by Dianne Bateman
(Lisle, Ontario Canada)
My husband and have been visiting Disney since 1989. We took our three children to Disneyworld Christmas of 1989, and loved it. We are returning this December and was wondering if the Animation Studios are still there? We love to draw and have numerous pictures from past visits.
There sure have been lots of changes at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Photo by WDW Shutterbug
Dad’s Throwback Answer
Dianne, wow! What a throwback! I haven’t thought about the Animation Studios in a while. Nearly 30 years between visits, you’re in for some big surprises. Let’s take a look at what’s changed since 1989 at WDW.
Sadly, the Animation Studios at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (the park was called Disney-MGM Studios in 1989) is no longer there. It closed a few years back to make room for some neat Star Wars stuff to keep franchise hype up while Star Wars land is under construction (it won’t open for a few years).
If you want to see some animation happening, head to the Art of Disney store at EPCOT or Disney Springs – there is usually an artist there working to make beautiful illustrations you can see in real time.
And if you want to try your own hand at drawing, give the Art of Animation resort a jingle. They sometimes offer drawing classes that you could participate in!
There are too many attractions and shows that have come and gone to list for you here, but some things you should know: Disney Village is now called Disney Springs and it’s bigger and better than ever. There are more than a dozen new hotels. There’s a new park – Animal Kingdom! Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon are the water parks – River Country has long been closed.
Actually, there’s so much to reminisce over that’s gone but not forgotten at Disney World, that WDW Magazine is working on an issue about just that topic, due out in October – check it out.
Dad’s Bottom Line
Sorry that Dad doesn’t have better news to report, but keep in mind that while some old favorites might be gone, you’re going to find many more new favorites. Trust me.