arts and animation resort

Dragon Gliders

Although the colorful characters of the DreamWorks Animation canon are typically found in Universal Parks and Resorts worldwide, this winter brought these characters their own dedicated space in the newly-opened Motiongate Dubai theme park from Dubai Parks and Resorts. The all-indoors DreamWorks zone of the park features four distinct areas each based on the Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar and How to Train Your Dragon franchises. When the Dragon area debuts later this winter, it will feature a suspended rollercoaster that sends guests on an exhilarating high-flying adventure through the Forbidden Islands alongside unlikely hero Hiccup and his dragon pal Toothless.

Art ©️ Entertainment Design Corporation & Dubai Parks and Resorts


The Generation Gap Bridge by Disney Photo Tour

Far and away the coolest thing I bought from my trip.  We stayed at the Art of Animation resort, and there’s artists there that do pics of characters from pretty much every Disney movie and short ever.  Most of the time they just draw whatever they feel like, or to show kids how to draw certain characters in a drawing lesson, but you can get personalized stuff to order.  And from asking around the parks, it seems like our resort is the only place at Disneyworld that you can get that done.

Coolest thing ever, and the artists were all super nice.  If you like art and animation stuff, you definitely need to try and stay at that resort for sure.

This Day in Disney History

July 21, 2011:  Nearing completion of the Art of Animation Resort, a “topping out” ceremony is held at a wing of the Lion King section.

The ceremony is a tradition among construction workers and engineers, and takes place when the highest piece of steel is placed on a building’s frame. The Art of Animation’s larger than life decorations highlight some key moments in favorite Disney and Disney-Pixar movies, and the resort was scheduled to open during the summer of the following year.


The Little Mermaid Rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Pricing: $109-199 depending on the season. September pricing-weekday rates $115/$126 & weekend rates $139/$147.

Resort Level: Value

Beds: 2 Double Beds or 1 Kind Bed

Bath: 1 Bathroom with separate sink area.

Sleeps: 4


  • Rooms have a mini fridge.
  • Exceptionally themed and renovated.
  • You can use the amenities of the Art of Animation (pools and amazing food court) without spending as much for the family suites.
  • The bus pick up is a traditional line with metal dividers at the front of the resort, so it’s easier to get a quick ride.


  • These rooms are usually exempt from discounted deals such as the eat-for-free promotion.
  • The two beds are double beds, not queen.

Art of Animation by Mark Walter

The Grand Floridian! Which is your favorite Disney World Resort?

Mine would be Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Art of Animation, and The Beach Club Resort!

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