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Posted on Mon, 11/14/2011 - 06:00

The motion picture industry has long had a disquieting reputation for chewing up and spitting out many of its juvenile performers and unfortunately the Walt Disney Studio is not without its own tragedy in that regard. The Bobby Driscoll story could be easily considered a textbook example of the rise and ultimately fatal fall of a child star...

Posted on Thu, 02/14/2019 - 15:18
Nothing goes together better than Laugh-O-grams and candy-grams, right? Well, if that doesn’t do it for you, this list, which highlights the love in Walt’s life—particularly the love he shared with his wife, Lillian—might just help you and your special someone gain a new perspective on some of the stories that are mentioned only briefly in our galleries.
Sat, Apr 6 | 10:30am–12:30pm

Characters in the cartoons of the 1930s featured a distinctive aesthetic, often with pie-cut eyes and rubber hose limbs. Come learn about the stylistic quirks of animation from this era in our unique workshop taught by Studio MDHR and Cuphead lead animator, Hanna Abi-Hanna. 

As employees of The Walt Disney Family Museum, we strive to achieve and perpetuate the values that Walt held important in his work and his life. 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 toward delivering a quality experience to every visitor to The Walt Disney Family Museum.

Job Function

The Marketing & Communications Assistant will provide support to the marketing and communications department with a focus on copy editing, copy writing, content research, content creation, and fact-checking services for marketing and communications, development, education, visitor services, HR, exhibitions, collections, Foundation Press, and other museum and foundation departments, as needed. The Marketing and Communications Assistant will create and maintain various style guides, handbooks, and other collections of institutional communication materials. This person will be a key member of planning and managing the museum’s editorial communication efforts, such as the member magazine, blog, and publications. The Marketing and Communications Assistant will help various departments create pitch materials for sponsorship and grant proposals. This person shall ensure that all communications goals and objectives are met in line within the wider institutional and marketing strategies for The Walt Disney Family Museum. 

The Marketing & Communications Assistant will also be responsible for maintaining content on the museum’s website, including loading new materials, ensuring accuracy and consistency of content and style, establishing and managing website and communication style guide. The assistant is responsible for the creation and management of editorial calendars and the timely publication of the email newsletter, member magazines, and other communications. Additionally, this person will perform other related duties, as assigned. 

Department: Marketing & Communications | Reports to: Marketing Manager | Location: San Francisco 

Hours: 40 hours per week | Status: Full-Time | FLSA: Non-Exempt 

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Every Wed, Mar 6–Apr 24 | 4–6pm
During this eight-week course, each class will focus on one of these core concepts in relation to working traditionally with pencil and paper.

Volunteer at the museum and help us continue Walt’s legacy by creating a unique and lasting experience for our guests. Work alongside our dedicated staff and share your passion, stories, and knowledge of the museum and Walt with visitors of all ages. 

Museum Policies

In order to ensure the safety of our guests, employees, and artifacts, we ask that you abide by the following museum policies. 

Job Function

Maintain a high level of guest service within the Museum Store by delivering knowledgeable and friendly service. Museum Store Associates have a variety of roles within the Museum Store including, generating sales, merchandising, restocking, cashiering and safeguarding inventory.

Department: Museum Store | Status: Full-Time OR Part-Time | Hours: FT, 3036 hours per week; PT, 2428 hours per week 

FLSA Code: Non-Exempt | Rate: $17 per hour | Location: San Francisco 

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We are excited to offer classes in art, animation, and more to students of all ages. 

Sat, Apr 20 | 1–2:30pm

Walt Disney knew that a strong story and compelling characters were two key factors in making a successful animated film. In this workshop, learn to use the elements of exaggeration, facial expression, and posture to animate a character who is a distinctive individual. 

Sat, Apr 20 | 10:30am–Noon

Walt Disney knew that a strong story and compelling characters were two key factors in making a successful animated film. In this workshop, learn to use the elements of exaggeration, facial expression, and posture to animate a character who is a distinctive individual.

Mar | Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun: 1pm | Sat: 4pm
Exception: No screening on Sat, March 30

Mickey and Minnie Mouse have entertained audiences for the past ninety years. This month we are showcasing a compilation of various Mickey and Minnie shorts that highlight the breadth of their illustrious careers. Join us for a marathon of shorts, featuring Steamboat Willie (1928), The Band Concert 

Job Function

Guest Experience Associates offer exemplary guest service to the general public while facilitating guest operations and engagement. Guest Experience Associates engage guests to create an exceptional Museum experience through in-gallery talks and Museum content engagement. In addition, Guest Experience Associates offer guest service support in a variety of operational roles including gallery entrance, coat check, special exhibitions and museum galleries. 

Department: Guest Operations | Reports to: Guest Experience Manager  | Status: Full-Time | Hours: 30–40 hours per week 

Date Starting: ASAP | FLSA Code: Non-Exempt | Rate: $17 per hour | Location: San Francisco 

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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.

