I caught a showing of "Drawn to the Magic" earlier today. This is the show that plays in the outdoor theatre across from 'Monsters Inc.' in the Hollywood Backlot area of DCA. It has to be the most pointless show I've ever seen in DLR. It's basically a 20 minute commercial for the Animation Building, considering they actually end the show with the line "To learn more about Disney Animation, please visit the Animation Building right across the street."
There's no real story. Basically 3 "animators" come out to talk and sing about what they love about animation. The first animator loves heros, the female animator loves princesses and the last animator loves magical companions. A lot of the songs recycle Disney music (Like "A Dream is a wish your heart makes" and "Go the distance") and try to mix them together kind of like the Ariel/Belle/Snow White sequence of Fantasmic without any real point. There is a very mild interactive portion of the show where the animators each pick a kid from the audience and have them pose and say a line as a Hero / Princess / Magical Being (In this case, the Genie).
The only other part that stands out is the final number where a character comes out for each animator and they dance/sing together. The first animator gets Woody (Toy Story), the second gets Cinderella and the third gets Sorceror Mickey. After the show the Woody, Cinderella and Sorceror Mickey have a meet and greet; and the animators go out into the audience and give their drawings to a kid they pick from the audience.
All in all, the show is rather pointless and dull with subpar musical numbers and no plot at all; plus it's outdoors so it's not even a good place to sit down in Air Conditioning to beat the heat. Do yourself a favor; skip the show and head directly to the Animation Building. I love that place. I could spend the entire day in there just watching the videos around the main room change. I can't even give a recommendation for this show to children like I'd recommend 'Aladdin and Jasmine Storytelling Adventures'. It's not very interactive and there's not much to entertain the kids other than the characters coming out at the end.
Best part of the show: The female animator became my hero when as she was walking away from the show, she noticed a piece of garbage on the floor left by a guest and was cool enough to pick it up herself and throw it into the garbage can less than a foot away.
The animators come out and talk about why they love animation:
The animators pick kids to pose and speak as they're favorite character types:
The animators show their drawings:
The animators sing about wanting to be like the characters they love:
The characters they love come out for a grand finale of more singing and dancing:
For more information and for something truly worth your while, check out the Animation Building in DCA's Hollywood Backlot!