On September 10, 2017, Francis Xavier Atencio – who preferred the simple moniker “X” – passed away at the age of 98. The former animator and Imagineer was one of Walt Disney’s master creative forces.
Walt Disney’s Melody Time celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. Released in May of 1948, it was one of the last of the so-called package features, which took precedent from Fantasia (1940) by combining more than a half dozen short subject cartoons, each musically inclined.
In 1933 Walt Disney Studios developed a Multiplane Camera that simultaneously shot several levels of cels and backgrounds to give depth to two-dimensional animated films. The Studio used it in a Silly Symphony, “The Old Mill,” in 1937, and then in Disney’s first feature-length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. This technology was last utilized for The Little Mermaid in 1989, after which time it was retired. There are only three Multiplane cameras on view in the world today, one of which lives in The Walt Disney Family Musuem’s Gallery Five.
Diane Disney Miller
A lifelong classical music enthusiast and a generous philanthropist and patron of the arts, Diane Disney Miller was also a wife, mother, grandmother, and, most famously, the daughter of Walt Disney. With her husband, Ron Miller, she founded the renowned winery Silverado Vineyards in Napa.
The Walt Disney Family Museum presents an inspirational journey through the life of Walter Elias Disney. Our mission is two-fold: to inform present and future generations about the man and, through his story, to inspire them to heed their imagination and persevere in pursuing their goals.
This coming October, come celebrate our fifth anniversary here at The Walt Disney Family Museum! On October 1, 2009, Diane Disney Miller first welcomed guests to explore the life, work, and legacy of her father Walt Disney: an entertainer, risk-taker, and innovator who helped define 20th-century
The Walt Disney Family Museum announced today that Kirsten Komoroske has been named the new Executive Director. A San Francisco Bay Area native, Ms. Komoroske has been serving as interim director since May 2013.
As a practicing lawyer, Ms. Komoroske has specialized in advising nonprofit
The Walt Disney Family Museum is proud to announce that the inaugural Diane Disney Miller Lifetime Achievement Award will be awarded to Disney Legend and songwriter Richard Sherman.
November 19, 2013, San Francisco, California—Diane Disney Miller, oldest daughter of Walt and Lilly Disney, has died in Napa, California at the age of 79 from injuries sustained in a fall.
At the time of her death, she was president of the Board of Directors of the Walt Disney Family Foundation
Find animation, innovation, and inspiration in the remarkable life story of Walt Disney, the man who raised animation to an art, tirelessly pursued innovation, and created a distinctly American legacy that transformed the entertainment world. Located in the scenic Presidio of San Francisco, the museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that features contemporary, interactive galleries with state-of-the-art exhibits narrated in Walt’s own voice alongside early drawings, cartoons, films, music, a spectacular model of Disneyland, and more.
Immerse yourself in some of the most unforgettable characters of our time, from the imposing Beast and fearless Tarzan, to the daring heroines Ariel, Pocahontas, and Rapunzel.
Enjoy our annual holiday tradition: an immersive seasonal installation celebrating Walt’s family and love of trains, on view from November 9, 2017 to January 8, 2018.
A complete, detailed listing of what's happening at The Walt Disney Family Museum in June 2015, including two an exhibition, talks, lectures, classes, workshops, activities, and special programs!
We’re proud to announce our partnership with Taste Catering & Event Planning. As the museum’s culinary partner, Taste Catering will run operations at the Museum Café, offering light seasonal fare inspired by the local market, growers, and purveyors. Through the new partnership, Taste Catering will
The Walt Disney Family Museum is proud to announce that it has recently constituted an Advisory Committee to complement its Board of Directors. The Committee is made up of eleven extraordinary individuals whose insight, experience, and vision—grounded in their remarkable personal and professional
A complete, detailed listing of what's happening at The Walt Disney Family Museum in April 2015, including two an exhibition, talks, lectures, classes, workshops, activities, and special programs!
The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, will be honoring The Walt Disney Family Museum at the 42nd Annie Awards™ with a Special Achievement Award for its unique and significant impact on the art and industry of animation. Ron Miller—Walt Disney’s son-in-law and the president of The