Art of Animation is an attraction at Hong Kong Disneyland, located in Main Street, U.S.A.'s Opera House. As part of the expansion of the park in summer 2008, the attraction replaced The Disneyland Story presenting How Mickey Mouse Came to Hong Kong.
Behold an exhibition of original Disney artwork and see how an early concept sketch can become an animated character inside the building. View drawings, sculptures and rare collectibles from more than 80 years of beloved Disney and Pixar cartoons and animated feature films—and learn how Disney artists created and eventually brought to life some of your favorite Disney characters, such as:
A zoetrope is a device that flashes a series of still images to produce the illusion of motion. Instead of using traditional, one-dimensional drawings, Toy Story Zoetrope, similar to the former Character Close-Up in Disney Animation Building at Disney California Adventure. It features 3-dimensional figures of characters from the Disney•Pixar Toy Story film series—including Woody, Jessie and Bullseye—to demonstrate how even sculptures can easily become fully animated in the eye of the beholder. As large disks whirl under a flashing strobe light, the Toy Story characters spring to life. However, it has been removed in December 19, 2016 for the new "Magic Access Member Service Center" expansion.
Magic Access Member Service Center
In 2012, since Magic Access Member Service Center (next to City Hall) was under construction, the center has temporary moved to the building, replaced The Preview Gallery, while the Art of Animation is covered with a curtain whereas guests could enter and visit.
However, the building has been temporarily suspended from September 21 to 30, 2016 and October 17 to 25, 2016 for transformation work. It has provide extra functions that serve the Magic Access Members.
Due to its Monstrous Summer event in 2013, the building was converted into Monsters University Administration Building (Traditional Chinese: 怪獸大學行政大樓), in conjunction with the release of the film Monsters University. It was ran from June 13, 2013. Although the event officially ended on September 1, its continued until October 31, part of the "Disney's Haunted Halloween" event started form October 4.
Guests will go directly to the building to obtain their very own Monsters University Student Cards. Simply by inserting their park tickets or Magic Access Membership Cards into the Monsters University Student ID Booth, guests can also have their scary Student Photos taken. Guests also can meet and greet with Mike and Sulley in their MU looks outside the building during summer.
Inside Out Headquarters
Due to its “Frozen” Village summer event in 2015, the building was converted into Inside Out Headquarters (Traditional Chinese: 腦海總部控制中心), in conjunction with the release of the film Inside Out. It was ran from July 9, 2015. Although the event officially ended on August 30, it continued until September 14. The displays inside the building were all moved to Epcot Character Spot at Epcot since April 2016.
Guests will have the opportunity to experience firsthand some of the movie’s most charming elements and a particularly iconic scene. They will also be able to create their very own Emotions postcard in the Capture Your Emotions Photo Booth. Guests also can meet and greet with Joy and Sadness.
Big Hero 6 Headquarters
In 10th anniversary celebration, half of the building (the renaissance age) has been converted into Big Hero 6 Headquarters, where guests can meet and greet with Baymax since February 22, and Hiro Hamada since June 4 as an atmosphere character. However, it's been closed since June 30.