Michelle Lund is president of the Sharon D. Lund Foundation, a charitable organization founded in 1973 by her mother (and Walt Disney’s youngest daughter), Sharon Disney Lund, to support initiatives in the arts, health and wellness, human services, and higher education for the future of children and the youth of today. In 2013 the Foundation provided grants totaling more than $5 million to organizations and projects working in its focus areas. Michelle also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and Earthfire Institute Wildlife Sanctuary & Retreat Center.

Best known as the marketing and "idea guy" for the San Francisco Giants during his over 30-year career in baseball, Pat Gallagher played a key role in the bid and execution of the milestone Super Bowl 50 held in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2016. He is co-author of the acclaimed Big Game. Bigger Impact (Motivational Press, May 2017) about the lessons learned from that venture. Gallagher, who began his career in the theme park business, considers the work of Walt Disney a lifelong inspiration. He is currently a management consultant and frequent speaker about his life in what he refers to as "the fun business."

Ron and Diane

Ron Miller, husband of Diane Disney Miller, son-in-law of Walt Disney, former CEO of The Walt Disney Company, and owner of Silverado Vineyards, has passed in Napa, was the second President of the Board of Directors at The Walt Disney Family Museum. 

Ron worked at The Walt Disney Company for thirty years, including as President and Chief Operating Officer of Walt Disney Productions, Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company, and member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of The Walt Disney Company.

At age 21, Ron, a member of the football team at the University of Southern California, was introduced to 20-year-old Diane Disney on a blind date. They were married in Santa Barbara on May 9, 1954. Ron served in the Army and then played professional football for the Los Angeles Rams before his father-in-law recruited him to work at The Walt Disney Studios. There, he ascended from motion picture and television production roles to CEO of what is now The Walt Disney Company.

Ron first started working for Walt as part of the original Disneyland team, where he was employee number six. After officially joining the Company, Walt sponsored Ron’s membership in the Screen Director’s Guild. Ron’s first job in this capacity was serving as second assistant on Old Yeller (1957). Ron holds numerous producer credits, including for Son of Flubber (1963), Summer Magic (1963), That Darn Cat! (1965), Never a Dull Moment (1968), Escape to Witch Mountain (1975), Pete’s Dragon (1977), and Tron (1982). Ron also directed various lead-ins for Walt on The Magical World of Disney television series.

After Walt’s death in 1966, Ron pushed the Company to expand and explore, creating Walt Disney Home Video, Touchstone Pictures, and The Disney Channel. He supported and encouraged ongoing innovation, including early computer animation, with experimental work and films such as Tron and Tim Burton’s early stop-motion animation shorts, Vincent (1982) and Frankenweenie (1984). In 1983, Ron approved the funding for Disney’s foray into New York theatre, backing the first workshop for a show that eventually would open on Broadway. Additionally, Ron was responsible for Touchstone’s first film, Splash (1984), and was also responsible for laying the groundwork for Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988). Ron was an integral part of the executive team that completed both Walt Disney World and EPCOT, and he was key in negotiating the Tokyo Disneyland transaction, which was the first park outside of the U.S. Ron also was instrumental in establishing the licensing arrangement with Feld Entertainment for what is now Disney on Ice.

After Ron left The Walt Disney Company in 1984, he and Diane settled in Napa Valley, which became their permanent home. Ron, Diane, and Diane’s mother, Lillian, established Silverado Vineyards in 1981, four years after they purchased the property near the small town of Yountville, California. Throughout its thirty-plus years of operation, the couple championed environmental efforts in wine making, including helping to restore local creek beds and riverbanks and adopting solar power and hybrid-engine technology in the wine industry.

Ron supported Diane’s pursuit of active advocacy in documenting the life and accomplishments of her father. In 2001, the Walt Disney Family Foundation released Walt: The Man Behind the Myth, a documentary film about Walt Disney’s life, featuring interviews with his colleagues, peers, and family—including Ron.

This led to a more ambitious project, which was the founding of The Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio in San Francisco. After Diane participated in the establishment of The Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, everyone realized that she, like her father, was capable of tackling monumental and visionary projects. With Ron’s support, she embarked on a project to create a state-of-the-art museum in San Francisco’s historic Presidio to preserve the legacy of her father and inspire people with Walt’s story. The museum opened in 2009.

After Diane’s passing in 2013, Ron became President of the Board of Directors of The Walt Disney Family Museum and ushered in a new era for the organization as an independent, nonprofit organization committed to carrying on the mission of the museum while promoting the inclusion of new supporters, partners, and friends.

Ron was a passionate outdoorsman. Alpine skiing, hunting, fly-fishing, and golf were lifelong pursuits. He was an experienced horseman with a cattle ranch near Montrose, Colorado. Ron and Diane were generous philanthropists, supporting many causes, including classical music and ballet.