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A History of Disneyland Transportation
Posted on Thu, 07/12/2012 - 10:30

In honor of the recent addition of the beautiful Red Cars to Disney California Adventure’s Buena Vista Street, we here at Storyboard would like to take a look back at the different forms of transportation that have been featured in Disneyland throughout the years...

Fantasia in Eight Parts: "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"
Posted on Thu, 08/02/2012 - 12:00
After the success of Snow White, Disney constructed a new, state-of-the-art studio on Buena Vista Street in Burbank, California. One of the first two animated features completed there was a series of animated sequences set to classical music, known early on as The Concert Feature... here's a look at the first cartoon that jumpstarted its creation: The Sorcerer's Apprentice!
Imagineering The Haunted Mansion with Rolly Crump
Posted on Wed, 10/31/2012 - 15:00

In celebration of Halloween today, we are so pleased and honored to have Disney Legend and Imagineer Rolly Crump share with us—exclusively for Storyboard—his story about his involvement with Imagineering The Haunted Mansion, and what it was like to work with Walt Disney!

Streamlining a Streamliner
Posted on Fri, 12/07/2012 - 09:00

Tomorrow on December 8, Disney Legend Bob Gurr will be hosting a program at The Walt Disney Family Museum called “Building Disneyland,” highlighting how Walt got things done quickly. So, we here at STORYBOARD would like to share this story about a seldom-discussed Gurr creation that he whipped up in 1957 quickly, and creatively, at Walt’s request.

In 1956, the Mickey Mouse Club Circus folded up its tents for the last time after a very limited run. Its main tent was relocated to the picnic area

Stealing Nixon
Posted on Wed, 01/09/2013 - 10:30

January 9, 2013 marks what would be the 100th birthday of former President (and Vice President) Richard M. Nixon. We here at STORYBOARD felt what better way to celebrate than to talk about a fun incident that took place the day he helped dedicate the Monorail. STORYBOARD sat down with Disney Legend Bob Gurr to talk about the "incident"...

Unusual Suspects: Alice
Posted on Fri, 05/17/2013 - 14:00

Storyboard’s Unusual Suspects series oft-focuses on a character considered by many to be secondary. A minor role, if you will. This month as we focus on Walt Disney's classic Alice in Wonderland, we decided to shake things up a bit and talk about a rather primary character, who still manages to fall under the realm of an unusual suspect.

The Early Days of Audio-Animatronics©
Posted on Tue, 06/18/2013 - 11:00

With Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room's 50th anniversary celebration coming up at the end of this month, we take a look at the early day of Audio-Animatronics©, which includes the creation of Disney's very first mechanical robot: A Tiki Bird!

The Genesis of Disney Television
Posted on Tue, 07/23/2013 - 14:00

Join us as we continue to celebrate Disneyland's birth month with daily screenings from Walt's Disneyland television series. Click through for the history and genesis of Walt's series, which highlighted his Magic Kingdom and helped build it, too!

Unusual Suspects: The Great Prince of the Forest
Posted on Thu, 08/29/2013 - 13:00
With Bambi as the film of the month here--in celebration of our new exhibition Water to Paper, Paint to Sky: The Art of Tyrus Wong--at The Walt Disney Family Museum, this installment of Unusual Suspects turns its attention to a seldom discussed, yet important character—the Great Prince of the Forest.
Unusual Suspects: The Bathroom of Tomorrow
Posted on Thu, 09/26/2013 - 12:00
Unusual Suspects is a series that focuses on secondary or little known characters in Disney films. This month we talk about a little known attraction that Walt himself helped dedicate in Disneyland. Meander on over to Tomorrowland and gaze upon... the Bathroom of Tomorrow.
A Spoonful of Poppins
Posted on Sat, 01/18/2014 - 14:00

As we are screening a 1964 classic throughout the month of January, guest blogger Keith Gluck has compiled a number of funny anecdotes and insightful recollections of Walt and the creation of one of his greatest films: Mary Poppins

Celebrating 50 Years of Mary Poppins
Posted on Wed, 08/27/2014 - 09:30

Arguably one of the most beloved films of all time, Mary Poppins premiered on August 27, 1964. And in the fifty years since its release, it hasn’t lost a step (in time).

Disney and Lionel
Posted on Fri, 01/30/2015 - 09:00
The immersive, hands-on Family Activity Area located in our current exhibition, All Aboard: A Celebration of Walt's Trains, is made possible with the generous support of Lionel, LLC—a company that was saved by a Mickey Mouse handcar in 1934. Get a glimpse into the history between Disney and Lionel.
Mickey's First Love: Minnie
Posted on Thu, 02/14/2013 - 10:00
If Mickey Mouse is the world’s most famous mouse, Minnie is surely the world's second-most famous. People have often speculated as to just what kind of relationship Mickey and Minnie share...
Selling Mickey: The Rise of Disney Marketing
Posted on Fri, 06/08/2012 - 06:00
On Saturday June 23, author (The Disney Treasures, The Mickey Mouse Treasures) and past manager of the Walt Disney Archives Robert Tieman will be delving into the little-known Advance Promotion Campaign. In anticipation, museum volunteer Keith Gluck gives us deeper glance at the history of the merchandising behind the world's favorite rodent: Mickey Mouse!
February | Daily, except Tuesdays | 2pm

This February, wish upon a star in honor of the 80th anniversary of Walt Disney’s Pinocchio (1940). Join Pinocchio, a wooden marionette longing to become a real boy, as he learns the importance of truth, bravery, and selflessness with the help of his trustful friend and conscience, Jiminy Cricket.

The Walt Disney Family Museum welcomes group visitors and has various offerings to best suit the needs of your group, including group-rate admission discounts, guided tours, and themed team-building experiences.

Posted on Mon, 02/03/2020 - 17:02
The story surrounding the origin of Mickey Mouse is well-known. Walt, feeling defeated after losing the rights to produce films with the Oswald character that he created, was on a train ride home when he began thinking about a new star.

Open to museum visitors and the public, the museum cafe offers assorted pastries and coffee for breakfast, a seasonal lunch menu of from-scratch soups, salads, and sandwiches, afternoon snacks, and a full beverage menu from Bon Appétit Management Company. Dine indoors or enjoy the view from the patio overlooking the lawn on the Presidio’s Main Parade Ground.

The cafe is open daily, 10 am to 5 pm, except Tuesdays. The museum and café are closed every Tuesday, Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1.


Sat, Apr 18 | 10am–2pm

Accessibility accommodations benefit people of all abilities. Join us as we discuss leading educational practices for people with disabilities and the museum’s newest accessibility offerings, including our newly-launched Touch Tour presented by Carbon for the visually impaired.