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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Lion King Tour Art of Animation Resort

Timon, Pumbaa, and Simba, Larger than Life at the Art of Animation Resort

The Lion King area officially opened yesterday at the Art of Animation Resort, and we were there to explore all it had to offer.

I didn't think that the Lion King would be as fun as the Cars area, but I was definitely wrong.

When we first arrived, we parked at the end of the Lion King parking more towards the Little Mermaid parking area. We wanted to stop by the fence surrounding the Little Mermaid courtyard and snap some pics.

We first came upon Zazu standing on a rock ledge, just waiting to have his picture taken with your family.

Zazu waiting to take a picture with you.

The staircases are hidden behind huge "mountains of rocks" and looks really real and awesome.  All of the guest we saw arriving with their luggage were super excited and awed with the decorations, just like us.


The side of the Outside resort wings were decorated like the others with sketch pictures of Simba, Mufasa, Timon, and Pumbaa of course.  The Inside resort wing, around the courtyard, is decorated like The "Pridelands" from the movie.

It is gorgeous, and slowly turns from a lush African Jungle to an African Savannah with giraffes and other animals.

After encountering Zazu, the next character you'll meet is Scar. He is perching on top of a rock formation staring down at you in an evil way.

Scar resting on a rock.
The Next thing you will find is the Elephant Graveyard or the Bone Yard Playground.  It isn't much more than a cool tunnel, but it great for pictures and letting your little ones run around.

The "elephant bones" are really real looking and very large and hiding above them in the rocks are our next 3 Lion King characters, the Hyenas, Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed.

The Elephant Graveyard Playground

Just past this is the main courtyard with a huge fallen log across (above you) the middle with Timone, Pumbaa, and Simba walking across it. 

Another wonderful picture opportunity, especially if you go into the resort (the one facing the 3 characters front) and take the elevator up to the 4th floor. Right off of the elevators are windows that overlook the courtyard.

This is where I got the picture in the beginning of this post from. It shows the whole area very well. The Disney World Weather was quite nice this day as well, the clouds were almost fake looking they were so puffy and beautiful.

Mufasa on Pride Rock, Lion King Art of Animation Resort

After spending some time around Simba and the courtyard you start to reach the "Savannah Area" of the Pridelands. The plants change to a more brown and brush feeling, not the green and lush ones from the "jungle" part.

There is a small seating area and then you find Mufasa standing tall on Pride Rock.  Wow! It really is so beautiful. Disney did a super job on the whole Art of Animation Resort. 

Out of all of the resorts on Disney property, or any that I have seen, not counting Las Vegas, This has to be one of the most beautifully detailed and fun filled resorts.

King Triton from the Little Mermaid Art of Animation Resort

Even if you don't plan on staying at the Art of Animation Resort, take some time to go and explore it.  It will be a memory worth your time, I promise.

Remember, you don't have to be a guest to visit the resorts. Show the guard your ID and tell them you are just visiting the resort and they welcome you with a smile.

Check back soon for the Little Mermaid Area Video and walk through of the Art of Animation Resort. It is still under construction right now but looks like it's almost done.

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