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Animation Academy

Get a hands-on drawing lesson with a Disney artist at the Animation Academy

Disney California Adventure Park

Hollywood Land

Guests Can Be

Any Height

Age Interest

All Ages

Accessibility and Other Information - Opens Dialog


  • May Remain in Wheelchair/ECV
  • Assistive Listening


Interactive, Discovery, Character Experiences, Indoor

Guest Policies

  • Guests may remain in their wheelchair or Electric Conveyance Vehicle to experience this attraction.
  • Video Captioning is available in the courtyard and lobby area only.
  • Wheelchair Access: Inside the theater, refer to the wheelchair symbol imbedded in the flooring for viewing areas designated for Guests using wheelchairs and Electric Conveyance Vehicles (ECVs) or ask a Cast Member for assistance.

Discover how Disney characters are brought to life during a hands-on presentation with a Disney artist.

An example of action sketches of Mickey Mouse, drawn on animation paper

The Secrets of Drawing

Enjoy a unique opportunity to draw your very own Disney character sketch. Fun for all ages and experience levels, Animation Academy invites you to receive step-by-step instruction with others on how to illustrate some of your favorite Disney characters under the guidance of a Disney artist.

Learn some basic tricks and techniques to give your drawing a professional pedigree and when the show is over, take home your work as a souvenir!

Disney character sketches, including a drawing of Lightning McQueen, tower high above a wooden desk at Animation Academy

No Reservations Required 

Drawing classes occur every 30 minutes. To participate, simply show up at the Disney Animation Building where you can join in the fun once space is available.

Disney Animation Academy building with scrolling marquee at Disney California Adventure Park

The Disney Animation Building

Animation Academy is just one of several exhibits showcasing how movies are made! Other experiences at this Hollywood Land destination include:

  • The Animation Courtyard
    Still images, video clips and music illustrate the creative process—from pencil to pixel—at this gallery in the main lobby.
  • Sorcerer’s Workshop
    Create simple animation in the Magic Mirror Realm… and uncover your “inner Disney self” in The Beast’s Library!
  • Turtle Talk with Crush
    Step up to the “hydrophone” for a live chat with Crush, the totally tubular turtle from Finding Nemo —and meet his new pals from Finding Dory !


Saturday, September 22, 2018

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