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Posted on Fri, 03/13/2020 - 16:06

Need something to do while you are stuck inside? Take a deeper look into the history of Disneyland with these articles to pass the time.

"You can dream, create, design, and build the most wonderful place in the world, but it requires people to make the dream a reality."—Walt Disney

Since opening over 10 years ago, we have sought to make the museum a place where our guests could find animation, innovation, and inspiration and immerse themselves in the remarkable life story of Walt Disney—the man who raised animation to an art, tirelessly pursued innovation, and created a distinctly American legacy, transforming the entertainment world. Donations help ensure future generations will continue to be inspired by Walt Disney’s life and legacy. Donations support the museum’s unique galleries, special exhibitions, public programs, and educational efforts.

The Walt Disney Family Museum is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, and donations are fully tax deductible. The museum’s EIN is: 46-4118590. If you have questions about making a contribution please call 415.345.6829.

Update on Museum Closure

We continue to closely monitor the guidance from public officials regarding COVID-19 and, based on government recommendations, The Walt Disney Family Museum remains temporarily closed. The safety and well-being of our community, staff, volunteers, and visitors is our top priority.

“We are continuing to send you and your families our best wishes during this time,” said Executive Director Kirsten Komoroske. “We appreciate your ongoing support and thoughtfulness, and we look forward to next seeing you at the museum.”

In the meantime, we invite you to join us on social media, where we will be providing engaging content celebrating Walt’s life and legacy.

For more information, please see San Francisco Mayor London Breed’s message and California Governor Gavin Newsom’s message on staying home.

Our team is available to answer any questions you may have. Please email visitor-update@wdfmuseum.org with any inquiries and check for updates at waltdisney.org/visitor-update.

If you purchased tickets for general museum admission or an upcoming program and would like to request a refund, please email tickets@wdfmuseum.org. We will be happy to provide a refund, or if you would like to generously donate the proceeds to the museum, we will provide you documentation of your tax-deductible contribution. Note that advanced purchase tickets for general admission can be used for any regular open date in the future.

Posted on Fri, 03/13/2020 - 12:28

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.

Read any of the articles that interest you, and join the Blog Club conversation on our Facebook page each day as we explore the articles. 

We are excited to announce The Walt Disney Family Museum Animation Festival is coming in October 2021 and will feature films from teen and college-level animators. At the festival, located in the beautiful Presidio of San Francisco, participants can attend workshops and talks, engage in activities, explore a school and career fair, and view the work of next generation's talented animators.

Watch this space, subscribe to our enews, and follow us on social media for updates and announcements, including information about submissions and the festival website, launching June 2020.

Spring 2020
Healing In Color showcases artworks created by children receiving cancer treatment at two Bay Area hospitals. Walt Disney once said that “fantasy and reality often overlap.” The young artists whose works will be on display as part of this exhibition have been encouraged to explore this intersection
Summer 2020
Immerse yourself in the compelling and multifaceted story of The Walt Disney Studios’ extensive contribution to the Allies’ World War II effort through an array of original artwork, film clips, photos, literature, and more.
Workshops
Sun, Mar 15 | 10:30am–12:30pm

Fifty years ago, General Electric Carousel of Progress debuted at the 1964/65 New York World’s Fair. This Audio-Animatronics® stage attraction showcased the shift of technology in a typical American household over several decades. In its current iteration, the attraction’s most futuristic scene is

Films
April | Daily, except Tuesdays | 2pm

Dumbo soars into our hearts and our theater this Spring. Follow the adorable Jumbo Jr., cruelly nicknamed Dumbo, and his wise-cracking sidekick, Timothy Q. Mouse, as friendship fuels their flight in this fun-filled fantasy.

Classes
Every Sun, Jan 26–Mar 15 | 10am–noon

Walt Disney’s journey into the field of animation began with the stop-motion method using paper cutouts. Learn techniques to create your own set for stop-motion animation in this class. You will design concept art for an environment, illustrate a blueprint, construct a prototype and final set, and

Classes
Every Sun, Jan 26–Mar 15 | 1–4pm

Join us for an 8-week course inspired by drawing class methods used in the animation industry, crafted to cover the basic fundamentals of drawing and design. Students will learn introductory concepts about shape, shadow and lighting, drapery drawing studies, and still life.

This class is a

Workshops
Sat, Mar 28 | 10:30am–12:30pm

Since Walt’s time, animators have found rewarding careers in a variety of roles. Working in 2D or 3D, animators are necessary in filmmaking, television, gaming, and in the art, design, and tech sectors. In this informative workshop, learn what an animator experiences in day-to-day life, what skills

Workshops
Sat, Mar 21 | 1–2:30pm

In the process of making Pinocchio (1940), animators faced the challenge of trying to illustrate a realistically-moving ocean in the climactic scene with Monstro the whale. They used a variety of art and animation techniques to make the water look natural and their efforts continue to be lauded to

Workshops
Sat, Mar 21 | 10:30am–noon

In the process of making Pinocchio (1940), animators faced the challenge of trying to illustrate a realistically-moving ocean in the climactic scene with Monstro the whale. They used a variety of art and animation techniques to make the water look natural and their efforts continue to be lauded to

Workshops
Sat, Mar 7 | 1–2:30pm

The constant motion of fire can make it seem as alive as any other character in animation. Fantasia (1940), which celebrates its 80th anniversary this year, memorably uses fire effects to create a foreboding atmosphere in the “Night on Bald Mountain” segment to enhance the menacing demon Chernabog.

Workshops
Sat, Mar 7 | 10:30am–noon

The constant motion of fire can make it seem as alive as any other character in animation. Fantasia (1940), which celebrates its 80th anniversary this year, memorably uses fire effects to create a foreboding atmosphere in the “Night on Bald Mountain” segment to enhance the menacing demon Chernabog.

Talks
Sat, Mar 14 | 1pm

In 1964, Tania McKnight Norris was hired to work at WED Enterprises—now known as Walt Disney Imagineering—as an interior designer for the highly-anticipated Disneyland expansion: New Orleans Square. She joined Walt and Lilly Disney, Roy and Edna Disney, Walt's daughter Sharon and her husband Bob

Talks
Sat, Mar 7 | 2pm

As a former Disney Channel sit-com actress, a current voice talent for Star Wars and Sofia the First projects, and now, as the Designer behind a sci-fi/fantasy-inspired fashion company for women, Her Universe, Ashley Eckstein has made a name for herself across the Disney landscape in a unique way.

Talks
Sat, Mar 7 | 11am

In recognition of Women’s History Month, join members of Pixar’s story department in this very special panel. Moderated by Her Universe Founder and Designer Ashley Eckstein, hear from Story Supervisor Valerie LaPointe (Toy Story 4, 2019), Storyboard Artist Aphton Corbin (Toy Story 4, 2019), and