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Daily, Mon, Dec 16–Mon, Dec 30 | 10am–noon
(No sessions on Dec 24 and Dec 25)

The Art Playground is for families with children ages 3–6. In our Learning Center, children will learn about the many types of vehicles that navigate Disneyland, through realms both real and fictional. Using their imagination, they will create and decorate their personal favorite mode of

Sun, Dec 15 | 10am–noon

Girl Scout Cadettes are invited to learn how Walt encouraged his staff to experiment with special effects, then explore how the resulting advancements in technology made Disney animation more lifelike and engaging. Scouts continue to the Learning Center to experiment in groups with a miniature

Sun, Nov 17 | 10am–noon

Girl Scout Juniors are invited to accomplish three of the five steps toward earning a Drawing Badge at The Walt Disney Family Museum. In the galleries, observe how drawing was the foundation to all of Walt’s animated films from the early 1920s to the late 60s. In the Learning Center, experiment

Sun, Oct 20 | 10am–noon

On Sunday, October 20, we invite Brownies to visit The Walt Disney Family Museum to accomplish three of the five steps toward earning an Inventor Badge. In the galleries, learn about Walt Disney’s Imagineers, who worked at WED Enterprises during the 1950s and 60s to imagine, design, and build some

Special Events
Wed, Dec 4 | 10am–6pm

On Wednesday, December 4, The Walt Disney Family Museum will offer free admission in honor of Walt’s birthday.

Free admission includes access to the main galleries. Additional admission for our special exhibition, Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World, will be available for $10 per person, and free

Posted on Fri, 07/19/2019 - 15:58
When the Disneyland television show premiered in October 1954, it promised stories and programs from four distinct lands in the still-under-construction theme park: Fantasyland, Adventureland, Frontierland, and Tomorrowland. With no existing library of material to populate the Tomorrowland segments, Walt assigned a team, directed by veteran animator Ward Kimball, to develop “science-factual” programs about human space exploration, among other topics.
Wed, Jan 1 | CLOSED

The Walt Disney Family Museum is closed on New Year's Day.

However, we will be open our normal hours on Thursday, January 1. Have a wonderful holiday! 

Wed, Dec 25 | CLOSED

The Walt Disney Family Museum is closed on Christmas Day.

However, we will be open our normal hours on Thursday, December 26. Have a wonderful holiday! 

Thu, Nov 28 | CLOSED

The Walt Disney Family Museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day.

However, we will be open our normal hours on Friday, November 29. Have a wonderful holiday! 

July | Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri | 2pm

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.

Special Events
Sun, Aug 4 | 9am–2pm
On Family Access Day, the museum invites children with disabilities and children with special health care needs to enjoy the galleries, free-of-charge, with their friends and families.
Sat, Aug 10 | 1–2:30pm

One of the most memorable sequences in Disney animation history involves the magical transformation of Cinderella’s ragged dress into a beautiful, twinkling ballgown. In this workshop, learn more about the classic film Cinderella (1950), as featured in Gallery 7, and learn to use elements of

Sat, Jul 27 | 1–2:30pm

Learn more about the South American tour and Victory Through Air Power in Gallery 6, and then join us to create your own animation of a soaring plane, using timing and spacing to chart its path through the sky.

Sat, Jul 13 | 1–2:30pm

In 1941, a little flying elephant charmed the world in Dumbo. While making the film, animators were challenged with animating flight in a way that looked not only whimsical, but believable. We invite you to read about the production of Dumbo in Gallery 6, then join us in learning how to use timing,

Posted on Mon, 06/24/2019 - 17:13
Former Disney artist Willie Ito was 5 years old when he was taken to a neighborhood theater to see Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). Two years later, returning to San Francisco from a weekend family outing to Santa Cruz, “There were armed soldiers stopping some of the cars,” as Ito remembers. The United States had been attacked at Pearl Harbor by the Empire of Japan that morning.
Posted on Wed, 06/19/2019 - 15:18

In late 1919, Walt Disney returned from his voluntary Red Cross service in post-World War I France. An independent eighteen-year-old, he’d resettled in Kansas City, Missouri and attempted to establish a career in illustration, graphic design, and cartooning. However, within a year’s time, a different art form caught his attention. 

Posted on Tue, 06/25/2019 - 11:31
Alice’s Wonderland—the last film Walt Disney made in Kansas City, Missouri—depicts the animated adventures of a true-to-life young girl in a make-believe world. In the original 1923 short film, Alice arrives by train in “Cartoonland.” A large welcoming committee of animated animal characters greets her with excitement and adoration. Walt’s subsequent arrival in Hollywood, also by train, was a bit humbler.