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Get inspired by creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Work alongside our dedicated staff to inspire visitors of all ages and share your enthusiasm for Walt’s story. Volunteer commitment is essential to the ongoing success of The Walt Disney Family Museum.

Talks
Sat, May 30 | 1pm

When people ask John Collins how he started building paper airplanes, he responds: “I just never stopped.” Little did he know that a childhood hobby would turn into a world record for the furthest paper airplane flight, appearances on numerous television shows, including Conan and TEDx, and four

Talks
Sat, Jun 13 | 2pm

When The Imagineering Story premiered on Disney+ in 2019, it introduced the world to the fascinating stories, people, and technologies behind the 12 Disney Parks currently operating across three continents. Join Director and Producer Leslie Iwerks, granddaughter of Ub Iwerks and daughter of Don

Films
May | Daily, except Tuesdays | 2pm

In conjunction with our newest special exhibition, The Walt Disney Studios and World War II, we invite you on an exciting journey through South America in Saludos Amigos (1943). Inspired by Walt Disney’s goodwill tour of Latin America during World War II, enjoy this festive and colorful package

Classes
Mon–Fri, Jul 6–17 | 9am–3pm

If you are interested in learning about computer animation, join us for this two-week intensive 3D animation class. This course will cover essentials like the twelve principles of animation and the industry-standard software Maya to help you bring objects and characters to life. Gain a working

Classes
Mon–Fri, Jun 8–19 | 9am–3pm

Join us on an incredible two-week journey as we look at what it means to be a woman in animation. Students will design their own female lead character while studying narrative structure, fairy tales, and writing tropes and stereotypes in animated films. After developing storyboards and character

Workshops
Sat, Apr 18 | 10:30–noon

The natural movement of long, flowing hair is notoriously difficult to replicate in animation. However, the complex and unpredictable action of hair in motion can be broken down into simple steps and principles. Join us in this workshop to learn about timing, follow-through, and the Wave Principle

Workshops
Sat, Apr 18 | 1–2:30pm

The natural movement of long, flowing hair is notoriously difficult to replicate in animation. However, the complex and unpredictable action of hair in motion can be broken down into simple steps and principles. Join us in this workshop to learn about timing, follow-through, and the Wave Principle

Talks
Sat, May 9 | 2pm

Arriving on Angel Island while the Chinese Exclusion Act was in effect, nine-year-old Tyrus Wong was separated from his father, left with only his forged immigration papers and a fake name. Despite facing poverty and discrimination, a summer scholarship at Otis Art Institute would later lead him to

Field Trips
Mon, Wed, Thu & Fri | 10am–noon & 1–3pm

Students tour the main museum galleries in search of unique hand-drawn special effects in Disney classics from 1937 to 1966, discussing The Walt Disney Studios’ many technological innovations, like the Multiplane Camera that brought new dimensions to Walt’s stories. In the Learning Center, students

Petrified
Posted on Thu, 09/14/2017 - 16:34
What is the oldest attraction in Disneyland? At roughly 55 to 70 million years old, the petrified tree in Frontierland, an anniversary gift from Walt to Lillian Disney.
Posted on Tue, 05/09/2017 - 10:48
Walt Disney assigned Harper Goff to a project known by some as “Disneylandia,” and Goff drew up the little “Mickey Mouse Park” concept art, which inspired the nickname “the Second Imagineer.”
Highway in the Sky
Posted on Fri, 02/03/2017 - 11:11

The Disneyland Monorail System is one of many great examples of Walt Disney turning his dreams into reality. As fate would have it, Walt noticed a monorail train on a trip to Germany and immediately envisioned it as the transportation system of the future, and knew he wanted one in his park.

Walt and the Goodwill Tour
Posted on Thu, 09/08/2016 - 09:48

This summer marks the 75th anniversary of Walt Disney and his hand-picked team’s Southern California departure for their “goodwill tour” of South America. The U.S. government was hoping Walt’s presence would help to quell budding Nazi sympathy, while Walt was eager to gather material for future films. By Walt being Walt, he managed to do both.

Unusual Suspects: Mortimer Mouse
Posted on Mon, 03/18/2013 - 14:30
Each month in our Unusual Suspects series, we examine one character from a classic film or series, which may not shine as brightly as the main characters, but still plays a distinct role in the story. As we celebrate Mickey Mouse throughout March with our Mickey Mouse-a-thon screenings, we take a look at a character whose reputation—and name—precedes him: Mortimer Mouse!
Posted on Sun, 11/18/2012 - 11:45
“He popped out of my mind onto a drawing pad 20 years ago on a train ride from Manhattan to Hollywood at a time when the business fortunes of my brother Roy and myself were at lowest ebb, and disaster seemed right around the corner,” Walt penned in 1948.
Program Recap - The Disney Treatment
Posted on Thu, 05/24/2012 - 06:00
Last Saturday, two-time Academy Award®-winning director Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille) sat before a packed house at The Walt Disney Family Museum and discussed many of the stories Walt Disney adapted for the big screen, along with author and Disney Historian Jeff Kurtti.