The fascinating and inspiring story of Walt Disney, whose artistry, creativity and vision helped define 20thcentury American culture, has been brought to life at The Walt Disney Family Museum, which opened in the Presidio of San Francisco on October 1, 2009. The 40,000 square foot Museum illuminates Walt Disney’s tremendous successes, disappointments, and unyielding optimism as he pursued innovation and excellence while entertaining and enchanting generations worldwide.
Inside the Museum: An American Story
The stories of Disney’s life, creativity, family, and the processes and innovations he brought to his art are told through state-of-the-art exhibits in ten interactive galleries. Highlights of the Museum include:
- Original drawings that Disney made in his youth Drawings and cartoons from Laugh-O-gram Films
- Disney’s first company
- The earliest known drawings of Mickey Mouse Storyboards
- Disney innovation that maps out timeless film classics
- The technically innovative Multiplane Camera that brought vibrancy and depth to his revolutionary feature film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
- An interactive station that allows visitors to synchronize film and music
- Disney’s 26 individual Academy Awards as well as the unique Snow White Academy Award®, which includes a full-size Oscar® and seven miniature castings
- Gallery 9, an eye-popping 2-story gallery that features the narrow-gauge Lilly Belle train Disney built for his Hollywood home
- 14-foot diameter model of the Disneyland of Walt’s imagination and dozens of video screens that showcase his television programs from the 1950s and beyond
- In addition to the galleries, the Museum contains a 114-seat screening facility, a learning center, a store, and a café.
As soon as you walked through the doors you had that magical feeling come over you and you knew you were headed into something Disney-esque. Through each gallery I was n awe and wishing that my son was with me seeing all the fun behind the scenes stuff as well as learning more about the man himself Walt Disney. Throughout the tour you started chipping away at all the granduer and you began to see who Walt truly was. Just a man with a dream and a deep love for his family. He could be one of us, but he saw his dream and made it come to life in ways that we are still seeing even after a number of years after his death.
My favorite part of the museum was definitely Gallery 9 where you could take a look at the models. The Disneyland model has so many “lands” that were imagined, but not brought to fruition. It made me think of how many Imagineers had possibly look at these plans and received imspiration from them. I could see so many thing that if they were actually brought to life from the model would make a great new addition to any of the Disney properties. I left the museum with even more respect for the man behind the myth. If your ever out that way and are a a Disney fan take a moment to check out the innovative Walt Disney Family Museum.