Special Exhibitions

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SCREENINGS

FILM OF THE MONTH
Disney and World War II (Animated Shorts) Showtimes: Showtimes: 1:30 & 4pm daily (check calendar for exceptions) | Theater
Free with museum admission
Note: The museum is closed on Tuesdays


TALKS

SPOTLIGHT TALKS | Schultheis Notebook
Every Fri, Sat & Sun in Nov | 11am, 1 & 3pm
Free with museum admission
Herman Schultheis, a technician at the Walt Disney Studios, created a notebook that was brimming with special-effects wizardry. It’s a wonderful scrapbook filled with photographs, diagrams, and written descriptions demonstrating the experimental and collaborative nature of the studio during the making of films such as Fantasia, and Pinocchio. This was a magical time at the studios when it arguably produced some its most ground-breaking work. Join us as we discuss the Schultheis Notebook and the impact it had on the entertainment world.

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 PROGRAMS

A Birthday Celebration for Walt
Fri, Dec 5 | 10am–6pm | All Museum In commemoration of Walt Disney’s birthday, The Walt Disney Family Museum offers FREE ADMISSION to all on Friday, December 5 from 10am to 6pm! Join us in celebrating this special occasion, during which we will host a number of exciting activities throughout the day that highlight Walt’s life, work, and legacy. Happy Birthday, Walt!

SPECIAL APPEARANCE | Train Release and Signing with Lowell Smith
Sat, Dec 6 | 10am–noon & 2–4pm | Awards Lobby
Join us for a celebration of the release of the fifth boxcar in the museum's holiday train series. Train producer Lowell Smith will be available to sign the new boxcars and his specially produced The Great Locomotive Chase boxed gift sets. Offered in conjunction with the holiday exhibition, All Aboard: A Celebration of Walt’s Trains.

BOOK SIGNING | Bobby Burgess, Author of Ears and Bubbles
Sat, Dec 6 | 2:30–5:40pm | Lower Lobby
Join Bobby Burgess for a book signing in our Lower Lobby. Bobby is known to generations of fans as a Mouseketeer on the original Mickey Mouse Club and then as a dancing star for over two decades on The Lawrence Welk Show. Now, for the first time, Bobby shares his many behind-the-scenes showbiz stories along with humorous, heartwarming tales of his family life, world travels, and business ventures, including his famous Burgess Cotillion.

CLASSES & ACTIVITIES

OPEN STUDIO | Miniature Diorama Train: What You’re Thankful For
Sat & Sun, Nov 15 & 16, 22 & 23, 29 & 30 | 1–4pm | Learning Center
Free with museum admission Inspired by Walt Disney’s fascination with trains and miniatures - and the season for “Giving Thanks” - create a display of what you’re most thankful for within a small diorama. Connect your unique creation to others’ to form a miniature diorama train that will tour through our Learning Center!

LITTLE OPEN STUDIO | Fun With Fall!
Every Saturday in Nov | 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.

LITTLE OPEN STUDIO | Fun With Winter!
Every Sat and Mon in Dec | 10–noon | Learning Center
FREE with museum admission
It's getting cooler out, the night comes earlier, winter 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 winter.

WORKSHOP | Story Workshop with Pixar Story Artists Matthew Luhn and Valerie LaPointe
Sat, Dec 6 | 10am–2pm | Art Studio
FREE with museum admission
For one amazing day, Students will learn how to develop full-length story ideas under the direction and supervision of Matthew and Valerie. This inspiring and engaging workshop makes it possible to immediately generate new ideas and develop stories on your own, and with others.