under-appreciated attractions

51 Days: The Magic of Disney Animation

Disney Animation

The Magic of Disney Animation is our choice for #Day51 of our #DisneyWorldCountdown.

Today is #Day51 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown, and on this day, we are taking a look at an attraction called The Magic of Disney Animation.  Inside this attraction you will find many things to do, including some of the following:

  • Watch a show staring Mushu from the Disney movie Mulan and explore how characters are brought to life and drawn for a movie.
  • After the movie, you can visit the Animation Station, where you can draw a Disney character at the Animation Academy, create a soundtrack to a famous Disney scene at The Sound Stage, add color to a movie sequence at the Digital Ink and Pain area, figure out what character you would be by answering questions given to you by Lumiere, and look at some of the historic items on display in the Animation Gallery.
  • In addition, there are several meet and greet character greetings here, so look for more information when you arrive as to who will be there and when they will be appearing!
  • By the way, did you know that this same building was where Lilo & Stitch, Mulan, and Brother Bear were created?

To wrap it up, here are some pictures I’ve taken from inside the building.  I hope you enjoy them!

Disney Animation

One of the artist’s work areas, this one was for Lynn Rippberger.

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Part of the building housed the Ratatouille area back in 2008.

Last but certainly not least, look who Sophie had her picture with!

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Sophie got her picture with Sorcerer Mickey!

Do you and your family enjoy the Magic of Disney Animation show and attraction?  What is your favorite part about it, or why don’t you stop by and visit?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by today!

My Top 5 Disney’s Hollywood Studios Attractions


By Mike Ellis.

Hello everyone, and thank you for stopping by My Dreams of Disney today!  In this post, we are continuing our series on my top five attractions — last week we looked at my top five Epcot attractions, and the week before that we looked at my top five Magic Kingdom attractions.  Today we are taking a look at my top five Disney’s Hollywood Studios attractions!

#5: The Magic of Disney Animation

The Magic of Disney Animation is a new favorite for us, and one that I enjoy visiting!

The Magic of Disney Animation is a new favorite for us, and one that I enjoy visiting!

We were first exposed to The Magic of Disney Animation when we were at Disney’s California Adventure and took in the Disney Animation building, which has a ton of different things to check out!  We were there with our friends at Cooking Underwriter and her daughter Miss J and Sophie hit it off like they were long lost sisters reunited!  As a result, we decided to look in on The Magic of Disney Animation back on the east coast!  Our favorite activity is to learn how to draw the characters just like the animators do.

#4: Muppet*Vision 3D

Muppet*Vision 3D, despite it's corny nature, is a favorite of mine!

Muppet*Vision 3D, despite it’s corny nature, is a favorite of mine!

I know that Muppet*Vision 3D is dated.  I know that it is the same as it was since it opened.  I know that it’s corny.  Despite all of that — or, perhaps, because of all that — I like Muppet*Vision 3D.  This show is one that I try to watch once per visit.  In some ways, I think the fact that it is still the original version, just like the Muppet Show seasons that I used to watch as a kid, is a tribute to all the influence that Jim Henson had, and what was lost when he died.  It’s almost as if, with him gone, the show must still go on, but it can’t be updated anymore…

#3: One Man’s Dream

One Man's Dream

One Man’s Dream is more museum than attraction, but no trip to Disney’s Hollywood Studios is complete without taking a look at the history of Disney.

One Man’s Dream is a great attraction, one of my favorites.  Whenever I enter the museum-like attraction, my mind immediately gets transported back in time to when Walt Disney was around, and was growing up and becoming the man that would create this world that I love to visit.  Then, at the end of the pathways, I love to watch the home movie and see that, even as a grown up running the famed Disney company, Walt still knew how to have fun and remember what it was like to be a kid.

#2: Toy Story Midway Mania

Mr. Potato Head

Sophie standing with Mr. Potato Head as we progress through the line!

Toy Story Mania is not at the top of the list because of one reason: the lines, and the way the FastPass tickets run out so fast.  Perhaps FastPass+ will improve this, we’ll see.  In the meantime, though, the ride itself is so much fun, I love playing all the old carnival games, and I love how it is all computerized!  All in all, it’s a great ride, and worth doing every time you are at Hollywood Studios!

#1: Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith!

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is my favorite attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Coming in at number one, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith!  This attraction has just one drawback — it’s not long enough in time.  What it lacks in ride time, though, it makes up for in adrenalin rush!  It’s a great ride, and I love riding it over and over again!

Honorable Mentions…

Tower of Terror

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Tower of Terror: Love the structure, love the back story, love the affects, love the part of the ride that takes you to the elevators, hate the drops!

Great Movie Ride

Great Movie Ride

Great Movie Ride: Love the scenes from the old movies, love most of the sets, don’t like the gunshots.  I wish it was updated and featured more Disney movies along the ride.

Thank you for stopping by and looking at my top five attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!  What are your top five?  Please let me know in the comments, and thanks!


50 Days til Disneyland – Disney Animation!

Image ©Disney Parks

Image ©Disney Parks

We are exactly halfway through our 100 Days to Disneyland series!  It’s been a really fast 50 days, I’m hoping that the rest of the 50 days go by as quickly, or even faster if possible!  Today we are taking a look at the Disney Animation facility, which houses several different attractions!  Located at Disney’s California Adventure Park in Hollywoodland, this building is the hub of many different attractions.  I have already talked about some of them, here is the list of what you can find in this building:

  • The Animation Courtyard
  • Animation Academy
  • Character Close-Up
  • Sorcerer’s Workshop, featuring these three interactive experiences:
    • Magic Mirror Realm
    • The Beast’s Library
    • Ursula’s Grotto
  • Turtle Talk with Crush

As I said, this building is really the hub for an incredible selection of attractions and things for you to do.  This building feels a lot like the Walt Disney World attraction “The Magic of Disney Animation” but with some different attractions housed within.

So tell me, please, do you like the Disney Animation building and all that is contained within, or do you kind of skip past it as you look for more exciting E-Ticket attractions?  Please let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!