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The Magic of Disney Animation

Exterior sign for The Magic of Disney Animation building

Disney's Hollywood Studios®

Animation Courtyard

Guests Can Be
Any Height
Age Interest

Kids, Adults, All Ages

Accessibility and Other Information

  • May Remain in Wheelchair/ECV
  • Audio Description
  • Reflective Captioning
  • Language Translation Devices

Disney Princesses, Indoor, Interactive

Guest Policies
  • Flash photography not allowed
Discover how Disney characters are brought to life during a show starring Mushu from Mulan, and a hands-on exhibit.
Display of various sketches showing facial expressions at The Magic of Disney Animation

Where Disney Characters Come From

Watch an entertaining 9-minute film about how Disney animated characters are made.

Join Mushu from Mulan and a Disney animator for a fun-filled presentation of the animation process as together they illustrate—in an easy-to-understand way—the basics of creating animated characters and the importance of character development in Disney movies.

Go behind the scenes of animated Disney classics like Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King and enjoy this eye-opening tour through the enchanted world of Disney animation.

Where the Magic Was Created
The Magic of Disney Animation takes place inside the same building where several Disney animated films were created, including:

  • Lilo & Stitch
  • Mulan
  • Brother Bear

Illustrator’s hand sketching a drawing of Stitch from the Disney film ‘Lilo and Stitch’

Animation Station

After the show, participate in enlightening exhibits at Animation Station and experience what it’s like to be a Disney animator.

Put the art of animation into your hands with interactive displays that include:

  • Animation Academy
    With help from a Disney artist, enjoy a unique hands-on opportunity to draw your very own Disney character sketch.
  • The Sound Stage
    Using sound effects and music, create your own soundtrack to a popular Disney movie scene.
  • Digital Ink and Paint
    Add splashes of color to a classic Disney animated movie sequence.
  • You’re a Character
    With help from Lumiere from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, answer a series of questions to discover what popular character you’re most like.
  • Animation Gallery
    Animation cels, props and awards are just some of the historic items on display at this walk-through exhibit.

Behind the scenes look at drawings and models at The Magic of Disney Animation

Character Greetings

Meet and greet some of your favorite Disney Characters during select times at Animation Station. See them after the show or simply skip the film and proceed directly to Animation Station. Be sure to check the Times Guide for specific locations and appearance times.

The Magic of Disney Animation

Thursday, April 17, 2014

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