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Dogs Welcome at Select Walt Disney World Hotels Starting Oct. 15

Dogs Welcome at Select Walt Disney World Hotels Starting Oct. 15

Disney has some exciting news for Disney Parks fans who are also dog lovers. Beginning this Sunday, Oct. 15, for the first time ever, the Walt Disney World Resort will welcome guests – and their dogs – to four of its resort properties!

As part of this new dog-friendly pilot program, four Walt Disney World resort hotels have been designated dog friendly. Each property’s per night/per room pet-cleaning rate is:

A maximum of two dogs per guest room can be accommodated. Each guest room will have easy access to outdoor pet walkways for exercise and green spaces with pet relief areas.

We will also designate certain floors or sections of a hotel as dog-friendly, while the majority of areas will remain canine-free to accommodate Guests with allergies or other concerns.

Dog lovers will find plenty of Disney amenities and special touches for their four-legged friends.

  • At check-in, Pluto’s Welcome Kit includes mat, bowls, a pet ID tag, courtesy plastic disposable bags, puppy pads and dog walking maps. Also included: a Pluto “Do Not Disturb” door hanger indicating to hotel staff that a pet is in the room.
  • Disney enjoys a partnership with Best Friends Pet Care, an on-property full-service facility that can provide assistance with pet daycare and other pet services (fees apply).
  • Pet merchandise is coming soon to participating resorts.
  • While there are no in-room services available at this time, Best Friends Pet Care does provide services like doggie day care at its nearby facility on Disney property.

Dogs that are allowed to stay in guest rooms will be expected to be well behaved, leashed in public resort areas and properly vaccinated.

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Picture a family vacation where you can stay and play in the fun-filled worlds of Finding Nemo, Cars, The Lion King and The Little Mermaid. Share the adventure of a story-inspired room, and have a blast in their 3 themed pools. The kids can get their game on in the arcade, and when the day draws to a close, you can all kick back together watching movies under the stars.

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is home to 3 pools that are themed after a few of the best Disney animated movies. The Big Blue Pool is a zero-entry pool is based on Finding Nemo and it’s the largest pool in all of Walt Disney World! At this pool you can find Nemo, Crush, and jellyfish all around you.

The Cozy Cone Pool is inspired by Cars and home to cone-shaped cabanas around the pool for a relaxing spot to get out of the sun. Your favorite characters from the movie like Doc, Sally, Mater and McQueen surround the pool.

The Flippin’ Fins Pool is a massive 103,654-gallon pool inspired by The Little Mermaid and features the “Under the Sea Orchestra” conducted by Sebastian himself! With these 3 pools, you and your family can spend a whole day having fun in the sun!

More activities at Art of Animation include movies under the stars, a 1.38-mile jogging trail, surrey bike rentals, fishing, the Pixel Play Arcade, and a playground for little ones.

Landscape of Flavors is a quick-service restaurant serving quick and delicious bites from 6am – 12am. Here you can grab something for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and every craving you may have in between at one of their 5 distinctive food shops.

The Drop Off Pool Bar is the perfect place to grab cocktails, beer, non-alcoholic beverages, and snacks when you’re spending a day by any of the pools at this resort.

Disney’s complimentary bus system is available to take you from the resort to all the theme parks, water parks, and Disney Springs.

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is one of the most colorful and fun-filled resorts at Walt Disney World, and you’ll feel like you’re right in the animated classics we all love so much. For more information about this resort and booking your next Disney vacation, visit us online today! We are your concierge to the magic and much more!

Construction Crews at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort Celebrate “Topping Out”

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Disney Art of Animation Resort Topping Off

The hundreds of people who are building Disney’s Art of Animation Resort from the ground up gathered to mark the project’s “topping out.”

The “topping out” is a special moment that typically occurs in the construction and engineering industry when the highest piece of structure, either steel or concrete, is placed on the building’s frame. The tradition dates back to the Vikings, who would place an evergreen tree on the top of a building to celebrate and bring good luck.

At the construction site for Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, a crane helped lift the traditional evergreen to the roof of a building that will soon be part of the Lion King wing of the resort hotel.

“The hundreds of people we have working on Disney’s Art of Animation Resort are doing an amazing job helping us build a resort hotel that will really delight our guests,” said Gary Hoffmann, senior project manager for Walt Disney Imagineering. “The traditional topping out is an important milestone on a project that continues to run on schedule for an opening just ten months from now.”

In size and scope the construction of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is a major project at Walt Disney World Resort, creating upwards of 800 construction jobs. Once open in 2012, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort will also create 750 permanent resort hotel jobs.

Walt Disney World Resort features 25 uniquely themed, Disney owned-and-operated resort hotels with more than 26,000 guest rooms – something for every taste and budget. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort will likewise be unique, with themed building exteriors and room interiors that bring to life The Lion King, Cars, Finding Nemo and The Little Mermaid.

Finding Nemo, Cars and The Lion King buildings will be entirely family suites, with 1,120 suites between them. The Little Mermaid buildings will feature 864 rooms in the “value” room category.

The construction of family suites at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is an innovative approach to a changing marketplace. Today more and more multi-generational families are traveling together for various celebrations, including family reunions. These families not only want to play together, they want to stay together, which has created tremendous demand for family suites.

The first wing of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Finding Nemo, is scheduled to open in May 2012.

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