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Disney Animation

Theme Park Insider Reader Rating: 8 out of 10

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Enter the Animation Courtyard, then select from several experiences within the building: Learn about animation drawing in the Animation Academy, character development in Character Close-Up, and voice and personality in the Sorcerer's Workshop. (Turtle Talk with Crush also is located within the Disney Animation building.)


In my opinion, this is an often overlooked gem at Disney California Adventure. In fact, when the park first opened to lackluster reviews, the Animation Building was kind of a diamond in the rough for me. No rides or thrills and I certainly wouldn't rate it as a "must see" attraction, but not a waste of time either. The building is divided up into several section, each containing a different activity. You can learn to draw a Disney character, take a personality test in Beast's Library to see which Disney Character you most like, do a voice over recording of some Disney classic scenes with Ursula, watch Crush from Finding Nemo interact with the audience or take a glimpse at stop motion animation.

The lobby area is a great place to relax and is visually appealing with a multitude of screens and projections showing how Disney films are developed. Again, not a must see...but probably a "should see".

this is a nice relaxing place. My favorite is when i get to see which Disney character i am.
A nice attraction as the intermission of an intense day. Disney Animation allows you to stay cool, and spend some time to walk through behind the scenes of many Disney's movie magic. Catch a showing of the Animation Studios to take a drawing class, and trust me, you will never knew you were so good at drawing Disney characters. You also get to meet Crush! Bring your little ones and seat them in front so they can be greeted by Crush himself in turtle talk. It's witty, funny, and flowing with fun...dude.
My favorite spot in DLR to relax and just take in the sights and sounds of my favorite Disney Animated films.
A giant room full of songs, sketches, pictures and clips from Disney movies, that serves as the gateway for four Disney shows/attractions. Very cool, and a definite must do!

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