I love Disney — the movies, the cartoons, the parks, the…well, everything. So when I went to San Francisco, California I had to visit The Walt Disney Family Museum. I knew Walt Disney’s background and how he created his company, but I love looking at memorabilia, and seeing notes, sketches and contracts that were signed by the man himself.
Walt Disney received 22 Academy Awards from 59 nominations and won more individual Oscars than anyone else. He was presented with two Golden Globe Special Achievement Awards and one Emmy Award, among other honors. Check these photos out:
The one on the left — can you guess what it’s for? LOL It was specially made for the Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs movie. Look at the adorable little Oscars! Of course, the other Oscars that he received are on the right.
Here are some more photos:
I had the chance to see the Wish Upon A Star: The Art of Pinocchio, but they don’t allow you to take photos or videos. If you’re a Pinocchio fan, you won’t be disappointed. There are movie stills as well as notes and sketches and other memorabilia from the movie. It’s not even my favorite movie and I loved it. The exhibit is in another house out back behind the main center.
Here’s something cool to know: if you have a teen who loves animation, The Walt Disney Family Museum offers teen animation programs and a Teen Animation Festival International, afternoon workshops, summer camps, and volunteer opportunities (for local kids). What a place to learn, right?
One thing: Unless I missed it, there wasn’t much on Minnie Mouse. That made me sad.
Speaking of sad, here is one photo of an entire wall of drawings from when Walt died on December 15, 1966. If you read everything and learn about his life, you’ll definitely shed a few tears about his death.
Check out their website at http://waltdisney.org/ Admission ranges from $12 for ages 6-17, up to $20 to adults. There is a senior discount and kids under 5 are free. Depending on how much you actually read versus scan and walk through, this museum can take you a few hours to look at everything or an hour to take a fast peek. I absolutely loved it. Full disclosure: I received press passes to attend, but would’ve gladly paid the $20.
A record (what’s that? LOL) from Mary Poppins, one of my fave Disney movies ever. What’s your fave?