Jungle Book - Mowgli and Baloo
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ACMI & the Walt Disney Animation Research Library present

Disney: The Magic of Animation


We will be extending Disney: The Magic of Animation past Oct 17 – stay tuned for updates.


COVID-19 update

Ticket sales for Disney: The Magic of Animation are currently paused.

Following the latest advice from the Victorian Government and the release of Victoria’s Roadmap to deliver the National Plan, ACMI at Fed Square remains temporarily closed. Unfortunately, all onsite museum visits, events, programs and screenings up until Friday 5 November will be postponed or cancelled.

Customers with paid tickets will be automatically refunded via the card they made the purchase with. If your card has expired, please email ticketdesk@acmi.net.au  to make alternative arrangements. Refunds may take 5-10 days to appear in your account.

We wish our extended ACMI community well during this challenging time. Look after yourself, and each other.  


Discover the creativity and innovation of almost 100 years of Disney Animation.

Shown in Australia for the very first time, exclusive to Melbourne, this exhibition contains original sketches and rare artworks from 1928 to the present day, including a world-first exhibit of artworks from Raya and the Last Dragon (2021).

The Walt Disney Animation Studios have been creating extraordinary films for nearly a century, and every film begins with drawings that capture the essence of character, story and emotion.

This exhibition features over 500 exceptional artworks including original paintings, sketches and concept art that have been specially selected by the Walt Disney Animation Research Library in Los Angeles, California. These rarely seen works reveal the development of beloved stories and animation techniques from your favourite Walt Disney Animation Studios films and shorts, including Mickey Mouse’s first talkie, Steamboat Willie (1928), films such as Fantasia (1940), Sleeping Beauty (1959), The Little Mermaid (1989), The Lion King (1994), Frozen (2013), Moana (2016), Frozen 2 (2019) and the studio’s latest release, Raya and the Last Dragon (2021).

The five sections of this exhibition each focus on a different era of innovation, from perfecting the technique of bringing two dimensional drawings to life in the 1920s, to the creation of the first animated feature films in the late 1930s and 1940s, the stylistic innovations of the post-war years, the renaissance of the 1990s to the digital revolution and advances of present day.  The exhibition charts the Walt Disney Animation Studio's process in continuing to tell diverse and inclusive stories for contemporary audiences.

Big and little kids alike can explore the five kingdoms of the world of Kumandra from the studio’s latest release Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) through a giant projection. Experience the depth of colour in animation through an immersive room featuring scenes from The Lion King (1994) and Pocahontas (1995). You can even step inside and become part of a scene from the Disney classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).

Be inspired by the incredible artistry behind your favourite characters and discover how drawings are brought to life, from pencil and paper to today’s computer-generated wonders.

Disney: The Magic of Animation is shown for the first time ever in Australia, exclusive to Melbourne.


13 May – 17 Oct 2021

Reopening soon


Full $26
Concession $22.5
Member $20
Family (4–5) $72
Group (4 or more) $18 per person
Child 4–15 years $17
Children under 4 – FREE

Ticket sales for this exhibition are currently paused.

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Gallery 4, Ground Floor
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How to get there


Once you’ve seen all the incredible works in the exhibition, delve into the Walt Disney Animation Studios collection in the comfort of your own home on Disney+. The collection gives you endless access to Disney Animation movies, TV shows & more.

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Draw your own Disney characters!

Activity sheet for kids

Your kids can serve a dish of Lady and Tramp’s favourite food, help Pluto land on his paws, and draw an enchanted world from their imagination with this printable resource.

Image: Lady and the Tramp (1955), Frank Thomas, Clean-up animation drawing, coloured pencil and graphite on paper © Disney

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Lady and the Tramp (1955), Frank Thomas, Clean-up animation drawing, colored pencil and graphite on paper © Disney


Short Story inspires meaningful and happy living through beautiful gifts with a story to tell.

This year, Disney x Short Story are working together to share their touch in incorporating heartfelt storytelling and meaningful gifts inspired by your favourite timeless Disney Characters.

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