Thrifty Thursday: Free (and Fun) Souvenirs from Animation Academy at Hollywood Studios

Minnie from Animation Academy (Mouse on the Mind)

One of the best things about Disney souvenirs is that I can have things around the house to remind me of my visits to Disney World. One of my favorites was absolutely free and hand created: a drawing of Minnie from the Animation Academy in Disney’s Hollywood Studios!!

Animator draws in Animation Academy (Mouse on the Mind)During each 15-minute animation class, you get to watch an actual Disney character artist draw a familiar face—and the best part it, she gives you instructions so you can draw along! Throughout the lesson, most of the animators will toss out trivia facts or challenge the audience with Disney brain busters, and we always learn a lot.

The best part is, at the end, your drawing is yours to keep. And, even better, occasionally the animator will give her drawing away to a lucky audience member, too! While my drawings are not great, some come out great, and I’ve hung a couple of them in my home office so I can be reminded of Disney all the time.

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Melissa Sue works in higher education communications in upstate New York, where she lives with her husband Robert, a secondary school teacher, and her cavapoo George (as in King George). Melissa began visiting Disney World when she was six and today owns a piece of the magic at Bay Lake Tower. She blogs at Mouse on the Mind and tweets @msorrellsgalley. She’ll be contributing money-saving tips to The Affordable Mouse.

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