Walt Disney Family Museum

Disney keeps coming up with more ways for those of us who love Disney history to be exposed to information and artifacts of Walt's life and innovations. D23 became available as the only official Disney fan club this year, and, most recently, the Walt Disney Family Museum was announced. Disney has provided several fascinating photographs to give a glimpse into what you can find there.

According to the press release for the museum, "The Walt Disney Family Museum will illustrate how Disney's irrepressible creativity enriched the imagination of generations. The Museum tells the story of the man behind themyth in Disney's own voice and in exhibits that reveal his expansive vision, from early drawings of some of his most popular characters to plans for Disneyland and EPCOT."

The museum opened on October 1st, 2009, in San Francisco, and displays over 1,600 drawings, works of art, and exhibits that tell the story of Walt's life. We think that while this museum will be of interest to Disney fans worldwide, there are many of us who have "grown up" with the Disney brand name and who count it as a contributor to our very fondest memories. Those memories are why we continue to visit websites like this one, form friendships with other Disney fans, and visit the parks year after year. We know there's a spectacular magic there that, although we try to explain it to our co-workers and friends, just needs to be experienced. Perhaps this museum gives us a glimpse of how that magic was invented; the mind--and family--that made it a success; and what faith, sweat, a willingness to fail, and a lot of dreaming can produce.

According to the press release, the museum includes ten galleries for visitors to wander, including:

  • Drawings Disney made in his youth
  • Drawings and cartoons from Laugh-O-gram Films, Disney's first company
  • The technically innovative Multiplane Camera that brought vibrancy and depth to his revolutionary feature film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • The unique Snow White Academy Award®, which included a full-size Oscar® and seven miniature castings
  • The narrow-gauge Lilly Belle train he built for his Hollywood home, which recalled his youth and helped spur his vision for Disneyland

"My father's name is probably one of the most well-known names around the world, but as the 'brand' or trademark has spread, for many, the man has become lost," said Diane Disney Miller, one of the Museum's founders, in Disney's press release. "We are committed to telling the story of Walt Disney's life, in his own words, and in the words of others who knew him well and worked with him. My father was very open and approachable, and in many conversations and interviews that were captured in audio, you will be able to hear in the galleries as you learn the story of his life. It is a wonderful story. Dad himself loved to tell it. Thanks to the amazing work of many dedicated people, we are fortunate to be able to tell it here using the tools he worked with-art, music, film, and technology-to present an honest yet affectionate portrait of this amazing artist and man."

Where To Find Out MORE!

Visit the museum's website: www.waltdisney.org, and follow the museum's facebook and twitter pages:

www.facebook.com/TheWaltDisneyFamilyMuseum

@WDFMuseum

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