Update: My sources tell me its definitely a new building. My guess is that TV or the direct-to-dvd folks will move into the hat building.

Update: ABC7 is reporting that they’re just renaming the current building. While that’s still nice, we’ll see. A new animation building is needed.

That big announcement coming from Walt Disney Animation Studios was indeed the confirmation that feature animation would be moving from the Hat building located across the street from the Walt Disney Studios. That was pretty much common knowledge. But the surprise was that they’ll be naming the new building after Roy E. Disney.

That’s a great move and to announce it on the anniversary of Roy’s birth was class. The Roy E. Disney Animation Building will be on the actual lot, as is fitting the central role animation plays in the past and future of the Walt Disney Company. That’s a truth Roy worked hard to make people remember and now it will be remembered everytime cast and crew enters the building.

Earlier today a celebration of Roy E. Disney’s life was held at the El Capitan in Hollywood. Reports are that it was a wonderful send off.