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  • Walt Disney Family Museum

    Disney Family Museum to open this fall...
    in San Francisco

    April 2nd, 2009, 5:47 am
    By Adam Townsend
    OC Register Staff Writer


    The Walt Disney Family Foundation, headed up by Walt Disney’s sole surviving daughter, has announced it’s going to open the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco.

    The museum will be dedicated to Disney’s life and work, featuring drawings he did as a child, storyboards from classic Disney movies and the original Oscar he received for “Snow White,” the first feature-length animation in history.

    Other pieces from the Disney family archives and stuff on loan from the company will appear in the museum as well when it opens in the fall of this year.

    Why is the museum, which opens this fall, in San Francisco?

    Elaine Mellis, a spokeswoman for the Disney Family Museum, said that the family had considered putting the museum in a number of different cities — Kansas City where Disney started his early career, Chicago where he went to art school and, of course, greater Los Angeles where he met with his greatest success as an artist, animator, producer, studio mogul and developer.
    Around Disney - OCRegister.com


    http://disney.go.com/disneyatoz/familymuseum/index.html
    "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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    Re: Walt Disney Family Museum

    Presidio museum to feature work of Walt Disney

    By Seth Rosenfeld
    Staff Writer
    San Francisco Chronicle
    Wednesday, April 1, 2009


    Officials behind the new Presidio venture will announce plans today to open the facility in October. It will be the world's only museum dedicated to the life of Walt Disney, exploring his roles as creator of Mickey Mouse, as the man who raised animation to an art, designer of futuristic theme parks and ultimately one of the most influential cultural forces of the 20th century.

    The museum will use high-tech exhibits to illustrate his family life, his business successes and failures, his imaginative process and pioneering technologies.

    "I want people to feel stimulated and inspired, and I want them to know him," said Diane Disney Miller, his oldest daughter and a founder of the museum, which is owned by the Walt Disney Family Foundation and is independent of Disney corporate entities.

    She said the family chose San Francisco for the museum because they live in Northern California and the Presidio is an ideal home for it.

    "Our purpose is scholarly and serious, but it's fun. It has to be, because he was all about entertainment," Miller said. "He was definitely a dreamer."
    About 350,000 visitors are expected annually, she said, appealing to all ages but especially to Baby Boomers who grew up watching Disney movies and television shows. Admission will range from $20 for adults to free for children under 6.

    The museum is just down the street from where Gap founder Don Fisher has proposed erecting a two-story Contemporary Art Museum to house his family's art collection. But while that proposal has drawn fierce opposition - mainly because it involves a large, new modern building - the Disney museum is mostly a restoration of a historic barrack and more handily won approval.

    Kathleen Moran, associate director of UC Berkeley's American Studies Department, said the museum will give visitors the chance to reflect on an artist who "was really central to American life."

    The exhibits feature historic documents, family photographs and original animation art.

    There is also a Model T Ford ambulance like the one Disney drove for the Red Cross during World War I, a two-story multi-plane camera he designed to give his animated films more depth, and the miniature train he built that presaged later rides at Disney theme parks.

    High-tech exhibits

    Interactive displays include light tables, more than 200 video monitors and movie posters that also show film footage.

    At listening stations throughout the museum visitors can hear recordings in which Disney and some of his collaborators discuss his life and work.
    "It is probably one of the most technologically advanced museums there is," said Richard Benefield, the museum's founding director who left his job as deputy director of Harvard University's art museums to help create the museum.

    Housed primarily in a refurbished army barracks at 104 Montgomery St. at the Main Post, the presentation consists of 10 galleries on two floors that trace Disney's life chronologically, from his birth in Chicago in 1901 to his death in Los Angeles in 1966.

    The galleries begin with his days as boy on a failing Kansas farm where he discovered a love of moving pictures and amusement parks, as a high-school dropout fascinated by early animation, and as an apprentice commercial artist who used a primitive camera to create his first hand-drawn films, which he called "Laugh-O-Grams."

    Successive galleries follow his 1923 move to Hollywood, his 1928 creation of Mickey Mouse and his studio's phenomenal growth during the '30s, when he used Technicolor and developed "personality animation," in which each figures' movements are minutely engineered to express their character.

    Disney's first feature-length film, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," was so costly he risked financial ruin before it achieved worldwide success.

    Propaganda films

    World War II disrupted Disney's business and he turned to making military service films and propaganda, including a short titled "Der Fuehrer's Face," which won an Academy Award. Rebuilding his business after the war, he continued to try new ideas, producing animated movies like "Lady and the Tramp" and live-action films like "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea." He won 32 Oscars - more than anyone else.

