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Walt Disney World to build new value resort

Leah Zanolla | Posted: May 12, 2010 | Updated: Oct 19, 2014 - 9:25:27 AM
Walt Disney World announced plans for a new 2,000-room value resort that will open in 2012. Disney's Art of Animation Resort will be next to Pop Century and use the two empty buildings that had originally been planned for a Pop Century expansion. The buildings were abandoned in 2001 when business declined.

The new resort will be the same size as Pop Century, but will offer 1,120 suites that will hold six guests and 864 regular rooms. Suites have proven to be a popular choice by families, who often request the suites at the All Star Music Resort. The buildings will be themed around four of Disney's most popular animated movies - The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Cars, and Finding Nemo.

Each of the four wings will have a courtyard that is designed to look like scenes from the movies. "The hope is you walk into this courtyard and you're kind of like seeing it as a character in the movie," said Frank Paris, a senior project manager with Walt Disney Imagineering.

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