Published: June 29, 2015 at 3:21 PM
One of the original attractions at what opened in 1989 as the Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park, the animation pavilion used to be a working production facility where visitors could watch Disney animators creating feature-length films. The Florida studio worked on Mulan, Lilo & Stitch, and Brother Bear before Disney closed it in 2004. The original tour of the animation facility began with the short film "Back to Neverland," starring Walter Cronkite and Robin Williams, who showed audiences just some of what made Disney animation so magical for audiences.
After the animation studio closed, Disney converted the facility into the current exhibition hall, which included a 10-minute animation demonstration, character meet and greets, and the Animation Academy studio, where visitors could learn how to draw a Disney character, which they could take home as a free souvenir.
Last year, Disney closed the last remnants of the Studios' Backlot Tour which, along with the animation pavilion, provided much of the entertainment in the park's first years. Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed earlier this year that the studios park would be getting another name change, although Disney has not yet revealed what that will be.
Disney's been sitting on a variety of plans to substantially transform the studios theme park, including designs for a Star Wars-themed land as well as proposals for a copy of the Toy Story Playland from Hong Kong Disneyland and Walt Disney Studios Paris and a copy of Disney California Adventure's Cars Land. Disney has yet to announce any major plans for the park, however.
The animation pavilion's last day will be July 12.