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INSIDE: The Ultimate Guide to the BEST Disney Workshops for Young and Old (plus how you can work at Disney too!)


It’s TRUE. 

For those who love Disney, you’ll be thrilled to know you can take part in Disney themed hands-on workshops.

Booking into creative Disney workshops is THE way to take your Disney vacation to the next level! 

Combine a family Disney trip with a once-in-a-lifetime art or craft experience to fuel your inner creativity! 

Take a look at the COMPLETE LIST! 

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Best Disney World workshops

These are the best arts and crafts workshops for adults and kids at Disney World. 

Paint with a Disney Artist

 Join in a “Paint with the Artist” workshop at the Epcot International Festival of the Arts in 2021. 

Chat with a Keeper

If you adore animals and want to learn more, book this exclusive experience of enjoying lunch while chatting to one of the Animal Kingdom animal keepers at Sanaa restaurant in Kidani village. 

Drawing classes at Art of Animation Resort 

Book into an animation drawing class at the Art of Animation Resort and learn to draw Mickey, Minnie and friends. 

Classes start at 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Fort Wilderness Archery Experience

Take an archery lesson at the nature based Fort Wilderness Resort camp grounds and cabins. 

(The same place you can join in a FREE Chip and Dale Campfire and Singalong)

Priced at $45, adults (and kids over 7 years) can learn how to hold and fire a compound bow during this 75-minute session.

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Mickey Cake Decorating at Disney Springs

Take a 90 minute class with a Disney Pastry artist and learn the culinary technique behind Amorette’s signature Character Dome Cakes!

This small group lesson of up to 14 guests is held at the Amorette Disney bakery.

Your instructor:

  • will share insider stories and tips
  • show the process of cake decorating from design to completion
  • teach you how to pour glaçage and coat Mickey’s sculpted ears, tail, belt and buttons with edible paint! 

Classes begin at 9am daily.

Cake choices on offer: 

  • Classic Mickey Design: Featured in Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday classes
  • Artist’s Choice Character Dome Cake:Featured in Monday, Wednesday and Friday classes

$169 plus tax, which covers up to 2 Guests decorating one cake, non-alcoholic and alcoholic refreshments, and a gift from Amorette’s Patisserie as a reward for your artistic efforts.

NB: Guests must be at least 10 years of age to participate.

Take your cake home, all packaged up to eat!

Dine with an Imagineer

Disney fans should take up this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to chat with a Disney Imagineer.

Discover all the Disney secrets while enjoying a 4-course meal in the Bamboo Room at the Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant.

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Best Disneyland Workshops

Make Handbuilt Lightsabers at Savi’s Workshop 

Yes, Star Wars fans can make a lightsaber at Disneyland (and Disney World) too!

Take a look here. 

Animation Academy at Disney California Adventure

Join Disney animation classes in a workshop learning how to illustrate popular Disney characters, including your favorites. 

Follow step-by-step instructions given to you by a real life Disney animator and keep it as a unique souvenir!

Classes start every 30 minutes.

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Join in a Sorcerers Workshop at Disneyland

Discover how Disney animators bring your favorite characters to life through two interactive experiences.

Wine Tasting at Disney

There’s even something for wine lovers!

Book a wine tasting experience at Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, hosted at Mendocino Terrace

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Creative Workshops at Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco

You can book into classes in art, animation, and more at the Walt Disney Family Museum. 

  • Character Design
  • Designing comics 

Find all the Disney adult workshops here

Open daily, except on Tuesdays, January 1, Thanksgiving Day, and December 25.
10am–6pm with last entry at 4:45pm.

Address: 104 Montgomery Street in the Presidio, San Francisco CA 94129. 



Disney Theatrical Workshops

If you can gather a group of 10 friends together, you can join in one of Disney’s Broadway workshops in New York!

THIS IS THE ULTIMATE OF THE ULTIMATE for those who love Disney, dance, drama, musicals, singing and puppetry.

90-minute workshops give your group the opportunity to explore all aspects of theatre from performance to behind the scenes, all through the lens of your chosen musical by Disney on Broadway, eg:

  • The Lion King
  • Aladdin or
  • Frozen. 

Disney Music Workshops

Book one of these Disney performing arts workshop choices: 

  • Movement and Music
  • Spotlight on Singing
  • Spotlight on Dancing (explore intricate Broadway choreography)
  • Spotlight on Acting
  • Creative Collaboration and Leadership Skills
  • The Business of Show Business
  • The Art of Puppetry

Do one, do them all! 

(There’s also Disney workshops for teachers)

Call 800-439-9000 to speak with a Disney Theatrical Sales Specialist.

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Imagineering in a Box

Imagineering in a Box is a a free online program created in partnership with the Khan Academy and Pixar.

According to Josh Gorin, a Creative Development Executive at Walt Disney Imagineering, the course Imagineering in a Box:

“is a series of interactive lessons in theme park design and engineering, designed to give a behind-the-scenes peek into Imagineering’s development process.

“It combines 32 videos of actual Imagineers, real-world case studies, and lots of interactive activities to give you the opportunity to dream and design your very own theme park experience!”

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It’s a Small World by Mary Blair Drawing Class for Kids

If you, or your kids, love the art and design of “It’s a Small World” at Disney, you’ll love this online Disney workshop.

Outschool offers Disney Art Classes online – this one is a 70 minute course for 3-10 kids aged 8-13 years.

