A Birthday Celebration for Walt


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!

Limited capacity. Tickets will be issues on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional paid exhibition ticket required for All Aboard: A Celebration of Walt’s Trains.

Activities and related programming include:

Open Studio | Miniature Diorama Train
Inspired by Walt Disney’s fascination with trains and miniatures—some of his most notable personal hobbies—create a display of your own interests and hobbies within a small diorama. Connect your unique creation to others’ to form a miniature diorama train that will tour through our Learning Center!

Live Animation
10am–noon & 1–3pm
Enjoy live animation as our staff animators demonstrate the creative process.

Spotlight Talks | All Aboard: A Celebration of Walt’s Trains
11am, 1 & 3pm
Journey through our special exhibition with a special talk conducted by a museum educator.

Film Screening | The Walt Disney Family Museum Fifth Anniversary Film
11am, noon, 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5pm
In celebration of The Walt Disney Family Museum's fifth anniversary, Emmy Award®-winning filmmaker Dave Stoelk takes audiences on a fascinating journey through the creation of the museum dedicated to the man behind the magic: Walt Disney.

Ten years before the museum opened its doors, Walt's daughter, Diane Disney Miller, embarked on the mission of sharing her father's personal story with the world. From the discovery of Walt's newspaper-wrapped Academy Awards® stored in Burbank to the museum’s ribbon cutting ceremony in San Francisco’s scenic Presidio, the history of the museum is explored through never-before-seen footage and hardhat interviews with the people who championed the museum’s creation.

The film narrates the museum’s making through exclusive interviews with Walt Disney’s family, archival footage of interviews with the architects, contractors, and exhibition planners, and rediscovered footage of Diane.

In his pursuit of the history behind the museum, Stoelk uncovers another story: that of a daughter's devotion to her father. Though the museum tells the story of Walt's life, work, and legacy, the creation of the institution is a triumph of Diane's dedication, vision, and heart.