In the fall of 2013, I worked at The Magic of Disney Animation at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It was a building dedicated to hand drawn animation that used to be an actual working studio where classics like Lilo and Stitch, Mulan, and Brother Bear were created.
Describe a typical day at work:
My main responsibilities were greeting and directing guests, assisting with the drawing class taught by real Disney artists, and performing in a show called Drawn to Animation.
What “costume” did you wear?
Because my attraction was a celebration of hand drawn movies from the 1990’s and early 2000’s, I wore simple blue pants and a shirt with concept art of those iconic Disney characters. Every day I had at least one enthusiastic Disney fan offering to pay me money if I could get them one of our shirts!
What was your favorite part about your job?
I had the great opportunity to perform on a Disney stage while talking to Mushu from Mulan, and it was more fun than I ever could have imagined. It was amazing to combine my love of the stage with my love of Disney, and not very many people can say that they co-starred with an animated dragon!
Tell me one of your favorite memories from working there:
The wait for the drawing class experience could be as long as an hour and a half during peak times (Christmas, Thanksgiving, etc.) and on certain occasions I would have a very entertaining bunch to hang out with when I was in charge of the queue. I have great memories of singing along with school groups and doing trivia with Disney fanatics to help pass the time.
Recommend a favorite ride/experience at your park:
I make a point to ride the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster at least one time every time I visit Hollywood Studios – it’s the fastest ride in all of Disney, and the theming is incredible.
Recommend a favorite restaurant at/near your park:
For a touch of Hollywood glamour befitting the surroundings, be sure to eat at The Hollywood Brown Derby, a replica of the famous Brown Derby restaurant in California. If you’re not looking for a full-service dining experience, their patio lounge is a great alternative and the tapas/drink offerings are delicious!