Disney’s Mulan is near the top of our family’s list of all-time favorite animated films so we were delighted that the first half of the Magic of Disney Animation attraction is co-hosted by Mushu! The jocular dragon is assisted by a human Disney animator to discuss how the animated characters in our favorite films are chosen and designed. This all goes down on a set intended to look like an animator’s workspace, complete with mock-up sketches, figurines, and other items of inspiration.
The second half of the attraction is a collection of interactive activities – “painting” on a touchscreen, for instance, and creating a personalized soundtrack on the “Sound Stage”. There is also a chance to meet popular characters with very little waiting in line (depending on the season visiting, of course). We were able to meet Sorcerer Mickey and Winnie the Pooh after only a few minutes. It would be a good idea to check on Disney’s official website for the characters currently appearing.
Finally, take the chance to participate in an animation lesson from Disney pros! The drawings make a unique – and free! – souvenir of the park. The instructor will draw one character per class every half hour.
And for a bit of history: When Disney’s Hollywood Studios (then Disney-MGM Studios) was a living, working animation studio, a walking tour was given where guests could witness real animators at their craft. I clearly remember, as a child, filing past artists hard at work on the beloved Aladdin. The studios no longer are host to these animators, but the spirit lives on in this attraction.
Location: The Magic of Disney Animation is located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World Resort.