Opened: Newest iteration opened October 1, 2004
Location: In the very back of Animation Courtyard.
Extra Magic Hours: No
Type: Educational show and exhibit
Similar To: Unique
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.
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.