Workshops

Take part in one of our workshops, all of which focus on various aspects of Walt’s legacy, including animation, storytelling, and innovation. 

Sat, Sep 21 | 10:30am–1:30pm

In this workshop, learn about the natural world and its inhabitants as you practice drawing zoo animals from live reference. Study the proportion, movement, texture, and gesture-drawing techniques used to gain a sense of an animal’s anatomy while breathing life into your sketches.

Sun, Sep 22 | 10am–noon

Girl Scout Daisies come together at The Walt Disney Family Museum to explore aforerunner to contemporary robotics—Disney’s Audio-Animatronics® technology. Scouts work in teams, become Imagineers for the day, and create their own robot designs.

Sat, Oct 12 | 10:30–noon

The first fireworks show at Disneyland premiered in 1956, a year after the Park opened. This impressive spectacle delighted Guests of all ages and fireworks have since illuminated the skies above the Park for over sixty years. Learn about the history of Disneyland in the museum’s Gallery 9, and then...

Sat, Oct 12 | 1–2:30pm

The first fireworks show at Disneyland premiered in 1956, a year after the Park opened. This impressive spectacle delighted Guests of all ages and fireworks have since illuminated the skies above the Park for over sixty years. Learn about the history of Disneyland in the museum’s Gallery 9, and then...

Girl Scout Brownies (Grades 2–3)
Sun, Oct 20 | 10am–noon

On Sunday, October 20, we invite Brownies to visit The Walt Disney Family Museum to accomplish three of the five steps toward earning an Inventor Badge. In the galleries, learn about Walt Disney’s Imagineers, who worked at WED Enterprises during the 1950s and 60s to imagine, design, and build some...

Sat, Oct 26 | 10am–2pm

On Saturday, October 26, we invite educators to take a tour of our special exhibition, Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World, with group discussions centered around one-of-a-kind Mickey artworks and artifacts. See how the iconic character influenced artists and shaped American popular culture from...

Sat, Oct 26 | 10:30am–noon

Fifty years ago, the Haunted Mansion opened its doors to the public for the first time. This attraction uses a variety of practical illusions to summon the ghostly appearance of its spectral inhabitants. In one of the attraction’s most iconic scenes, ghosts dancing in a ballroom appear to...

Sat, Oct 26 | 1–2:30pm

Fifty years ago, the Haunted Mansion opened its doors to the public for the first time. This attraction uses a variety of practical illusions to summon the ghostly appearance of its spectral inhabitants. In one of the attraction’s most iconic scenes, ghosts dancing in a ballroom appear to...

Sun, Oct 27 | 10:30am–12:30pm

The Haunted Mansion celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this year. One particularly memorable scene in the attraction features a room with seemingly-ordinary portraits which slowly stretch along with the room to reveal scenes that actually tell a more sinister story. In this workshop, learn about...

Sat, Nov 9 | 10:30am–noon

Pirates of the Caribbean was the last Disneyland attraction to be personally overseen by Walt Disney himself. Originally envisioned as a walk-through experience, the attraction eventually opened as a dark ride featuring boats that guide Guests through the tale of a band of pillaging pirates and...

Sat, Nov 9 | 1–2:30pm

Pirates of the Caribbean was the last Disneyland attraction to be personally overseen by Walt Disney himself. Originally envisioned as a walk-through experience, the attraction eventually opened as a dark ride featuring boats that guide Guests through the tale of a band of pillaging pirates and...

Sun, Nov 10 | 10:30am–12:30pm

One of the most recognizable symbols of Walt Disney’s Mouseketeers is the bright red-and-white badge that they wear, emblazoned with Mickey’s face. These badges are a clever piece of merchandising which has stood the test of time with a simple design that is just as memorable today. In this workshop...

Girl Scout Juniors (Grades 4–5)
Sun, Nov 17 | 10am–noon

Girl Scout Juniors are invited to accomplish three of the five steps toward earning a Drawing Badge at The Walt Disney Family Museum. In the galleries, observe how drawing was the foundation to all of Walt’s animated films from the early 1920s to the late 60s. In the Learning Center, experiment...

Sat, Nov 23 | 10:30–noon

When Disneyland first opened, the tallest structure in the Park was the TWA Moonliner, a towering rocket that overlooked the Rocket to the Moon, Flight to the Moon, and later Mission to Mars theater attractions. This Tomorrowland icon represented a vision of a future where flying to the moon would...

Sat, Nov 23 | 1–2:30pm

When Disneyland first opened, the tallest structure in the Park was the TWA Moonliner, a towering rocket that overlooked the Rocket to the Moon, Flight to the Moon, and later Mission to Mars theater attractions. This Tomorrowland icon represented a vision of a future where flying to the moon would...

Sat, Dec 7 | 10:30–noon

Walt Disney had a lifelong love of trains, as exemplified by the numerous locomotives that graced his films, Park, and television show, as well as his installation of a functioning miniature train at his home. Examine our model of Walt’s backyard railroad in the museum’s Gallery 9, and then join us...

Sat, Dec 7 | 1–2:30pm

Walt Disney had a lifelong love of trains, as exemplified by the numerous locomotives that graced his films, Park, and television show, as well as his installation of a functioning miniature train at his home. Examine our model of Walt’s backyard railroad in the museum’s Gallery 9, and then join us...

Sun, Dec 8 | 10:30am–12:30pm

Walt Disney’s love of trains led him to build a ridable miniature railway in his backyard: the Carolwood Pacific Railroad. Many parts of this model train, including the fully-decorated caboose, were handmade or assembled by Walt himself and is currently on display in the museum’s Gallery 9. Join us...

Sat, Dec 14 | 10:30–noon

Skiing was one of Walt’s favorite wintertime activities and, subsequently, one of the last projects he worked on was development of the Mineral King Ski Resort in land that eventually was annexed into California’s Sequoia National Park. Interested and inquisitive individuals can spy Walt’s skis...

Sat, Dec 14 | 10:30am–12:30pm

Walt Disney always encouraged his animators to remain lifelong students and continually improve their craft with every project. Bring your art and join us for this informative workshop about how to build a well-rounded portfolio or demo-reel and cater these items to the job or internship you want.

Sat, Dec 14 | 1–2:30pm

Skiing was one of Walt’s favorite wintertime activities and, subsequently, one of the last projects he worked on was development of the Mineral King Ski Resort in land that eventually was annexed into California’s Sequoia National Park. Interested and inquisitive individuals can spy Walt’s skis...

Girl Scout Cadettes (6–8)
Sun, Dec 15 | 10am–noon

Girl Scout Cadettes are invited to learn how Walt encouraged his staff to experiment with special effects, then explore how the resulting advancements in technology made Disney animation more lifelike and engaging. Scouts continue to the Learning Center to experiment in groups with a miniature...

Ages 3–6
Daily, Mon, Dec 16–Mon, Dec 30 | 10am–noon
(No sessions on Dec 24 and Dec 25)

The Art Playground is for families with children ages 3–6. In our Learning Center, children will learn about the many types of vehicles that navigate Disneyland, through realms both real and fictional. Using their imagination, they will create and decorate their personal favorite mode of...

Ages 7+
Daily, Mon, Dec 16–Mon, Dec 30 | 1–3pm
(No sessions on Dec 24 and Dec 25)

The Artist Studio is geared toward adults and children ages 7 and up. Exploring the world of animation, participants discover aspects of stop-motion filmmaking and techniques used in classic black-and-white cartoons. Our studio staff is present to support, encourage, and inspire students.

Schedule is subject to change. For the most current schedule of events, please check our website's calendar, or stop by the museum's Ticket Desk on the day of your visit.