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ACMI & the Walt Disney Animation Research Library present

Disney: The Magic of Animation


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13 May 2021 – 23 Jan 2022

10am – 6pm daily

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

Shown in Australia for the very first time, exclusive to Melbourne, Disney: The Magic of Animation displays 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 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 Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) through never-before-seen artwork. 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.


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


Gallery 4, Ground Floor
ACMI, Fed Square

How to get there

FREE parking

Thanks to Fed Square, we’re offering FREE parking at the Fed Square car park when you purchase a ticket to Disney: The Magic of Animation.

Show your parking ticket and Disney exhibition ticket to staff at the ACMI Shop (Ground Floor). FREE parking tickets are limited and subject to availability. Offer not available for pre-booked parking.

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COVIDSafe measures

Before you visit, read about the health measures we have put in place to keep our staff and visitors safe from COVID-19.



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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