I love a brand new hotel and Disney’s Art of Animation is as new as they come! As a former meeting planner and destination marketer, new hotels are an awesome opportunity to give a familiar destination a brand new face. As an organization expert, new hotels are fresh, and fun, barely anything out of place or needing to be tended to. And as an every day Mom, new hotels are clean and crisp staffed by a team of exceptionally responsive employees at every turn. The wonderful thing about staying at a Walt Disney World Resort property is knowing that this will be true on opening day and every single day thereafter, 365 days a year for as many years as this hotel is open.
On Thursday, May 31, 2012, Disney welcomes its latest resort into the family, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort! Last month at during the 2012 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, we had an amazing opportunity to get a sneak peek at all the magic that awaits guests blessed to visit this fabulous hotel. Take a look and see for yourself….
The home base for our beautiful reception, I fell in love with this pool! Named “Big Blue”, I had no idea it will take the crown as the largest pool in the Walt Disney World Resort portfolio, measuring 11,859 square feet!!! Hands down favorite features from the property have to be:
Massive Mr. Ray with a 27 foot wing span ~ clearly the coolest teacher in the 7 seas!
Gigantor Crush just begs you to say “Narly Dude!”
So fun Righteous Reef children’s play area ~ the kids could not resist it!
And of course, the exceptional clever desk turned Murphy Bed shared in my video. The finer points and important details about Disney’s Art of Animation:
The hotel will consist of 4 wings with primarily family suites set to open in a rolling release. First up is Finding Nemo opening May 31, Cars opening June 18 and The Lion King opening Aug. 10. Standard guest rooms make up The Little Mermaid wing, the final phase to open on Sept. 15.
Will embrace the design of a specific Disney and Disney•Pixar film and most will be family suites that accommodate 6 guests including two bathrooms, a kitchenette and three separate sleeping areas that can sleep up to six. As a Mom of teens who are taller than both their parents, this matters. Its hard to sleep 5 in a typical resort room when 4 are actually adults. This feature alone will make this resort a HUGE hit for families with children of all ages or traveling with grand parents too.
Best described as making the story truly come alive, I fell in love the the vibrant colors everywhere I looked, giant 3D sculptures mounted on the outside of the buildings, and the dominating sense of playfulness that is found at every turn. You really do feel like you have been immersed inside the movie theme itself and that’s exactly what Disney Imagineers had hoped you would think.
Bottom line ~ if you love these movies, you’ll LOVE Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. So let me leave you with this. Two things stood out to me that make it so clear to see why The Disney Promise really does make the magic. First, when we entered the hotel lobby leading us out to the poolside reception, we were greeted with an amazing almost red carpet entry, lined on both sides by staff clapping as they welcomed us to their “home”. A wonderful touch, I was too impressed to take a picture. And finally, as the evening was winding down, the lifeguards had an impromptu line up around the edge of the pool and started doing *The Wave*. For those of us on the last bus home and anyone else nearby, we joined them in at least a dozen rounds of *The Wave*. As it happens, I found myself standing next to none other than the general manager, Mr. Rick Allen and his staff nearby. As enthusiastic as our elementary aged children, they weren’t about to stop until the last guest left the deck. A Disney executive with more than 35+ years with the company, he had no greater priority than to make sure we truly had a magical night.
Mr. Allen, it was amazing and this week we wish you every success as you open your doors to families worldwide helping them make their dreams for the vacation of a lifetime rooted in memories come true.
Tell me…have you stayed at a Walt Disney World Resort? Which one and what was your favorite part?
Thanks for stopping by ~ we’ll see you next time!
Disclosure: Thanks to Disney Social Media for inviting me to attend Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. As part of my paid registration, I received for myself and my family discounted hotel accommodations, park tickets, attendance at special events, and branded merchandise. I was not asked to post about this event at any time. My opinions are entirely my own.