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New Heights: Mount Disney and Sugar Bowl
Posted on Mon, 01/16/2012 - 06:00

Hide in plain sight. 

As a student of Disney history I have come to embrace that particular cliché. Simple and almost always overlooked details in Disney entertainment can often lead to very enjoyable and enlightening journeys of historical discovery. I recently embarked on such a journey after watching the Goofy cartoon The Art of Skiing...

December's Look Closer: Walt's Skis
Posted on Mon, 12/20/2010 - 06:00

For the December Look Closer, we’ve chosen to focus on an artifact that doesn’t relate directly to Walt’s artistic or technological achievements, but has to do more with the man:  Walt’s pair of downhill skis found in Gallery 3.  These skis, made of metal on wood from the Swiss manufacturer Attenhofer and worn by Walt during winter vacations with his family, are a wonderful reminder of his love of sports...

Look Closer: The Olympic Torch
Posted on Tue, 07/31/2012 - 11:00
While the world turns its attention towards the thrilling events taking place in London, we at The Walt Disney Family Museum cannot help but to look back in time fifty years to the 1960 Winter Olympics for which Walt Disney served as the Chairman of the Pageantry Committee.
Ready... Steady... GO!
Posted on Tue, 07/24/2012 - 09:00

The Walt Disney Family Museum presents Animate Your Night—a new Museum-wide monthly after-hours party. Experience the galleries in a whole new light and illuminate your imagination with music, performance, film screenings, and hands-on art activities!

Every Wed, Aug 26–Oct 14 | 4–6pm

Successful animators have a comprehensive understanding of basic animation techniques and principles. This eight-week course focuses on one of these concepts each class by working traditionally with pencil and paper. Students will develop a strong foundation, continue to build their knowledge of art

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

Since the early years of The Walt Disney Studios, children and adults from around the world have connected with Disney characters through branded merchandise. The museum’s galleries contain many examples of branded toys from throughout the past century. Today toys range from mass-produced to

Workshops Virtual
Sun, Dec 6 | 10:30am–12:30pm

For many, the holiday season is a time of generosity, which means finding the perfect wrapping paper to suit an intended recipient. To ease your paper-finding woes, join us to learn how to use pattern and elements of design to create your own custom wrapping paper with repeating imagery.

Workshops Virtual
Sun, Nov 15 | 10:30am–12:30pm

Outside of their work at The Walt Disney Studios, many of Walt’s artists used their individual creative talents to make original, personalized greeting cards for their families and loved ones. Using paper and various art supplies, make your own unique greeting card for that special person during the

Workshops Virtual
Sun, Nov 1 | 10:30am–12:30pm

In celebration of Fantasia's (1940) 80th anniversary, join us to experiment creating a musically-inspired piece of art. Use color theory, shapes, lines, and patterns to represent the mood of a piece of music in an abstract painting.

Workshops Virtual
Sun, Oct 18 | 10:30am–12:30pm

In this delightfully spooky workshop, channel your inner mad (toy) scientist as you combine recycled parts to create something unique. Choose your favorite pieces from an array of stuffed toys and stitch them all together to create a new friend.

Workshops Virtual
Sat, Oct 10 | 1–2:30pm

Animating facial expressions, whether realistic or exaggerated, is a difficult skill to master. To enhance believability, animators often use themselves as a model for their own poses and expressions. Many classic animators even kept a small mirror by their desks so they could use their reflections

Workshops Virtual
Sat, Aug 29 | 10:30am–noon

The moment a piece of art comes together just right can be a thrilling and uplifting experience which fills the artist with confidence in their artistic ability. Confidence is key for encouraging artists and animators to keep going even as the work gets difficult and they encounter unexpected

Talks Virtual
Wed, Aug 26 | 5:30pm PT

Join actor, comedian, and writer Bobby Moynihan for behind-the-scenes stories from his voice work on several Disney projects, including roles in Disney•Pixar’s Monsters University (2013) and Inside Out (2015), Disney Television Animation’s DuckTales (2017–present), Lucasfilm Animation’s Star Wars

Talks Virtual
Sat, Aug 29 | 1pm

Willie Ito’s life was upended when he and his family were taken from their home in San Francisco and interned in Utah at a camp for Japanese Americans. Several years after his release, he accepted a dream job at The Walt Disney Studios as an animator on Lady and the Tramp (1955). In this special

Talks Virtual
Fri, Aug 21 | 5:30pm PT

Join Art Director and Former Imagineer Ray Spencer for backstage stories from his projects for Walt Disney Imagineering, including Buena Vista Street, Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar, and the reintroduction of the Hatbox Ghost character in Haunted Mansion.

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

It is widely accepted that we are our own worst critics, and artists are no exception. Even the most experienced artists can be unsatisfied with a piece of work and start to doubt their skill. When embraced, self-doubt can actually be an important part of the artistic process as it motivates the

Posted on Tue, 08/11/2020 - 13:22

After years of making package features that compiled animated short subjects, Walt Disney’s artists knew that Cinderella, released 70 years ago in 1950, would be different. As a full-length fairy tale, it was more akin to the stories they’d told before World War II. But the film would have a twist on its predecessors.