This is a review of the older show, back when the Studio still had an actual animation department. It's really a shame they axed them. With respect to the attraction itself, it sort of defeats the whole purpose of having the attraction in the first place. I mean, the whole point is to see the animators at work (which is why you had to go during regular working hours to see any). I really appreciated seeing them at work. The Robin Williams / Walter Cronkite film is funny and enjoyable.
This tour is divided into three segments. The first is a very amusing and interesting discussion surrounding character development, featuring Mushu from Mulan and a live Disney Cast Member.
The second section is significantly less entertaining. A Cast Member talks about animated features with an emphasis on ones from the now defunct Florida Animation Department. Dullsville.
In the final segment, you can either browse the Animation Gallery or spend ten minutes in the Animation Academy to learn how to draw a character. The gallery has some great exhibits; the Buzz and Woody concept drawings are of particular interest. Also of note: the Animation Gallery and Academy are directly accessible from the Animation Courtyard (in other words, you don't need to go through the first two segments to experience the last).
Bottom line - the value of the first part of the tour more than makes up for the dearth of entertainment in the middle section. While there's no easy escape from the second part (you'll have to suffer through it), you do have the opportunity to check your Times Guide to see what you'd like to do next.
The Magic of disney animation has a been a personal favorite of mine for years. I love going on this tour to check out all the sneak peeks in disney animation. Ive always been fascinated of how the disney artists make these wonderful films. The tour is great for kids, and adults. You get to see the current production films on the tour and much more. Dont miss the magic of disney animation tour!! its a must-see!!
I just came back from this tour. I was in the last showing for the night. It was really interesting. I didn't know that all of "Lilo and Stitch" the movie was made entirely right there at MGM. I loved seeing the future projects. I liked the "Bears" film, because I can definately see a cool promotion tie-in with either the Wilderness Lodge or Fort Wilderness. It was a good tour, plus there were only about 10 people, so it was nice, not too big.
YOU GET TO SEE ANIMATION THE DISNEY WAY.I LIKED SEEING STILLS OF DISNEY MOVIES NOT YET RELEASED.
If you have ever seen a Disney animated film and wondered how they are brought to life, this is for you. The tour hosted by Walter Croncite and Robin Willaims takes you behind the scenes of the Animation studios that has created Mulan, Lilo and Stitch, and parts of other favorite films. This is also the place to look over the shoulders of real animators (no, they're not animatronice) working on upcomming Disney films. A must-see.
The Animation tour provides an inside look at the Disney Studios animation department. The outdoor queuing has sketches from classic Disney animated moments.... The indoor preshow features Robin Williams and Walter Cronkite explaining the animation process. Guests also get to talk with an animator (although it is usually a junior animator who does the tours as part of the "dues" process) and then look through the glass onto the different art stations. No photography is allowed inside, but visitors get to see what is in the works for the next feature the Florida studio is participating in creating.... Often, those who look closely will be able to spot what they saw being created in the studio when the feature is finally released--a section of storyboard or promotional art. The attraction ends with another animator available for questions in a changing exhibit in the postshow that often follows an animated film from conception to completion. Finally, an animation gift shop closes out the experience, offering an opportunity for those on the smallest of budgets to glimpse production cels and pick up classic animation postcards.