Hidden Gem of Disney’s Hollywood Studios

24 Sep

I decided that I would do something a little different today on my trip to Hollywood Studios, so I ducked into The Magic of Disney’s Animation to visit my friend Mushu and the creative process.

While the film is definitely dated and offerings greatly reduced from what they once were, I always seem to laugh and enjoy the sneak peek at the upcoming release by Disney Animation.

Right now they are featuring “Tangled”, and the teaser gives a great glimpse of the film and the artwork that is on display outside is amazing.

The "Tangled" mural that is located just outside of The Magic of Disney's Animation

But just around the corner is my favorite hidden gem of Hollywood Studios, and the real reason for my diversion, the Animation Academy.

The column outside of the waiting area for the Animation Academy

This 22 minute lesson in drawing a character, usually chosen by the artist, is a great chance to try your hand at being an animator. The classes are usually pretty packed, so it is best to wait and enjoy a nice break when you get the chance!

Once you enter the room everyone sits at a station, and gets led through the creation of a character through easy to follow directions and encouraging words. Today Ryan let us vote on who we’d draw…and Minnie Mouse won!

Ryan during our lesson drawing Minnie Mouse

While you may not leave with a perfect drawing, you definitely get a unique and free souvenir from your short time at the Animation Academy.

My Minnie Mouse

I don’t think I have a future in drawing, but it sure was a lot of fun!

What is your favorite Hidden Gem at Disney’s Hollywood Studios?

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4 Responses to “Hidden Gem of Disney’s Hollywood Studios”

  1. Naomi September 25, 2010 at 2:11 am #

    Oooooo I never knew about this, so neat. P.s. I think your Minnie mouse is great!

    • shelleycaran September 25, 2010 at 8:36 am #

      We happened to stumble upon it about it a year ago! You’ll have to let me know if you get the chance to try it!

      Thanks! 🙂 Ryan was a great teacher! This was definitely the best one I have ever done…nothing like a little pressure! 😀

  2. Cold Spaghetti September 29, 2010 at 10:35 am #

    Not sure if they are still there, but we loved seeing the Princess and the Frog display at the end of this attraction — an imagineer’s desk was set up with inspirational drawings and notes, and a few artist renderings of the city. It was our first view into the picture and, at that time, made all of us tear up!

    • shelleycaran September 29, 2010 at 2:14 pm #

      It isn’t, but it was beautiful!!! The images of New Orleans were just amazing…

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