscape. Clouds top the building's fourth floor.


Building Graphics

Building Graphics


As we enter this African environment, we meet Mufasa surveying his kingdom atop Pride Rock.


Mufasa on Pride Rock

Mufasa on Pride Rock


Our pathway continues through the grasslands of the Serengeti. Unlike the Finding Nemo section of the resort that is busy with multiple schools of fish and the Cars section which is studded with several automobiles and "Burma Shave" signage, the Lion King section is more subdued and has the feel of nature about it. This area is far less "cluttered" which is appropriate for the theme.


Grasslands

Grasslands


In the center of the Lion King Section is perhaps the most impressive of all the iconic pieces of character art. Here we find Timon, Pumbaa, and young Simba crossing a fallen log. You can't help but start humming Hakuna Matata.


Hakuna Matata

Hakuna Matata


Simba

Pumbaa

Timon


After walking through more grassland, we come to the Elephant Graveyard and children's play area. This area is impressive with the skeleton of an elephant and Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed looking down on us. Through the elephant's rib bones is a small cave.


Elephant Graveyard

Elephant Graveyard

Banzai

Shenzi

Ed


I have to be honest with you; I was disappointed with this area. In acknowledging that the Lion King section of the resort does not have a pool, Disney touts that it DOES have a children's playground. But what is it that the children are supposed to play on? There is no slide. No swings. No jungle gym. And all over the grounds are signs that say, "No Climbing Please." With the exception of a VERY small cave, there is absolutely nothing for children to do here. Yes, this area is visually very pleasing. In fact, it's fantastic in that respect. But it would take a mighty big imagination to call this a playground.


No Climbing

No Climbing


Moving on we find Scar keeping a watchful eye on the Elephant Graveyard and the hyenas.


Scar

Scar


Anchoring the far end of the resort is Zazu.


Zazu


On the back side of the buildings are black & white sketches of various Lion King characters, demonstrating the "movement" of animation. There are also several signs with interesting bits of trivia regarding the movie and the resort.


Back of the Buildings

Trivia Signs


Because the Lion King section of the resort lacks a pool, this area is more subdued and quieter than the Cars and Finding Nemo sections. This can be a major plus for many people. And for those of you who do want to cool off with a refreshing dip, the Big Blue Pool and the Flippin' Fins Pool (not open yet) are close at hand.

To see a three minute movie of the Lion King section, check out my video below.



Now let's take a look inside the Lion King buildings. The guest rooms in this section are all one-bedroom suites that open onto an interior hallway. On each floor, a different painting greets guests as they enter and exit the elevators.


Lobby Artwork

Lobby Artwork

Lobby Artwork

Lobby Artwork


The hallway carpeting is full of foliage and various animal footprints.


Hallway Carpeting


When entering a suite, you're in the dining room. A special "Murphy" bed/table makes up the bulk of the furniture in this room. One person can easily open and close this bed as it has counterweights. Two end tables flank the bed. A sleeping Simba is revealed when the bed is open.


Convertable Table/Bed

Convertable Table/Bed

Nightstand

Sleeping Simba


The dining chairs look like leaves and are stackable. This is a nice space-saving feature.


Leaf Chairs

Leaf Chairs


When the bed is put away, the graphics are cute. It seems that five birds have just landed on the branches of a tree and the nearby insects are running for their lives. More hungry birds can be seen on a nearby picture. I suppose these are appropriate graphics for the dining room - birds looking for a meal.


Table Graphics

Hungry Birds


The living room has a convertible sofa, two coffee tables, a lamp, chair, chest of drawers, and an open closet. Also in the living room is a kitchenette that features a sink, microwave, mini-refrigerator, coffee maker, plastic cups & cutlery and paper plates & bowls.


Living Room

Living Room


Let's take these features one-by-one. The kitchenette is not intended for the cooking of full meals. It is to function as a place where you can reheat last night's pizza, keep sodas cold, and get a drink of water.

The base of the unit is designed to look like wood, perhaps a tree trunk. The upper portion represents foliage. You will see this theme repeated again and again.


Kitchenette

Kitchenette


The convertible sofa is upholstered in an orange, textured material. Behind the sofa are five, very cute giraffes. Like the fold-down bed in the dining room, this convertible sofa can easily be opened by a person with moderate strength.


