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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

Pre-schoolers, Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults, All Ages

Accessibility and Other Information

  • May Remain in Wheelchair/ECV

Interactive, Discovery, Character Experiences, Indoor

Guest Policies
  • Flash photography not allowed
  • Guests may remain in their wheelchair or Electric Convenience 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 Convenience 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 Animation Academy building with scrolling marquee at Disney California Adventure Park

The Disney Animation Building

Animation Academy is just one of several exhibits at this Hollywood Land destination showcasing how Disney movies are made. Other experiences at the Disney Animation building 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.
  • Character Close-Up
    Sketches, maquettes and an eye-popping, 3D Toy Story Zoetrope demonstrating how still sculptures can become fully animated make this a must-see for all animation lovers.
  • Sorcerer’s Workshop
    Create simple animation in the Magic Mirror Realm, uncover your “inner Disney self” in The Beast’s Library, and lend your voice to a classic Disney character in Ursula’s Grotto.
  • Turtle Talk with Crush
    Gather 'round a "window to the Pacific" for a live chat with the totally tubular turtle from Finding Nemo.

Animation Academy

Wednesday, April 23, 2014


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