Sorcerer's Workshop

Hollywood Land, Disney California Adventure

  • Land: Hollywood Land
  • Type: Discovery
WhereHollywood Land

The Sorcerer's Workshop is a series of walkthrough exhibits inside the Disney Animation Building. It includes three areas: the Magic Mirror Realm, Beast's Library, and Ursula's Grotto. Each has a degree of interactivity, including a "what Disney character are you" game in Beast's Library and sing-alongs in Ursula's Grotto

Venture down into the Sorcerer's Workshop and journey through 3 interactive realms filled with hands-on exhibits that explore the 3 essential traits that magically combine to make animated Disney characters come to life: drawing, personality and voice. Sorcerer's Workshop is only one part of the Disney Animation building, where you can learn all about the art and history of Disney animation, in a fun, interactive, hands-on environment.

Magic Mirror Realm - Enter into the cavernous dungeon of a medieval castle and create your very own animated drawings. Interactive exhibits teach how the principles of persistence of vision trick the eye into believing that still images are in motion. While you work, don't be surprised if a famous visitor appears in the magic mirror on the wall.

Beast's Library - What kind of character are you? Answer questions posed by an enchanted book and find out which Disney character your personality most resembles? Is it a hero like Mulan or a villain like Scar? Come find out! The room itself, modeled after the Beast's secret library in Beauty and the Beast, shifts character all around you, going from faded disrepair to pristine grandeur and back again every 4 minutes.

Ursula's Grotto - Walk below the waves into the secret underwater grotto of Ursula, the villainous sea witch from The Little Mermaid, and let her steal your voice to use in a classic Disney movie clip. Choose from a variety of famous scenes that feature either speaking or singing roles. Keep an eye out for Ursula's henchman, Flotsam and Jetsam, as they slyly slither around the room.

Touring Tips

  • Some of the interactive elements can have a bit of a wait, but typically nothing more than 20 minutes. The attraction itself is a walkthrough, and should have no wait all day.
  • Expect to spend 20 minutes in the Sorcerer's Workshop if there is any crowding and you do everything.


  • In October 2007, a fantastic zoetrope, created originally for a traveling Pixar exhibit, was installed. Art of Animation Sorcerer's Workshop
  • While the animation building has been around since the park opened, things have changed with the shows and displays inside and Sorcerer's Workshop is the only part that remains unchanged from then.