Disney World announced the May 2012 opening of the first phase of the newest onsite resort, the Art of Animation. Designed to appeal to families, the resort will have four phases, each themed on a different Disney or Pixar classic.

Art of Animation Resort

The new Art of Animation will open next spring. Photo © The Walt Disney Company

The Art of Animation Resort at Disney World is considered an Disney World Hotel Value Resort, and joins the existing value priced properties, the All-Star Movies, Music and Sports resorts and Pop Century. The Art of Animation builds on the popularity of the family suite rooms at the current resorts. Family suites are designed to be spacious and offer room for larger families; regular value resort rooms are restricted to only four guests.

The new resort will feature themed swimming areas and room decor, along with a larger assortment of dining options than previous value priced properties. The first phase of the Art of Animation draws inspiration from the Disney/Pixar film Finding Nemo; with room, pool and exterior decor featuring the film’s settings and characters. The remaining three phases will follow the Finding Nemo section, and feature characters from the Little Mermaid, Cars and the Lion King.

While the resort doesn’t open until the end of May, you can book your room well in advance and be one of the first to check out Disney’s newest property. Guests staying at the Art of Animation will receive all of the benefits of staying on Disney property, including free parking, package delivery, bus transportation and daily Extra Magic Hours in the theme parks.

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