The Magic of Disney Animation

by josh on May 3, 2010

Opened: Newest iteration opened October 1, 2004

Location: In the very back of Animation Courtyard.

Extra Magic Hours: No

FastPass+: No

Type: Educational show and exhibit

Similar To: Unique

Requirements: None

Scary Factor: Zero.  This educational exhibit offers no thrills or frightening images.

What to Expect: The Magic of Disney Animation no longer features a tour of a real animation studio because there is no working studio to show.  Disney closed it in 2004 and consolidated animation in Anaheim.  Instead, this is a brief theater show with a live actor explaining a bit about the animation process while a humorous video featuring Mushu the Dragon from Mulan plays on screen.

When To Go: Visit after you’ve already completed most of the headlining rides and attractions.  The show is air-conditioned and relaxing and provides a nice break from the sun in the afternoon.

Expect to Wait: Waits that exceed ten minutes are rare.  If for some reason a large group has arrived and the wait is longer, find something else to do and return in 30 minutes.

Length: Expect to wait a few minutes for the next show to begin, followed by the presentation that takes about 15 minutes.

Rating: 4/10

Commentary: The Magic of Disney animation is a decent afternoon diversion, particularly in heavy crowds and hot temperatures, but it’s far from a must-do.

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Rodney Fulton August 10, 2010 at 1:06 pm

This is one of our very top activities at HS. My wife and I enjoy tremedously the opportunity to learn how to draw a Disney character and each have quite a collection of drawings. We are saving them to pass on to grandchidren! Often, you can exit one of the animation classes and return immediately to the next class or maybe wait 20 minutes for the class after that. We take a postal mailing tube to roll up our drawings to stay safe on the trip back home– these drawings truly are a magnificent, free Disney souvenir.


Melanie January 25, 2014 at 2:19 pm

We somehow found this attraction the last time we visited and loved it! It’s also in the same building where there are many characters to meet & greet, which was a plus, and there were no lines! My kids aren’t normally seeking out characters (they like rides) but when there are only 2 other kids in line, they don’t mind the wait. We’re definitely visiting this when we visit in August.


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