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Old 10-14-2008, 12:47 AM   #1
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A "hidden" attraction - Animation Academy

Hey guys,

I just wanted to give a heads up to anyone who likes to draw or has kids who like to draw. I did TONS of research for 5 months before we went in late September and I don't remember reading anything about this.

If you do the Magic of Animation tour/attraction in Hollywood Studios, when you exit the Mushu lecture, be sure to take your time exploring the exit area. Not only are there interactive stations for coloring, sound, etc., you can meet Sorcerer Mickey and the Incredibles.

But the one thing I did not see in all my research was the fact that there is a 20 minute animation lesson you can take that will teach you to draw a character. The entrance for the class is kind of inconspicuous. There is a small rope area with a couple of benches. There are large sketches on the wall with a sign "Animation Academy." It's right near the sign that says "exit to park" so it's easy to miss if you're focused on moving on to the next thing. We almost missed it. But I ended up going back several times.

Some instructors are better than others, but if nothing else, it's cool, dark, sitting and rarely crowded (in September, at least).

Here's what I learned:









If you have any interest in animation or drawing, or are just curious to see how your Mickey would turn out, I encourage you to try it. This was one of those things that just grabbed me. I had no clue it existed and just happened upon it, but I will be sure to do it at least once each time we return.
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Old 10-14-2008, 01:50 AM   #2
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Ya, this is a great attraction. I dont draw and am really bad at it but they walk you through it so well even I may a great winnie the pooh. I wish they'd cut the pre show though, they dont have it in anaheim, the pre show. Really small complaint though for a great attraction.
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Old 10-14-2008, 01:55 AM   #3
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The entrance to it used to be much more obvious, so those of us who have been going forever forget to mention it I think. The layout of the whole pavilion in fact used to make much more sense, before it essentially became a meet and greet. That combined with the time factor may make people overlook it, but as you pointed out it's a great experience. We draw something every time we've been.
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I can stay there all day... you can also reach it by going in through the shop.

Last time (2 weeks ago) we had a special class and drew Tink!
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Thanks for the info, never knew you could do this, will be giving it a try now though.
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Last time (2 weeks ago) we had a special class and drew Tink!
Now, that's who I would love to learn how to draw!
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Old 10-14-2008, 03:24 PM   #7
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weve done this a couple of times and its great fun - I am hoping to take DH and my pluto and frame them some how -

mine is much better than his

oh and I am so jealous someone got tink - our teacher said she was too hard!
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Old 10-14-2008, 03:38 PM   #8
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Wow. What were the circumstances? Did you have a very small class or something? Last class of the night? I'd love to draw Scar, but they said he was too complicated for the class.
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Old 10-14-2008, 10:19 PM   #9
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There is no pre-show. The ENTRANCE to the attraction first takes you through a short show entitled Drawn to Animation, where you will learn how disney characters (currently Mushu) are created. Then you can walk into the Animation Station, where there are a variety of activities, including character meet and greets, interactive kiosks, and of course the Animation Academy, which is being talked about on this thread.

The shop is the EXIT of the attraction.
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Old 10-14-2008, 04:56 AM   #10
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Hey guys,

I just wanted to give a heads up to anyone who likes to draw or has kids who like to draw. I did TONS of research for 5 months before we went in late September and I don't remember reading anything about this.

If you do the Magic of Animation tour/attraction in Hollywood Studios, when you exit the Mushu lecture, be sure to take your time exploring the exit area. Not only are there interactive stations for coloring, sound, etc., you can meet Sorcerer Mickey and the Incredibles.

But the one thing I did not see in all my research was the fact that there is a 20 minute animation lesson you can take that will teach you to draw a character. The entrance for the class is kind of inconspicuous. There is a small rope area with a couple of benches. There are large sketches on the wall with a sign "Animation Academy." It's right near the sign that says "exit to park" so it's easy to miss if you're focused on moving on to the next thing. We almost missed it. But I ended up going back several times.

Some instructors are better than others, but if nothing else, it's cool, dark, sitting and rarely crowded (in September, at least).

Here's what I learned:









If you have any interest in animation or drawing, or are just curious to see how your Mickey would turn out, I encourage you to try it. This was one of those things that just grabbed me. I had no clue it existed and just happened upon it, but I will be sure to do it at least once each time we return.
Wow, you're really talented! Mine didn't turn out anything like yours.

I think that it's a great attraction, too, and my family goes there at least once a trip.
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Old 10-14-2008, 05:27 AM   #11
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I love animation academy. I've drawn Stich, Minnie, Mickey, Donald and Pluto. My Donald was oddly shaped but other than that I did a pretty good job, it was so much fun.

I actually prefer the one in Disney Quest though, it's easier to correct your mistakes with the computer and it seems like they give you a bit more time.
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Old 10-14-2008, 08:18 AM   #12
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OHHH I know we just did this for the first time and loved it!!! I can't believe we never knew about it. We had Kathy as our teacher and thought she was the best!!! I will have pics in my TR.
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Old 10-14-2008, 08:25 AM   #13
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Love it! This is one of my favorite things to do at Disney. Last time I got to hang out with the artists a few times after the classes. Timmy is definetely my favorite, he even drew a picture of Stitch for me :D
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We never had Timmy....Kathy was cool. She gave Tim a personal class on Donald after the show and gave him the picture she drew. She was cool! We loved her personality too and she was the easiest to draw with. She helped you out a lot.
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Love it! This is one of my favorite things to do at Disney. Last time I got to hang out with the artists a few times after the classes. Timmy is definetely my favorite, he even drew a picture of Stitch for me :D
Agreed!! Timmy Britt is the Best one there, to bad he works at Disney Quest now.... we asked last month for him and thats what we were told.

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