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To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of The Walt Disney Company, The Walt Disney Family Museum is showcasing objects from the museum’s collection which highlight important moments in Walt’s career. These objects, which include recent acquisitions and fragile materials that have never...

Posted on Tue, 03/26/2024 - 13:19

These early concept drawings show Walt’s thinking as he developed ideas for this utopian planned community. Three were composed on yellow legal pad paper, perhaps during discussions about the EPCOT development. The other was drawn on both sides of a paper napkin. They were found—crumpled in the trash—by Walt’s gardener, who stored them in a safe deposit box for many years. The museum acquired the drawings in 2011 from the gardener’s son. Diane Disney Miller, recognizing her father’s handwriting, confirmed that Walt himself drew these sketches.

Workshops
Sat, Apr 27 | 10:30am–12:30pm

In this workshop, Pixar Art Director Deanna Marsigliese will explore the fundamentals of conceptual character design through collage. Students will be empowered to embrace the creative process through bold combinations of shape, color, and texture using this tactile classic: the timeless art of cut...

As employees of The Walt Disney Family Museum, we strive to achieve and perpetuate the values that Walt held important in his work and his life. 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 toward delivering a memorable experience to every visitor to The Walt Disney Family Museum.

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Sat, May 11 | 10:30am–12:30pm

Cats and dogs have not only graced televisions and theaters for years but have also been staple characters within children’s books. In this workshop, join author and illustrator Heidi Moreno as she explores the process of creating stories with accompanying visuals. Students will have the opportunity...

The Walt Disney Family Museum’s Advisory Committee is made up of extraordinary individuals, each with a substantial list of remarkable personal and professional achievements. Their combined insight, experience, and vision provide important strategic guidance for the museum in carrying out its mission and expanding its outreach and impact. Constituted in April 2015 to complement the museum’s Board of Directors, the Advisory Committee comprises the following distinguished members:

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Sat, Apr 20 | 1–2:30pm

Swing by and join us for this fun Studio Series as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Disney’s Tarzan® (1999)! Venture into the jungle to uncover what went into this memorable production and learn about the various references that were used to capture its iconic, dynamic, tree-swinging action...

Posted on Wed, 03/06/2024 - 14:41

An oft-repeated story from the 1950s involved Walt Disney and Disneyland executive Dick Nunis. One day at the park, the pair stood along the Rivers of America with a view of the water traffic. The large steamer Mark Twain paddled its way around the bend as smaller craft zig-zagged about including canoes, keel boats, and the rafts to Tom Sawyer Island. Nunis expected Walt to make a comment about how busy the river was, perhaps even a little too busy. Instead, the boss remarked how what they...

Posted on Mon, 02/26/2024 - 15:24

On view in March 2024.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of The Walt Disney Company, The Walt Disney Family Museum is showcasing objects from the museum’s collection which highlight important moments in Walt’s career. These objects, which include recent acquisitions and fragile materials that have never been publicly displayed, and will rotate periodically throughout the year.

Films
Sat & Sun, Mar 3–31 | 2pm
No screening Mar 2 or 30

Join us this March for a special month-long screening of Alice in Wonderland (1951). Wishing for a nonsense world of her own, Alice follows the waistcoated White Rabbit down his rabbit hole to a Wonderland filled with fantastical characters, including talking flowers, a mysterious Cheshire Cat, and...

The Walt Disney Family Museum presents an inspirational journey through the life of Walter Elias Disney. Our mission is two-fold: To inform present and future generations about the man, and—through his story—to inspire them to heed their imagination and persevere in pursuing their goals.

The Walt Disney Family Foundation manages the collection and selects which objects will be on display at The Walt Disney Family Museum in the main galleries and special exhibitions. Objects are selected into the Walt Disney Family Foundation collection under the following criteria:

  • The object must have been created or published in Walt Disney’s lifetime: 1901–66
  • The object must relate to Walt Disney’s personal or professional life
  • The donor must be able to demonstrate clear ownership (e.g., receipt of purchase, letter of transfer, etc.)
  • The Collections Committee must deem the object beneficial to the Foundation’s collection
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Sun, Apr 14 | 10:30am–12:30pm

In 1999, Disney’s Tarzan® made an indelible impact in the world of cinema. Over the years, the iconic treehouse has been reimagined and revisited in various ways. Join us in honor of the film’s 25th anniversary as we explore the film’s production and visual development and the history of treehouses...

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Sun, Mar 17 | 10:30am–12:30pm

For 35 years, no case has been too big or too small for Chip ’n’ Dale Rescue Rangers. This beloved television series soared onto screens in 1989 showcasing exciting adventures, thrilling mysteries, and unforgettable vehicles made of bottles, balloons, flashlights, and batteries. Join us as we...

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Sat, Mar 16 | 1–2:30pm

Help is on the way! Every good adventure needs an exciting rescue. Whether that be someone trapped by the villain or a daring escape, heroes can be counted on to save the day. Join us as we celebrate the 35th anniversary of Disney Channel’s Chip ’n’ Dale Rescue Rangers (1989) by examining how these...

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Sat, Mar 16 | 10:30am–noon

Help is on the way! Every good adventure needs an exciting rescue. Whether that be someone trapped by the villain or a daring escape, heroes can be counted on to save the day. Join us as we celebrate the 35th anniversary of Disney Channel’s Chip ’n’ Dale Rescue Rangers (1989) by examining how these...

Classes
Every Wed, Apr 3–Apr 24 | 4–6pm

This four-week course refines artist and animator skills explored in After School Animation I and After School Animation II. Continuing students should arrive prepared to work on their individual projects during the class as well as learn additional animation techniques and tips throughout the...

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Sat, Apr 20 | 10:30am–noon

Swing by and join us for this fun Studio Series as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Disney’s Tarzan® (1999)! Venture into the jungle to uncover what went into this memorable production and learn about the various references that were used to capture its iconic, dynamic, tree-swinging action...