Visiting Disneyland with the family was a blast. One of the activities in the California Adventure park is well worth your participation. As you walk through the Hollywood Backlot on your way to the Tower of Terror ride, you will pass the Disney Animation building on the right. I recommend that you stop there at some point. The building is nice and cool, and you should take advantage of the Animation Academy while you’re there. It will be 15 minutes well spent. We did it twice while we were there — the first time with TPK and Little Miss V, then later that evening with the whole gang of twelve.

In the Animation Academy, one of the Disney animators will walk you through a method of drawing one of several Disney characters. We happened to do Donald both times we were there, but I believe they also hold sessions for drawing Mickey, Winnie the Pooh, and Goofy at different times during the day. Interestingly, both artists drew Donald slightly differently, but both were good. I managed to get an original drawing from the second artist, Karl, because I happened to know that Donald’s middle name is Fauntleroy.

Below are some drawings of Donald–one done by Karl with a blue drafting pencil, and ours done in black.

Karl, Disney Animator
Disney Animator

Captain Midnight
Captain Midnight

TPK
TPK

Little Miss V (age 9)
Little Miss V

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