The Toon Studio (formerly: Animation Courtyard) is where the animated characters take rein - here guests can learn how animated movies are created while at the same time steping into the make-believe worlds of animated features from Disney and Pixar.
The Toon Studio is located to the right of the Hollywood Boulevard and is roughly separated into three sections. The first one is bordering on the Hollywood Boulevard and consists of the original Animation Courtyard. Here guests can amongst others learn all about "The Art of Disney Animation" from the early days up to today under the giant blue sorcerer's hat - including synchronizing an animated clip, learning how to draw a Disney character in continuous live drawing classes and with a bit of luck even getting a sneak peak at one of the upcoming Disney or Pixar features. Or what about a live dark light stage show? Up to 1,100 guests at a time can enjoy Animagique in Soundstage 3. Employing live characters and master puppetry the show follows Donald on his journey into the vault of Disney Animation where scenes from classics such as The Jungle Book, Dumbo or The Lion King come alive on stage in a musical adventure.
The second section of the Toon Studio is formed by the first major expansion of the Walt Disney Studios and also incorporates the "Flying Carpets Over Agrabah" ride popular with the younger guests. Already in place when the park opened guests taking a seat on the flying carpets get directed by the Genie (from Aladdin) for an aerial film shot. However, the center piece of the second section is the whimsical Toon Plaza with its near constant meet'n'greets with Disney characters. Around it two additional attractions have been grouped: "Cars Race Rally" (Cars Quatre Roues Rallye) and "Crush's Coaster". Under the watchful eyes of Mater and Lightning McQueen guest can take a spin a detailed desert setting or just across the walk way step into a unique Australian setting where they are invited to climb on the back of sea turtle to join Crush and his friends from "Finding Nemo", including Nemo himself. On the back of their personal sea turtle up to four guests seated in pairs of two back to back can then surf along the East Australian Current underwater (in a spinning indoor coaster in the darkness).
And finally behind the Toon Plaza a giant, talking Buzz Lightyear toy figure towers high above the guests to beckon them into the third section of the Toon Studio and also its latest expansion which opened only in the summer of 2010: the Toy Story Playland. This section is designed as a separate area closed off with giant bamboo, recreating the backyard garden of Andy (from the Toy Story movies). When entering guests areshrunk to the size of toys and can go on exciting adventures with the Toy Soldiers, Slinky or RC Racer - from calm and child friendly to adrenaline rushing for thrill seekers.
So are your ready to step into the world of animation? Learn how animated features are created and then step into the realms of the toons to meet the animated stars in their own world!