Disney's Art of Animation Resort
However, in the ten years since that project was put on hold, Disney noticed their guests needed rooms to accommodate more than 4 people, a segment that had previously had to either book two rooms, get a moderate hotel room to sleep 5 or to keep costs in line, seek a place to stay off-property.
Instead, they decided to pilot test 'suites' in the All Star resorts that slept 6 comfortably. The pilot was a huge success, and led to plans for Art of Animation to have three sections of family suites. However, the story doesn't end there.
Story is actually the perfect word here, for this is the first location on property where guests book their room by 'story', choosing from Cars, Finding Nemo, or Lion King (opening August 10th) for family suites, and Little Mermaid in September. When guests check in, they're asked which story they're part of, and their experience begins with the cast member talking to them related to their story.
For instance, if your story is Cars, you'll rev your engines and drive on over to Radiator Springs or be guided to 'fuel up' at the Landscape of Flavors. (More pictures tomorrow of Animation Hall, with more details, too)
Anthony was our guide and showed us one of the suites in the Cars area. There are three buildings, Tow Mater's Towing and Salvage, Luigi's Casa Della Tire and the Wheel Well Motel. Let me just say, the themeing is fantastic-the Imagineers created a desert like vista, but on our walk, we were soon greeted by this happy fella:
The master bathroom vanity.
I want to note that there were about twenty of us in that room during the tour and we all fit comfortably! So if you are concerned that it's not enough room for your family, I think that's a good barometer of how well 4-6 will fit if 19 or 20 can be in there and not be squished like sardines. (well, we were for a group picture later-in one corner of the living room.)
Here's where the Disney attention to detail comes in again-look at the overhead light fixtures:
Again, thanks to Deb and her hard-working team for having another great event!