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Disney's Art of Animation Resort concept art

Walt Disney World has announced that the new Disney's Art of Animation Resort will open in phases beginning on May 31, 2012.

The Disney Parks Blog reports that the resort's Finding Nemo-themed wing will open first, with further wings themed around Cars and The Lion King debuting in July and September respectively. The final wing, based on The Little Mermaid, will open in late 2012. In total, Disney's Art of Animation Resort will feature 1,120 family suites, as well as 864 standard hotel rooms.

Disney's official video announcing the projected opening dates for Disney's Art of Animation Resort is embedded below:

Walt Disney World has already begun taking bookings for Disney's Art of Animation Resort, with standard room rates starting at $94 per night. Family suites (which can sleep up to 6 people) are available from $248 per night. Bookings for all of Walt Disney World's resort hotels can be made via the Walt Disney World website, or by calling 407-W-DISNEY (407-934-7639) .

The new resort is designed to compete with nearby "value" resorts such as the Nickelodeon Suites Resort in Orlando, and will re-use unfinished buildings that were originally earmarked for a second phase of construction of Disney's Pop Century Resort.

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