The Animation Courtyard – A Magical Retreat at Disney California Adventure

Inside the Animation Courtyard.

Inside the Animation Courtyard.

There is a hidden gem inside the Disney Animation Building in Disney California Adventure’s Hollywood Land: the Animation Courtyard.

This is not only a central location to lead you to other attractions such as the Animation Academy (to be spotlighted tomorrow!) and Turtle Talk with Crush, along with the Meet & Greet area for Anna and Elsa. But it is a destination unto itself – a wonderful respite from the hustle and bustle of the parks.

It functions both as a place to get out of the rain or sun and just rest for a bit, as well as a wonderful showcase for Disney and PIXAR animation and musical history.

I love going in here and just sitting (either on one of the couches here or even on the floor) and watching and listening – whether for a few moments or the full half-hour-ish loop of songs, animation and drawings projected in 360 degrees all around you!

So many films are represented here – from classics like Peter Pan and Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty artwork.

Sleeping Beauty artwork.

Through the renaissance of Disney animation like Aladdin and The Lion King

The Lion King animation.

The Lion King animation.

To modern showstoppers like Frozen. I’ve yet to see “Let it Go” play here in the Courtyard without many guests breaking out into the chorus along with Elsa!

Disney can’t Let it Go!

Disney can’t Let it Go!

PIXAR is also represented here – from Cars to UP!

UP artwork.

UP artwork.

Mousertainment Tip: Since you’re surrounded on all sides by different moving images, it can be an overwhelming, dizzying environment. I’d recommend stopping in one spot and focusing on one set of screens to center yourself before trying to look around too much! Some people can find this all to be too much input and very over-stimulating, but I find it one of the best places in the park to pause and catch my breath – even if it is a noisy spot!

Absolutely stunning examples of the best of Disney animation!

Absolutely stunning examples of the best of Disney animation!

Have you stopped for a while to enjoy the animation and musical entertainment of the Animation Courtyard? Which is your favorite segment shown here?

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