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Sat, Apr 20 | 1–2:30pm

Walt Disney knew that a strong story and compelling characters were two key factors in making a successful animated film. In this workshop, learn to use the elements of exaggeration, facial expression, and posture to animate a character who is a distinctive individual. 

Sat, Apr 20 | 10:30am–Noon

Walt Disney knew that a strong story and compelling characters were two key factors in making a successful animated film. In this workshop, learn to use the elements of exaggeration, facial expression, and posture to animate a character who is a distinctive individual.

Mar | Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun: 1pm | Sat: 4pm
Exception: No screening on Sat, March 30

Mickey and Minnie Mouse have entertained audiences for the past ninety years. This month we are showcasing a compilation of various Mickey and Minnie shorts that highlight the breadth of their illustrious careers. Join us for a marathon of shorts, featuring Steamboat Willie (1928), The Band Concert 

Job Function

Guest Experience Associates offer exemplary guest service to the general public while facilitating guest operations and engagement. Guest Experience Associates engage guests to create an exceptional Museum experience through in-gallery talks and Museum content engagement. In addition, Guest Experience Associates offer guest service support in a variety of operational roles including gallery entrance, coat check, special exhibitions and museum galleries. 

Department: Guest Operations | Reports to: Guest Experience Manager  | Status: Full-Time | Hours: 30–40 hours per week 

Date Starting: ASAP | FLSA Code: Non-Exempt | Rate: $17 per hour | Location: San Francisco 

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Our employees strive to achieve and perpetuate the values Walt held so closely in his work and life: 

  • We are dedicated to the mission of the museum and the vision of Walt Disney. 
  • We believe that a quality experience for visitors is possible only when there is a collaborative desire for a job well done and a “can do” attitude. 
  • We strive for excellence in everything we do. We value the diverse contributions of each individual with respect and without judgment. 
  • We foster an atmosphere of supportive challenge and allow the development of insightful, collaborative, and innovative ideas.

We believe that to achieve the level of quality associated with Walt Disney, each person, as an individual and as part of a cohesive team, contributes to delivering a quality experience to every guest of The Walt Disney Family Museum.

Michelle Lund is president of the Sharon D. Lund Foundation, a charitable organization founded in 1973 by her mother (and Walt Disney’s youngest daughter), Sharon Disney Lund, to support initiatives in the arts, health and wellness, human services, and higher education for the future of children and the youth of today. In 2013 the Foundation provided grants totaling more than $5 million to organizations and projects working in its focus areas. Michelle also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and Earthfire Institute Wildlife Sanctuary & Retreat Center.

Best known as the marketing and "idea guy" for the San Francisco Giants during his over 30-year career in baseball, Pat Gallagher played a key role in the bid and execution of the milestone Super Bowl 50 held in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2016. He is co-author of the acclaimed Big Game. Bigger Impact (Motivational Press, May 2017) about the lessons learned from that venture. Gallagher, who began his career in the theme park business, considers the work of Walt Disney a lifelong inspiration. He is currently a management consultant and frequent speaker about his life in what he refers to as "the fun business."

Ron and Diane

Ron Miller, husband of Diane Disney Miller, son-in-law of Walt Disney, former CEO of The Walt Disney Company, and owner of Silverado Vineyards, has passed in Napa, was the second President of the Board of Directors at The Walt Disney Family Museum. 

Ron worked at The Walt Disney Company for thirty years, including as President and Chief Operating Officer of Walt Disney Productions, Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company, and member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of The Walt Disney Company.

At age 21, Ron, a member of the football team at the University of Southern California, was introduced to 20-year-old Diane Disney on a blind date. They were married in Santa Barbara on May 9, 1954. Ron served in the Army and then played professional football for the Los Angeles Rams before his father-in-law recruited him to work at The Walt Disney Studios. There, he ascended from motion picture and television production roles to CEO of what is now The Walt Disney Company.

Ron first started working for Walt as part of the original Disneyland team, where he was employee number six. After officially joining the Company, Walt sponsored Ron’s membership in the Screen Director’s Guild. Ron’s first job in this capacity was serving as second assistant on Old Yeller (1957). Ron holds numerous producer credits, including for Son of Flubber (1963), Summer Magic (1963), That Darn Cat! (1965), Never a Dull Moment (1968), Escape to Witch Mountain (1975), Pete’s Dragon (1977), and Tron (1982). Ron also directed various lead-ins for Walt on The Magical World of Disney television series.

After Walt’s death in 1966, Ron pushed the Company to expand and explore, creating Walt Disney Home Video, Touchstone Pictures, and The Disney Channel. He supported and encouraged ongoing innovation, including early computer animation, with experimental work and films such as Tron and Tim Burton’s early stop-motion animation shorts, Vincent (1982) and Frankenweenie (1984). In 1983, Ron approved the funding for Disney’s foray into New York theatre, backing the first workshop for a show that eventually would open on Broadway. Additionally, Ron was responsible for Touchstone’s first film, Splash (1984), and was also responsible for laying the groundwork for Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988). Ron was an integral part of the executive team that completed both Walt Disney World and EPCOT, and he was key in negotiating the Tokyo Disneyland transaction, which was the first park outside of the U.S. Ron also was instrumental in establishing the licensing arrangement with Feld Entertainment for what is now Disney on Ice.

After Ron left The Walt Disney Company in 1984, he and Diane settled in Napa Valley, which became their permanent home. Ron, Diane, and Diane’s mother, Lillian, established Silverado Vineyards in 1981, four years after they purchased the property near the small town of Yountville, California. Throughout its thirty-plus years of operation, the couple championed environmental efforts in wine making, including helping to restore local creek beds and riverbanks and adopting solar power and hybrid-engine technology in the wine industry.

Ron supported Diane’s pursuit of active advocacy in documenting the life and accomplishments of her father. In 2001, the Walt Disney Family Foundation released Walt: The Man Behind the Myth, a documentary film about Walt Disney’s life, featuring interviews with his colleagues, peers, and family—including Ron.

This led to a more ambitious project, which was the founding of The Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio in San Francisco. After Diane participated in the establishment of The Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, everyone realized that she, like her father, was capable of tackling monumental and visionary projects. With Ron’s support, she embarked on a project to create a state-of-the-art museum in San Francisco’s historic Presidio to preserve the legacy of her father and inspire people with Walt’s story. The museum opened in 2009.

After Diane’s passing in 2013, Ron became President of the Board of Directors of The Walt Disney Family Museum and ushered in a new era for the organization as an independent, nonprofit organization committed to carrying on the mission of the museum while promoting the inclusion of new supporters, partners, and friends.

Ron was a passionate outdoorsman. Alpine skiing, hunting, fly-fishing, and golf were lifelong pursuits. He was an experienced horseman with a cattle ranch near Montrose, Colorado. Ron and Diane were generous philanthropists, supporting many causes, including classical music and ballet.

Mar | Every Sat: 1pm*
Exceptions: No screenings Mar 9 & 30

Ub Iwerks helped shape modern animation, and this documentary, directed by his granddaughter, Leslie Iwerks, chronicles the fascinating story of this artistic genius and remarkable inventor who helped shape Disney history. 

Feb | Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun: 3pm

In honor of The Walt Disney Family Museum's 10th Anniversary Celebration, Emmy Award®-winning filmmaker David Stoelk takes audiences on a fascinating journey through the creation of the institution that, for a decade, has honored the man behind the magic.

Ten years before the museum opened its

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

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.
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.

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

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.
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.