Special Events

Member Preview Night | Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World

Wed, May 15 | 6–8:45pm
This program is open to members only.
For ticketing information, including reservations and purchases,
email membership@wdfmuseum.org.
Diane Disney Miller Exhibition Hall & Theater

In celebration of our newest exhibition, Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World, we are pleased to invite you to our Member Preview Night. Experience the exhibition before it opens to the public and attend an optional add-on talk with guest curator, Andreas Deja.

During this event, members are invited to preview the exhibition in the Diane Disney Miller Exhibition Hall and, if they have purchased tickets, attend a talk with Andreas Deja in the Theater. The main museum galleries, Museum Store, and Café will not be open. However, exhibition catalogs and select merchandise will be available for purchase in the Exhibition Hall pop-up store.

About the Talk

Our latest major exhibition, Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World, pays homage to animation’s most beloved and recognizable character. However, despite Mickey’s world-wide fame, few know this iconic character as well as the guest curator of our exhibition—and former Mickey animator—Andreas Deja, whose vision for this exhibition was shaped by his unique relationship with Mickey. At this special members-only event, join Deja for an intimate discussion about the challenges he and the museum’s collections team faced, including how they managed to narrow down nearly a century’s worth of Mickey artwork and ephemera in order to form this definitive exhibition. If you are a fan of Mickey and his enduring legacy, do not miss this exciting behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World.

Andreas Deja, 2017; photography by Frank Anzalone

About the Speaker | Andreas Deja

Andreas Deja first applied for a job as a Disney animator at the age of 10. Born in Poland and raised in Germany, he recalls writing The Walt Disney Studios immediately after seeing The Jungle Book (1967). The Studios wrote back to Andreas explaining that there were no openings, but they were always on the lookout for new talent. At the age of 20, Andreas applied again and was accepted. Andreas began his Disney career working with Eric Larson, one of Walt’s legendary Nine Old Men, and went on to work on animated films such as The Black Cauldron (1985), The Great Mouse Detective (1986), Oliver & Company (1988), and Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988). Andreas oversaw the animation of Triton in The Little Mermaid (1989), Gaston in Beauty and the Beast (1991), Jafar in Aladdin (1992), Scar in The Lion King (1994), Mickey Mouse in Runaway Brain (1995), the title character in Hercules (1997), and Lilo in Lilo & Stitch (2002). In 2007, Andreas was honored with the Winsor McKay Award from ASIFA Hollywood International Animated Film Society, and was named a Disney Legend in 2015. The Walt Disney Family Museum celebrated Andreas’ prolific career with the exhibition Deja View: The Art of Andreas Deja in 2017, and he served as the guest curator for the museum’s 2018 special exhibition, Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World.

Additional Information

This program is open to members only. For ticketing information, including reservations and purchases, email membership@wdfmuseum.org.

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