Convertable Sofa

Convertable Sofa

Giraffes


A word of warning to anyone who sleeps in this room. The bed is in close proximity to both the air conditioner and the refrigerator. Both of these appliances cycle on and off continually. If you're a heavy sleeper, this isn't a problem. But if you're a light sleeper, beware.

The lamp-table next to the sofa features three "blossom" lights. A close observer will notice vines creeping up the structure.


Lamp


The two coffee tables resemble logs. On the top of the logs, the "rings" are actually the lyrics for "I Just Can't Wait to be King" and "Hakuna Matata."


Coffee Tables

Coffee Tables


I laughed out loud when I saw the chair. It resembles the "grub" that Pumbaa eats. This chair isn't particularly comfortable to sit in, but it is cute - and it tastes like chicken.


Grub Chair


The chest has two large and two small drawers. A hidden compartment contains audio/visual connections. A flat screen TV sits on top. Next to the chest is an open closet with additional storage in a lower cabinet.


Chest of Drawers

Audio/Visual Connections

Open Closet


Something I was happy to see on this trip was a small sign informing us that the TV channel lineup can be found on channel 17. No more searching randomly for something to watch.


Channel Lineup


The carpet is also very cute. More foliage, bugs, and a few hidden Mickeys can be seen. And after some deliberation, I finally determined that the ceiling lights were supposed to represent clouds.


Carpet

Ceiling Light


The "guest" bath is divided into two rooms. You enter a vanity area that contains one sink. The mirror is framed with leaves and a few bugs. A hair dryer can be found attached to the wall.


Guest Bath

Frame Bugs


Off of the vanity are the toilet and a tub/shower. The tile in the shower is especially impressive. The Pumbaa and Timon shower curtain is for sale at the Ink & Paint Shop located in Animation Hall. There is a full length mirror on the bathroom door.


Guest Bath

Guest Bath

Guest Bath

Full Length Mirror


The bedroom features a queen-size bed, two nightstands, a chest of drawers and TV (identical to the living room version) and another open closet. If you look closely, you will notice that the bedspread completes the headboard design.


Bedroom

Bedroom

Headboard

Lamp

Chest of Drawers

Chest of Drawers


In the open closet you'll find an iron, ironing board, and an electronic safe. I hope in the future, Disney converts all of their in-room safes to these more modern strong boxes. I recently stayed at the Boardwalk were they still require a key.


Open Closet


A second bath is located off of the bedroom. The one-room facility features a single sink, toilet, and walk-in shower.


Bedroom Bath


To see a five minute movie of the Lion King suite, check out the video below.


I like the Lion King suite. It's relaxed and fun. I think the Cars suite is slightly better themed, but there is a comfort level about the Lion King room that works for me. I think any family would enjoy returning to this suite after a busy day in the parks.

To see my article about the overall Art of Animation resort and the Finding Nemo and Car rooms, click here.

That's it for this blog. Stay tuned for the final phase of this resort with the opening of The Little Mermaid section.



June 22, 2012

Art of Animation Resort

Jack Spence Masthead


The Art of Animation Resort is Disney's latest hotel at Walt Disney World. Opening in stages, this value resort will offer both standard rooms and one-bedroom suites when completed. I recently stayed here and would like to share my insights with all of you. Some of you might already be familiar with this resort through articles written by AllEars newest feature blogger, Kristin Ford and videos I shot last month.

Before I get started, I need to share some history with you. (Surprise, surprise)

Disney's Pop Century Resort was to feature 10 sections, each representing a different decade of the 20th century. The resort would be divided in half with Hourglass Lake separating the Classic Years from the Legendary Years. A bridge would connect the two.


Pop Century Resort

Bridge


The first phase of Disney's Pop Century Resort (the Classic Years) opened in late 2003. This half of the resort featured pop icons and memorabilia from the 1950's, 60's, 70's, 80's, and 90's. The resort was an immediate success and quickly became a favorite of those seeking a value resort.

