WD-FM: The Official Walt Disney Family Museum Podcast

During the first week of the month, we will post our Museum Musings where we chat about our upcoming programs and news about The Walt Disney Family Museum. We will also be inviting employees of the museum to talk about their roles and what they are working on that furthers Walt Disney’s legacy.

During the last week of the month, we will post a longer-form Deep Dive into a film, project, or period of Walt’s life featuring exclusive audio from Walt Disney and those who worked with him.

As part of the podcast revamp, we will also be releasing each episode as a video podcast, with closed captions available on every video. Visit our YouTube channel @wdfmuseum or visit our website show notes posted to our blog for more content.

Join us for stories and conversations about the remarkable life and legacy of Walt Disney. Subscribe on Apple PodcastSpotifyStitcher, Google Play, and TuneIn.

WD-FM Museum Musings (April 2021)
April 7th, 2021

Time for our monthly WD-FM Museum Musings where you can catch up with Chris and Bri on upcoming events, programs, and more on our upcoming virtual community art exhibition, Conserving the Magic of Our Planet. Hear a special interview with Director of Education, Travis Lacina about our summer classes and engaging workshops.

WD-FM Museum Musings (March 2021)
April 2nd, 2021

Join Bri and Chris for this month's Museum Musings episode of the WD-FM Podcast, and stay for an interview with Executive Director Kirsten Komoroske discussing the museum's upcoming reopening. Listen wherever you get your podcasts or watch the video version on our YouTube channel.

14 The Walt Disney Studios and World War II
April 2nd, 2021

Fall in with WD-FM as we explore the history behind our newest special exhibition, The Walt Disney Studios and World War II. Hear excerpts of interviews with Exhibition Curator Kent Ramsey, Director of Exhibitions Marina Villar Delgado, and Exhibitions Assistant Kaitlin Buickel to hear how they helped to bring this unique exhibition to the public.

Learn more about The Walt Disney Studios and World War II and ways to visit The Walt Disney Family Museum at waltdisney.org/wwii.

13 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
April 2nd, 2021

Jump into the storybook with us as the WD-FM podcast takes a deep dive into the creation of Walt Disney’s first feature-length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. This groundbreaking film redefined animation and entertainment for families around the world. Listen wherever you get your podcasts. A video version with closed captioning is available in our show notes posted on our blog.

WD-FM Museum Musings (February 2021)
February 5th, 2021

We are excited to present our revamped WD-FM podcast! Join Bri and new co-host Chris for our first Museum Musings episode, featuring museum updates, upcoming programs, and an interview with our Public Programs Manager Tracie Timmer. Listen wherever you get your podcasts or watch the video version on our YouTube channel.

Stay tuned for our Deep Dive episode later this month where we will be taking a closer look at Walt Disney's first animated feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).

Memories from the Children of the Nine Old Men
July 8th, 2020

Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men were some of the most talented artists at The Walt Disney Studios during Walt’s lifetime. However, their unique genius was not confined to their animator’s desks; the sincerity in their work was often inspired by their own families and the people that surrounded them. Moderated by curator Don Hahn, this special talk—which will close out the Nine Old Men: Masters of Animation exhibition—you will hear from those who knew the legendary animators best: their children. Relive the children’s favorite moments with their fathers as they discuss what it was like growing up in artistic households, and how their fathers’ legendary work influenced their own lives and careers.

The program was originally presented on January 5, 2019.

Conversation with The Walt Disney Family Museum's Collection Team
January 3rd, 2020

The Walt Disney Family Museum is a center for art, animation, and inspiration. Located in the historic Presidio, a national park in San Francisco, California, the museum celebrates the remarkable life of Walt Disney by telling his story, celebrating his legacy, and examining his influence on the world of entertainment. Ten years ago, we were founded in 2009 by Walt Disney’s daughter, Diane Disney Miller, who wanted to share the story of her father with the world. Now, we are hosting a year-long celebration to mark the museum’s tenth anniversary. In recognition of the museum’s history, and in order to honor the man behind the magic, this podcast will be an extension of that celebration. Join us every Wednesday for stories and conversations about the remarkable life and legacy of Walt Disney as we reflect on The Walt Disney Family Museum's first decade as an institution. 

12 The Silly Symphonies
November 20th, 2019

In this episode we explore the Silly Symphonies, Walt’s musical series of shorts that changed the landscape of animation as an art form forever. The Silly Symphonies, beginning with The Skeleton Dance, eventually grew to 75 total shorts between 1929 and 1939, produced and released concurrently with Mickey Mouse cartoons. The Silly Symphonies were a platform for Walt to stretch the art of animation while bringing new animators into the fold. 

11 Mickey Mouse
September 18th, 2019

Even after decades of success, Walt Disney always wanted the world to remember that his entertainment empire was “all started by a mouse.” This episode chronicles Mickey’s influence on art and entertainment over the past nine decades and tells the story of his origin, rise to fame, and enduring world-wide appeal. 

The Walt Disney Family is presenting the special exhibition, Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World now through January 6, 2020. 

D23 Expo Interviews with Bret Iwan and Eric Goldberg
August 30th, 2019

Hear from the voice of Mickey Mouse, Bret Iwan, and legendary animator and director, Eric Goldberg from the 2019 D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA.