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Weekends, Dec 18–19, and 26 | 11am

In Christmas with Walt Disney, directed and produced by Don Hahn exclusively for the museum, Diane Disney Miller shares holiday stories about her father—at work and at home with his family. This sentimental film includes personal family photos and footage alongside beloved clips from Walt’s

Talks Virtual
Wed, Dec 15 | 5:30pm PT

Join film critic and author Leonard Maltin for a discussion about his newly released memoir Starstruck: My Unlikely Road to Hollywood as he shares stories of his favorite Hollywood moments, his extensive work within the Disney universe, and the ways in which the films of Walt Disney influenced his

Beginning in November 2021, our Fantasia-themed theater will reopen for programs, special events, and screenings of classic Disney films. See below for our upcoming offering of film screenings.

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Talks
Sat, Dec 4 | 1pm

In honor of Walt’s birthday, join us for a special presentation from noted author and culinary expert, Marcy Smothers, who will share insights from her latest book, Walt’s Disney: A Walk in the Park with Walt Disney—published by Disney Editions—which allows audience the opportunity to see the

Posted on Thu, 12/09/2021 - 15:12

“Do you know what Gremlins are?” asked the national gossip columnist Louella Parsons in October 1942. “They are imaginary little characters who fly with the R. A. F. [Royal Air Force] pilots. They are mischievous little elves who become so real to the R. A. F. boys that they almost live and breathe.” It just so happened, reported Ms. Parsons, that none other than Walt Disney himself was planning to make a film about these little creatures.

"I still look at the world with wonder." — Walt Disney

We are thrilled to announce our latest offering, Wonder Wednesdays. With special limited time pricing, enjoy private group access to the museum galleries while the museum is closed to the public. This experience is available 2–3:30pm and 4–5:30pm every Wednesday, with additional times available upon request.

Tailor your own custom event rental. Gain a deeper perspective about the life and legacy of Walt Disney with a one-hour, specialized Storyteller Tour available upon request. For an additional fee, book the Theater or Awards Lobby to host the perfect post-gallery reception.

For more details, email events@wdfmuseum.org or submit the inquiry form below.

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Posted on Mon, 09/13/2021 - 17:20

Join Bri and Chris on the newest episode of WD-FM Museum Musings as they share upcoming museum programs and share some of their favorite Disney topics.

Department: Facilities and Operations
Location: San Francisco
Reports to: Senior Facilities Manager
Status: Full-Time
Supervises: N/A
FLSA Code: Non-Exempt
Hours: TBD regular business hours includes rotating on call weekends and/or evenings

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Workshops Virtual
Sat, Feb 12 | 10:30am–noon PT

Love is in the air, and warm hugs can show your appreciation to those you care most about. Join us as we take a closer look at the legacy of Disney animated characters connecting through this small act of kindness. We will then use traditional hand-drawn animation to create two friends giving one

Workshops Virtual
Sat, Jan 15 | 10:30am–noon PT

There is no better way to spend the crisp winter nights than sitting around the warmth of a campfire. Join us as we explore various types of campfires within the world of animation and how they are created. We will then use traditional hand-drawn animation to create the illusion of a cozy fire

Special Events Virtual
Sun, Dec 5 | 5pm PT

The Walt Disney Family Museum’s virtual fundraiser, Fireside Chat with Sir Tim Rice, Moderated by Don Hahn was a great success—we raised $65,000 for our education programs. To rewatch this inspiring conversation with Sir Tim, visit waltdisney.org/str.

The proceeds of this event will help support

Workshops Virtual
Sat, Feb 26 | 1–2:30pm PT

With the new year at hand, there are plenty of reasons to get together and cook a delicious feast. During this Studio Series, we will look at classic animated family gatherings and what makes each one unique. Using traditional hand-drawn animation, we will then animate a family cooking up a new

Workshops Virtual
Sat, Jan 15 | 1–2:30pm PT

There is no better way to spend the crisp winter nights than sitting around the warmth of a campfire. Join us as we explore various types of campfires within the world of animation and how they are created. We will then use traditional hand-drawn animation to create the illusion of a cozy fire

Experience Walt Disney’s legacy of inspiration and innovation by booking a special speaker for your next event, meeting, or team bonding experience. Our exclusive roster of industry insiders will present engaging stories and imaginative insights through topical presentations and workshops. Contact our Events Team for more details at events@wdfmuseum.org.

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Workshops Virtual
Sat, Feb 12 | 1–2:30pm PT

Love is in the air, and warm hugs can show your appreciation to those you care most about. Join us as we take a closer look at the legacy of Disney animated characters connecting through this small act of kindness. We will then use traditional hand-drawn animation to create two friends giving one

Workshops Virtual
Sat, Jan 29 | 1–2:30pm PT

Spending time with our pets has a magical way of brightening our life. Few such scenes compare to the iconic Christmas scene from Lady and the Tramp (1955) in which a hat box is opened to find a sweet puppy inside, ready to be loved. Join us as we dig into the history of dogs in animation and their

September 2021 Update

In the past several years, The Walt Disney Family Museum has significantly increased its commitment to providing art and animation instruction, with a focused emphasis on serving underrepresented communities. In addition to offering on-site and virtual classes, workshops, and school experiences, our animation instructors also travel to our Title I partner schools to teach the students on campus.

This year, as a part of our At-Promise Youth Animation Academy initiative, the Museum is thrilled to be launching an Animation Academy Certificate Program at Eastside High School, a school in East Palo Alto, California that is dedicated to providing opportunities for students historically underrepresented in higher education. This year-long program consists of two weekly sessions—a day of instruction on Saturday and an additional after-school session—and provides the students with state-of-the-art training in the principles of animation. All costs for the program, including equipment and materials, are made possible by generous donor support.

Building on Walt Disney’s legacy of fostering the next generation of creative talent, as well as the Museum’s own commitment to underserved individuals and communities, the Academy’s mission is to provide a nurturing, creative environment in which the students receive comprehensive training in art, animation, and storytelling. Our plan is to expand the reach of the program, with the long-term goal of diversifying the employee ranks in the animation and film industries.

KEY POINTS:

  • The Academy initiative is designed for high school students, with recruitment focused in historically underserved communities.
  • Curriculum centers on animation, with an animated film as a final project.
  • Students receive state-of-the-art animation training, engaging and leveraging the Museum’s industry and academic partnerships.
  • Lessons are structured around the 12 principles of animation, storytelling, and short film development.
  • The goal is to become a national model for programs in the animation and film industries, utilizing the power of the arts to transform and enrich the lives of students.

For more information, please contact Emily Vann at evann@wdfmuseum.org

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