Construction began on the second phase of the project and the lobby/restaurant and three hotel wings were nearly completed. However, because of the slowdown in tourism after the 9/11 attacks, it was decided to put the project on hold until things turned around. In this next picture, you can see the nearly completed lobby/restaurant of the Legendary Years. The project was so far along that even some decorative touches had been added.


Legendary Years


In 2010, Disney announced that they would restart construction on this unfinished portion of the resort, but instead of completing the Legendary Years, they would build the Art of Animation Resort. No reason was given for this change of course. The announcement also surprised many as the hotel would contain both standard rooms and one-bedroom suites. The three buildings that had already been completed would be standard rooms.

The Art of Animation Resort is located off of Victory Way at the south end of Disney World property. The entrance sign is big and inviting.


Art of Animation Sign


The resort features four sections, each themed after a different Disney or Pixar Movie. The first section to open was the Finding Nemo district in May of this year (2012). This was followed by the Cars district opening in June. The Lion King rooms will open sometime in August. And the Little Mermaid section in September. The Little Mermaid buildings will feature standard rooms. All of the rest will be suites. In addition, the suites will have indoor hallways leading to the rooms rather than balconies.

As you approach the resort and Animation Hall, the four movie themes of the resort tower above the sidewalk on giant pieces of "paper."


Movie Characters


The bus stop is also located just outside of Animation Hall - and I have some fantastic news for you. Unlike the other value resorts, the pick-up and drop-off area is covered. Guests are protected from the sun and rain while waiting to go to the parks. Now we just need to keep our fingers crossed that Disney will retrofit the other value resorts with this necessity.

Since I know I will be asked" The Art of Animation Resort does NOT share buses with Pop Century.


Bus Stop


Entering Animation Hall through the porte-cochère, guests are greeted by a huge wall of sketches. These include characters from Cars, Little Mermaid, Finding Nemo, and The Lion King. If you study the drawings from right to left, you will notice the characters change as you move along. On the right side of the wall, the characters are depicted in their early, concept stage. As you move along, they begin to take on more familiar personas, until finally, we see the personalities we have fallen in love with.


Porte-cochère

Animation Wall


The floor also helps tell the story of animation. Near the porte-cochère entrance, the floor is decorated with broad, sweeping swaths of color. This represents the strokes of a brush and the early years of animation. As you proceed through the room, the swaths turn into large squares, then smaller squares. This represents the transformation from hand-painted cels to computer graphics and pixels.

Opposite the animation wall are the check-in desks. However, instead of an expansive, single counter that stretches from one side of the room to the other, multiple podiums have been lines up. This allows the cast members to actually come from behind the podium and stand next to you as they provide resort information. I have to admit, I was a little dubious when I first heard about this new, informal method of registration, but when I actually tried it, I liked it a lot. The cast member was able to provide me with casual professionalism.

Behind the podiums the wall is awash with color.


Check-in Desks

Wall of Color


Also in the check-in area is a children's waiting area. An artistic, round room with a spiral bench gives kids a fun spot to hang out while mom and dad take care of vacation details.


Children's Waiting Area


Every Disney resort must have a video arcade and Art of Animation is no exception. Pixel Play Arcade can be found in Animation Hall and is a fun place to practice some hand-eye coordination. Another nice thing about this facility is seating. For the first time in a Disney arcade, cushioned benches (that look like giant pixels) are offered and allow mom and dad to rest while the younger set is mesmerized by flashing lights.


Pixel Play Arcade

Pixel Play Arcade

Pixel Play Arcade


Landscape of Flavors is the Art of Animation Resort food court. Disney also learned their lesson from mistakes they made at the All Star Resorts. Here, the ordering area is much larger and better lit than at previous venues. In addition, the food court features an open kitchen. So while waiting in line, you can see the cleanliness of the facility and your food's preparation.

Several tandori ovens were installed and the chefs of the Sanaa Restaurant (Animal Kingdom Lodge) were on hand to help with the menu. I have eaten here several times and I have been more than pleased. Although the basics like pizza and hamburgers are available, more upscale offerings like Mongolian Grill Beef Stir Fry and Tandori Portuguese Sausage can also be ordered. To see the complete menu, click here.


Landscape of Flavors

Landscape of Flavors

Landscape of Flavors


There is plenty of seating in four minimally themed areas. My only complaint with the dining rooms is that there are no soft surfaces or carpet to absorb the sound. It can get a little noisy in here.


