Successful animators have a comprehensive understanding of basic animation techniques and principles. This eight-week course focuses on one of these concepts each class by working traditionally with pencil and paper and also with paper cut-outs. Budding animators will develop a strong foundation
Join actor Jonathan Freeman as he shares behind-the-scenes stories from voicing the villain Jafar in the Aladdin franchise and appearances on Broadway in Disney's Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast.
Fri, Jan 29 | 5:30pm PT
Since its publication in 1865, Lewis Carroll’s classic book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has been interpreted by hundreds of artists and filmmakers, including Walt Disney in his classic 1951 animated feature film. Continuing in this tradition, pop artist Camille Rose Garcia weaved together her
Team Up with Us for Your Virtual Group Experience
We are excited to welcome you to The Walt Disney Family Museum for a magical day of virtual events.
Our team has customized an inspiring array of team building activities and workshops that groups can enjoy from the comfort of their own homes. These virtual programs are intended to promote creativity, encourage team bonding, and provide an opportunity to connect with colleagues.
Read more on our offerings and fill out our inquiry form below to find out more and book your experience.
In the midst of World War II, a group of American soldiers captured a German spy and discovered a plot to create a master-race of horses by stealing a band of Lipizzaner white stallions. What ensues is a covert rescue mission, recreated by Walt Disney in his 1963 film Miracle of the White Stallions
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.
In 2019, The Walt Disney Family Museum was gifted one of two existing Mousegetars belonging to beloved head Mouseketeer Jimmie Dodd. Manufactured by Candelario Delgado of Candelas Guitar Shop, the custom-made tenor guitar was previously part of the Jimmie Dodd Archive housed at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) University in Valencia, CA.
One of Walt's many great talents was stimulating other artists, inspiring them to create stunning works of all types. Explore some work by Walt’s staff, only recently rotated onto display in the museum’s main galleries.
With the surrender of Japan in September 1945, four years of brutal conflict for the United States during World War II finally came to end. It was at this time that Walt Disney refocused his efforts.
Need something to do while you are stuck inside? We have compiled ten articles exploring different facets of Walt's life for you to read, and are starting a Blog Club on our Facebook page to foster discussion on these topics.
How to Make a Thaumatrope
Developed in the early 19th century, Thaumatropes are an optical toy and one of the earliest forms of animation. Using two illustrated sides of a disc, Thaumatropes create the illusion of motion that seemingly have drawings blend into one.
With this downloadable guide, make your own Thaumatrope at home.
Join animator James Baxter as he shares behind-the-scenes stories from animating Disney’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and the Beast (1991), The Lion King (1994), and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), and DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek 2 (2004), Madagascar (2005)
Please join us for a special holiday treat—the one-and-only Santa J Claus reading “T’was the Night Before Christmas,” answering your questions for Old St. Nick, and sharing his own favorite Disney memories.
As the first female Imagineer hired in a creative role, Harriet Burns began her career at The Walt Disney Studios in 1955 as a set painter on Mickey Mouse Club before joining WED Enterprises in the Model Shop. In this special presentation, hear from Burns’ daughter, Pam Burns-Clair, and
Join long-time Disney Supervising Animator Dave Pruiksma—Flounder and Seahorse from The Little Mermaid (1989); Mrs. Potts and Chip from Beauty and the Beast (1991); Victor and Hugo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996); and many others—as he illustrates a scene from scratch, shares a rare look
Join us as we celebrate the 80th anniversary of Walt's groundbreaking symphonic masterpiece Fantasia (1940) with themed entertainment and activities, including video tours and interviews with three special guests: animation historian and Academy Award®-winning filmmaker John Canemaker, animation
Our social narrative is a resource for persons on the autism spectrum who may benefit from descriptions and pictures that show what a typical visit to The Walt Disney Family Museum is like. If you, your child, or someone else in your group would benefit from this resource, you can download our Social Narrative as a PDF below.
Before cel animation came to prominence as the most popular style for cartoons in the 1920s, some early animators experimented with clay. Since then, animators have used clay to animate everything from films and television shows to video games. Join us and get creative with clay as you learn how to