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The Long, Long Haunt: Artists of Walt’s Haunted Mansion
Posted on Mon, 10/31/2011 - 06:00
The Haunted Mansion at Disneyland is sometimes referred to as “the last Disneyland Attraction in which Walt himself had a hand in the design.” While he certainly saw some of the development of the Country Bear Jamboree and other later attractions, no other Imagineering endeavor was anticipated for so long as the Mansion.
June | Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun: 1pm | Sat: 4pm
Brought to life by the music of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, this new classic takes audiences under the sea, where they encounter enthralling, magical creatures of the deep.
Getting to Know Our Members: Brandon Kleyla
Posted on Thu, 10/27/2011 - 06:00

The inspiration of and appreciation for Walt Disney knows no boundaries. The Membership at The Walt Disney Family Museum certainly reflects this diversity. Each month, we’ll introduce you to one of our Members, so you can see the varied and frequently fascinating people, who have come together to learn and experience more about the life, work, philosophies, and ideals of Walt Disney. This month, we’d like you to meet Brandon Kleyla.

Posted on Wed, 10/26/2011 - 06:00

Disneyland’s Viewliner was a narrow gauge miniature train that once rode parallel rails alongside sections of the Santa Fe & Disneyland Railroad main line...

The Skeleton of an Idea
Posted on Tue, 10/25/2011 - 06:00

The earliest mention of Silly Symphonies is contained in two letters that Disney wrote his brother Roy and Ub Iwerks. The first, on 20 September 1928, indicates simply and idea for a “musical novelty,” some combination of music and animation. The second, written three days later, grows more precise...

Halloween Spooktacular!
Posted on Mon, 10/24/2011 - 06:00

Come dressed in your best Halloween costume and join us in a variety of frightfully fun events! Toss a ghost into a jack-o-lantern for a prize, create your very own flapping ghost and, only if you dare, walk through our “spooky walk” and see what our ghostly friends have in store for you!

Look Closer: Walt’s Carolwood-Pacific Railroad with the Lilly Belle
Posted on Mon, 10/24/2011 - 06:00

It’s not often that one sees Michael Labrie, Director of Collections for The Walt Disney Family Museum, visibly distressed, and I must admit, I never have. But while researching one of the Museum’s most treasured artifacts, the Carolwood-Pacific Railroad and the Lilly Belle, I learned that there was, in fact, a time when Michael was not his usual calm, cheery self...

Posted on Fri, 10/21/2011 - 06:00

When Walt Disney made the trip from Kansas City, Missouri to Los Angles, California in July of 1923, he boarded the famed Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe passenger train, the California Limited. Inaugurated in 1892 and surviving until 1954, the California Limited was a true “workhorse” of the famed railroad.

Our Members Matter
Posted on Thu, 10/20/2011 - 06:00
In October, our museum is showing appreciation for Members with additional discounts, free guests, a weekly drawing, a special gift, and “Members-for-the-Month” at Charles M. Schulz Museum. For full details for Member Appreciation Month, please visit the Ticket Desk.
I Rode the Lilly Belle!
Posted on Wed, 10/19/2011 - 06:00

In 1976, America celebrated its Bicentennial and in observation of this moment, an enclosed railway passenger car that was part of the Santa Fe & Disneyland Railroad was redesigned and recreated into a new, elegant, private coach to be ridden by VIPs, dignitaries, Cast Members, and other special guests...

Riding the Rails with Walt Disney
Posted on Mon, 10/17/2011 - 06:00

Guests who visit Disneyland (or any Magic Kingdom-style park created since) are greeted by two great symbols of the life and career of Walt Disney. The first thing they see is the large floral Mickey Mouse, which has warmly welcomed Disneyland guests since opening day...

Hollywood Premiere in Marceline: The Great Locomotive Chase
Posted on Wed, 10/12/2011 - 06:00

In the 1950s, when Walt’s childhood hometown of Marceline, Missouri asked permission to name their new swimming pool and park after him, it triggered events, full steam ahead, toward a very historical event in the town’s history...

June | Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun: Immediately following the 1pm film. Sat: Immediately following the 4pm film.
Join us for a special screening of the Academy Award®-winning short Dear Basketball (2017), animated by Disney Legend Glean Keane and written by NBA star Kobe Bryant. Set to a beautiful score by the masterful John Williams and narrated by Bryant, we follow a young Kobe’s journey from childhood
What Do YOU Do, Carla Flores?!
Posted on Mon, 10/10/2011 - 06:00

Each month, we ask a museum staff member to answer five questions about their position at The Walt Disney Family Museum, their fondest Disney memories, and personal tidbits. Just in time for Halloween--and for all those trick-or-treaters out there--we've decided to highlight someone who's responsible for all the treats you'll find at our events: Carla Flores!

Recap: Sunday Night Sing-Along!
Posted on Thu, 10/06/2011 - 06:00
October 1, 2011 marked the Second Anniversary of our museum. There are various ways to celebrate an anniversary. Sometimes it is a big, blow-out party, other times its sitting in front of the TV watching a favorite film and eating popcorn. But if you are The Walt Disney Family Museum, you celebrate your anniversary with a Sing-Along!
In Memory of Steve Jobs
Posted on Wed, 10/05/2011 - 06:00

Our thoughts go out to Steve Jobs’ family, friends and colleagues.  A man ahead of his time, who left us before his time. His vision and legacy will always inspire.

Making The Great Locomotive Chase
Posted on Mon, 10/03/2011 - 06:00

One might have thought, in the fall of 1955, that Walt Disney might have had more pressing things to do than visit a film shoot in the remote backwaters of northeastern Georgia. After all, Disneyland had opened only a few months earlier and there was still a studio to run...

Anniversary Day
Posted on Sat, 10/01/2011 - 06:00

Disney fans from coast to coast will have reason to celebrate on October 1, 2011, as The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco marks its second anniversary—and the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida celebrates its 40th anniversary.

I Have Always Loved Trains
Posted on Fri, 09/30/2011 - 06:00
“I suppose I’ve always been in love with trains,” Walt wrote, and in October we will celebrate his lifelong locomotive love at The Walt Disney Family Museum, and here on Storyboard. This article appeared under Walt’s byline in the October 1965 issue of Railroad Magazine. Although certainly written by a Studio publicist or staff writer, it is factually correct, and communicates Walt’s thoughts and ideas authentically and accurately.
Recap: Chili & A Movie
Posted on Thu, 09/29/2011 - 06:00

On Saturday night, September 24th, the Walt Disney Family Museum celebrated their loyal members and one of Walt’s favorite comfort foods, with "Chili & A Movie."