If you have something in particular you’d like me to report back on, feel free to post a comment and I’ll try to do it the next time I visit the resort. Tomorrow.
We’ll finally get to the good stuff. There had been a few comments about the brightness inside the lobby and around the resort. The lobby is really not that bright. If anything, it’s actually on the dark side because most of the light is provided by the colorful wall behind the check-in desks and natural light coming in from the ceiling.
Once outside, you’ll be greeted by the largest resort pool on property at 11,859 feet. It’s filled with 310,000 gallons of water/urine. Well, it’s 310,000 gallons of water. So 314,000.17 gallons if you count the urine.
The kids’ water play area is as precious as could be.
I wanted to walk up and hug the coral, but quickly remembered I do not have a body for water. Forever alone.
Water streaming down from the jellyfish things. They should look familiar from Finding Nemo the Musical.
The Nemo themed playground featuring Squirt. IT IS TOO FREAKING CUTE.
The only problem is the fact that it’s not the biggest thing in the world.
You can just stand there tossing other people’ kids off the sides while Princess Snowflake plays. You are paying $94/night to stay in a Little Mermaid room and IT IS YOUR VACATION YOU PAID FOR IT.
The pool is RFID card protected (you use your room key to open the doors from the outside), but there are about 15 entrances/exits and the doors close very slowly. And people are constantly entering/exiting. They aren’t going to be able to keep anybody out.
The rules, should you choose to follow them. It’s Disney World though, do whatever you want! Swallow that pool water you rebel!
THE DROP OFF pool bar is conveniently located closest to the main building. You’re probably going to need a beer during the walk between the main building and the pool with the kids running full steam ahead to Dory.
As opposed to the Orange Blossom Pilsner, I’ll admit that I saw the Pina CoLAVA coming.
One nice thing about the bar is the fact that it has a self-serve soft drink/iced tea dispenser right next to it.
We have a couple ping pong tables off to the side near the pool bar. The laundry room is in the building to the left.
Mickey ping pong balls. I wonder how long these will last? Actually, I can tell you because it was about four seconds since I took them all. Look forward to the opportunity to win one during one of my thousand upcoming RETWEET THIS TO WIN! AND NOW RETWEET THIS! AND NOW THIS! AND THIS! contests on Twitter! SO FUN!
The laundry room just for the sake of thoroughness I guess:
There looked to be six washers and ten dryers. $2/cycle.
Tell me you’ve seen this vending machine elsewhere! Since we can’t compete on exclusive access…Actually, check out that guy enjoying his potato chip in the top right corner of the machine. I also like the simplified ordering system and big buttons. So next level.
It’s an impressive pool complex. I love the jellyfish and kids’ play areas. Since it’s a “Value resort,” we don’t see an impressive slide or hot tubs. Installing a slide themed to the East Australian Current would have been sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cool though. A shame, really.
Taking a look back at Animation Hall and Landscape of Flavors before moving onward. Tables line the outside of the quick service if you prefer to sit outside.
The theming around the rooms closest to the pool is similar to the other Values with the oversize icons.
It sort of looks like the fish are swimming underwater via plants that sort of look like coral, right? Pretty cool, Disney!
The theming on the flip side is much chiller.
Looking back at the pool in front of us and the main building on the right.
Mine, mine, mine. Love it!
All of the rooms are located inside with interior hallways. The hallways are actually on the dark side. This is a little brighter than real life.
Each floor has its own little set of artwork.
Looking down the path that separates the back side of one of the Nemo buildings and one of the Cars buildings.
My personal chauffeur. I ride in back. I try to convince myself that it’s the VIP treatment but I’m really not sure. There are no seats in the back. Only chains.
Speaking of the East Australian Current. I have no idea what they are trying to tell me though.
I mentioned in Part 1 that we were going to have our minds blown later on. This is it. A bench with an umbrella over it. Perfect for scotch during the daily 3pm storm. Might want to move some of the metal away first though.
Another look at the back side of one of the Cars buildings. Luigi(?) is stacking tires.
We’ll return on June 18th for a better look at the Cars section.
This section is looking fantastic.
With the various Cars characters out.
And locations from the movies.
It’s petty vast. There’s another pool in here somewhere.
From the other side.
It lights up in neon at night. Can’t wait!
The Lion King section, opening August 10th, is looking to be even more impressive.
Unfortunately, we’re not going to get a very good look at it.
But it seems to have dense vegetation.
And impressive rock work.
And Timon, just dancin’ bro.
I’ll be walking through a Nemo suite tomorrow. Until then, this is a nice video of what one of the suites actually looks like. I’ll also take some more pictures of the outside of the Nemo buildings around the pool. Somehow I neglected to take more than a couple. The suites are certainly bright, but I don’t think they’re as bright as they seemed in the original promotional pictures Disney released. For whatever reason, those kinds of pictures always seem to have the colors “turned up,” which may have hurt the cause in this case.
I was thoroughly impressed by the Art of Animation resort. I don’t think the Pop Century or All-Stars do anything better. The pool is superior. Bus service is superior. Beer selection is superior. Quick service is superior. Grounds are superior. Amusingly(?) I feel like the only problem people are going to have with the resort is the fact that the rooms are so themed. Without kids, I’m not sure I would want to stay somewhere with so much going on inside the room. If anything, that’s what I’m trying to get away from when I leave the theme parks. Time will tell once the resort opens fully and we see wear and tear on the various elements. One nice thing about a stay before September 15th is that you’ll be able to enjoy the resort’s amenities with fewer people since hundreds of rooms won’t yet be open. That means less crowded buses, pools, etc. until Little Mermaid comes online.