Animation fans shouldn’t miss this walk-through of interactive exhibits and activities. Upon entering, you are in the Animation Courtyard, with huge screens showing famous animated scenes. Upcoming Disney movies are sometimes featured in this area. From here you can visit the Sorceror’s Workshop (get to know the characters—and yourself—better), Animation Academy (learn how to draw a Disney character), and Turtle Talk with Crush (real-time, voice-activated animation with the laid-back turtle from “Finding Nemo”). Characters from Disney's new movie, "Finding Dory," joined Crush in summer 2016. The amazing Toy Story Zoetrope (3-D spinning animation display) is temporarily closed at press time. Wheelchair accessible. Assistive listening devices. Closed captioning.
Ages: All ages
Thrill Factor: A little dark
Average Standby Wait: 10 min.
Pre-Show Duration: 5 min.
Walkthru Duration: 45 min.
- Assistive Listening
- Video Captioning
- May remain in wheelchair/ECV
- Seating type: theater
Also Known As: Disney Animation
PassPorter's Ratings for Disney Animation
Author Jennifer Marx's Rating:
Appeal by Age:
I am so sorry that this activity is no longer available at DHS. I remember on the eve of the Goofy Challenge, 01/09/2010, the artist was teaching us how to draw Goofy. At the end of the demo I was first at the stage and was honored to get her to sign the original with a personal message. What a great Magic Moment.
goofy1313 gave this a rating of 10 on 07/22/2016 at 7:56:44 am EDT
My whole family loves this area. The artists in the family really enjoy the Animation Academy.
ChristyBee gave this a rating of 8 on 06/25/2016 at 4:51:50 pm EDT
Top 3 on the list of MUST DO's when visiting DCA
CharlesNKamber gave this a rating of 10 on 06/17/2016 at 12:53:57 pm EDT
I could spend all day at Animation Academy.
tlee gave this a rating of 10 on 06/10/2016 at 9:58:25 am EDT
It's a 9 just for Turtle Talk alone
Cindita gave this a rating of 9 on 06/04/2016 at 8:15:21 pm EDT
Draw Disney characters at Animation Academy. | photo by GingerJ
Chat with Crush | photo by GingerJ
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