It's long been rumored, and today Disney have confirmed that the second phase of the Pop Century Resort
that was never completed (see photos below)
will be finished and opened as Disney's Art of Animation Resort. The second phase of Pop Century Resort
- The Legendary Years
, was to have 2,880 rooms.
Here is the announcement from the official Disney blog. http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2010/05/disneys-art-of-animation-resort-unveiled/
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort will be one-of-a-kind, featuring family suites designed around four themes: The Lion King, Cars, Finding Nemo and The Little Mermaid.
It’s a resort designed with families in mind. There will be amazing sights at the different themed wings of the resort, including a model of King Triton that’ll eventually be 35 feet tall and tower over guests. And Disney’s Art of Animation Resort will also have themed room interiors in its nearly 2,000 new units — 1,120 family suites in The Lion King, Cars and Finding Nemo wings and 864 themed rooms in The Little Mermaid wings. Suites will have both a living room and a bedroom, offering added space.
All of the themed suites and rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort (to be located adjacent to Disney’s Pop Century Resort) are expected to open by the end of 2012.
Room locations: The 1,120 family suites will be located in The Lion King, Cars and Finding Nemo wings, and the 864 themed rooms will be in The Little Mermaid wings.
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More information from the Orlando Sentinel at http://thedailydisney.com/blog/2010/05/disney-to-build-2000-room-hotel-dubbed-disneys-art-of-animation-resort/