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Talks Virtual
Virtual Film Screening:
Fri, Feb 4 at 5pm PT – Sun, Feb 6 at 11:59pm PT
Virtual Q&A Session: Sat, Feb 5 | 1pm PT

Join us for a special screening of a new documentary, Magic in the Mountains (2021), telling the remarkable story of how Palisades Tahoe—a little-known ski area in California—won the bid for the 1960 Winter Olympics, and with the help of Walt Disney, forever changed how the games were presented.

Talks Virtual
Fri, Jan 28 | 5:30pm PT

Join us for an in-depth discussion with author Bill Cotter about the beloved Disney television series Zorro as he shares the origins, production, and legacy of this iconic western saga.

Anyone in the world can experience and enjoy The Walt Disney Family Museum with our Virtual Tour and Museum Highlights. Benefitting from a wide range of embedded digital media content—including exclusive archived audio clips from a 1956 interview with Walt—the Virtual Tour brings Walt’s inspirational message directly to people’s streamable devices. Guests of all ages can learn about Walt’s early endeavors and struggles, his storytelling principles, and the technological innovations that made classics like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) possible. Narrated by voiceover artists and producing partners Camille Dixon and Bill Rogers—recognized for their contributions to commercial broadcasts and theme parks—the Virtual Tour will be offered free to the public on the museum’s website and the WDFM app for a limited time.

The Virtual Tour was soft-launched in a live format by the museum’s Education Department in 2019, and initially designed for school groups. High-resolution videos of the galleries were merged with Disney film clips and narrated by a museum educator, allowing for a more customized experience for students unable to visit the museum due to geographic or financial constraints. Since the live Virtual Tour’s debut, the museum has been able to reach classrooms across the world, including a homeschool in South Africa.

In light of the museum’s temporary closure, The Walt Disney Family Museum team recently transformed the Virtual Tour into an immersive experience for people of all ages who wish to visit the museum and learn about Walt’s life in a streamable format.

To view the Virtual Tour, download the WDFM mobile app or view the video directly below.

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Talks Virtual
Wed, Jan 26 | 5pm PT

Join us as we “talk about” Disney Animation’s newest film—Encanto (2021)—with Director Byron Howard, Director and Screenwriter Jared Bush, and and Producer Yvett Merino, and uncover how perspective and understanding, the universality of familial love, and the people, cultures, and music of Colombia

May 18, 2017 – Jan 8, 2018

We are pleased to announce the premiere of our eighteenth original exhibition, Awaking Beauty: The Art of Eyvind Earle. On view from May 18, 2017 to January 8, 2018, this original retrospective showcases the life and work of Eyvind Earle. Earle is best known as the lead stylist for Walt Disney’s

May 16, 2019 – Feb 17, 2020

Celebrate animation’s most beloved and recognizable character with this original exhibition. Explore Mickey’s influence on art and entertainment over the past nine decades and the story of his origin, rise to fame, and enduring world-wide appeal.

May 18, 2016 – Jan 9, 2017

The Walt Disney Family Museum is pleased to present Wish Upon a Star: The Art of Pinocchio. On view from May 18, 2016 to January 9, 2017, this never-before-seen exhibition created by the museum allows visitors to discover the artistic process and step behind-the-scenes to explore how one of the most

Mar 18, 2021–Jan 9, 2022

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.

Workshops Virtual
Sat, Feb 26 | 10:30am–noon PT

With the new year at hand, there are plenty of reasons to get together and cook a delicious feast. During this Studio Series, we will look at classic animated family gatherings and what makes each one unique. Using traditional hand-drawn animation, we will then animate a family cooking up a new

Celebrate the season and kick off a new year with this special virtual experience for your private group. First, a live Storyteller tour guide will share heartwarming stories and festive games from Walt’s family traditions, then get creative with a museum-exclusive winter activity tutorial. Review the activity tutorial descriptions below and email events@wdfmuseum.org for availability.

Includes Mini Tour, Games, and Winter Activity Tutorial (see options below)

Duration: 1.5 hours

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Posted on Thu, 12/30/2021 - 14:52

Upon its release in late 1942, the Disney cartoon Der Fuehrer’s Face became a smash hit in the United States, winning the Academy Award® for Best Short Subject in 1943. But the home front was not its only theater of action. Der Fuehrer’s Face went overseas, and served the war effort in more ways than one. “It was the most popular propaganda film we had,” Walt Disney told journalist Pete Martin in the 1950s. “It was put in all languages… They had it in the underground. [They] were running it and

Posted on Thu, 12/30/2021 - 14:46

When the United States entered World War II in 1941, Walt Disney had been busy challenging commonly-held perceptions about animated cartoons. A medium once largely relegated to novelty, Disney’s animated films offered drama and pathos along with humor and song. Walt spent more than a decade elevating the art form to new levels of technique, performance, and quality. In just a few short years, The Walt Disney Studios had created multiple feature films of astounding range and style—from Snow White

Virtual Fundraiser event proceeds support The Walt Disney Family Museum’s education programs, which provide arts and animation instruction to the next generation of creative talent. Proceeds also support the museum’s initiatives to provide scholastic opportunities to under-resourced young people, including its newest initiative, the At-Promise Youth Animation Academy, an intensive animation-focused jobs-training program for high school students experiencing economic and social disadvantages.

For more information on the At-Promise Youth Animation Academy, see our September 2021 Update.

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

Spending time with our pets has a magical way of brightening our life. Few such scenes compare to the iconic Christmas scene from Lady and the Tramp (1955) in which a hat box is opened to find a sweet puppy inside, ready to be loved. Join us as we dig into the history of dogs in animation and their

Posted on Mon, 12/20/2021 - 14:33

In the spirit of the season, the museum has in its collection a string of lights featuring delightful Disney Christmas artwork.

Films
Weekends, Dec 18–19, and 26 | 11am

In Christmas with Walt Disney, directed and produced by Don Hahn exclusively for the museum, Diane Disney Miller shares holiday stories about her father—at work and at home with his family. This sentimental film includes personal family photos and footage alongside beloved clips from Walt’s

Talks Virtual
Wed, Dec 15 | 5:30pm PT

Join film critic and author Leonard Maltin for a discussion about his newly released memoir Starstruck: My Unlikely Road to Hollywood as he shares stories of his favorite Hollywood moments, his extensive work within the Disney universe, and the ways in which the films of Walt Disney influenced his

Visit our Fantasia-themed theater for public programs, special events, and screenings of classic Disney films. See below for our upcoming offering of film screenings.

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Talks
Sat, Dec 4 | 1pm

In honor of Walt’s birthday, join us for a special presentation from noted author and culinary expert, Marcy Smothers, who will share insights from her latest book, Walt’s Disney: A Walk in the Park with Walt Disney—published by Disney Editions—which allows audience the opportunity to see the