The Magic of Disney
[Disney Vacation Planner]
|At A Glance
||Guided walking tour providing
a behind the scenes look at Disney animation studios.
The recently updated Magic of Disney Animation Tour
provides a behind the scenes look at how the classic animated
movies are produced, right through from the initial ideas, through
storyboarding, animation, how the sounds and voices are added,
and how the whole process is completed to produce the movies that
are released at the theatres and cinemas.
The tour lasts for around 40-minutes in total, and
runs continuously, so there's no need to book in advance. If a
tour is in progress a chalkboard outside the main lobby provides
information about when the next tour is due to commence.
Before the tour starts, you get to browse the building's
lobby area, where display cabinets exhibit (copies of) some of
the many Oscars won by the Disney animators over the years, along
side cels from some of the classic Disney animated films.
The tour itself begins with a short film explaining
the basics of the animation process, after which guests get to
meet one of the Disney animators who will happily answer any questions
about the process. Next guests pass through the main animation
studio, where depending upon the season, animators may well be
working on the next Disney animated film scheduled for release,
possibly including "Kingdom In The Sun", "Atlantis", "Treasure
Planet", "Leilo and Stitch" or "Sweating Bullets".
All the way through the tour a guide explains in detail
what is happening, and video monitors scattered at various locations
throughout the tour provide more detailed information about the
area they're in. Finally the tour ends back in the Animation Gallery,
where many original Disney animated cels along with other collectible
objects are for sale (though don't expect them to be cheap!).