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Description And Comments

The Animation Academy, hosted by a Disney cartoonist, teaches you how to draw a Disney character; if you have any artistic inclination, you may consider it DCA's best-kept secret and find yourself taking the class repeatedly, as a Salt Lake City reader suggests:

[Animation Academy] turned out to be one of my absolute favorite things. I did it four times in a row and would have gone more if I wasn't starving. I plan to devote quite a bit of time to it on my next trip. I don't think you give it enough credit in your book.

And from a Sammamish, Washington, mom:

I agree with the reader comment that you do not give enough emphasis to the Animation Academy drawing classes. I took three, and they were the highlight of the trip. I have no drawing ability whatsoever, but following along with the instructor I was able to make a pretty decent Donald, a passable Mickey, and a Pooh Bear, although he looked like he was in a car accident. My 4-year-old loved drawing along, my husband loved it, and my 2-year-old loved scribbling on her paper and drawing board. It was fun for the whole family.

The Animation Academy classes normally rotate during the day through a dozen-odd different classic and current Disney characters, but at times it may be devoted to a single theme.

Turtle Talk with Crush is also located here, featuring the 152-year-old sea turtle from the Disney/Pixar film Finding Nemo. Originally developed for the Seas pavilion at Epcot, Turtle Talk with Crush was the first attraction to incorporate the technology of real-time animation. Here, Crush answers questions, jokes, and makes conversation with guests in real time. The animation is brilliant, and guests of all ages list Crush as their favorite Animation-building feature.

Both Sorcerer's Workshop and Animation Academy provide a good foundation on the animation process and will enhance your appreciation of the other exhibits.

Touring Tips

On entering the Animation building, you’ll step into a lobby where signs mark the entrances of the various exhibits. Look up in the lobby for a moment at the ultra-high-definition oversize projections of animations in process, including Disney’s and Pixar’s latest hits; clips from Zootopia set to Shakira’s “Try Everything” are a recent addition. It takes 40–55 minutes to do all the interactive stuff and see everything. You probably won’t experience much of a wait for the Disney Animation offerings except on weekends and holidays. Even then, the Animation building clears out considerably by late afternoon.

Animation Academy Wait Times

This chart shows you roughly how long you'll wait for Animation Academy when you visit on a day with a given Disney California Adventure Park Crowd Level. The blue bars represent the average "peak" wait time (that is, how long the line will be at its busiest). The bottom and top black lines represent the range of peak wait times to expect (for you fellow nerds out there: it's the 5th percentile and 95th percentile of peak wait times). Please note that these are estimates, and for a better forecast for your travel dates, see Animation Academy Wait Times.

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Special Comments

Quite amusing, though not very educational

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