Thirteen years is a long time to wait for a sequel, but that wait is finally over for fans of “Finding Nemo.” The latest release from Pixar Animation Studios, “Finding Dory,” may have been a long time coming, but that doesn’t mean that Nemo and friends have been out of the public eye all these years. Disney’s Parks and Resorts, for example, have continued these characters’ stories in a number of different ways.
Not only have Walt Disney World guests been able to experience rides and shows based on this beloved Pixar film, they’ve even had the opportunity to spend the night in Nemo’s underwater world at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. Those seeking to find Dory at the resort should head to Building 5 in the “Finding Nemo” section. There, a larger-than-life statue of the forgetful blue tang can be seen marking the building’s main entrance alongside an even larger statue of her surfer turtle friend, Crush.
If the characters depicted throughout this section of the resort look as if they could have swam right off the movie screen, there’s a reason for they: they kind of did. During the design process for the “Finding Nemo” icons for Disney Art of Animation Resort, Pixar allowed Walt Disney Imagineering access to the original digital character models used in the 2003 film. Using these 3D files as their inspiration, the Imagineer’s sculptures Dory and friends could look as close as possible to their animated counterparts.
Through collaboration between Pixar artists and Disney Imagineers, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort immerses guests in an authentic “Finding Nemo” experience. From its themed suites to the massive “Big Blue Pool,” the resort offers plenty of unique amenities for the entire family to enjoy. Dory may suffer from short-term memory loss, but she and her friends have inspired a lot of wonderful memories for moviegoers and Walt Disney World guests alike.