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The Magic of Disney Animation takes you behind the scenes of animated Disney classics like Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King for a look at how Disney animators create your favorite characters.
The attraction begins in a small theater where guests are introduced to the Cast Member host and Mushu, the dragon from Milan. You’ll see a short film featuring real Disney animators.
From there, you’ll move to another room with floor seating. During this segment, a Cast Member gives a verbal description of an actual animation studio. (You’ll also learn some interesting Disney trivia and have the opportunity to ask questions.)
At the last part of the attraction, guests will have the choice of exiting the attraction or attending the Animation Academy. (It’s on a first-come, first-serve basis and space is limited.) Participants will work with an actual animator on hand-drawn animation.
This is an interesting attraction for those interested in the process of animation. If the park is particularly busy or you don’t have a lot of extra time in your schedule, you may want to see it another time. The last part of the attraction when guests have the opportunity to work with an actual animator is the best part, but it can also be frustrating for the younger ones; the animator works very quickly.
You do not have to experience the entire attraction to meet the characters at the end. There is a separate entrance through the store “The Animation Gallery.”
Tad really enjoys the Animation Academy (the last part of the attraction) when he gets to draw his own Disney character with the assistance of a Disney artist. If the line is short and we have time to fit it in our schedule, we do it. If not, we skip it.
The Magic of Disney Animation opens one hour after the rest of the park. The duration of the attraction is about 20 minutes. This attraction has a low capacity so it loads slowly; the best time to go is right when it opens or later in the evening.
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The Disney animated features "Mulan" (1998), "Lilo & Stitch" (2002) and "Brother Bear" (2003), as well as several animated short films, were produced entirely at the Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida studio. The average length of film for a full-length animated Disney feature such as "Lilo & Stitch" is 11,000 feet.
Take advantage of photo opportunities at the character meet and greet area through the archway near this attraction. Don't miss the drawings and awards on display at the end of this attraction. And, be sure to take some time to browse the Animation Gallery which has Disney animation cels and collectibles for sale. Disney's Magical Moments pins with game buttons are designed to interact with this attraction.
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