Disney’s Hollywood Studios has officially closed the Magic of Disney Animation to make room for another attraction.
To say I’m a little heartbroken is an understatement.
I always considered the Animation Academy one of my favorite spots at Hollywood Studios. It was a place my entire family enjoyed, a great spot for spending 30 minutes inside the air conditioning, giving our legs a rest, and learning from the best animators around. It was our go-to spot when we had to catch our breath, or a break from the rain.
Inside the Animation Academy, the Disney animators taught us how to draw our own Disney characters and we were always amazed at our final product.
I have sketches we’ve all done through the years, following the step-by-step instructions offered by the animators.
Through the years we’ve mastered Minnie, Winnie and on our last trip, Goofy.
We could look into the different animator offices and see peeks from the past of some of Disney’s best work.
It’s the most recent in a number of changes being made at Hollywood Studios. A name change for the park is coming, and the famous Sorcerer’s hat was removed earlier this year. The Studios Backlot Tour is also gone, along with the American Idol experience.
I’m all for updates, but this is one attraction I’m really going to miss on my trips to Disney. Maybe they’ll relocate the concept to another of the theme parks. Until then, I’ll consider our past art even more priceless.