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The Magic of Disney Animation was a show and tour at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Florida. It closed permanently on July 12, 2015. At the time, it was not announced what would happen to the building and the animators. In December 2015, the building began to be used to house the Star Wars Launch Bay.


Originally, when the park first opened in 1989, the Feature Animation pavilion of the attraction, designed originally by award winning experience designer Bob Rogers[1] and the design team BRC Imagination Arts,[2] included four connected experiences which explored the legacy of Disney animation. The tour commenced with the short film entitled "Back to Neverland,"[3] in which Veteran newscaster, Walter Cronkite and comedian Robin Williams guided guests through the different stages in animating a feature-length film by turning Williams into an animated character in the form of one of the "Lost Boys" of Peter Pan. Following that introductory film, guest would witness the process of animation, first-hand, from elevated, glass-enclosed walkways within Disney's actual animation studio.[4] The third segment was a short film in which Disney Animators described the joy of the art of animation. A finale film entitled "Classic Disney" presented a montage of key moments from classic animated Disney films.[5]

The attraction now has one main 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, (voiced in the show by Eddie Murphy's sound double, Mark Moseley.) Mulan was the first of three films produced by the former Orlando, Florida division of Walt Disney Feature Animation, which was headquartered in the building before being closed in 2004. 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. Several original cells from classic Disney films as well as several of the Academy Awards won by Disney films are on display at the attraction.

Inside the building which housed the attraction, are the former production facilities of Walt Disney Animation Orlando. Some of its productions include:

An expanded production area was dedicated and opened on April 22, 1998, the same day Disney's Animal Kingdom opened. Roy E. Disney noted it in his dedication speech.


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