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I recently had the pleasure of staying at the new Art of Animation resort. It is an amazing and beautiful resort. It is considered a “value” resort but it does not look like a “value” resort in anyway. They have mainly suites and some standard rooms.
When you first drive up to the resort you see the huge paintings outside of Animation Hall representing the characters that have suites or rooms in their honor. There is quite a little winding road to get there but then when you see the big reveal it is worth the wait. This resort is very colorful and it will definitely lift your spirits.
When you enter Animation Hall you are greeted by a ton of sketches and drawings on the wall and the ceiling, so don’t forget to look up as you enter. The drawings and sketches are from some of your favorite characters before they became what you know them as today. My daughters favorite sketch is all the way down in the upper right corner, it is a sketch of Ursula, not as we know her today but as a skinny Ursula. After you have checked out the sketches you must check in. The wall behind the check in desks is full of bright colors. As you look down the wall the colors gradually change. In Animation Hall you will also find the Pixel Play Arcade. The Ink and Paint Shop (also known as the gift shop), and Landscape of Flavors Food Court.
Chip’s Tips: When you go into the Ink and Paint shop pay close attention to the walls because the walls are designed to look like big ink wells or big paint jars!
The buildings that are closest to Animation Hall are the suites, which are the Cars, Nemo, and Lion King buildings. The Little Mermaid rooms are the farthest away from Animation Hall, but that may not be a big thing because I found the Little Mermaid building to be the quietest. The Cars Suites have 3 buildings, Nemo and Lion King have 2 buildings and finally The Little Mermaid rooms have 3 buildings.
The courtyards of these buildings are amazing. The suites have the best courtyards in my opinion. The Little Mermaid rooms have the standard “value” resort courtyard feel. I was told that the Little Mermaid rooms are the same size as every other standard value resort room but to me these rooms felt a little bigger. This resort is an attraction in itself. Even if you don’t stay at this resort I would suggest that you take a stroll through the courtyards because they really make you feel like you are in the movie. The music, the feel of the courtyards, the painting on the buildings, everything makes these courtyards incredible. Those of us who are Disney addicts know that Disney pays great attention to detail and these courtyards show that.
I am not much of a pool person but what kind of review would this be if I left out the pools. The pool that stands out to me the most is The Big Blue pool, where you will find Marlin and Nemo peeking out there home. Next to them you will find a larger than life Crush and Dory. There are 2 other pools, The Cozy Cone pool, and the Flippin Fins pool. It seemed like the Flippin Fins pool was the quietest and least used. The Big Blue pool was extremely crowded.
Chip’s Tips: I have been told there is music playing under the water in the Big Blue Pool. I will have to take there word for it because I will not be going under the water to find out.
I would highly recommend this resort. It is the best “value” resort, in my opinion. The food here is very good but it is not some of the typical food court food that you are used to. They have a lot of “Create Your Own” style dishes, so you can get anything pretty much the way you want it. The Cast Members at this resort somehow seem different to me. I know for the most part Cast members are beyond friendly and helpful but they seem extra friendly and extra accommodating at this resort. They all smile at you as you walk by and ask you how you are doing. To be fair I have only stayed at 2 other Disney resorts. Our Mousekeeper was amazing and left my daughter her very first towel animal, not only once but twice. She also left the most adorable window display in every window on our floor. We never had this at any other Value resort.
Have you stayed at Art of Animation? Would you? Tell us your experiences?
Sunshine is a Disney fanatic. You will find her counting down the days until she goes back to Disney, while annoying her daughter with all things Disney.
- Catch an Outdoor Disney Movie at Walt Disney World (chipandco.com)
Disney and weddings have been symbiotic for a long time now…What Disney lover has not thought about getting engaged, married or renewing vows at Disney? I admit I am guilty! I have ordered the wedding videos and dreamed about the day I can have Cinderella’s carriage drive me down Main Street, USA (yes in my dreams I get married in front of the castle…again it is a dream I know.)