    The penultimate gallery is housed in a modern addition to the back of the barracks, a two-story steel and glass pavilion. It explores his visions for a utopian community called EPCOT and features an intricately detailed model of Disneyland.
    Presidio museum to feature work of Walt Disney
    Last edited by ALIASd; 04-05-2009, 02:58 PM.
    "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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    • #3
      Re: Walt Disney Family Museum

      Photo slideshow at:
      Disney on Display - The New York Times > Movies > Slide Show > Slide 1 of 7
      "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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      • #4
        Re: Walt Disney Family Museum

        I heard about this a while ago, glad to see its really going forward and opening. I can't wait to go see this when it finally opens.

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        • #5
          Re: Walt Disney Family Museum

          I work in the Presidio and ride past that building every day. I've been watching the progress of the construction since it started, but there hasn't been anything very exciting so far.

          It looks like they will probably keep the front facade of the building looking like the rest of the historic buildings on the parade ground, although the back side with all the glass is much different and really nice looking.

          I can't wait to see it when it finally opens.

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          • #6
            Re: Walt Disney Family Museum

            Hi, I was not only fortunate to see the premeire of the Sherman Brothers documentary but to meet the two cousins who made the film AND Richard Sherman! After the film, which was shown in the George Lucas theater at the Presidio in San Francisco, there was a party at the Exhibition Building of the Walt Disney Family Museum where Richard Sherman played and sang a few of his more famous songs. I also had the honor of meeting Mrs. Diane Disney Miller and letting her know how excited I was about the opening of her museum honoring her father! She was very nice and gracious!

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            • #7
              Re: Walt Disney Family Museum

              D23 members get to see it before it opens to the public. I don't remember the date of the special event, but I do plan on going, once I find out what it is.
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              "I hope that we never lose sight of one thing-that it was all started by a mouse." Walt Disney

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              • #8
                Re: Walt Disney Family Museum

                Disney Legend Floyd Norman today writes about his unique role in the museum.

                Sketching Young Walt photos and more at:
                mr.fun
                "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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                • #9
                  Re: Walt Disney Family Museum

                  Guess I know where our family road trip will be this upcoming winter!
                  Mom, remember, it's not what a person is like on the outside that counts,
                  it's what they are like in their HEART!


                  - Wolfette

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                  • #10
                    Re: Walt Disney Family Museum

                    Opens October 1st with a 123-seat, HD surround-sound theater to screen Disney classics and host educational forums. More at:

                    Disney museum set for Presidio

                    Disney museum set for Presidio
                    "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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                    • #11
                      Re: Walt Disney Family Museum

                      Inquiries for museum memberships can be sent to:

                      membership@wdfmuseum.org.

                      They will offer different tiers of annual membership ranging from individual at $75 ($55 for senior & students), dual at $125 and $175 for a family of four. Benefits include a newsletter, membership card, tickets and museum store discounts.

                      $500 Founding memberships receive an exclusive membership card & pin, an autographed book, numbered certificate signed by Diane Disney Miller and Executive Director Richard Benefield, 20 admissions for guests and invitations to special events, etc.
                      Last edited by ALIASd; 07-08-2009, 10:44 AM.
                      "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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                      • #12
                        Re: Walt Disney Family Museum

                        I love their logo. Reminds me of the Andre stickers I see around all the time. Perhaps Walt needs his own posse stickers?



                        And as we all know, Walt has a bigger posse than Andre, Charles Darwin, or anybody else on the planet!


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                        • #13
                          Re: Walt Disney Family Museum

                          Ticket information:

                          Due to overwhelming interest in the Museum to ensure an enjoyable experience for all of our visitors, Timed-Entry Tickets will be available for purchase on our website beginning on August 1st.

                          Ticket prices for non-members are $20.00 for adults, $15.00 for seniors and students, $12.50 for children ages 7-17, and free for children 6 and under.

                          We are currently not taking special group reservations or offering group tour packages.
                          The official website will be updated in the coming weeks:
                          Walt Disney Family Museum
                          "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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                          • #14
                            Re: Walt Disney Family Museum

                            So they recently took the construction fence down around one of the buildings, the facade and the landscaping appear, at least, to be finished.

                            There has also been a security gaurd posted in front of the building the last couple weeks, which leads me to think maybe they are installing some of the exhibits. Have to wait and see.

                            If I spot anything exciting I'll be sure to post it.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Walt Disney Family Museum

                              Thanks, bring your camera!

                              They'll probably be bringing in various guests, consultants, sponsors and select media over the next few months prior to opening.
                              "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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