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  • On May 17, 2013
    Catherine from TX Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Are there animators that we can speak with or have an engagement/tour with. I am a HUGE fan of Belle, Timon and Jiminy Cricket. I would like to know how Disney animation came to create such characters and see them draw them. I buy all 3 of their pins.

    Hi Catherine,

    Thanks for visiting the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your question.

    I think that there are a few experiences at Walt Disney World that you will really enjoy considering your interest in Disney animation.  First, you should definitely visit The Magic of Disney Animation attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios.  At this attraction, you can first see a movie about the process of Disney animation.  Then, you can attend the Animation Academy, where a Disney artist will guide you through drawing a Disney character, which you get to try yourself!  You can also attend an Animation Academy at DisneyQuest in Downtown Disney, where you can draw a Disney character under the guidance of a cast member.  

    You also might want to consider the Dine with an Imagineer opportunity.  When you Dine with an Imagineer, you and other guests can enjoy lunch or dinner while learning unique insights from an Imagineer.  While the Imagineer is not necessarily an animator, it seems like this experience might be interesting to you as you can gain insights on how the Disney Parks and Resorts came to be.  I'm sure that you could ask the Imagineer questions about animation and they would do their best to answer.

    I hope that this gives you some ideas, Catherine.  Have a great trip, and please do not hesitate to ask if you have any further questions. 
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Meet the Panelist: Mona Leigh, Maryland

I am a wife and mother who works in children's technology design and research. When I'm not at work or with my family, I'm often planning a Walt Disney World trip for my family or friends. I'm a Disney Vacation Club Member, and am excited to help you plan your Disney vacation!  Learn More About Mona Leigh

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