Special Programs

In addition to regular scheduled events–Animate Your Night, Talks and Panels, Film Screenings, Learn from the Masters and Open Studio–The Walt Disney Museum also hosts Special Programs. Some are developed in partnership with community organizations, while others reflect directly on the Core Collection and the rotation of special exhibitions.

As with all of our offerings, we seek to activate the legacy of Walt Disney and provide visitors the chance to explore their own creativity and potential as collaborators, producers, creators and innovators.

Upcoming Special Programs

A Day of Space at The Walt Disney Family Museum
Sat, Nov 8 | 10am–5pm
Click here for the full schedule of programs, events, and activities.

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.

VIP Opening Reception for All Aboard: A Celebration of Walt’s Trains
Tue, Nov 11 | 6–9pm
All Museum

To celebration new exhibition All Aboard: A Celebration of Walt’s Trains, this opening reception is for VIPs, Friend and Supporting level members, and Walt’s Circle—by invitation only.

MEMBERS ONLY PREVIEW DAY | All Aboard: A Celebration of Walt’s Trains
Wed, Nov 12 | 10am–6pm
Diane Disney Miller Exhibition Hall

Members of The Walt Disney Family Museum have special access to preview All Aboard: A Celebration of Walt’s Trains before it officially opens on November 13, 2014.

SPECIAL EVENT | Happy Birthday, Walt!
Fri, Dec 5 | 10am–6pm | FREE ALL DAY

On Friday, December 5 from 10am to 6pm, The Walt Disney Family Museum will offer FREE admission in honor of Walt’s birthday. To commemorate this special occasion, 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

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.

MEMBERS ONLY EVENT | Ears & Bubbles Lunchtime with Bobby Burgess
Sat, Dec 6 | 10am–2:30pm

Meet, greet, and enjoy an anything can happen day with Bobby Burgess, original Mouseketeer and author of Ears and Bubbles. First, enjoy a personal meeting and book signing in the theater. Then, delight in lunch, and tasty desserts—and conversation with our special guest. After lunch, enjoy reserved seating at an afternoon screening.

BOOK SIGNING | Bobby Burgess, Author of Ears and Bubbles
Sat, Dec 6 | 2:30–5:30pm

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. The book Ear & Bubbles is available in the museum store.

SPECIAL PROGRAM | Animation Access! Pinocchio
Fri, Jan 9 | 3pm | Theater & Learning Center
Free

Animation Access! is a series of programs designed to introduce children and young adults affected by autism to The Walt Disney Family Museum. Come enjoy animation, art, and innovation in a welcoming environment.

SPECIAL PROGRAM | Animation Access! Pinocchio
Sun, Jan 11 | 10am | Theater & Learning Center
Free

Animation Access! is a series of programs designed to introduce children and young adults affected by autism to The Walt Disney Family Museum. Come enjoy animation, art, and innovation in a welcoming environment.