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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...

Posted on Fri, 01/25/2019 - 15:53
Though the museum has welcomed visitors since October 1, 2009, one of the questions we’re asked most frequently by guests remains: “Why is the museum here?” Well, for over a decade, Diane Disney Miller, Walt's daughter, considered how best to memorialize her father’s life story, and landed on what we now know as The Walt Disney Family Museum.
Posted on Thu, 01/09/2014 - 16:00

In light of the recent rumors that have been spreading about Walt Disney, The Walt Disney Family Museum would be more than happy to address misconceptions that have been told as bold, un-sourced statements and wildly false accusations, as part of our mission to enlighten and educate.

Gentle Visionary: Roy O. Disney
Posted on Sat, 10/01/2016 - 10:42

Roy Disney was a financial genius. But he was more than that in the same way that Walt Disney was more than a film producer. Here is a chance to learn more about him through his own words and recollections of his contemporaries. Even a small sample of his correspondence to Walt shows the caliber of person that was Roy Oliver Disney. 

Award-Winning Walt
Posted on Wed, 02/15/2012 - 06:00

Even decades after his passing, Walt Disney still retains the honor of being the individual with the most Academy Award nominations and the most Oscar wins. While the listing of these awards for animation, live action and more is very impressive, it is fun to take a quick look behind some of the stories of those golden statuettes...

Job Description

Department: Guest Experience

Location: San Francisco

Reports to: Director of Facilities and Operations

Status: Full-Time

Date: January 2020

Hours: 40 hours/week

FLSA Code: Exempt

Look Closer: Mickey Mouse Memorabilia from the 1920s & 30s
Posted on Mon, 11/28/2011 - 06:00

In the fall of 1929, when Walt was in New York City meeting with his then-distributor, Pat Powers, he was repeatedly approached by a man with an unusual request. As Walt told the story, “… a fellow kept hanging around my hotel waving $300 at me and saying that he wanted to put the Mouse on the paper tablets children use in school.

Seven Dwarf Days: Doc!
Posted on Thu, 11/08/2012 - 09:30
We have hit the final days of counting down to our new major exhibition, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Creation of a Classic on Thursday, November 15. We're kicking off our Seven Dwarf Days with the "leader" of the pac... Doc!
Walt and Lilly
Posted on Tue, 02/14/2012 - 06:00
The story of Walt’s early romance with Lillian Bounds is a favorite tale among biographers and historians. Many are familiar with the tale of Walt driving Lilllian and the other Ink and Paint girl home when they would work late. Walt would drop off the other girl first, even though Lillian’s house was closer. However, there is more to the story...
Forgotten Disney Heroines: The Disney Secretaries
Posted on Wed, 04/27/2011 - 06:00
Recently, there has been a lot of information published about women at the Disney Studio, with a fascination that they were involved in more than the traditional ink and paint roles. However, there is one group of women who worked at the Disney Studio that always seem to get slighted or forgotten: the Disney secretaries.
"Over There": Walt Disney's World War I Adventure
Posted on Mon, 05/21/2012 - 06:00
In 1918, when George M. Cohan song “Over There” entreated young men to “grab your gun, on the run...do your bit, show your grit...make your Daddy glad ...make your Mother proud,” thousands heeded this call. Four years into World War I, 16-year-old Walt Disney was one of them.
Ub Iwerks: Master of Animation and Technology
Posted on Fri, 03/24/2017 - 08:54

Ub Iwerks was a man of many talents. He was a prolific animator and a brilliant technical mind. He was Walt’s Swiss Army knife, a man who was to Walt whatever he needed him to be.

World War One Walt
Posted on Mon, 05/30/2011 - 06:00

In observance of Memorial Day, internationally-respected Disney Historian Jim Korkis has provided the following insight into Walt’s Red Cross service. 

Posted on Sat, 02/09/2019 - 22:05
With a heavy heart and deep sadness, we share that Ron Miller, husband of Diane Disney Miller, son-in-law of Walt Disney, President of the Board of Directors at The Walt Disney Family Museum, and owner of Silverado Vineyards, has passed in Napa, California at the age of 85.

Located in the historic Presidio of San Francisco, California, The Walt Disney Family Museum is a center for art, animation, and inspiration. Since October 1, 2009, our nonprofit museum has celebrated the remarkable life and legacy of Walt Disney, thanks in large part to Walt's daughter, Diane Disney Miller, who wanted to share her father's story with the world. Now, in recognition of the museum's tenth anniversary, this podcast will do its part to honor the man behind the magic.

Join us for stories and conversations about the remarkable life and legacy of Walt Disney as we reflect on The Walt Disney Family Museum's first decade as an institution. Subscribe on Apple PodcastSpotifyStitcher, Google Play, and TuneIn.

Sep 25, 2019–Jan 20, 2020

A Powerful Force: Working to End Homelessness Through Art features original artwork created by young people experiencing homelessness. The exhibition’s title was inspired by sentiments original expressed by Walt Disney himself: “There is great comfort and inspiration in this feeling of close human

Talks
Sat, Feb 1 | 2pm

Join Disney Visual Development Artist Griselda Sastrawinata-Lemay, half of the husband-and-wife artist duo Griz & Norm, as she takes us on a journey through the creation of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ latest hit, Frozen II (2019). Follow Sastrawinata on her own artistic journey while she dives

Field Trips
Mon, Wed, Thu, & Fri | 10am–noon
In the galleries, students discover how Walt encouraged his staff to experiment with special effects technology to make animation more compelling and realistic, and how the resulting advancements inspired the industry as a whole. In the Learning Center, students experiment with a mini Multiplane