Sep 16

Disney Traveling Around the “World” – Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Part 5 – Animation Courtyard



Welcome back “World” travelers! I hope you had a great visit over at the Streets of America. I see you were able to make it out of the Szalinski’s oversized backyard. Let’s discover what adventures await us today as we head over to check out the Animation Courtyard.


As we head through the gate, you’ll be able to see your favorite Disney characters live on stage, take a journey with Ariel from the Little Mermaid, or go behind the scenes and understand the magic that goes into Disney Animation. Let’s take a closer look!



Disney Junior

Disney Junior – Live on Stage   This  popular show features segments with Disney Junior hits “Doc McStuffins” and “Sofia the First,” along with stories from “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” and “Jake and the Never Land Pirates.”  The show is geared to preschool audiences, and is a fun-filled show, with singalongs and dance activities. If you have preschool children or you’re just a child at heart, you will not want to miss this show.


Voyage of the Little Mermaid

Voyage of the Little Mermaid –  This is a live stage show based on the 1989 film The Little Mermaid. Along with a mix of live actors and puppets, the show features special effects such as light and laser projections on the auditorium walls, music and movie clips to tell the tale of the Little Mermaid, and other special effects like light rain over the audience. The show lasts about 14 minutes and features Academy award-winning songs “Under the Sea”, “Part of Your World” and “Poor Unfortunate Souls”. This is a fantastic show and great for all ages!


the magic of disney anination

The Magic of Disney Animation –  step into the showroom where a Disney animator shows guests how the characters in Disney animated films are chosen and designed, with the help of Mushu, the dragon from Disney’s Mulan. Mulan was the first of three films produced by the former Orlando division of Walt Disney Feature Animation, which was headquartered in the building before being shut down in 2004.

animation academy

After guests leave the showroom they are led to an area with interactive games and a chance to meet characters from the latest Disney animated pictures. There is also a section called The Animation Academy, where guests can draw their favorite Disney characters, under the guidance of a Disney Animator. This is a fun event for the entire family.

I encourage everyone to spend a little time in here and enjoy all of the attractions offered here. There is something for all ages here.


Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream – This is one of our favorite attractions at the Walt Disney Studios. Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream is an interactive gallery featuring memorabilia from the Disney archives that have never been available before. Visitors are shown artifacts from Walt Disney’s life, from his birth in 1901 through the company’s vision for the future, as well as the history of the company he founded. In addition, the attraction includes a short film of Walt Disney’s life that explores the extraordinary hardships he overcame, as well as previously unseen footage, including Walt talking about his creation, Mickey Mouse. The film was originally hosted by Michael Eisner, but after Eisner stepped down as CEO of the Walt Disney Company, Disney Legend Julie Andrews now narrates the film. It opened on October 1, 2001, for Walt Disney World’s 100 Years of Magic celebration. Among the artifacts on display: A model of Main Street USA. from Disneyland, An Oscar for the film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, a model of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, and Walt Disney’s actual office from the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California.

While it has a large appeal for adults, the younger children may find it a little boring. I really encourage you to spend a little time here and explore the Disney history.


the ledgend of jack sparrow

The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow – This is a walk-through, interactive attraction that takes guests through pirate adventures, including a confrontation with skeleton pirates, singing mermaids, and a summoning of the squid-like Kraken. Virtually all of the presentation takes place in a room designed like a pirate’s cave lair. Animatronic figures and other props are placed around the room and are used at various points during the show. A talking skull, recognizable from the Magic Kingdom’s Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, serves as a narrator for each scene. Finally, an impressive holographic Jack Sparrow takes guests through a pirate oath, cementing their commitment to kidnapping, ransacking and not-giving-a-hoot-ing.



There are no dining areas in the Animation Courtyard area!



The Disney Animation Gallery – Located in the Art of Disney Animation building, this shop has a large selection of fine art including animation cels, serigraphs., and other collectable items. While the shop is rather small, it is one of the most interesting shops in the park. Give yourself a little time to explore here.

While the Animation Courtyard is one of the smallest sections of the park, Disney has been able to fill it with some of the most interesting shows and attractions. We hope you enjoyed today’s tour. On our next visit we’ll visit the smallest section of the park, Pixar Place. It might be small, but it holds some big surprises you won’t want to miss. Get ready for a real treat! See you then!


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