Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Disney Social Media Moms Conference at The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL.
And of course I was thrilled! The line-up of speakers was amazing, I would get to see many of my fave bloggy friends there too, but the thing that excited me the most when we got our itinerary…was touring the newly built Art of Animation Resort!!!
Why you ask? Well for one it was a really big deal! I’ve been dying to see this resort from the moment they announced it! The attendees of the conference were some of the very first people to step on the property once the hard hat requirement was removed and the construction workers had finished. The resort, which will feature artwork and animations from Finding Nemo, The Little Mermaid, Cars, and The Lion King is set to open this month!
For two, we were scheduled to be having dinner next to the pool…near the Finding Nemo themed area…which just so happens to be one of Jackson’s…and well, MY favorite movies!
So, without further introduction or delay….I give you photos of the absolutely stunning Art of Animation Resort! Special thanks to The Walt Disney World Resort for providing me with these beautiful photos by Matt Stroshane, since my camera gave out halfway through our stay (I have since fixed it, thanks goodness!).
|As you enter the lobby, you get to see beginning sketches for all 4 movies featured throughout the resort.|
|Walk through the lobby and past the gift shop and find yourself in front of the beautiful pool!|
|All of Nemo’s friends are around the resort buildings and pool!|
|Marlin and Nemo can’t wait for you to come and play below the anemone at the splash pad!|
|Mr. Ray keeps a watchful eye over swimmers at the pool.|
Friends, I’ll be completely honest. I knew I was going to cry at some point during my stay at Disney…the magic always does that to me…but what I did not expect was to cry upon seeing this beautiful resort area.
But I did.
Because honestly, it was like stepping into the movie. The characters are breathtaking, the landscaping is stunning, and to see my favorite movie come to life blew me away.
If you are like me and cannot wait to stay at The Art of Animation Resort, see below for important opening details!
Walt Disney World Resort will open the doors to its newest resort hotel with Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, a value property consisting primarily of family suites that immerse guests into the magical worlds of classic Disney and Disney•Pixar films. The Finding Nemo wings of the resort will open May 31; Cars will open June 18, and The Lion King will open August 10. The value rooms at The Little Mermaid wings will open on September 15.
For more information or to book your stay visit: http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/resorts/art-of-animation-resort/
Disclosure: I paid for my conference ticket to attend this event but Disney deeply discounted my stay, park tickets, and more during the conference. Disney provided transportation to and from The Art of Animation Resort as well as dinner for the evening of the event. I was not compensated or asked to write this post but chose to on the basis of my amazing experience. These are my own, honest opinions. I only recommend products and services to my readers that I feel are trustworthy and that I can stand behind with pride.