A Pit Stop in Radiator Springs

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(We arrived home last night but I am a day behind in blogging. The next few blogs will document our last 48 hours of vacation.)

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One stop we wanted to make sure we made before our last day was a quick pit stop in Radiator Springs…via the Art of Animation resort. This is one of the newest of the Disney resorts and one of the most kid friendly with their larger than life decorations and displays. After seeing pictures of the amazing rooms we were tempted to stay here but then discovered that the free dining wasn’t be offered at Art of Animation this time. Even though we weren’t able to stay there we at least wanted to stop by and check it out.

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The Art of Animation resort has four sections of rooms based on four different Disney movies: The Lion King, Cars, Finding Nemo, and The Little Mermaid. Although we walked around the entire resort the part we really came to see was the Radiator Springs area. We knew our two little Cars lovers would be thrilled with this courtyard area and we were right…

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Their faces lit up and they took off running when they saw the first car.

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They ran from car to car shouting, “Take my picture with Doc…take my picture with Mater!”

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Everyone had a favorite car character that they had to a have their picture taken with…

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Tyler was especially funny. My “too cool” boy that I had to beg to pose with living characters wanted a photo with all the cars. When Gracie asked him later why he liked the cars more than the living, talking characters we meet in the parks he explained, “Because they look like the real ones.” It bothered Tyler when the princesses and other characters didn’t look exactly like he thought his favorite cartoon characters should.

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One of the neatest parts of this area was the pool that looked like Sally’s Cozy Cones Motel with giant traffic cones serving as pool cabanas. It was very cute.

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The boys loved this short stop on our Disney road trip.

As Mater would say, “They were happier ‘n a tornado in a trailer park!” 🙂

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On our way out we stopped in the lobby to get some fun photos with the animation sketches that decorated the walls.

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A magical resort for sure!

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