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Workshops Virtual
Sat, Sep 26 | 10:30am–noon

Animation often involves long hours of work hunched over a light table or computer, which is not always good for an artist’s posture. After spending a long time working on a piece of animation while bent over in an uncomfortable pose, the artist’s back might start to hurt. In this installment of our

Workshops Virtual
Sat, Sep 19 | 10:30am–12:30pm
Join us in this informative workshop about the various art schools, programs, courses, and paths to a career in animation.
Special Events Virtual
Wed, Sep 30 | Noon–5pm

Join us on International Podcast Day as we feature some of The Walt Disney Family Museum’s favorite Disney podcasters to discuss fascinating stories and facts centered on Walt Disney and the people who knew him best. Hear from familiar Disney voices—The Bancroft Brothers and Leonard Maltin—and also

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

Traditional hand-drawn animation requires an incredibly high number of individual drawings for each piece of movement. It has been estimated that classic animators like Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men were able to complete from 14–24 seconds of animation per week. If each second of animation requires 24

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.

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Posted on Tue, 09/01/2020 - 14:58

At The Walt Disney Family Museum, we have a dedicated team of Preparators that utilize creative ways to display artwork in our galleries and special exhibitions. Preparator Ryan Mortensen works primarily with 2D objects, creating custom displays for the public to enjoy our collection of animation artwork.

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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
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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.

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We are taking the following precautions to ensure guest and staff safety:

  • Required face coverings at all times
  • Updated cleaning and sanitizing procedures
  • Required distancing of at least six feet
  • Installation of protective plexiglass in transactional areas
  • Capacity limit of 8 to 10 people in the store at a time
  • Daily staff health checks upon arrival at the museum
  • Requested use of credit and debit cards for transactions

For any questions, please call the Museum Store team at 415.345.6859 or email store@wdfmuseum.org.

We look forward to seeing you at the store soon!

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

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

Workshops Virtual
Sat, Nov 21 | 1–2:30pm

In the early days of animation, artists struggled to make characters move in an interesting way while also keeping them simple enough to draw quickly and repeatedly. As a solution, Walt and other animators in the 1920s and 30s adopted a drawing style which gave the characters “rubber hose” limbs

Workshops Virtual
Sat, Oct 24 | 1–2:30pm

Animation can be hard and tiring work. After many hours, even days, of working away at a light table or computer, few animators can resist the urge to let out a long yawn. In this workshop, use facial expressions and exaggeration to create an animation of a sleepy animator yawning.

Workshops Virtual
Sun, Sep 13 | 10:30am–12:30pm

Before he started producing his own Laugh-O-gram films, Walt Disney worked for the Kansas City Film Ad Company producing stop-motion commercials using paper cutout animation. Join us and learn more about the history of stop-motion animation, learn techniques of how to create hinged paper puppets

Talks Virtual
Sat, Oct 17 | Noon PT

We invite you and your family to join our latest Virtual Storytime, I Am Walt Disney with Author Brad Meltzer, as he reads aloud the story of Walt Disney—highlighting Walt’s childhood in Marceline, his move to Hollywood, and the creation of Disneyland Park.

Workshops Virtual
Sat, Nov 7 | 1–2:30pm

After many long hours spent drawing, tired animators might start to find themselves nodding off. In this workshop, use anticipation and timing to create a short animation of a drowsy animator who gradually falls asleep.

New Heights: Walt and the Winter Olympics
Posted on Wed, 01/18/2012 - 06:00

In October of 1966, Walt Disney was declared “Showman of the World” by the National Association of Theatre Owners. His creative legacy was so diverse, spanning so many realms of entertainment and outdoor recreation, it’s remarkable to think that before 1955 he was “merely” a producer of motion pictures...

Mineral King: Walt’s Lost Last Project -- Program Recap
Posted on Fri, 01/27/2012 - 06:00

While he did not live to see it completed, many Disney fans know that, at the time of his passing in 1966, Walt Disney was working on plans for what would later become Walt Disney World in Florida. What is not so well known is that he was concurrently planning a year round family resort in the Sierras known as Mineral King.