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Mon–Fri, Jul 17–28 | 9am–3pm

At the heart of every great artist is a strong foundation of skills allowing them to take their ideas and turn the imaginary into reality. Join us this summer for a two-week class focusing on the fundamentals of drawing infrastructures. Whether it be exteriors of skyscrapers or interiors of cozy...

Sat, Jul 15 | 1pm

Join us for a talk with award-winning filmmaker Leslie Iwerks as she shares the creative process behind the new book based on her highly acclaimed Disney+ documentary series, The Imagineering Story (2019).

Richard Sherman WOWS the Crowd!
Posted on Tue, 03/15/2011 - 06:00

Once a story man, always a story man.

The Sherman brothers (or “the boys” as Walt Disney called them) were staff writers for The Walt Disney Studio, and are responsible for some of the best-loved songs in entertainment history. In an early meeting with Walt, the Sherman brothers explained their reasoning behind the song “For Now, For Always” from the 1961 film,The Parent Trap...

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.

Member Event Recap: Brain Storming with Don Hahn
Posted on Sun, 02/26/2012 - 06:00

On Saturday February 25 at 10am, select Members were able to meet and spend time with Academy Award®-nominated producer and author Don Hahn, in the Diane Disney Miller Exhibition Hall at The Walt Disney Family Museum...

Artifactual: The Goddess of Spring Character Model Sheet
Posted on Wed, 05/29/2013 - 16:00

With flowers in bloom and birds alight this May, we take a look at one of Walt's springtime Silly Symphonies short: 1934’s The Goddess of Spring is based on the Greek myth of Persephone (or the Roman Proserpina), and her capture by the insidious god of the underworld. The project presented the unique opportunity for Disney artists and animators to bring human characters to life.

The 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival: Recap
Posted on Mon, 04/23/2012 - 06:00
The TCM Film Festival, to me, is a lot like Christmas: We wait all year for it, and it goes by too quickly. Luckily, this year The Walt Disney Family Museum and D23 were on hand to put Disney in the mix of silents, film noirs, epics, and comedies that were being screened at the Chinese and Egyptian theaters.
Spotlight Talks Recap: The Disneyland of Walt’s Imagination
Posted on Tue, 08/06/2013 - 14:30

In celebration of Disneyland’s birth month this past July, we focused our Spotlight Talks on one of The Walt Disney Family Museum’s most popular attractions, a model of “the Disneyland of Walt’s Imagination.”

Recap: A Tribute to Betty and Boag
Posted on Tue, 07/26/2011 - 06:00

"Last Sunday we honored Wally Boag, the unforgettable comic genius of The Golden Horseshoe Revue,” Diane Disney Miller reports. “Jeff Kurtti put the program together and presented it, and we were honored by the presence of Wally's son, Laurence, and his family. It was, of course, a very entertaining program...

Models, Miniatures, and Movie Magic
Posted on Fri, 07/08/2011 - 06:00

Miniatures and models held a special fascination for Walt Disney, and he used three-dimensional sculpture to help visualize his concepts and ideas as part of the creative process, from the Studio’s animated films, through the design of Disneyland, and beyond. Even today in the digital realm of three-dimensional animation and in theme park design, the tradition of using sculpted (or digital) models continues...

Posted on Tue, 06/20/2023 - 14:03

Throughout his life, Walt Disney was dedicated to giving back to his community and generously supported many charities, especially those that benefitted children. From Toys for Tots to the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA, Walt’s charitable giving often extended beyond monetary support. The John Tracy Clinic—now known as the John Tracy Center—was an organization close to Walt’s heart and, from its inception, he was an active supporter of its efforts.

Mon–Fri, Jul 3–14 (no class on Tue, Jul 4) | 9am–3pm

Join us as we honor one of the greatest pieces of technology formerly used within the animation industry: the multiplane camera. In this two-week class, prepare to reimagine ideas and designs as you learn what it takes to be an animator. Using animation principles and paper cut-outs, various methods...

Special Events
Thu, Jun 22
Member Preview Day: 10am–4pm
Member Preview Night Reception: 5:30–7:30pm
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In celebration of our newest special exhibition, Disney Cats & Dogs, we are pleased to host a Member Preview for members to experience the exhibition before it opens to the public.

Thu–Sun, Jun 1–30 | 2pm
No screenings Jun 2, 3, 8, 22, and 23

Join us for a month-long screening of Bolt (2008), the story of a superstar dog who must find his real-world strength when the cameras stop rolling and he is separated from his beloved owner.