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Workshops
Sun, Apr 7 | 10:30am–12:30pm

In the 1930s, cartoons had their own distinctive aesthetic—one composed of rubber hose limbs and pie-cut eyes. In this workshop, design a successful anthropomorphic character that harkens back to the distinctive 1930s art style, which was exemplified at the time by Disney characters like Donald Duck

Talks
Sat, Jun 22 | 1pm
In the late 1930s, Walt Disney embarked upon a collaboration with conductor Leopold Stokowski to create a “Concert Feature." In this special talk, speaker Fabrizio Mancinelli, a composer and conductor, will help us honor Fantasia's (1940) enduring legacy.
Talks Special Events
Sat, May 18
Two Shows: 11am–12:30pm & 3–4:30pm
Join Mickey Mouse voice actor Bret Iwan for a discussion about how he became the voice of the iconic character, his feelings on what it’s like to portray such a celebrated figure, and the ways in which Walt still lends him inspiration.
Classes
Mon–Fri | Jun 24–Jul 6 | 9am–4pm
No Class: Jul 4; Make-up Class: Jul 6

In this two-week session, join us as we explore theme park attractions and what it takes to build both intricate and immersive designs.

Workshops
Sat, Apr 13| 10am–2pm

With Earth Day just around the corner, learn how Walt Disney’s True-Life Adventures series prompted a generation of young people to care about our planet, and even inspired them to pursue environmental careers. Afterwards, fast-forward to today to see how The Walt Disney Company continues that

Workshops
Sat, Mar 23 | 10:30am–noon
In this workshop, learn more about the famous whistle, as seen in gallery 2, as you explore the facial expressions and lip movement that are required to animate a whistling character.
Workshops
Sat, Mar 2 | 1–2:30pm
In this workshop, learn more about the Alice Comedies (featured in gallery 2), and explore how the use of both live action elements and cartoon drawings can create a piece that shows just how remarkably the real world can interact with the animated world.
Workshops
Sat, Mar 2 | 10:30am–noon
In this workshop, learn more about the Alice Comedies (featured in gallery 2), and explore how the use of both live action elements and cartoon drawings can create a piece that shows just how remarkably the real world can interact with the animated world.
Workshops
Sat, Feb 16 | 10:30am–noon
See these early examples of animation in gallery 1, and then learn how to exaggerate poses, facial expressions, and movements yourself in order to create an animated piece that tells a clear visual story without dialogue.
Workshops
Sat, Feb 16 | 1–2:30pm
See these early examples of animation in gallery 1, and then learn how to exaggerate poses, facial expressions, and movements yourself in order to create an animated piece that tells a clear visual story without dialogue.

Self-Guided Group Visits

We encourage groups of 10 or more to book in advance with our friendly group sales staff. Groups who purchase tickets in advance will receive a discount on admission.

Self-guided groups with less than 25 guests are welcome to purchase discounted tickets online up to 72 hours in advance of the desired group visit date. If your group is larger than 25 guestsplease contact Group Sales to arrange your group visit. 

Walt Disney on Jungle Cruise boat, 1955; courtesy of the Walt Disney Archives, Photo Library, © Disney
Posted on Wed, 12/19/2018 - 15:46

In 1951—four years before the grand opening of Disneyland—a man named Harper Goff browsed the shelves of Bassett-Lowke, a miniature train store in central London. When a particular antique train took Goff’s eye, he was told that it had been promised to someone else. “I found one,” Goff later remembered, “and the man said ‘There’s a gentleman coming in this evening who’s shown some interest in that…’”

The gentleman in question was Walt Disney. When Walt returned to the store later that day to

Workshops
Sat, Feb 9 | 11am & 2pm

Join Antonio Pelayo, one of the uniquely talented Ink & Paint artists at The Walt Disney Studios, for an interactive workshop in which students will learn about the inking and painting of animation cels, a fading art form that was once an essential component of the animation industry. With Pelayo’s

Workshops
Sun, Mar 10 | 10:30am–12:30pm
In this workshop, learn about the Cinephone sound system, the metronome ball, and the process of creating practical sound effects. Using everyday objects, you will work collaboratively to create sounds that synchronize perfectly with a piece of animation.

Located in the Presidio of San Francisco, The Walt Disney Family Museum is one of the Bay Area’s most inspirational event and meeting venues. The breathtaking backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge, coupled with the natural beauty of the surroundings, embrace this unique venue in the charm of San Francisco. Meetings and events can be customized to include any or all of the spaces in The Walt Disney Family Museum to make your event a truly memorable and remarkable experience. 

While we encourage guests to visit with friends and family, and find inspiration and entertainment in our galleries, The Walt Disney Family Museum does not allow independently-organized tours, sketch sessions, meet-ups, or other group activities wherein an individual or entity collects revenue from guests. To organize a guided or self-guided group visit with discounted admission, please visit our Groups pageFor additional general information about visiting the museum, please see our Visitor Information page

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