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Workshops Virtual
Sat, Sep 26 | 1–2:30pm

Animation often involves long hours of work hunched over a light table or computer, which is not always good for an artist’s posture. After spending a long time working on a piece of animation while bent over in an uncomfortable pose, the artist’s back might start to hurt. In this installment of our

Workshops Virtual
Sat, Sep 12 | 1–2:30pm

Traditional hand-drawn animation requires an incredibly high number of individual drawings for each piece of movement. It has been estimated that classic animators like Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men were able to complete from 14–24 seconds of animation per week. If each second of animation requires 24

Workshops Virtual
Sat, Aug 29 | 1–2:30pm

The moment a piece of art comes together just right can be a thrilling and uplifting experience which fills the artist with confidence in their artistic ability. Confidence is key for encouraging artists and animators to keep going even as the work gets difficult and they encounter unexpected

Workshops Virtual
Sat, Aug 15 | 1–2:30pm

It is widely accepted that we are our own worst critics, and artists are no exception. Even the most experienced artists can be unsatisfied with a piece of work and start to doubt their skill. When embraced, self-doubt can actually be an important part of the artistic process as it motivates the

Workshops Virtual
Sat, Jul 25 | 1–2:30pm

Every artist has experienced it—the paralyzing lack of inspiration when faced with a blank page. In this installment of our Studio Series, learn about anticipation, exaggeration, and character animation as you create your own animation of an animator struggling with an art block.

Workshops Virtual
Sat, Jul 25 | 10:30am–noon

Every artist has experienced it—the paralyzing lack of inspiration when faced with a blank page. In this installment of our Studio Series, learn about anticipation, exaggeration, and character animation as you create your own animation of an animator struggling with an art block.

Posted on Wed, 07/22/2020 - 10:50

The Walt Disney Family Museum’s collection of maquettes, or small character reference sculptures, spans various Disney animated feature productions including Pinocchio (1940), Fantasia (1940), and Peter Pan (1953). While most in our collection are painted plaster, there are a few exceptions—such as this The Ugly Duckling (1939) maquette—where surfaces have been left unpainted.

Special Events Virtual
Fri, Jul 17 | noon–5pm
Join us as we celebrate Disneyland’s 65th trip around the sun with a day filled with special Disneyland-centric virtual programming, Disneyland trivia, and a few surprises along the way. We want to bring some of your favorite Disneyland memories to life—virtually!
Classes Virtual
Mon–Fri, Jul 20–31 | 9am–3pm

Join us as we explore animation through the lens of race, ethnicity, and culture from around the world. In this two-week class, students will study diverse stories, writing tropes, and prominent figures within the animation industry. Using paper cut-out animation skills, students will then design

Workshops Virtual
Sat, Jul 11 | 10:30am–noon

Whether it be by painting self-portraits, identifying personal traits within their characters, or making caricatures of colleagues during studio meetings, artists have long used themselves as a source of inspiration and reference. In the upcoming set of Studio Series workshops, look inward and use

Posted on Thu, 07/16/2020 - 15:04

“Ten years of fantasy, ten years of fun, ten years of growing, and we’ve only just begun…”

In its first decade of operation, Disneyland Park welcomed nearly 50 million guests, its attractions and shows multiplied, and its creator entertained increasingly bigger plans. The Park’s 10th anniversary in 1965—dubbed the “Tencennial Celebration”—proved a significant turning point in its history, as Walt Disney made sure it would.

Talks Virtual
Fri, Jul 24 | 5:30pm PT

Join Voice Actor Jim Cummings for behind-the-scenes stories from his television and film work on The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1988-1991), A Goofy Movie (1995), Pocahontas (1995), Hercules (1997), Tarzan® (1999), The Tigger Movie (2000), Piglet's Big Movie (2003), The Princess and the Frog 

Posted on Mon, 04/13/2020 - 12:59

In February, The Walt Disney Family Museum closed the popular and beloved exhibition, Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World. After its final close, the Collections and Exhibitions team began deinstalling the exhibition. When objects are slated for removal from an exhibition, they are carefully removed and either returned to their original storage location or sent back to their lender. With the unique Carousel Mickey—created by Henry De Vos circa 1930—there was more work needed to securely

Posted on Tue, 06/02/2020 - 09:19

Watch any Disneyland fan walk into the park, and you’ll see their eyes glance up to the left just before they reach Main Street, U.S.A. Walt Disney’s apartment sits nestled above the Town Square Fire Station, easily invisible to those who don’t know of its existence, while remaining an iconic part of Disneyland to those who do…

Posted on Thu, 07/02/2020 - 14:03
In late May 1957, American television viewers gathered for another weekly installment of the Disneyland program. Entitled “The Liberty Story,” Walt Disney greeted viewers at a record player, played the song “The Liberty Tree,” and explained that “the liberties which we enjoy and take for granted didn’t just happen. They had to be won. … Behind our liberties there’s an interesting story…”
Posted on Thu, 07/09/2020 - 16:03
This Pinocchio character model sculpture, commonly referred to as a maquette, was created by The Walt Disney Studios Character Model Department during the production of Pinocchio (1940).
Workshops Virtual
Sun, Jul 19 | 10:30am–12:30pm

Whether capturing an iconic moment in a film narrative or an attraction experience, posters have played a crucial role in Disney history and served many purposes. In this workshop, join us as we explore the history of Disney poster designs and learn what elements are utilized in developing a