Disney The Magic of Animation

Disney: The Magic of Animation

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Recommended for all ages

Queensland Museum Kurilpa


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About the exhibition

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Uncover the magic behind almost 100 years of Walt Disney Animation Studios at Disney: The Magic of Animation, now open at Queensland Museum.

Explore hundreds of original sketches and artworks from your favourite Disney animated classics and go behind the scenes in this rare opportunity to experience the wonderful creativity and innovation from the world’s most prolific animation studio.

Young and old will be enchanted by the magic behind some of the world’s most beloved characters created over the last century by the 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), Raya and the Last Dragon (2021), Encanto (2021), plus concept artwork from the studio's latest release Strange World (2022).

Don’t miss the chance to see the artistry behind your favourite characters and stories and how the magic of animation brought them to life.

Exhibition highlights


Win an exclusive Walt Disney Animation Studios merchandise pack valued at over $800!

When you visit Disney: The Magic of Animation we’re giving you the opportunity to win one of ten exclusive Walt Disney Animation Studios merchandise packs.

This one-of-a-kind merchandise is only available to Disney Animation employees and cannot be purchased outside the studio in Los Angeles, California.

Plus you’ll be able to explore your curiosity for entire year with a Queensland Museum SparkLab Annual Pass included in the prize pack!

Each pack includes:

  • 1 x Walt Disney Animation Studios short sleeve t-shirt
  • 1 x Walt Disney Animation Studios long sleeve t-shirt
  • 1 x Walt Disney Animation Studios long sleeve sweatshirt
  • 1 x Walt Disney Animation Studios zipper hoody
  • 1 x Walt Disney Animation Studios ¾ sleeve t-shirt
  • 1 x Encanto collectable pin
  • 1 x Walt Disney moleskin notebook
  • 1 x Frozen II water bottle
  • 1 x Walt Disney Animation Studios baseball hat
  • 1 x Walt Disney Animation Studios canvas bag
  • 1 x SparkLab Family Annual Pass.
Image of Disney: The Magic of Animation competition prize pack

This competition runs from Wednesday 22 June 2022 to Sunday 22 January 2023. Winners will be drawn and announced on Friday 27 January 2023.

Book your tickets to Disney: The Magic of Animation and don’t forget to enter this fabulous draw at the end of your visit. Good luck!

Read the competition Terms and Conditions.

Win tickets to Queensland Museum’s After Dark or A Night at the Museum this January!

Iconic landmarks but make them magical!

Dress up an iconic location in South East Queensland with your Mickey Mouse or Minnie Mouse Ears and go into the draw to win a night out at Queensland Museum!

We’re giving five lucky winners a choice of either a double pass to our upcoming After Dark on 19 January or a family pass to A Night at the Museum on 20 January.

To enter the draw, simply take a photo of your Mickey or Minnie Ears in an iconic place around Brisbane or South East Queensland, post it online, and tag us (@qldmuseum).

This competition runs from Saturday 10 December 2022 to Tuesday 10 January 2023. Five lucky winners will be drawn at random on Thursday 12 January 2023 and notified via Instagram or Facebook direct message.

Read the competition Terms and Conditions.

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In partnership with

Queensland Museum Network would like to acknowledge ACMI, the national museum of screen culture, for their generous assistance in helping support this exhibition. The exhibition’s design at both ACMI and Queensland Museum was undertaken by Anita Gigi Budai.

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