Disney’s Art of Animation resort is designed "with families in mind." It features four of Disney's popular character themes: Cars, Finding Nemo, The Lion King, and The Little Mermaid. Much like the other Disney Value Resorts, giant versions of various items are built around the hotel on each of the ten wings, such as a 35-foot (11 m) model of King Triton.
The Finding Nemo section of the resort is themed with the ocean setting featured in the film, with underwater plant and animal decorations throughout the buildings. In “The Big Blue Pool”, guests can splash alongside Nemo, Crush, the jellyfish, and other ocean friends. Walt Disney Imagineering really thought of everything in planning this under-the-sea adventure – they even have audio piped into the pool that guests can hear when they are under the water.
The Cars section of the resort is themed like the Cozy Cone Motel that was featured in the film. Resort buildings are themed with the movie's characters, including Lightning McQueen, Sally, Mater, and Luigi and Guido.
The Lion King
The Lion King section of the resort features a "natural" setting, such as that found in the wild.
The Little Mermaid
"Under the Sea" decorations are incorporated throughout this section of the resort.
The Art of Animation
Disney's Art of Animation Resort doesn't just celebrate four great animated movies, it also highlights the act of animation itself. This is reflected in the sketchbook motif and simple line drawings on the building exteriors.
The resort’s lobby boasts decor that reflects animation in various stages, from pencil sketch to final product.
In the lobby, there is a light fixture which includes pencil sketches of “The Little Mermaid”, “The Lion King”, and more. A fine eye will notice a John Lasseter signature on one of the “Cars” sketches.