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Video: Imagineers recreate Cars' Ramone for Disney's Art of Animation Resort

Cars Ramone model

Walt Disney World has released the latest in a series of videos showing off progress on the new Disney's Art of Animation Resort, which will open on May 31, 2012.

The video, embedded below, shows Imagineers Ryan Parrish and Bill Hanus discussing the process of creating the large-scale recreations of Disney characters that will be housed in the resort's courtyards. It focuses on Ramone from Pixar's Cars movies, with designer Chip Foose explaining how the character's signature flames will be applied to the model.

The Cars wing of Disney's Art of Animation Resort is due to open in July, with the initial May opening being centered on the Finding Nemo wing. A further wing based on the The Lion King will debut in September, with the final wing (inspired by The Little Mermaid) due to follow in late 2012.

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.

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