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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. For updates to this schedule and a precise opening date, please continue to visit this page and sign-up for our enews (bottom of this page).

“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.

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.

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Films
August | Wed–Sun | 2pm

Lady, a poised cocker spaniel, loves her lavish life with her owners Jim Dear and Darling, but when they go out of town, she is falsely accused of troublemaking and muzzled by her new caretaker, Aunt Sarah. Confused and terrified by the muzzle, Lady runs away and is protected from danger by Tramp, a

Films
September | Wed–Sun | 2pm

This September, we invite you to go behind-the-scenes of a few of Disney’s most beloved animated musicals—The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992) and The Lion King (1994)—in Don Hahn’s illuminating documentary, Waking Sleeping Beauty (2010). Follow a pivotal and often

Classes Virtual
Every Sat, Apr 18–May 9 | 10:30–11:30am

Join us for this four-week class as we explore what it takes to create a well-developed character. Learn more about character styling by studying designs that center around theme, environment, and time period. Learn how to use proportion, silhouette, and shape language as well as experimenting with

Classes Virtual
Every Sat, Apr 18–May 9 | 1:30–2:30pm

Join us for this four-week class as we explore what it takes to create a well-developed character. Learn more about character styling by studying designs that center around theme, environment, and time period. Learn how to use proportion, silhouette, and shape language as well as experimenting with

Classes Virtual
Mon–Fri, Jun 8–19 | 9am–3pm

In this two-week class, be prepared to reimagine ideas and designs as you learn what it takes to be an animator. Using animation principles and unconventional items, various drawing methods and practices will be explored. After multiple animation tests, students will then use their new skills to

Classes Virtual
Mon–Fri, Jun 8–19 | 9am–3pm

Join us on an incredible two-week journey as we look at what it means to be a woman in animation. Students will design their own female lead character while studying narrative structure, fairy tales, and writing tropes and stereotypes in animated films. After developing storyboards and character

Classes Virtual
Mon–Fri, Jul 20–31 | 9am–3pm

Join us for this two-week intensive class that focuses on 2D digital animation. Students learn how to take a character and bring them to life using classical, hand-drawn animation skills, then create their own short film.

Class culminates in a friends-and-family screening of all final projects.

Classes Virtual
Every Sat, May 16–Jun 6 | 10:30–11:30am

In this four-week course, we will explore the history and evolution of comics, and what makes this form of visual storytelling unique and versatile. Students will delve into techniques such as gesture and silhouette, page layout, and story pacing to design their own short comic from start to finish

Classes Virtual
Every Sat, May 16–Jun 6 | 1:30–2:30pm

In this four-week course, we will explore the history and evolution of comics, and what makes this form of visual storytelling unique and versatile. Students will delve into techniques such as gesture and silhouette, page layout, and story pacing to design their own short comic from start to finish

Our employees strive to achieve and perpetuate the values Walt held so closely in his work and life: 

  • We are dedicated to the mission of the museum and the vision of Walt Disney. 
  • We believe that a quality experience for visitors is possible only when there is a collaborative desire for a job well done and a “can do” attitude. 
  • We strive for excellence in everything we do. We value the diverse contributions of each individual with respect and without judgment. 
  • We foster an atmosphere of supportive challenge and allow the development of insightful, collaborative, and innovative ideas.

We believe that to achieve the level of quality associated with Walt Disney, each person, as an individual and as part of a cohesive team, contributes to delivering a quality experience to every guest of The Walt Disney Family Museum.

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We are excited to share some updates to our website, waltdisney.org. We have streamlined and improved our ticket purchasing system, including:

  • A new login portal, where you can find and update your membership information, view previous orders, and more
  • One-step checkout for tickets, memberships, donations, and merchandise
  • Discounts automatically applied at checkout, without the need for a discount code

To try out the new portal, view one of the following step-by-step set-up guides on setting up and accessing your account.

Contact the Membership Department at membership@wdfmuseum.org for further assistance.

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Posted on Mon, 05/04/2020 - 17:00
On July 13, 1955—four days before the grand opening of Disneyland—Walt and Lilly Disney were set to mark their 30th wedding anniversary. With showtime just around the corner, what better venue to host the celebrations than Walt’s new Park?

We are excited to announce that The Walt Disney Family Museum Animation Festival is coming in October 2021 and will feature films from teen and college-level animators. At the festival, located in the beautiful Presidio of San Francisco, participants can attend workshops and talks, engage in activities, explore a school and career fair, and view the work of next generation's talented animators.

Watch this space, subscribe to our enews, and follow us on social media for updates and announcements, including information about submissions and the festival website, launching Summer 2020.

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Stealing Nixon
Posted on Fri, 04/17/2020 - 11:27

Need something to do while you are stuck inside? We have compiled ten articles exploring legendary Disney Imagineers for you to read.

Field Trips
Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri | 10am–4pm
School groups are welcome to explore the museum’s galleries on their own at a discounted school rate. Self-guided school groups have access to the museum’s core galleries, special exhibitions, and film screenings. Be sure to pick up a STEAM Self-Guide handout for each student to use while touring
Field Trips
Mon, Wed, Thu, & Fri | 10am–noon & 1–3pm
Students take a tour through the galleries highlighting the importance of music throughout Walt's life. With a focus on masterpieces like the Silly Symphonies (1929–39) and Fantasia (1940), the guided tour then transitions students into an interactive workshop where they make music collaboratively
Field Trips
Mon, Wed, Thu, & Fri | 10am–noon and 1–3pm

In the galleries, students reflect on the work of Imagineers, who worked under Walt at WED Enterprises during the 1950s and 60s to imagine, research, design, and build some of Disney’s most iconic and revolutionary projects and attractions. In the Learning Center, students apply these concepts to