One of my favorite spots at WDW is something of a hidden gem, tucked away in an attraction that receives little visitors, in a park that's currently suffering from a massive identity crisis.
The Magic of Disney Animation is one of those attractions that was once a cornerstone of Disney-MGM Studios, but has since faded away into almost obscurity, with guests spending their time at the flashier, scarier, Fast Passier attractions. But once upon a time, it was a place where Disney proudly took guests behind the scenes of their upcoming animated features - including the ones in progress (Mulan, Lilo & Stitch and Brother Bear were animated at the Florida studios). It was a celebration of Disney animation, past and present, and there used to be a long line of guests clamoring to be a part of it.
Not so much anymore, now that the Robin Williams/Walter Cronkite pre-show has been phased out, the Florida animators relieved of duty, and the latter half of the attraction replaced by a character greeting spot. These days, there's rarely a line to get in, which is unfortunate, because the queue at The Magic of Disney Animation is one of my favorite things in WDW. Showcasing concept art from various Disney animated features, it's a lovely reminder that the WDW parks, the restaurants, the Fast Passes, the fireworks - none of these things would even exist if not for the steady stream of quality animated features that are the heart and soul of the Walt Disney Company.
Plus, it's really, really cool:
|The Lion King|
|The Rescuers Down Under|
What are your favorite off-the-beaten path spots in WDW?
* I'm Starting to Hate Lightning McQueen
* Quiet on the Set
* Finding Zen in WDW