Disneyland Paris at 25 again and I can’t believe that I am now on my last 4 choices. Wow! This series has really run away with me!
Anyway, this time I am remaining in the Walt Disney Studios and focusing on the Art of Animation.
Opening along with the park in 2002, it is the building that gives the Walt Disney Studios Park its name. It is where guests of all ages discover the history and legacy of Disney animation, immersing themselves into the animated behind-the-scenes experience with theatre presentations and interactive exhibition rooms.
But it is not just Disney animation on show. In the pre-show room, a mural charting early animation inventions wraps around the left wall: Greek Urn, Magic Lantern, Praxinoscope etc. It also houses one of the three multiplane cameras still in existence at Disney (the other two are divided between the Walt Disney Family Museum and the Walt Disney Animation Studios), used for classics such as Pinocchio, Bambi and The Old Mill.
In the queue for the theatre presentations, you can also watch a video presentation (English with subtitles and French text at the side) of Roy E Disney talking about the history of Disney animation.
1# the Disney Classics Theatre playing a montage of Disney and Pixar animation touching on the themes of love, loss and rebirth
2# Draw to Animation – a presentation explaining how Disney creates its characters, with a live host helped along by Mushu. I can’t remember if it is presented in English or French but next to the seats are headphones that give you the narration in a variety of different European languages.
The last room with a series of interactive Animation stations allows guests to draw Mickey Mouse, edit sound effects, or design their own Zoetrope animation. The walls are an exhibition in itself, highlighting the work of European artists in the design and creation of Disney classics.
What I love about this attraction is that the exclusive previews of upcoming Disney and Pixar films shown at the end of Draw to Animation change throughout the year – it brings a freshness to the attraction that you don’t find anywhere else. And whilst there are scheduled viewing times for the presentations, you can still enjoy the last rooms of the exhibit as if it was a museum. I could spend a lot of time in there and never be bored. Plus the Disney historian in me becomes very giddy at discovering all the facts to do with early animation! It’s also a perfect attraction to experience when you want to take the weight off your feet or escape from the rain for a while.
However, everything detailed above has probably all changed now with the permanent addition of the Moana and current Belle meet-and-greet photo location. I suppose that shows how long it has been since my last Disneyland Paris trip.
The other downside is that the full attraction is not completely accessible for everyone, particularly any d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing guests. The theatre presentations don’t have hearing loops and like with other live narrated shows at Disneyland Paris, there are no Sign Language Interpreters.
Regardless, it is a nice and relaxing attraction building in the Studios park that is not currently under threat!
The iconic Sorcerer Hat is based on that at the Feature Animation Building at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, built in 1994 at the height of the Renaissance Era in Disney animation. It was designed by architect Robert Stern was known to Disneyland Paris for his work on Hotel New York, Hotel Cheyenne and the Espace Euro Disney Preview Centre which also featured a large Sorcerer Hat.
The Disney character statues surrounding the Sorcerer’s Hat are Genie, Brer Rabbit, Donald Duck, Hercules, Tinkerbell, Mickey Mouse, Tarzan, Bachus (Fantasia), Mulan, Pinocchio, and Dumbo.
Wendy, Peter Pan and Tinkerbell were installed on the Sorcerer’s Hat in May 2007, having originally been created as Castle decorations for Walt Disney World’s Happiest Celebration on Earth.
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