Friday, October 5, 2012

A Big Blue World at Art of Animation


You peoples got plans for the weekend?  My mom and I have photographed several weddings on the past few Saturday's, so it'll be nice to have a break this weekend.

Meaning...I have some time to blog!  I was looking over my Disney photos and debating which ones to share next.

Guys, I have WAY too many photos.

Of Disney, definitely, and also of just about everything else.

My brother recently broke his back-up hard drive and lost some of his photos.  YIKES!  That naturally put me in a panic, so I've been trying to back up old photos, but it's SO overwhelming contemplating them all.  All these files, languishing in digital oblivion, waiting for the day when I can get around to printing them.

At least I can put the Disney photos to good use to spread some pixie dust!

I decided I'd put up some more Art of Animation pictures -- it was so gorgeous there, and we've looked at the lobby and gift shop, but we haven't even gotten out to the buildings yet!

Today I am taking you into the Big Blue World that is the Finding Nemo section of the Art of Animation Resort!

You know how at Pop Century, you come out the doors from the lobby and find the giant POP sign and the pool right in front of you?

Well at AoA it's similar: only upon exiting the lobby, you find yourself immediately immersed in a big, bright, colorful ocean!

The Big Blue Pool is smack dab in front of you, with giant jellyfish and coral structures all around the edges!
How bright and cheerful is that gate??  It looks like something from the children's section of Ikea.  The pool bar is called the "Drop Off."  Love it!

Another shot of the pool, with the lobby building in the background.  Looks like P. Sherman lost his goggles...again...

One of Nemo's friends (could that be Sandy Plankton?  Or is Sandy Plankton really a plankton?) found his way to the kids play area by the pool!  Check out the shark silhouettes on the building behind him!  The building on the other side had turtle silhouettes!

A giant sculpture of Mr. Ray graces the entrance of the Shark building (maybe they thought a giant Bruce would be too intimidating??)...and in front of the other building is...

A giant Crush!  And Dory too!  Duuuuude.

There are also schools of fish swimming all along the outside of the buildings!


They're peekin' in the windows...

...and even swimming through the grass!

Disney doesn't let any opportunity go to waste...even the plants and grasses are reminiscent of the ocean and the seaside!

The children's play area in the Finding Nemo section is a huge piece of coral...once again, larger than life and so colorful it seems like it came straight off the movie screen.

Love the sleek, silver benches nearby!  And is it just me, or do those lamps look like they could be hanging off of one of those evil, killer fish??


Even once you get away from the main pool area, there's still more to see!  The ends of the buildings are capped with giant, colorful coral or sketch pads of the characters!

Then all along the sides of the buildings are concept art sketches.  The concept art of a character can be even more adorable than the finished form, so I LOVED that!

The shark building features baby Nemo sketches...

And also baby jellyfish!

The turtle building has Dory on one side, and the other side was actually blocked off (because they were still doing construction on the Lion King opened just shortly after we stayed there), but I could see from our window that it was Squirt!

I will leave you with just one more photo of animation adorableness...


Totally Random Tidbit: The name of the baby jellyfish from Finding Nemo (the one in the sketches) is Pearl!

1 comment:

  1. Fun fact: the fish near the Finding Nemo pool is not Sandy Plankton, but a fish named Kathy. There's your Disney trivia of the day!