The Walt Disney Family Museum Blog

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 Mon, 07/20/2020 - 12:45
Posted on Jul 20, 2020
In 1942, Alexander P. de Seversky released his book Victory Through Air Power, in which he challenged the status quo of military doctrine with his argument that United States air power was weak, ineffective, and highly underdeveloped. He argued that military supremacy would be derived from air supremacy, and that the future of warfare rested on the development of a super fleet capable of strategic bombing or long-range air power. This, he argued, would be far more effective than tactical air power, in which aircraft only served in support of Navy or Army operations.
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…

Posted on Mon, 05/04/2020 - 17:00
Posted on May 4, 2020
On July 13, 1955—four days before the grand opening of Disneyland—Walt and Lilly Disney were set to mark their 30th wedding anniversary. With showtime just around the corner, what better venue to host the celebrations than Walt’s new Park?
Posted on Fri, 04/17/2020 - 11:27
Posted on Apr 17, 2020

Need something to do while you are stuck inside? We have compiled ten articles exploring legendary Disney Imagineers for you to read.

Posted on Thu, 04/16/2020 - 14:30
Posted on Apr 16, 2020

Need something to do while you are stuck inside? We have compiled ten articles exploring legendary Disney animators for you to read, and are starting a Blog Club on our Facebook page to foster discussion on these topics.

Read any of the articles that interest you, and join the Blog Club conversation on our Facebook page each day as we explore the articles.

Posted on Mon, 04/13/2020 - 12:59
Posted on Apr 13, 2020
In February, The Walt Disney Family Museum closed the popular and beloved exhibition, Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World. After its final close, the Collections and Exhibitions team began deinstalling the exhibition. When objects are slated for removal from an exhibition, they are carefully removed and either returned to their original storage location or sent back to their lender. With the unique Carousel Mickey—created by Henry De Vos circa 1930—there was more work needed to securely transport and store this unusual object.