Lectures & Discussions

TALK | Behind-the-Scenes of Walt’s Vision for Today
Sat, Aug 1 | 1 & 3pm
In conjunction with the exhibition, Tomorrowland: Walt’s Vision for Today, guest curator and film director Brad Bird presents an in-depth presentation of Walt Disney as a technological innovator, futurologist, and thought leader. Hear about Walt’s original concept for the Tomorrowland project, its revolutionary rebuild of 1967, and take a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the exhibition. See rare video footage, hear stories, and learn more about Walt’s fascinating passion for the future.

The program will be followed by a signing with Brad Bird at 5pm; the signing is open only to program ticket holders.

TALK | Disneyland at 60: The Story of the Disneyland Hotel | SOLD OUT
Sat, Aug 8 | 1pm
This program is sold out
Designed to be a nearby upscale resort for families who would travel long distances, the Disneyland Hotel was as revolutionary to the hospitality industry as Disneyland was to the amusement park business. Join author and historian Don Ballard for a discussion about the history of the hotel and its visionaries, Walt Disney and Jack Wrather. View rare artifacts, still images, and film clips that trace the evolution of the resort, and hear from special guest Alfred Nicholson who supervised the construction of the hotel from 1960-80.

TALK | Disneyland at 60: Vintage Disneyland with Disney Legend Tony Baxter and Imagineer Josh Shipley | SOLD OUT
Sat, Aug 29 | 11am | Lucasfilm/ILM Premier Theater
This program is sold out
Enjoy rare and mostly unseen footage of Disneyland’s first amazing decade with two Imagineers! Disney Legend Tony Baxter and Imagineer Josh Shipley share fascinating images and film clips that celebrate the memorable early years of The Happiest Place on Earth.

TALK | A Date with Destino
Sat, Sep 5 | 1pm
Tickets: Members | Non-members
$18 adult member, $12 student/youth member, $20 non-member, $15 student/youth non-member
Disney and Dali: Architects of the Imagination curator Ted Nicolaou and Dave Bossert, Destino Producer, Creative Director, and Head of Special Projects at Walt Disney Animation Studios discuss the making of Destino. Destino began in 1945 as a collaborative project between Walt Disney, John Hench, and Spanish Surrealist painter Salvador Dalí. The animation features music written by Mexican songwriter Armando Dominguez, performed by Dora Luz.

TALK | Top Ten: Walt’s Influence on Animation Priorities Today
Sat, Sep 19 | 1pm
Tickets: Members | Non-members
$18 adult member, $12 student/youth member, $20 non-member, $15 student/youth non-member
Andy Beall from Pixar Animation Studios shares ten ways Walt Disney has directly influenced the highest artistic values of professional animators today.

TALK | Disney’s Mid-Century Modern
Sat, Sep 26 | 1pm
Tickets: Members | Non-members
$18 adult member, $12 student/youth member, $20 non-member, $15 student/youth non-member
Walt Disney famously celebrated new technologies and innovative methods of transportation. He also advocated for modern architecture and industrial design during the 1950s and 60s. Theme park designer Bill Butler hosts a discussion about the influences, artistry, and experiences inspired by Mid-Century Modern design in dozens of Disney creations worldwide. Guest panelists include architectural and cultural historian Alan Hess and author and photographer Bill Cotter.