Landscape of Flavors Dining Room

Landscape of Flavors Dining Room


To see a movie of the resort entrance and Animation Hall, check out this video.



Just outside of Animation Hall is the Finding Nemo Section of the resort and the hotel's largest swimming pool. Guests in this area are made to feel they are the size of Nemo and are surrounded by fish, coral, and other marine life. Another unique attribute of this pool is the underwater speakers, so when you're swimming below the surface, you can hear your favorite Disney melodies.


Big Blue Pool

Big Blue Pool


A very imaginative children's splash area (Schoolyard Sprayground) features a number of Nemo's classmates spouting water. This is a great spot for little ones to cool down on hot days. A dry play area (Righteous Reef Playground) is also on hand and offers several slides and tunnels for kids to explore. Please note: Do not let your children drink the water in the splash area. It is recycled and nearby signs inform you of this fact. When I visited the other day, parents had given their kids plastic bottles and they were filling them via the spouting fish. The last thing you need while on vacation is a sick child.


Children's Splash Area

Children's Splash Area

Children's Splash Area

Children's Play Area


The Drop Off is the spot for mom and dad to find a refreshing libation. This is also the location to refill your refillable mugs when poolside.


The Drop Off


Crush and Mr. Ray greet guests as they enter the two Finding Nemo buildings. Other fish can be seen swimming in the gardens and along the sides of the buildings. It all adds up to a lot of underwater fun.


Crush

Mr. Ray

Fish


To see more of the Finding Nemo swimming pool, take a look at the following video.



The guest rooms of the Finding Nemo section are all one-bedroom suites. When entering, you're in the dining room. A special Murphy bed table makes up the bulk of the furniture in this room. One person can easily open and close this bed as it has counterweights. Two end tables flank the bed.


Table / Murphey Bed

Table / Murphey Bed

Table / Murphey Bed


Off of the dining room is a bathroom. A single sink is available in the outer room and a toilet and shower can be found in a secondary room. The mirror is framed within a giant porthole and the shower curtain sports Dory, Bruce, Anchor, and Chum.


Guest Bath

Guest Bath


The living room has a convertible sofa, coffee table, pole lamp, chair, chest of drawers, and an open closet. Also in the living room is a kitchenette that features a sink, microwave, mini-refrigerator, coffee maker, plastic cups & cutlery and paper plates & bowls.


Convertable Sofa

Chest of Drawers

Open Closet

Kitchenette


The bedroom has a double bed, chest of drawers, a TV, open closet, and nightstands. The headboard is designed to look like coral and the lamps resemble sea urchins.


Bed

Chest of Drawers


The master bath is decorated similarly to the guest bath, however, it does not have a separate water closet. It also has a large stall shower while the guest bath has a tub/shower.


Master Bath

Master Bath


The attention to detail in the Finding Nemo guest suite is amazing and I'm certain many people, especially children, will fall in love with the Finding Nemo rooms - however, I am not one of them. For me, the bright blues and oranges are too intense and make it impossible for me to relax. Also, the plastic dining room chairs and plastic coffee table reek of cheap. I really think Disney could have made some better choices in the color scheme and furniture.

To see a video of the room, click on the picture below.



Your journey to the Cars section of the resort begins with a trip down Route 66. Two giant billboards welcome you to Radiator Springs and Ornament Valley. Along the road, all of your old friends are on hand to greet you. With the use of creative landscaping and a wonderful pallet of colors, it's easy to forget you're in Florida and not in the American Southwest. For those of you who remember Burma-Shave advertisements, you're in for a treat.


Ornament Valley Billboard

Radiator Springs Billboard

Route 66

Doc

Flo

Ramone

Sheriff


At the heart of the Cars section of the resort is the Cozy Cone Motel. This is the entrance to the swimming pool. When you visit, be sure to take a look at the postcards in the window. For any of you who are my age and remember long "driving" vacations, these will bring back memories. Inside this building are coin-operated washers and dryers.


Cozy Cone Motel

Cozy Cone Motel

Cozy Cone Motel Postcards

Laundry


The Cozy Cone Pool is substantially smaller than the Big Blue Pool over at the Finding Nemo section of the resort. Although children are welcome here, they would probably be happier swimming with Nemo and his friends.

