Opening Dates for Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

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Great news to share today. The teams creating Disney’s Art of Animation Resort tell us that the wings dedicated to popular films “Cars,” “The Lion King,” and “The Little Mermaid” will now be opening sooner than you can imagine after the grand opening of the “Finding Nemo”-themed wing on May 31. Here’s the official schedule:

  • Finding Nemo (Grand opening) – Opens May 31
  • Cars – Opens June 18
  • Lion King – Opens August 10
  • Little Mermaid – Opens September 15

And guests can begin booking rooms March 23! It seems like just yesterday when we shared the first image of Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) putting the finishing touches on the new resort’s marquee and Nemo icons. Now, we’re closing in on the big day – May 31.

Let us know which wing you’re most looking forward to.

  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort Marquee at Walt Disney World Resort (
  • All New Disney’s Art Of Animation Resort Details (
Opening Dates for Disney’s Art of Animation Resort


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4 thoughts on “Opening Dates for Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

  1. We booked our vacation last month. We are reserved in August, 2012 for 10 days. Currently they are not offering any discounts/freebies. They are not even participating in the free meal plan in late August. I inquired about any discounts, they want u to stay there because you want to NOT because of any special offers.

  2. for the suites only. The regular rooms open in Dec. 2012 – Little Mermaid section. We are booked in August, 2012 for 10 days.

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