Animation Academy

Disney World's Animation Academy is a fun -- and free (with admission) -- activity that just about everyone will have fun with. Guests are treated to a hands-on character drawing lesson taught by a Disney animator, and because the character you learn to draw is different every time, you can keep going back several times over before it gets boring.

Academy BeginsAcademy Begins

You can find the academy in Disney's Hollywood Studios in the back of Animation Courtyard and at Disney Quest in Downtown Disney.

Steps To MickeySteps To Mickey

An academy begins every half hour or so, so if you've missed the last one, just wait for the next to open. It's actually probably best if you get there a bit early; the academy fills up fast! Here's a photo walk-through of the class!

Here are the desks guests get to sit at...

Animation Academy Mickey Drafting DesksAnimation Academy Mickey Drafting Desks

The drafting boards light up so that you can see through your paper as you draw.

Starting OutStarting Out

Guests watch a large screen at the front, which shows the animator's work on her drafting table. She'll walk you through, step by step, each line that needs to be drawn.

First Lines for Buzz LightyearFirst Lines for Buzz Lightyear

Next StepsNext Steps

Almost DoneAlmost Done

Here's my finished drawing! I'm pretty proud! Though I'm pretty sure I couldn't do it again...!

My Finished VersionMy Finished Version

All that's left to do is sign your autograph to the bottom and get in line for the next academy!

This is a really great, low-cost way to relax (in the air conditioning) and have fun at the same time.

Have you been to the Animation Academy? What character did you draw? Come post your Animation Academy drawings in our Animation Academy drawings forum post!

katrina1122 wrote on Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:13:

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So want to do this!

Gina wrote on Fri, 03/11/2011 - 17:24:

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I have done this several times at Disney Quest and once at the Hollywood Studios. It is a lot of fun to learn to draw the characters. I have done Mickey, Goofy, and Donald to name a few. I like that you have the option to purchase your drawing when you are done, at least the last time I did it at Disney Quest.

WyckedPhoenix wrote on Fri, 03/11/2011 - 19:48:

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That sounds so cool! We might have to check it out.

gaylin wrote on Fri, 03/11/2011 - 23:48:

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I managed to get a couple of drawings home in good condition and took them to be laminated and use them for place mats. Or I would if I could remember where I put them . . .

Lizzy_B wrote on Sat, 05/21/2011 - 15:24:

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Finally got to do this! It was soooooo fun!

Kimberly wrote on Sun, 04/01/2012 - 18:50:

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Does anyone remember how much it was to buy your own drawing? It looks like fun but we are a family of 5 and we'd want to buy all of the drawings.

Lisa wrote on Tue, 04/03/2012 - 18:57:

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we didn't have to pay.

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