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 Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Play, and TuneIn.
Conversation with The Walt Disney Family Museum's Collection Team
Join us for a conversation with our Collections team and hear about their unique jobs and the fascinating challenges they face when working with the objects in our collection. Featured is our Senior Registrar Jamie O'Keefe, Conservators Martin Salazar and Tonja Morris, and Preparators Ryan Mortensen and Maureen Shields.
12 The Silly Symphonies
In this episode we explore the Silly Symphonies, Walt’s musical series of shorts that changed the landscape of animation as an art form forever. The Silly Symphonies, beginning with The Skeleton Dance, eventually grew to 75 total shorts between 1929 and 1939, produced and released concurrently with Mickey Mouse cartoons. The Silly Symphonies were a platform for Walt to stretch the art of animation while bringing new animators into the fold.
11 Mickey Mouse
Even after decades of success, Walt Disney always wanted the world to remember that his entertainment empire was “all started by a mouse.” This episode chronicles Mickey’s influence on art and entertainment over the past nine decades and tells the story of his origin, rise to fame, and enduring world-wide appeal.
The Walt Disney Family is presenting the special exhibition, Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World now through January 6, 2020.
D23 Expo Interview with Bret Iwan and Eric Goldberg
10 Losing Oswald the Lucky Rabbit
Walt’s first venture into the all cartoon medium started with Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. From 1927 to 1928 Walt and his team would produce 26 Oswald shorts and by March of 1928 the character and half of Walt’s animators would be taken away by distributor, Charles Mintz. Learn about Oswald's early beginnings and his eventual return to The Walt Disney Company.
09 Walt and Lillian Disney
Humor is best shared with those you love. Walt shared a lifetime of laughter with the world, but more importantly, he shared love and laughter with his family and friends. This week we celebrate the love story between Walt and Lillian Disney. Whether celebrating their anniversary playfully dancing at the Golden Horseshoe Review, or a small puppy popping out of a hat box, Walt and Lilly showed the unique bond forged by love and laughter.
08 The Alice Comedies
Walt went back to the drawing board when he moved to Hollywood. Our hosts explore the beginnings of The Walt Disney Company with the first series the Alice Comedies.
07 Walt Learns to Fail Forward
06 Walt Discovers Animation
Breaking into animation was no Laugh(-O-gram)ing matter for a 20-year-old Walt Disney. Join our hosts for a look at Walt's discovery of the art of animation, and learn how everything from testing out early stop motion animation to borrowing cameras from his employers helped Walt bring his cartoons to life for the first time.
05 Volunteering: Walt Serves His Country
From forgery to an alleged court-martial, this episode has a broad appeal. Follow our hosts overseas as they dispel the myths—and dig deeper into the true stories—that surround Walt's time as a Red Cross volunteer in France.
04 Finding Your Passion: Walt's Early Years
Join our hosts as they journey to Marceline, Missouri, where a young Walt discovered some of his greatest passions—drawing and trains—while growing up on his family's farm. We guarantee you'll go hog-wild for this one!
03 Small Beginnings
Greatness comes from small beginnings—and Walt Disney's story is no different. Join hosts Bri and Caroline as they track Walt's ancestors through the pages of Disney family history—from France to Ireland and, finally, to North America. After some fiddling around, our hosts will delve into how Walt's parents' own unique upbringings and endeavors shaped his childhood.
02 Looking Back with Diane Disney Miller Part 2
One of the questions we’re asked most frequently by guests remains, “Why is the museum here?” Though there are threads of Walt’s story that intersect with the Bay Area, The Walt Disney Family Museum isn’t here because of Walt—it’s here, primarily, because of his daughter, Diane Disney Miller. In this episode, join Bri and Caroline as they delve into the life and vision of our remarkable co-founder, Diane as she talks about her father, Walt Disney.
01 Looking Back with Diane Disney Miller
Join hosts Bri Bertolaccini and Caroline Quinn as they kick off The Walt Disney Family Museum's 10th Anniversary Celebration in style. In this debut episode, learn more about the origins of our museum, our co-founder, Diane Disney Miller, and our institution's unique mission, which has grown tremendously over the last decade.
WD-FM: The Official Walt Disney Family Museum Podcast Trailer
The Walt Disney Family Museum is a center for art, animation, and inspiration. Located in the historic Presidio, a national park in San Francisco, California, the museum celebrates the remarkable life of Walt Disney by telling his story, celebrating his legacy, and examining his influence on the world of entertainment. Ten years ago, we were founded in 2009 by Walt Disney’s daughter, Diane Disney Miller, who wanted to share the story of her father with the world. Now, we are hosting a year-long celebration to mark the museum’s tenth anniversary. In recognition of the museum’s history, and in order to honor the man behind the magic, this podcast will be an extension of that celebration. Join us every Wednesday 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.