One bride and groom decided to live out her Disney dreams and went all out on her wedding theme. She did not have the wedding in Disney, pretty far from anything Disney related in fact, but instead had a Disney-themed wedding in St. Louis, Missouri. Jamie and Chris are the bride and groom and Shari Photography told the story in pictures below. From her Ariel hair and brushing it with a fork, to her bridesmaids being all the other Disney princesses (which is how I think it should be!) and the ushers being the Disney princes, I would say she had the perfect Disney wedding for her dreams!
These are just a few pictures of this “Under the Sea” wedding that are some of my favorites…tell me what type of Disney wedding do you want to have?
Walt Disney Studios has just announced a slew of new release dates for their upcoming slate of films, as well as 3D announcements for two of the upcoming Marvel Studios films, and a cancellation of one 3D re-release.
‘The Muppets 2′, which is rumored to be titled ‘The Muppets…Again’, will be released March 21, 2014.
‘Maleficent’, the new Angelina Jolie starring take on the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ story has been moved to July 2, 2014.
‘!952′, Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof’s mystery science fiction film, will be released December 19, 2014.
‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5′ will set sail July 10, 2015.
Both ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ will be released in 3D. Both films are still set for April 4, 2014 and August 1, 2014, respectively.
As for the re-release of ‘The Little Mermaid 3D’, it has now been pulled from the schedule altogether, and looks like it could have possibly been cancelled.
Which of the films on the new slate are you currently looking forward to? Let me know in the comments below, only here at Chip and Company!
- The Walt Disney Studios Release Schedule Update for 2014 and beyond (chipandco.com)
- Disney Hires ‘Catch Me If You Can’ Screenwriter for ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5′ (chipandco.com)
2013 is shaping up to be a good year for Disney Movies. Disney is bringing back some classics like The Little Mermaid, while others seem to be getting a reboot like the Lone Ranger. Will be interesting to see how they do in theaters.
Here is the Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar, Marvel, DreamWorks Movies that will be coming to theaters in 2013.
March 8: OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL
May 3: IRON MAN 3 (Marvel Studios)
June 21: MONSTERS UNIVERSITY (Disney/Pixar)
July 3: THE LONE RANGER
August 13: PLANES
September 13: THE LITTLE MERMAID 3D (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
October 4: DELIVERY MAN (DreamWorks Pictures)
November 8: THOR: THE DARK WORLD (Marvel Studios)
November 27: FROZEN (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
December 20: SAVING MR. BANKS
Which movies are looking forward to the most?
- New Poster For ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ Revealed (chipandco.com)
- Disney + Netflix = Exclusive Deal (chipandco.com)
Journey of the Little Mermaid Characters Come to Life with Classic Storytelling and Innovative Technology
Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid debuts in a few days at Magic Kingdom, advancing the great tradition of the “dark ride” – a theme park classic that transports riders in guided vehicles through specially lit scenes often featuring animation sound, music, and special effects.
That said, the Little Mermaid attraction incorporates advanced technology and special effects to make guests feel as if they’ve been taken underwater as they encounter characters from “The Little Mermaid” in amazing three-dimensional forms.
Technical and design highlights begin with the building housing the attraction. The architecture itself was designed using new digital 3-D modeling technology and the façade, in its finished form, features Prince Eric’s castle from the film. Guests will arrive at the sandy beach line and descend into the caverns below Prince Eric’s castle to board their clam shell and journey under the sea with Ariel.
The painstaking attention to detail that is a hallmark of Walt Disney Imagineering is evident in an “underwater” grotto that appears to be a room inside the prince’s castle, with a beautiful domed ceiling, light penetrating from the sky above water to reveal artifacts of Prince Eric’s world.
In Ariel’s world, where sea creatures talk and sing, mischievous little crabs engage guests in games of ‘trash or treasure” to help the crabs fill their treasure chests. This is the latest example of how Imagineers use technology to create interactive queues that allow the fun to start almost immediately.