On Wednesday, December 5 from 10am to 8pm, The Walt Disney Family Museum will offer FREE admission and extended hours in honor of Walt’s birthday thanks to generous funding from Pacific Gas and Electric. The Museum will also host special programming, film screenings, and hands-on art activities, throughout the galleries all day long. Happy birthday, Walt!
“We are thrilled and honored to offer free admission and extended hours to the Museum thanks to the generosity of PG&E. We hope visitors from our local community and the Bay Area at large will enjoy this special day as we honor my father Walt Disney, and share his life, work, and legacy with generations to come,” says Museum co-founder Diane Disney Miller.
“At PG&E, it’s about more than providing support to cultural institutions–it’s helping to provide greater access to their educational opportunities for underserved communities. We are fortunate to have such diverse artistic, enlightening, and informative centers in the Bay Area—like the Walt Disney Family Museum—and we want to ensure they can be enjoyed by the full community,” comments Ezra Garrett, Vice President, PG&E Community Relations.
Limited capacity. Timed-entry tickets issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional paid exhibition ticket required for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Creation of a Classic.
Support provided by Pacific Gas and Electric Company.
Activities and related programming include:
Watch Resident Animator, Ruben Esqueda, demonstrate the animation process.
Where: Gallery 5 | When: 10:30am–1pm & 2–6:30pm
Scavenger Hunt: Walter Elias Disney, I Presume?
Pick up the clue book, puzzle your way through the collection, and discover the man behind the mouse.
Where: Ticket desk
Artifact Walk of Animation Innovation
Museum educators will lead tours through the collection, highlighting some of these technological developments and how they made the magic of Disney possible.
Where: Main lobby | When: Every hour, starting at 10:30am
Walt’s love for miniatures and dioramas helped inspire his vision for entertaining people by creating a special in-person experience. Create your own miniatures and dioramas and use stop motion animation to bring them to life!
Where: Learning Center | When: 10am–7:30pm
Film: Walt: The Man Behind the Myth
Narrated by actor and comedian Dick Van Dyke, this documentary on the life and creative genius of Walt Disney features original film footage and interviews with Disney family members and friends.
Where: Theater | When: 11am & 4pm
Film: Christmas with Walt Disney
Take a peek at how Walt celebrated Christmas at the Studio, at Disneyland, and at home with this exclusive film, on view only at the Museum! Directed by Don Hanh (producer of The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast), this holiday film includes “The Nutcracker Suite” from Fantasia (1940), Pluto’s Christmas Tree (1952), scenes from the television Christmas specials, and rarely-seen home movies of Walt and his family.
Where: Theater | When: 1:30 & 6pm