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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.

Draw your very own character sketch under the guidance of a talented animator.

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

Learn the Secrets of Drawing

Fun for all ages and experience levels, this unique hands-on experience teaches you simple tricks and techniques to give your drawing that special Disney flair. Receive step-by-step instruction on how to illustrate your own version of a popular Disney character, and when you’re done, keep your art as a souvenir!

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

No Reservations—or Talent—Required

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

While you’re here, pencil in some other experiences that showcase Disney movie magic.

  • See still images and video clips illustrating the creative process—from pencil to pixel—at the Animation Courtyard gallery in the main lobby.
  • Visit the Sorcerer’s Workshop to create your own simple animation in the Magic Mirror Realm and uncover your “inner Disney self” in The Beast’s Library!
  • 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 at Turtle Talk with Crush.


Monday, November 19, 2018

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