Disney's Art of Animation Resort Tour, part two
When you arrive at the resort, passing the 40' retro sign that acts as the cover of their storybook, then pass through the similarly themed gate, you will be directed to the parking at Animation Hall. Those who have stayed at Pop Century will realize that this building is a mirror of the Classic Hall found at the sister resort across Hourglass Lake, at least in layout.
First, as you make your way to the various stations to order your food, you will notice that the food is being cooked to order and served on real dishes. This is just one of the many 'green' features of the resort. Another thing you will notice: NO disposable cups. You can purchase bottled beverages or a reusable cup.
|Lion King Lighting|
|Little Mermaid cavern mural, showing her collections.|
John Lasseter, President of Disney/Pixar Feature Animation, took a tour of the resort shortly before it opened. He was so impressed with the work that he wanted to be a part of it. They got him a large ladder, and he actually signed this 'storyboard' of Lightning McQueen.
The check-in area represents the move from ink and paint (the pods where you check in) to the digital age of animation (the pixelated tiles on the floor). Cast members are 'Story directors', as they guide you in your 'story' for the time you are at WDW.
|Early Nemo concept art|
|Many mid-progress sketches|
|Mine! Mine! Mine!|
|Nemo, little fin appearing to flap wildly|