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Did you know that you have an inner Disney animator hidden within you? If you have ever dreamed about creating Disney’s famous characters with your own hands Animator’s Academy is the place for you!

Located in Animator’s Court in Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World, this unique Disney attraction is one that will be remembered forever. Arriving just 10-15 minutes early will allow you to enter the next drawing class. Each class lasts only 20 minutes and is taught by a Disney animator instructor. When you enter the class you will be told what character is to be drawn. Characters are rotated and many options are available. If you are particular about what character you would prefer to draw, ask those waiting with you if they know what drawing will be taught in the next class. Often many Disney fans will keep going into back to back animation classes and the instructors will let you know what character will be in the following class for those that wish to return.

Disney’s instructors are very encouraging. While paper and pencil are provided, no eraser is provided but fear not as the instructions are very clear and each step is walked through at a very reasonable pace. In the end, each drawing in the room is unique and the characters are close replicas of their originals.

Once you have finished your drawing, be sure to stop by the gift shop to ask for an elastic and gift bag to carry your free souvenir during the rest of the day. Once you get home, it will look amazing framed and hanging on your wall as a perfect souvenir from your vacation! Don’t worry about perfection with your art – this is your creation and the memories created on your vacation will shine through each time you view it.

Animator’s Academy is also available at DisneyQuest in Downtown Disney in Florida, Disney’s California Adventure, and on select Disney Cruise Line itineraries.  

Michelle Browne

Travel Specialist