One of the best features of the Cozy Cone Pool is the Cozy Cone Cabanas. Each of these houses a table and four chairs - the perfect spot for shade and a game of cards. These cabanas cannot be reserved and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Cozy Cone Pool

Cozy Cone Pool


Sarge's Supply Hut cleverly houses pool equipment and is a storage facility for other resort paraphernalia.


Sarge's Supply Hut

Sarge


Sarge's nemesis, Fillmore is also on hand. Be sure to read some of Filmore's bumper stickers. They're a hoot!


Fillmore

Bumper Sticker

Bumper Sticker


The Cars section of the resort has three guest buildings. Mater, Luigi & Guido, and Lightning & Sally each anchor one of the entrances.


Cars Rooms Entrance

Cars Rooms Entrance

Cars Rooms Entrance


To see a video of the Cars section of the Art of Animation Resort, check out the video below.



As I mentioned earlier, I was not enamored with the Finding Nemo guest rooms. That was not the case with the Cars rooms. I fell in love with the imaginative décor found here. The colors were more subdued and the furniture a little more sturdy. The floor plan and accoutrements of the Finding Nemo and Cars rooms is identical. It is only the theming that changes.

Let's start in the dining room. Once again, a table/retractable bed makes up the bulk of the furnishings here. On the table are the logos for the many businesses of Radiator Springs. When the Murphy bed is open, a picture of Mater sleeping can be seen. The end tables are designed to look like auto tool cases.


Table Murphey Bed

Doc's Emblem

Cozy Cone Emblem

Mater Sleeping

End Table


The guest bath is designed to look like a carwash. The brightly lit mirror is hilarious and the shower curtain has Red giving Lightning a much needed shower. I have been told by a reader that these shower curtains are for sale at the Ink & Paint shop. However, they were not available during my visit.


Guest Bath

Shower Curtain


I love the living room. The convertible sofa looks like the backseat of a 1950's car. It's fantastic. The coffee table has a map of Route 66 passing through Carburetor County. If you study it carefully, you'll find many interesting places like Tailfin Pass and Tire Flats. You might also find a hidden Mickey. Note: The coffee table is made out of particle board and is very heavy. It will take two people to move it out of the way when opening the bed.


Living Room

Coffee Table


The chest of drawers, open closet, and kitchenette all resemble auto tool chests.


Chest of Drawers

Kitchenette


The bedroom is a little more subdued than the living and dining rooms. The theme here is Cozy Cone Motel. The carpet, headboard, and lamps all sport these cute little orange safety markers. The chest of drawers is designed to look like a piece of furniture you might encounter on a 1950's road trip.


Bedroom

Chest of Drawers


Another cute detail used in this room is old style postcards embedded in the furniture.


Postcards


The bathroom continues the car wash theme found in the guest bath.


Master Bath

Master Bath


Another thing I like about this room is the pictures hanging on the wall. Scenes from the movie appear to be painted on canvas and have an expensive look about them.


Painting

Paintings

Paintings


If you'd like to see a video of a Cars guest room, click on the picture below.



I know most of you don't watch TV to any extent when you visit Walt Disney World. But for those of you who do, I have good news. Disney recently contracted with Direct TV and their station selection is greatly improved and expanded. Now when you can't sleep in the middle of the night, there is something besides Stacy to watch.

Between the Finding Nemo section and the Cars section, for me, Cars wins hands down. I feel the detailing is better and the atmosphere a little less "in your face." However, if you have kids, you might want to consider the Finding Nemo section as it is closer to the pool they're going to want to use.

I already have my reservations for the opening of The Lion King section of the resort. You can rest assured I will have more pictures and videos soon after.



Hi Everyone. This is Jack with an update.

Disney is touting the Big Blue Pool at the Art of Animation Resort as Walt Disney World's largest "resort" swimming pool. This pool holds 308,527 gallons of water. However, Stormalong Bay at the Yacht and Beach holds 795,000 gallons of water. Disney considers Stormalong Bay as a "collection" of pools, even though they are all connected to one another via small swim-ways.



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