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Old 10-14-2008, 09:41 AM   #16
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i also said all day .. pretty sure it goes to park closing. so last show is probably half an hour before park closing.

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Old 10-14-2008, 09:55 AM   #17
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You did some great sketches! We did it once and it was fun but mine look nothing like yours!
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Old 10-14-2008, 09:57 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by jwhtewolfd View Post
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.

Awesome job! I really enjoy that attraction too. Can't wait to go back and do more characters. Here's two that I've done.

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Old 10-14-2008, 10:26 AM   #19
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Great Tip

My 8 year old daughter will love being able to draw Disney Characters. We are going to have to stop here on our December trip.
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Old 10-14-2008, 11:09 AM   #20
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Just a heads up...when we were there the last week of September, this attraction was only open Sunday-Wednesday. Or at least that is what the Times Guide said. Don't know if this is a common occurence or just happened the week we were there. If you don't want to miss this (and I would recommend that you don't), you might want to check the times guides to make sure it is opened.

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Old 10-14-2008, 11:21 AM   #21
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We did it for the first time last trip and it was great! My son (almost 5) loved it although he needed a little help. I never knew this existed, and we just happened on it while killing some time waiting for our TSM fastpasses. It's now on our "must do" list for future trips.
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Old 10-14-2008, 11:32 AM   #22
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Ok, I have never heard of this and I have to do it! Wondering how long the classes are and if they run during PM EMH hours? And do they run on the hour or maybe on the half hour, I want to be sure to fit this in!

And thanks SO much to the OP. I've done Magic of Animation many times, but never knew about this.
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Old 10-14-2008, 11:43 AM   #23
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Oh, I do this *way* too often. I love it over there. I tend to visit at least once a week.

Classes run daily, from 10:30 am until park close (the final class is at park close; i.e., if DHS closes at 8, the final Animation class is at 8). Classes run for about 20 minutes and take place on the hour and the half-hour. Animation is also open for PM EMH.

It's an absolute blast, the artists (and non-artists) are awesome, and you get a free souvineer. Doesn't get much better than that!
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Old 10-14-2008, 12:16 PM   #24
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Boy, you guys did an awesome job!!!! My drawings were horrible!!!! It is fun though. Almost our whole gang of travelers do it and we have almost as much fun afterwards laughing at whose drawing is the worst!
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Old 10-14-2008, 01:16 PM   #25
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So if you go through the shop do you need to do the preshow? We did not see the academy last year. I'm not sure they would sit through the preshow again.
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Old 10-14-2008, 01:31 PM   #26
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no, the shop is the other end of it.

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Old 10-14-2008, 02:42 PM   #27
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I am so looking forward to this on my next trip...I have never heard of this before, and I had read a previous post about it as well. It sounds fun and an interesting new thing to do at Disney. Hopefully, I will be bale to find where it is, so I don't miss out.
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Old 10-14-2008, 03:56 PM   #28
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Thanks for sharing!! DF would looove to do this! Your drawings came out pretty good! DF and I took an animation class on our last Disney Cruise and let's just say that my Goofy looked really really goofy.
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Old 10-14-2008, 04:09 PM   #29
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ortholablady - your Pooh is so cute. I wanted to draw Pooh, but was outvoted, and we did Donald again.

salukfan - thanks for the information on the hours of operation

You can absolutely skip the preshow - I only saw it once. To get to it without the preshow, go through the art gift shop to right of the main "magic of disney animation" entrance. You'll pass through a room with the animation oscars. After that room, turn right and you'll run right into the waiting area for the animation academy.

Oh! and another tip: after class don't forget to ask your teacher for a rubberband so you can roll up your drawing and keep it better protected.

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Old 10-14-2008, 04:09 PM   #30
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Originally Posted by jjpenguin View Post
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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