Art of Animation Resort Construction Photo From Above

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Our own Adam Roth also does a fair amount of work over at Theme Park Review, and while taking an aerial tour of Walt Disney World for the site, he came across this:

This is Disney’s Art of Animation Resort which will be opening in phases beginning May 2012

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The Finding Nemo buildings opens in May 2012, Cars in July 2012, The Lion King in September 2012, and The Little Mermaid buildings in December 2012. If you compare the two photos, you’ll see that the Nemo buildings are indeed the furthest along, so it’s not hard to believe that area will open first.

The back of the building has already been decorated with the character sketches we saw in concept art:

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The buildings in the Cars wing seem to be on the same track:

Meanwhile, vertical building construction is still going on in The Lion King section, making it hard to believe that will open only 4 months after the Nemo building:

Unfortunately, The Little Mermaid buildings are not in the picture, but they were pretty far along last time we looked. Another thing to take notice of is that the facade of the main building is really coming along. Here is the concept art:

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Here’s what it looks like now:

It certainly will be fun to watch this new resort grow over the next year! Stay tuned to WDW News Today for more information on Disney’s Art of Animation Resort!

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Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.
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  • This site was phase 2 of POP Century the Legendary or Legacy(cant remember which) years 1900-1940's when I worked there alot of infurstructure was in place since 2000 and POP Century offically opened in December of 2003

  • I'm still in mourning that the family suites are upwards of $250 a night. :-( Those are deluxe resort prices.

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