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Hallowscreen! | Oct 20–31 | 1:30 & 4pm
Free with museum admission, check calendar for exceptions
Note: The museum is closed on Tuesdays


TALK | Animation Basics: Breaking Down the Magic (Part I: STORY)
Sat, Oct 25 | 3pm
$18 members | $20 general | $15 youth (17 and under)
Interested in animation? Join us for a five-part series about the basics of animation production that were followed in Walt’s time and are still applicable today. Part I: STORY covers how a film’s story is shaped and defined, how a script is developed, the importance of concept art, and how storyboards and animatics figure into the process. Guest speaker: Ronnie del Carmen, Pixar Animation Studios story artist and designer.

TALK | I’ve Been Working on the Railroad: Imagineering Walt’s Trains
Sat, Nov 15 | 3-4:30pm
$18 members | $20 general | $15 youth (17 and under)
Find out what it’s like to conceive, design, build, and test a Disney park railroad according to Walt’s vision. Hear the stories behind such popular attractions as Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, the Lilly Belle Parlor Car, and the Wildlife Express Train, as told by three accomplished railroaders who together share over 100 years of Disney Imagineering experience: Tony Baxter, former senior vice president creative development; Joel Fritsche, executive director; and Ray Spencer, executive creative director. Michael Campbell, president of the Carolwood Pacific Historical Society, moderates the discussion.

TALK | The Lost Notebook: Herman Schultheis and the Secrets of Walt’s Movie Magic
Sat, Nov 22 | 3pm
$18 members | $20 general | $15 youth (17 and under)
Join author and Academy Award–winning animation director and designer John Canemaker for a discussion of one of early animation's most enigmatic and fascinating characters, Herman Schultheis. Canemaker relates the discovery of the technician’s long-hidden scrapbook of behind-the-scenes special-effects wizardry and ingenuity of early Disney films.


SPECIAL EVENT | Animate Your Night: Haunted Mansion Halloween
Fri, Oct 24 | 7–10pm
$12 members | $15 non-members
We’ve been dying to have you over! Pirates, ghosts, ghouls, and a New Orleans vibe inhabit the walls of the museum for this month’s after-hours party.

SPECIAL PROGRAM | A Day of Space at The Walt Disney Family Museum
Sat, Nov 8 | 10am–5pm
$10 members | $12 non-members
In collaboration with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and in conjunction with the Bay Area Science Festival, scientists and Disney historians discuss and demonstrate Walt’s influence on the Space Age with his “Man in Space” television series.


LITTLE OPEN STUDIO | Storyboarding and Animatics
Sat & Sun, Oct 25 & 26 | 1–4pm | Learning Center
FREE with museum admission
Practice the process of drawing out your own storyboards to show the action in an animated scene, then turn your drawings into an animatic!

LITTLE OPEN STUDIO | Summer With Fall!
Every Saturday in Oct, Nov & Dec | 10–noon | Learning Center
FREE with museum admission
It's getting cooler out, the night comes earlier, fall is in the air! Come join us in Little Open Studio to explore this wonderful time of year. Through open-ended, collaborative art activities, visitors will transform our Learning Center into a magical nighttime forest. Together we'll explore the sights, sounds, and feelings of autumn.