Walt Disney World has completed the newest addition to its lineup of more than twenty hotels. With the debut of “The Little Mermaid” wing, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is now fully open for guests to explore and immerse themselves in four separate animated stories.
On Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, the “Flippin’ Fins” pool, surrounded by larger-than-life characters, made its big splash along with 864 standard hotel rooms that sleep up to four guests. Take a trip under the sea with Ariel and friends in the video below.
Video: Tour The Little Mermaid wing of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
This wing of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort based on “The Little Mermaid” features one of three pools in the hotel, complimenting the “Big Blue Pool” in the “Finding Nemo” wing as well as the “Cozy Cone Motel” pool in the “Cars” wing. But whether guests stay in these wings or the pool-less wing themed to the jungles of “The Lion King,” all are invited to explore the entire resort and enjoy its many amenities.
Characters prominently featured in “The Little Mermaid” wing include Ursula, King Triton, Prince Eric, Flounder, Sebastian, and, of course, Ariel herself.
Other decorations include whozits and whatsits galore, along with plenty of thingamabobs:
Inside the standard rooms, two twin beds or single queen beds fill the underwater-themed space, featuring colorful decorations along with plenty characters from the walls to the shower curtains. Our friends at WaltCastOnline.com, Shawn and Katie Bonneau, shared pictures from their opening weekend stay in the new wing.
Unlike the other wings of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, “The Little Mermaid” wing features exterior entry rooms, so there are no indoor, air conditioned hallways and elevators are located outside as well.
Nightly rates vary widely across Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, not only with each season throughout the year, but also especially between the standard rooms for “The Little Mermaid” wing, which start at $94, and the family suites of the other three wings. But whether staying there or not, all Walt Disney World guests can and should at least visit Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, explore its character-filled grounds, and grab a meal at its unique Landscape of Flavors food court, as this new hotel is unlike all others on property.
More photos from The Little Mermaid wing of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort: