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Do You Want to Draw a Snowman? Learn How To Draw Olaf At Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Earlier today, we shared a look into the Animation Academy at The Magic of Disney Animation. Recently, a few characters from Disney’s “Frozen” were added into the rotation of Disney characters our character artists teach guests how to draw every day.

With the popularity of “Frozen” – which happens to be released on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack tomorrow, March 18 – it’s no surprise that Olaf has become one of the most requested characters at the experience. During our filming, character artist Brian James Fichtner was gracious enough to give us a step-by-step lesson on how to draw this lovable snowman-come-to-life. Grab a pencil, paper and check out the full tutorial below!


  • We drew Tangled last time we were at the Animation Academy at DCA. The artist asked a trivia question about the Tangled movie and I won his drawing, way cool! I’m going next month. I hope we get to draw Olaf, I love him!

  • Brian is our favorite! We were having so much fun drawing with him, that we did it four times in a row!. 🙂 Can’t wait to go back and draw some more!

  • No matter how many times I go to Disney, I find something new every time. Really enjoyed drawing class. Thanks Disney!

  • Thanks for this! The Animation Academy is my favorite thing at Disney World and Disneyland.

  • I love Animation Academy at DCA. I try to go as many times as I can, and always recommend it to my friends. Just last night, my friend and I missed Olaf by 3 minutes. I was soooo bummed but Mickey was next, and you can never go wrong with Mickey. I’ll just have to go again to get Olaf. SUCH a hardship, I assure you. 😉

  • My daughter and I loved Animation Academy! Still have our Minnie Mouse pictures, will always be one of my favorite memories of Disney 🙂

    • Thanks for sharing, Amanda!

  • I keep asking for Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. He would be great to draw there! Hopefully by the next time we visit….

  • Animation academy is one of my favorite things to do at both HS and DCA. I have no artistic ability but somehow my characters(usually) come out great at the academy.

  • Always a must do when we’re there. Animation Academy is an awesome experience!

    • 🙂

  • I love Animation Academy and Brain James Fichtner is my favorite animator to draw with! I won one of his Mickey drawings during a class and it’s still hanging on my wall!

  • What a wonderful concept for guests to enjoy! We really enjoyed watching both our children create their animations aboard the Disney Fantasy last August over at Animator’s Studio.

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

    • Thanks, Jackie!

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