The Best Way to Spend the Day in the Parks?
We recently asked readers "if you could spend all day on one theme park attraction, which one would it be?
Readers replied with multiple picks for Men in Black Alien Attack at Universal Studios Florida, as well as for Disney's Splash Mountain, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, and the Disneyland Railroad. But my pick wasn't a ride — it was a drawing class.
Disney's Animation Academy celebrates the heart of the Walt Disney Company by connecting visitors with that tradition in the most engaging way imaginable. In the Animation Academy, you don't just watch Disney animation. You create it — following the step-by-step instructions of a Diseny cast member.
Okay, nothing any guest sketches in this fun little character animation class will ever make it to the big (or even small) screen. But those sketches do make for delightful (and free!) souvenirs of your park visit. That's all why I wrote about Animation Academy in my Orange County Register column this week.
You can find Animation Academy in the Disney Animation building in Disney California Adventure's Hollywood Land. At the Walt Disney World Resort, the Animation Academy in Disney's Hollywood Studios closed last year along with the rest of the Magic of Disney Animation pavilion, but I believe you can find one still in the DisneyQuest in Disney Springs. There's an Animation Academy at Hong Kong Disneyland and another in the Art of Disney Animation pavilion at Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris, too.
Read Robert's Column:
I gotta say... On our first and only trip to Disneyland (and CA) ever, the Animation Academy was a complete surprise and a highlight of our trip.
I'm not sure I could imagine spending an entire day on a ride, anyway. But if I had to pick, and if it were still around, Horizons would be my go-to. ;)
This was an available activity the last time we sailed on the Disney Cruise Line in December, 2014, and on each of the four preceding cruises. I hope they still do this.
Great. Now I can't stop dreaming about having the time, money and proximity to spend an entire day on one theme park attraction...
I'd visited California Adventure a couple times before, but I had always given the Animation Academy a skip. I couldn't see the attraction to it. But with an extra day visiting the parks this time around, I made a point to experience attractions I never had before and so I stepped into the Academy theatre.
MIB and Horror Makeup Show.
Didn't you say Frozen is for 8 year old girls? Well, drawing animation is for 8 year old boys and girls. I wouldn't mind taking my kid to both enjoy Elsa and Anna and drawing some characters, but I'll never do it myself.
Got stuck on Splash Mountain for over an hour and was late to our reservations at Victoria & Albert's. That is no longer an attraction I would like to spend the entire day on!! ;)
Nice pick, Robert. I have yet to experience Disney's Animation Academy at DCA. Last time I was there I was so focused on getting on rides that I missed this awesome attraction. Will make sure to check it out next time I am there!
MIB would be an awesome attraction to ride all day. Every time I get off that ride I always wanna get right back on to try and improve my score.
The attraction I would wish to ride for an entire day would be Spaceship Earth. I love the music, the history, even the smells of smoke. I would love to truly soak in each section.
My husband and I love to go on the rides but we also like to spend time visiting other attractions at the various theme parks. Every time we visit the Walt Disney World Resort we used to go to the Animation Academy. I was pretty sad when it shut down last year. I am surprised that it closed as it was always super busy with long lines to get into the sessions.
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