Discovering the Man Behind the Mouse at The Walt Disney Family Museum ~ #Waltagram

I received the following information as a blogger via Walt Disney Publications. While I attended an expense paid trip by Disney to the press events for The Good Dinosaur, Inside Out, and Miles From Tomorrowland, all opinions are 100% my own.WDFMHeroI still remember the first time my parents took me to Walt Disney World when I was just four years old. Who knew what an impact Walt Disney would end up having on my life! He is often credited with the quote “If you can dream it, you can do it.” I’ve lived by that motto most of my life, and in return it has helped me achieve successes I’ve never thought possible. When I found out hat we were visiting the Walt Disney Family Museum at The Presidio in San Francisco, I was beyond excited! I couldn’t wait to get an even closer glimpse into the life of the man behind not only everyone’s favorite mouse… but the Disney empire.

The Walt Disney Family Museum sits on the Presidio, which was a former military base. The property has the most amazing views of the East Bay! To get there, we actually drove over the Golden Gate Bridge. Event better, once we arrived, we had an amazing view of the bridge.goldengateThat wasn’t the only iconic San Francisco site we saw from the Walt Disney Family Museum. We also had an amazing view of the world-renown prison… Alcatraz!

alcatraz1In the lobby of the museum, you can view many of Disney’s awards, and recognition. My favorite is his SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS Oscar! Disney was given a special Oscar which included seven mini-Oscars to represent the seven Dwarfs from his award winning animated film. SnowWhiteOscarExploring the beginning of the exhibits, you are immediately taken back in time to Disney’s early days. It was amazing to see his early drawings and even a Ford Model T, which is the type of ambulance he drove during World War I. You can also view some of his work he created with his colleague Ub Iwerks.EarlyDisneyCollageAs Disney ventured to Hollywood, we saw exhibits on the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio (which he established with brother Roy), as well as his early renderings of Oswald and the famous Mickey Mouse!hollywoodCollageMy favorite parts in the museum were dedicated to his classic films we all knew and loved. Now only did we see artwork and treasures centered around his films, we also got a glimpse into the creation. It was amazing to see how his films transformed and evolved over the 30 plus years during his time. DisneyMoviesCollageOne of the current exhibits at the museum is Tomorrowland: Walt’s Vision for Today. This exhibit “showcases Disney as a tech innovator, science fiction storyteller, and futurologist by spotlighting the vision for Disneyland’s groundbreaking Tomorrowland.” At a point in his career, Disney began to have an envision for a theme park to feature his famous characters. The idea of Disneyland was born! At the museum, one of my favorite highlights was to see an amazing model of Disneyland. I immediately spotted famous attractions such as the Main Street Railroad Station Gate and Space Mountain!DisneyParkCollageToward the end of the museum exhibits, there is a very emotional display of artwork, and newspaper.magazine covers from when Disney passed away. It was a somber reminder that Disney didn’t just impact the USA, but the world as a whole with his characters and vision.GoodbyeDisneyHopefully next time you find yourself in San Francisco, you visit the amazing Walt Disney Family Museum for yourself! The other current exhibit Disney and Dali: Architects of the Imagination, goes on till January 3, 2016.

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  1. says

    This looks like such an interesting place. I just watched a documentary about the making of Snow White and how it was really groundbreaking in many ways. It is amazing how much work went into that film! I would love to visit the museum and see their exhibits.

  2. says

    Been there, done that. And almost cried looking at the pictures from the Premiere of Mary Poppins. This is a must do trip for anyone visiting San Francisco. We also went to the Sleeping Beauty exhibit, I had no idea before visiting the museum, the significance of that animated movie!

  3. says

    WOW! What an amazing trip to enjoy. I love enjoying the history of people and the behind the scenes info that shaped the popular culture we love today. Thanks for sharing with us!

  4. says

    That sounds like it would be a very interesting place for any Disney fan. I have been to San Francisco once but we didn’t have a chance to do much sight=seeing. I did see the Golden Gate Bridge though, it’s beautiful.

  5. margaret peg m. says

    My husband is a huge Disney fan and would love this museum…the problem is getting him there. He hates to fly and we live outside of Cleveland. But your pics are great!

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