The Walt Disney Family Museum Blog

Posted on Mon, 10/12/2020 - 17:00
Posted on Oct 12, 2020

Miniature portraits are marked by three different periods of relevancy. The first period was in the 16th century, when artists were inspired by the small drawings found within illuminated manuscripts. Miniature portraits were incredibly popular and fashionable at the time; portraits were commissioned by soldiers and their families to have during times of war. Royal miniature portraits also became famous under the rule of Queen Elizabeth I of England.

Posted on Tue, 09/01/2020 - 14:58
Posted on Sep 1, 2020

At The Walt Disney Family Museum, we have a dedicated team of Preparators that utilize creative ways to display artwork in our galleries and special exhibitions. Preparator Ryan Mortensen works primarily with 2D objects, creating custom displays for the public to enjoy our collection of animation artwork.

Posted on Tue, 08/11/2020 - 13:22
Posted on Aug 11, 2020

After years of making package features that compiled animated short subjects, Walt Disney’s artists knew that Cinderella, released 70 years ago in 1950, would be different. As a full-length fairy tale, it was more akin to the stories they’d told before World War II. But the film would have a twist on its predecessors.

Posted on Thu, 07/30/2020 - 12:56
Posted on Jul 30, 2020

This incredible abstract façade of “it’s a small world” by Mary Blair from 1964—displayed in our 2014 exhibition, MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair—was made with an interesting combination of techniques and materials. It was constructed of cast plaster with mosaic-like design elements, which give us an insight to the many processes that Mary Blair used in her artwork.

Posted on Wed, 07/22/2020 - 10:50
Posted on Jul 22, 2020

The Walt Disney Family Museum’s collection of maquettes, or small character reference sculptures, spans various Disney animated feature productions including Pinocchio (1940), Fantasia (1940), and Peter Pan (1953). While most in our collection are painted plaster, there are a few exceptions—such as this The Ugly Duckling (1939) maquette—where surfaces have been left unpainted.

Posted on Thu, 07/16/2020 - 15:04
Posted on Jul 16, 2020

“Ten years of fantasy, ten years of fun, ten years of growing, and we’ve only just begun…”

In its first decade of operation, Disneyland Park welcomed nearly 50 million guests, its attractions and shows multiplied, and its creator entertained increasingly bigger plans. The Park’s 10th anniversary in 1965—dubbed the “Tencennial Celebration”—proved a significant turning point in its history, as Walt Disney made sure it would.

Posted on Thu, 07/09/2020 - 16:03
Posted on Jul 9, 2020
This Pinocchio character model sculpture, commonly referred to as a maquette, was created by The Walt Disney Studios Character Model Department during the production of Pinocchio (1940).
Posted on Thu, 07/02/2020 - 14:03
Posted on Jul 2, 2020
In late May 1957, American television viewers gathered for another weekly installment of the Disneyland program. Entitled “The Liberty Story,” Walt Disney greeted viewers at a record player, played the song “The Liberty Tree,” and explained that “the liberties which we enjoy and take for granted didn’t just happen. They had to be won. … Behind our liberties there’s an interesting story…”
Posted on Tue, 06/02/2020 - 09:19
Posted on Jun 2, 2020

Watch any Disneyland fan walk into the park, and you’ll see their eyes glance up to the left just before they reach Main Street, U.S.A. Walt Disney’s apartment sits nestled above the Town Square Fire Station, easily invisible to those who don’t know of its existence, while remaining an iconic part of Disneyland to those who do…