In this course by Kristen Cwynar, kids will learn about Mary Blair and her iconic style.

They’ll learn to paint a colorful, whimsical castle in her style!

At $18 a pop, it’s a steal! 

Hot tip: Buy adorable Mary Blair socks on Amazon! 

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The Lion King Experience at Home

The Lion King Experience is an immersive multimedia arts education program that introduces students to many aspects of theater-making through the lens of The Lion King.

While it’s normally taught in a classroom setting, it’s now available online. 

Grab it before it disappears!

There’s a Kids experience for 8-11 year olds, and a Junior experience for 12-15 year olds.

(Parents, you can watch and join in too!) 

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Walt Disney Animation Classes on their Youtube Channel

Visit the Walt Disney Animation studios on Youtube to find lots of tutorials by Draw with Disney animation, hosted by Disney animators.

Find how to draw Disney characters like this:

  • How to draw Stitch
  • How to draw Bruni from Frozen 2
  • How to draw Rapunzel
  • How to draw Vanellope from Ralph Breaks the Internet 
  • How to draw Anna from Frozen 2
  • How to draw Simba from the Lion King
  • How to draw Ariel from the Little Mermaid

OMG!  The #drawwithDisney choices are endless! 

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Disney Villains: A Sociological View of Their History

Yes, you can even study this! 

Disney Villains is a 6 week, once a week course through Outschool by Savannah Strebeck, a Master of Criminology and Sociology. 

It’s your chance to “go through the history of Disney villains and see what put them on their evil path.”

Classes are for 3-10 kids at a time, and the cost is $55 USD per learner. 

Class is suitable for kids aged 8-12. 

Disney STEAM class

Once again, Outschool offers another whiz-bang online Disney class, this one explores how Imagineers at Disney World use STEM concepts to create magic experiences for park guests.

This course by Teacher Abby  is 5 project-based lessons featuring STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics

It’s a glimpse into the world of Imagineers at Disney, who are masters of creating magical experiences by mixing the elements of STEAM in rides, shows, architecture, and games.

Lots of fun for all!

Classes run over 5 weeks and are perfect for kids aged 8-13 years.

Cost is $21 USD per learner. 

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I wish someone had told me about the Disney College when I was young! 

Take a look here for more information! 

It’s the place for College students of a certain age to join in a Disney approved course or internship including:

There’s also Disney Youth programs for kids and teens, that are designed to, in Disney’s words’, “harness the power of Disney storytelling and the magic of Disney parks”.

Disney Art School

Head to Disney Animation Studios for an opportunity to work as an intern behind the scenes at this Disney animation school, experience the art of animation, join field trips, and be a part of Walt Disney Animation Studios.

You can apply for an apprenticeship at Disney animation too.

Take a look here. 

Paid Disney Professional internships are on offer across all the Disney companies, including:

  • The Walt Disney company
  • Walt Disney animation studios
  • Disney Theatrical Group
  • Marvel
  • the Walt Disney Studios
  • ESPN
  • Walt Disney Direct to Consumer & International
  • Disney Parks
  • Experiences and Products, and
  • LucasFilm Ltd

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Image credit: Loren Javier via Flickr CC BY-ND 2.0


Disney Careers

There’s all kinds of Disney jobs in these fields.

Disney Business 

Disney Film Studio Jobs

  • Walt Disney Animation studios positions
  • Creative Disney jobs (scriptwriting, illustrator, artist, songwriting, etc)
  • Production and Entertainment 

Disney Products & Souvenirs

  • Consumer goods (planning and developing the best Disney toys and Disney souvenirs, and Disney product development)

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Fun or Creative Disney Jobs

Disney Performing Arts jobs

  • Disney Musical productions (cast, crew, sound engineering, lighting) 
  • Disney characters & cast members (Disney princesses, Disney actors, Disney dancers in Disney parades etc)  

There’s opportunities to develop your career at:

Take the first step: Click here.

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Disney Auditions

If you’d love to apply to work for Disney in a character role, check out these two websites:

Disney Careers Auditions

Take a look at this list of current Disney Auditions for Disney Cast Members. 

It’s the place to go for Disneyland casting, Walt Disney casting for Disney World park, and all the Disney parks around the world. 

There’s opportunities to join in and try out for:

  • Disney Character Lookalike (both female and male performers with acting abilities)
  • Disney female actor
  • actors at Disneyland
  • Disney Princess application 
  • Dancers who can tumble or tap
  • Mainstage actor singer

You might find yourself working at Shanghai Disney Resort, or Hong Kong Disneyland or on the Disney Cruise Line!

The sky is the limit! 

Disney Channel Talent Search

Keep an eye on this site to find new opportunities for upcoming open casting. 

Disney Acting Classes

Heads up: The Disney Channel is not affiliated with any Disney acting school or Disney acting workshop. There is NEVER a fee to audition or attend a Disney Channel official talent search.

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Looking for more Creative Workshops and Disney Tips?

Correct at time of publication on Roam the Gnome. Please check with venue for updates. We apologise in advance if there have been any changes we are unaware of. All prices in US dollars, unless otherwise stated

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Waleed Waite

Monday 24th of January 2022


I am new to Disney and want to break into acting. How would I go about finding acting class? Does Disney offer free acting classes?

Amber Greene

Thursday 27th of January 2022

No free acting classes I know of, but plenty of pay-as-you-go classes. Some ideas in this list. Good luck with your acting!

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