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Vacationers Enjoy “Hakuna Matata” at New “Lion King” Family Suites

Opening Day at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

The Pride Lands of Africa is the scenic setting for the “Lion King,” the third phase of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort opening today at Walt Disney World Resort.  The new Lion King wing celebrates the journey of Simba, with landscapes and theming that reflect playful and poignant scenes from the Academy Award-winning Walt Disney Pictures animated film “The Lion King.”

New “Lion King” Family Suites at Disney's Art of Animation Resort

In the new Lion King wing, guests embark on a journey through Africa with encounters with characters and scenic moments from the film classic at every turn. King Mufasa towers atop Pride Rock while his evil brother Scar slinks in the shadows beyond the elephant graveyard. There’s Pumbaa and Timon with a young Simba dancing across a log bridge in true carefree “hakuna matata” fashion. Scar’s crazed and comical hyenas “guard” the elephant graveyard, a fun area sure to delight youngsters.

New “Lion King” Family Suites at Disney's Art of Animation Resort

Beneath the watchful eyes of Banzai, Shenzi and Ed, the comical hyenas in Disney’s “The Lion King,” guests channel their inner lion cub while visiting the elephant graveyard in the Lion King courtyard

New “Lion King” Family Suites at Disney's Art of Animation Resort

The storytelling comes to life inside the 320 family suites. Zazu takes center stage on the headboards while Pumbaa and Timon decorate the shower curtain. Youngsters can rest on a leaf-shaped chair or sleep alongside Simba who slumbers at the head of one of the beds.

New “Lion King” Family Suites at Disney's Art of Animation Resort

The Lion King wing marks the third in the four-phase opening of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. Earlier this summer, 320 “Finding Nemo” family suites and 480 “Cars” family suites opened. Each of four distinctly designed wings of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort celebrates rich storytelling, spirited characters, original sketches and playfulness with colorful icons and whimsical theming inspired by classic Disney and Disney•Pixar films.

New “Lion King” Family Suites at Disney's Art of Animation Resort

Zazu invites guests to enter the Pride Lands of Africa, the focal point of the Lion King wing at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.

New “Lion King” Family Suites at Disney's Art of Animation Resort

Timon, Pumbaa and Simba take a stroll through the courtyard of the new Lion King wing at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.

New “Lion King” Family Suites at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

The whimsical property, situated adjacent to Disney’s Pop Century Resort, offers rates from $248 per night. The 1,120 family suites include two bathrooms, a kitchenette and three separate sleeping areas that can sleep up to six. The 864 standard rooms at the “Little Mermaid” wing, opening in September, will sleep up to four, with rates as low as $94.

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