In-Depth Look at the Finding Nemo & Cars Wings of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

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WDWNT’s own Katey McGregor went on a special tour of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort on Monday and was nice enough to take a number of photos to share with us prior to the resort’s official opening on May 31st:

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Pulling up to the resort

One of the large sketches on the exterior of the main building

A palette of colors dominate the check-in area, while early character concepts cover the opposite wall

An animator at work in the lobby. I hope this is a regular thing and not just something they were doing for the special event…

Wall opposite the front desk, showing concept art for the main characters of all four films. You can even catch a glimpse of British Sabastian!

More concept art from lobby

Some of your favorite characters looked a little different at first

Concept from the four films makes up this awesome lighting fixture- look for the hidden John Lasseter signature :)

Storyboard artwork covers a chandelier

Hidden John Lasseter signature!

This one is actually signed by hand by John Lasseter

Watercolor renderings outside the Ink & Paint Shop

More artwork on another wall

Cars section of food court

Landscapes of Flavor has 4 themed sections like the resort – Cars

Little Mermaid section of food court

The Little Mermaid

Lighting fixture in Little Mermaid section of food court- it's Ariel's treasure cave!

Lighting fixture for the Finding Nemo part of food court

Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo food court section

Lion King section of

Lion King

The Ink and Paint Shop looks ready to go

Front of resort

The back of the Cars wing

Even the staircases are themed to the different films

A glimpse of the Lion King section- you can see Simba on Pride Rock way back there if you look closely

The Lion King section is coming along nicely

Close up of Pride Rock- you can see Simba through the trees

I can kind of see Simba there…

Big Blue- the largest pool at any resort- is to the right

Finding Nemo is ready to open on May 31st

It's the EAC!

The jellyfish spout water

A look inside the rooms

Inscription on Nemo bathroom mirror

Nemo bathrooms designed to look like a submarine!

The bathroom looks like the sunken ship where the sharks live

Shower curtain in other bathroom

Shower curtain

Nemo playground

Squirt’s Righteous Reef

Restroom and Laundry signs made up of little fish


Welcome to Radiator Springs!

A little bit of Cars Land in Florida

Sheriff hiding near the billboard as always

A picture with Doc Hudson

The Cadillac Range is on the buildings

Cozy Cone Motel is straight ahead, and the pool is behind it

Some of the town establishments were built

They even have the Cozy Cone sign

Sarge’s Surplus Hut

Guests are staying at the Wheel Well Motel

I didn’t know Luigi sold Lightyear tires

Another building has an entrance through Casa Della Tires


The Cozy Cone motel

A look inside the rooms

The TV is on a toolbox


The bathroom is a car wash…

Thanks for the report Katey!

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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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