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Video: Giant "Finding Nemo" figures installed at Disney's Art of Animation Resort

Finding Nemo wing concept art

Construction work on the Disney's Art of Animation Resort at Walt Disney World is continuing at a rapid pace, with the Finding Nemo wing set to open on May 31, 2012.

Disney has released a new video, embedded below, that offers a behind-the-scenes look at the development of the resort. It includes footage of three giant sculptures being lowered into the Finding Nemo wing's courtyard area, which depict the Nemo, Marlin and Mr. Ray characters from Pixar's animated movie.

Further wings themed around Cars and The Lion King will debut in July and September respectively. The final wing, based on The Little Mermaid, will open in late 2012. Each will feature a similar courtyard area.

In total, Disney's Art of Animation Resort will feature 1,120 family suites, as well as 864 standard hotel rooms. 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.

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) .


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