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WDW Magazine - - Contents - BY TERRI MILLER

Did you know… The bowl­ing pin icons at Dis­ney’s Pop Cen­tury Re­sort tower more than 65-feet high? A reg­u­la­tion bowl­ing pin is only 15-inches tall. If you count the gi­ant bowl­ing pin icons, there are nine stand­ing around the re­sort. Where's the tenth? It's ac­tu­ally the bowl­ing pin pool in the court­yard! Check out these other fun facts about Dis­ney’s Value Re­sorts!

It would take nearly 9.5 mil­lion ten­nis balls to fill one of the ten­nis ball cans at Cen­ter Court Ho­tel in Dis­ney’s All-star Sports Re­sort. That’s enough to stretch from the Walt Dis­ney World Re­sort to Key West.

There are 160 records along the bal­conies at Rock Inn at the All-star Mu­sic Re­sort.

The gi­ant Big Wheel at Dis­ney’s Pop Cen­tury could al­low a child rider that weighs up to 877 pounds, ac­cord­ing to the sticker on the tow­er­ing rid­ing toy. These stick­ers af­fixed to the orig­i­nal Big Wheel toys of the 1970s des­ig­nated a "rec­om­mended child weight."

The Pongo icon at the All-star Movies Re­sort took two days to put to­gether. Pongo stands 30-feet tall and weighs 17,000 pounds.

The Big Blue pool, at Dis­ney’s Art of An­i­ma­tion Re­sort, has 310,000 gal­lons and is the largest pool on Dis­ney prop­erty, not count­ing wa­ter parks.

With 2,880 Guest rooms, Dis­ney's Pop Cen­tury Re­sort is one of the largest ho­tels in the United States.

The flooring in Land­scape of Fla­vors, at Dis­ney’s Art of An­i­ma­tion Re­sort, is made from all re­cy­clable ma­te­ri­als. Guests dine with real sil­ver­ware on melamine, re­us­able dish­ware in­stead of pa­per and plas­tic.

It would take more than 20 mil­lion 12-ounce cans of Coca-cola to fill one of the hu­mon­gous Coke cups at Home Run Ho­tel in Dis­ney’s All-star Sports Re­sort.

When Imag­i­neers be­gan plan­ning Dis­ney’s Pop Cen­tury Re­sort, they wanted to make a build­ing for each decade from the 1900s, for a to­tal of ten build­ings. The orig­i­nal plan was to have two sec­tions sep­a­rated by a bridge (to be named Gen­er­a­tion Gap Bridge); the 1900-1940 build­ings were go­ing to be la­beled “The Leg­endary Years,” and 1950-1990 build­ings were go­ing to be la­beled “The Clas­sic Years.” Af­ter con­struct­ing all of the build­ings planned in “The Clas­sic Years” sec­tion, and just one in “The Leg­endary Years,” the tragic events of Septem­ber 11th oc­curred, caus­ing a de­lay in con­struct­ing the re­main­ing four build­ings due to a de­cline in tourism. Pro­duc­tion stopped, and af­ter sev­eral years, the idea for Art of An­i­ma­tion came to life. Imag­i­neers de­cided to use the prop­erty that was meant for “The Leg­endary Years” for this new Re­sort. Three larger than life build­ings were con­structed with fam­ily suites, and the fourth build­ing, which was orig­i­nally con­structed for the Pop Cen­tury, was uti­lized as stan­dard rooms - this build­ing is what you know now as the Lit­tle Mer­maid sec­tion of Art of An­i­ma­tion.

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