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Posted on Fri, 03/13/2020 - 16:06

Need something to do while you are stuck inside? Take a deeper look into the history of Disneyland with these articles to pass the time.

"You can dream, create, design, and build the most wonderful place in the world, but it requires people to make the dream a reality."—Walt Disney

Since opening over 10 years ago, we have sought to make the museum a place where our guests could find animation, innovation, and inspiration and immerse themselves in the remarkable life story of Walt Disney—the man who raised animation to an art, tirelessly pursued innovation, and created a distinctly American legacy, transforming the entertainment world. Donations help ensure future generations will continue to be inspired by Walt Disney’s life and legacy. Donations support the museum’s unique galleries, special exhibitions, public programs, and educational efforts.

The Walt Disney Family Museum is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, and donations are fully tax deductible. The museum’s EIN is: 46-4118590. If you have questions about making a contribution please call 415.345.6829.

Update on Museum Closure

We continue to closely monitor the guidance from public officials regarding COVID-19 and, based on government recommendations, The Walt Disney Family Museum remains temporarily closed. The safety and well-being of our community, staff, volunteers, and visitors is our top priority.

“We are continuing to send you and your families our best wishes during this time,” said Executive Director Kirsten Komoroske. “We appreciate your ongoing support and thoughtfulness, and we look forward to next seeing you at the museum.”

In the meantime, we invite you to join us on social media, where we will be providing engaging content celebrating Walt’s life and legacy.

For more information, please see San Francisco Mayor London Breed’s message and California Governor Gavin Newsom’s message on staying home.

Our team is available to answer any questions you may have. Please email visitor-update@wdfmuseum.org with any inquiries and check for updates at waltdisney.org/visitor-update.

If you purchased tickets for general museum admission or an upcoming program and would like to request a refund, please email tickets@wdfmuseum.org. We will be happy to provide a refund, or if you would like to generously donate the proceeds to the museum, we will provide you documentation of your tax-deductible contribution. Note that advanced purchase tickets for general admission can be used for any regular open date in the future.

Posted on Fri, 03/13/2020 - 12:28

Need something to do while you are stuck inside? We have compiled ten articles exploring different facets of Walt's life for you to read, and are starting a Blog Club on our Facebook page to foster discussion on these topics.

Read any of the articles that interest you, and join the Blog Club conversation on our Facebook page each day as we explore the articles. 

Summer 2020
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.
Growing Up Disney
Posted on Wed, 06/15/2016 - 15:56

In honor of Father’s Day, we share the stories told by Diane Disney Miller about her father, Walt Disney. In 1956, Diane sat down with journalist Peter Martin where she spoke candidly about what it was like to be Walt’s daughter.

Located in the Presidio of San Francisco, The Walt Disney Family Museum is one of the Bay Area’s most inspirational event and meeting venues. The breathtaking backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge, coupled with the natural beauty of the surroundings, embrace this unique venue in the charm of San Francisco. Meetings and events can be customized to include any or all of the spaces in The Walt Disney Family Museum to make your event a truly memorable and remarkable experience. 

For additional information and pricing, please contact our Events Manager at 415.345.6827 or events@wdfmuseum.org.

Click-through previews of available spaces are provided below.

Talks
Sat, Sep 28 | 1pm

Join Disneynature executive Paul Baribault as he discusses his own contributions to documentary filmmaking and public education, and explores how the Studios’ current Disneynature documentaries take inspiration from and strive to continue Walt’s original work on the True-Life Adventure series.

Fred Moore drawing Jiminy Cricket, c. 1940; courtesy of the Walt Disney Archives Photo Library, Disney
Posted on Mon, 03/02/2020 - 16:03

In the history of The Walt Disney Studios, animator Fred Moore (1911–1952) is considered among the leading artists who helped originate and define the Disney style, matching appealing design with believable performance. In particular, Moore was instrumental in the evolution of Mickey Mouse as an animated character, and his legacy with the Disney icon’s appearance remains evident today. 

Posted on Mon, 03/02/2020 - 15:58

In the history of The Walt Disney Studios, animator Fred Moore (1911–1952) is considered among the leading artists who helped originate and define the Disney style, matching appealing design with believable performance. In particular, Moore was instrumental in the evolution of Mickey Mouse as an animated character, and his legacy with the Disney icon’s appearance remains evident today.

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, 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

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

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.