Disney: The Magic of Animation

Queensland Museum

Uncover the magic behind almost 100 years of the Walt Disney Animation Studios in Disney: The Magic of Animation at Queensland Museum, opening on Friday, June 24, 2022. 

This exciting exhibition gives visitors the rare opportunity to explore hundreds of original sketches and artworks from their favourite Disney animated classics, and go behind the scenes and experience the wonderful creativity and innovation from the world's most prolific animation studio. 

Disney: The Magic of Animation, Queensland Museum

The young and the young at heart 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 including Mickey Mouse’s first talkie, Steamboat Willie (1928), films such as Fantasia (1940), Pinocchio (1940), Sleeping Beauty (1959), The Little Mermaid (1989), The Lion King (1994), Frozen (2013), Moana (2016), and the studio’s latest release Encanto (2021), plus for the first time - a sneak preview of the next Disney Animation release.

Disney: The Magic of Animation, Queensland Museum


  • Hundreds of original sketches and artworks
  • As a new addition to the exhibition, see artwork from Walt Disney Animation Studio’s Academy Award® winning film Encanto (2021)
  • Exclusive for Queensland Museum audiences – a sneak preview of the next Disney Animation release
  • Exclusive photo opportunities for visitors to Queensland Museum
  • Dedicated children’s exhibition trail
  • Interactive displays and sketching opportunities
  • Discover how drawings are brought to life, from pencil and paper to today’s computer-generated wonders

Don’t miss this rare chance to see the artistry behind your favourite characters and stories and how the magic of animation brought them to life when Disney: The Magic of Animation opens at Queensland Museum on June 24, 2022. 

Image 1: Moana, 2016, Lisa Keene, Concept art, digital painting © Disney Enterprises Inc

Image 2: Encanto, 2021, Lorelay Bové, Concept art, digital painting © Disney Enterprises Inc

Image 3: Pinocchio, 1940, Gustaf Tenggren, Concept art, watercolour and ink © Disney

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Disney: The Magic of Animation 

Queensland Museum 

Melbourne St

Cnr Grey St

South Brisbane

Jun 24, 2022 - Jan 22, 2023

A $28, Con $24

Child $14 Family (2A + 2C) $74

Under 5 - Free  


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