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FILM SCREENING | Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Daily in Jul, except every Tue | 1:30pm & 4pm (check calendar for exceptions)
FREE for members or with museum admission
Without museum admission: $7 general, $5 youth
Disney’s first feature-length animated film about a princess taken in by a band of friendly dwarfs attempting to hide her from her wicked stepmother the Queen. (83 minutes)
Note: The museum is closed on Tuesdays

FILM SCREENING | Swiss Family Robinson
Daily in Jul, except every Tue | 10:30am (check calendar for exceptions)
FREE for members or with museum admission
Without museum admission: $7 general, $5 youth
Swing by for Swiss Family Robinson, an exciting family-friendly tale of shipwreck and survival.
Note: The museum is closed on Tuesdays


Daily, except every Tue throughout the day
FREE for members or with paid admission.
Connect objects in our galleries with the stories behind them as we look closer at Walt Disney’s life and legacy. Offered throughout the day, join museum staff members for a brief exploration of topics central to Walt’s story including the beginnings of Mickey Mouse, the growth of The Walt Disney Studios, Walt’s interests and hobbies, and the genesis of Disneyland. A detailed schedule of locations and times is available at ticket desk and exceptions may apply, check calendar for details.

TALK | Disneyland at 60: The Story of the Disneyland Hotel
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 | Behind-the-Scenes of Walt’s Vision for Today
Sat, Aug 1 | 1 & 3pm
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.


OPEN STUDIO | Make a Character Fly
Every Sat & Sun in Jul | 1-4pm | Learning Center
FREE with museum admission
Dark forests filled with twisting vines and watching eyes are a mystical part of Fantasyland. Create an animated flipbook with creatures that you could imagine flying, buzzing, and flapping through this magic land.

LITTLE OPEN STUDIO | Construct Your Own Fantasyland Castle
Every Sat, Sun & Mon in Jul | 10am–noon | Learning Center
FREE with Museum Admission
Turrets, flags, moats, and more! Castles play an important role in Walt Disney’s animated films and at Disneyland. Use recycled cardboard pieces and a variety of shiny, colorful materials to construct a castle of your very own.

Jun 15–Aug 15
Use sculpture, painting, and technology to bring imagination to life. Design your own animated masterpieces by learning first-hand from professionals in the industry. Build your portfolio and showcase your work to family and friends at The Walt Disney Family Museum Animation Summer Camp 2015! Ages 8 to 18 can experience all the exciting aspects of animation—from brainstorming to finished product—while receiving instruction from museum education staff and animation field professionals.