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A ‘Hollywood’ Classic: The Magic of Disney Animation

posted on April 24th, 2014 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


When Disney’s Hollywood Studios opened The Magic of Disney Animation gave a firsthand look inside the interworking of Walt Disney Animation Florida.

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This behind-the-scenes tour began with the short film “Back to Never Land” taking guests on a journey through the animation process.

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Afterwards, guests had the opportunity to peer through glass walls to witness members of the animation team at work. guests also had the opportunity to watch an animator sketch a Disney character right before their eyes.

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Walt Disney Animation Florida was responsible for the primary production of three full-length animated feature films – Mulan, Lilo and Stitch, and Brother Bear. They also produced three animation shorts, “Off His Rockers,” and two Roger Rabbit Cartoons – “Trail Mix-Up” and “Roller Coaster Rabbit.”


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Jason on April 24th, 2014 at 10:11 am

I remember this being a genuinely exciting part of the studio tour. One of my best memories was when I had the opportunity, as a student journalist, to tour the animation studios down on the floor, up close with the animators, with Richard Williams as my tour guide!

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Bethany from OK on April 24th, 2014 at 10:18 am

Great memories of touring this as a high school student! So cool to watch the animators at work and wondering what feature film they were creating.

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michael from NJ on April 24th, 2014 at 10:47 am

Watching the animators work was the best part of visiting Hollywood Studios. I miss that.

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Jane on April 24th, 2014 at 11:20 am

I enjoyed the tour mainly because our daughter and son-in-law both worked there when it opened . He was an animator and she was ink&paint.

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Johnathan on April 24th, 2014 at 12:52 pm

How I miss when the Disney Hollywood Studios was actually a place where real movies were made. Maybe with the success of Frozen, Disney may consider to expand their studios back to Florida.

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Eric from MA on April 24th, 2014 at 2:07 pm

I remember looking through the glass windows, and watching the animators work on Brother Bear and a few shots from Home on the Range:
The host before the film even told the audience “The animators here believe Koda will be the next great Disney character!”
(And even then, we thought, “Umm…”)

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Matthew from GA on April 24th, 2014 at 11:17 pm

This was great! I was there during Mulan – the maquettes were amazing. Loved witnessing the process firsthand.

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Marion on April 28th, 2014 at 1:05 pm

This was one of my favorite things at Disney when I was a kid. I believe we visited when Mulan was being made. I so desperately wish that this was still a part of Hollywood Studios. The animation classes held in the Animation Building are now my favorite thing to do when at Studios.

I don’t think most guests realize that it used to be a real working studio lot where TV shows and Movies were made. I wish there was something in the park that celebrated this part of Hollywood Studios past.

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Kristin on April 29th, 2014 at 7:53 am

I worked at this attraction during high school and college (1991-1996). They were helping finish some scenes from Beauty & the Beast when I first started. I loved this one even though I did have to wear heels and hose.

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