Magic of Disney Animation at Hollywood Studios may be closing, but drawing lessons remain at Walt Disney World

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The Magic of Disney Animation at Hollywood Studios is closing, local media outlets, including the Orlando Sentinel, have confirmed this week. The attraction features a short movie about Disney animation; two character greeting areas; and Animation Academy, where guests can learn to draw popular characters. The Magic of Disney Animation closes on July 13, so the last day for guests is July 12.
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Learn to draw Frozen’s Elsa, Anna and Olaf at Walt Disney World

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"Frozen" fans will be happy to know that some of their favorite characters have been added to the choices at the Animation Academy inside The Magic of Disney Animation at Hollywood Studios. Guests now can learn to draw Elsa, Anna and Olaf. (Don't worry: If your budding artists is not going to be at the theme park any time soon, he or she still can learn the techniques from Disney character artist Brian James Fichtner in the videos included.)
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Finding art opportunities for kids at Disney World

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Do you have a budding young artist in your family? If so, you might be surprised to learn that there are many opportunities for your child to explore his or her creativity while you’re on vacation at Walt Disney World. In recent years, Disney World has built on the popularity of the Magic of Disney … Continue reading "Finding art opportunities for kids at Disney World"
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DisneyQuest is more than video gaming for kids

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DisneyQuest, Walt’s Disney World’s five-story gaming attraction at Downtown Disney, is all about the video games, right? Yes, but that’s not all there is to do. The entire second floor is set up for kids — and adults — to explore their creativity by making art, music and roller coasters. At the Animation Academy, guests … Continue reading "DisneyQuest is more than video gaming for kids"
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Drawing Disney at the Animation Academy – Disney California Adventure

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One of my favorite (and I think often overlooked) areas at Disney California Adventure is the Animation Building. In addition to Turtle Talk with Crush, the Toy Story Zoetrope, and The Sorcerer’s Workshop, guests can also visit the Animation Academy. This is a ~15-minute session where a Disney animator teaches those in the session how … Continue reading "Drawing Disney at the Animation Academy – Disney California Adventure"
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Animation Academy – The Magic of Disney Animation

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When the Disney/MGM Studios (now Disney’s Hollywood Studios) opened, it featured a wonderful animation tour. Guests started the tour by viewing a short film, narrated by Walter Cronkite and with Robin Williams voicing one of the lost boys from Neverland. Together, they explained how an animated movie was created from concept to celluloid. After the … Continue reading "Animation Academy – The Magic of Disney Animation"
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