Disney's Hollywood Studios - Animation
The Magic of Disney AnimationOpened: November 2003
There are a lot of things to see in this building, including a tour of Disney animation.
The Magic of Disney Animation tour begins in a cozy theater where a Disney Animator brings Mushu, the mischievous dragon from Mulan, to the screen. While the animators are often a bit awkward in their role as host, Mushu makes it fun. It's a cute and informative presentation that all ages can enjoy.
Once this brief introduction to the animation process is over, you'll go into the next section where there's a selection of interactive displays that you're welcome to "play" with. There is also a character meet and greet area. Characters vary depending on the day, but you can often find Sorcerer Mickey, Mr & Mrs. Incredible, and Frozone.
Minnie Mouse has a brand-new meet and greet area in the Animation building. She can be found greeting guests daily from 10:00am - 2:30pm and 3:30-7:30pm, but check the times guide in case the schedule changes. Make sure to look around the area, as it is full of details that pay homage to important dates, attractions and Imagineers.
Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope Von Schweetz from the film "Wreck-It Ralph" greet guests in a "Sugar Rush"-inspired set. Check out some of the other games as you make your way through Game Central Station to the meet and greet location.
There is a station where you can become the voice of a Disney character by either singing or acting your part.
There's another display where you're quizzed to find out which Disney character you're most like.
If you're feeling artistic, you can "paint" your choice of a Disney character.
For the ultimate animation experience, be sure to visit the Animation Academy. This unique experience allows you to sit in on a class hosted by a Disney Animator and learn how to draw a character. Classes start at 10:30 and are held every half hour. Classes are held until park closing and are generally less busy later in the day.
Tip: The instructor gives away the character that he draws during the class, normally to children, but don't be afraid to ask him for it! This is a rare example of a free Disney souvenir!
When you're ready to leave, you'll pass through a display area which highlights different Disney achievements in animation. The gift shop in this building features cells and collectible art.
Handicapped Accessibility: This attraction is wheelchair/ECV accessible and Assistive Listening Devices may be used. Reflective captioning is available.
- kramer222 - "The show they make you sit through is a little boring (Mushu? Really?) but once you get into the attraction there is a lot to explore. One of the best experiences is the character drawing class. My wife and I had a blast drawing and then comparing our Donald Ducks. Also, seemed like a good place to visit characters."
- DeVineMom - "Cool and comfortable theater. The introduction with the CM talking to Mushu the animated dragon (voiced by Eddie Murphy) was cute. Then you go into another area with some hands on displays that are really fairly boring. There are some characters in this area for a meet and greet and the lines were pretty short."
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