The Walt Disney Family Museum, San Francisco
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The Walt Disney Family Museum presents the life, work, and legacy of Walt Disney, from his early childhood until today. In a 4,000 sq m (43,000 sq ft) space, using old and new technology, the family's collection showcases drawings, animations, movies, and music. In the lobby are 248 awards Disney earned, among which are the Presidential Medal of Freedom--the highest civilian award of the United States--and the Oscar for the movie "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves." See the 3.7 m (12 ft) in diameter model of Disneyland, and watch Disney classics in the "Fantasia"-inspired digital theater. Make sure you have some energy left for the Disneyland exhibit at the end. Using our international travel planner, San Francisco attractions like The Walt Disney Family Museum can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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We caught an Uber out to the Presidio to the Walt Disney Family Museum. This museum is focused on the life and work of Walt Disney and is not affiliated with the corporate Walt Disney complex. Admissi... read more »
Not worth it.. In this vast city with its many neighborhoods, Castro, Haight Ashbury, Beaches, Free Parks, etc. etc. and surrounding cities Berkeley, Marin Headlands so much more to see and mostly for... read more »
This museum has the quality you'd expect from Disney! Great details and intriguing exhibits to take you down memory lane. I would NOT recommend this museum for children. It is not very interactive, an... read more »
Great museum covering the bulk of Walt's life and career. I would recommend that this is most enjoyable for kids over 6 and kids at heart. It was very interesting to understand his story and the many works that brought Disney into existence. I would recommend a visit on Sundays. Off the Grid is very fun and the green space is filled with people.
Mario G. Carranza
I love Disney!! and the Walt Disney Family Museum is not different! This museum shows the life of Walt Disney, from the his early beginnings to this death and legacy. They showcase the history of Disney's animation studio, all the great accomplishments and all the innovation. When you first walk into the museum you can see all the awards Walt Disney won, which is extremely impressive. The views of the city from inside and outside the museum are breathtaking, it is one great trip with lots of things to see and learn. If you are a Disney fan you must come to check this out!
I love the place. You will need a lot of time to spend if you want to enjoy and learn about Walt Disney. Everything is there for you to read, listen to, don't mind the people relax walk slow and observe everything. That way the ticket you spend is worth it. Trust me every bit of information is gold in the museum, so if you do have time go for it. This museum is a good prep for the real thing. Disneyland. Make sure if your bringing kids, don't get too bored because they will. Don't forget to talk to the workers, they will tell you some cool secrets. Make sure to interact with everything in the museum.
A veritable Holyland (see what I did there?) for Disneyana folks. The rafters are packed with exhibits, memorabilia, and artifacts from the life, works, and continuing influence of Walt Disney. This museum is not meant for children and especially not for kids under 10. The museum not only chronicles Walt's LIFE but it also charts through the Walt Disney Company's history in a more broad stroke kind of way. Ultimately this museum extends far beyond Walt Disney and his company (that has "NO" affiliation with museum) and does a an even greater job of demystifying animation before convincing you once again that it really is just magic. Some interactivity and the staff is generally pleasant. Weirdest thing is to have a docent tell you how jealous they are of you because you live near Disneyland... and they all do. The museum also features an in house theatre which allows guests to see various Classic Disney films on the silver screen (I have seen "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." You should too) and let me say that nothing beats it. The gift shop is very small, one might call it intimate considering the handicrafts that also occupy the space. Do not expect to pick up the latest and greatest Disney nick-naks but instead more Main St. USA (did it again) homages to Disney products. I suggest getting the early films of Walt Disney on DVD there which features many of Walt and Company's many early animated shorts. Finally, consider supporting the museum. It is a wonderful place.
WDFM is targeted more towards adults and older children. It is about Walt Disney's life and work from humble beginnings to the success of creative curiosity. Expect to spend several hours in the main exhibit; there's a lot to go through! If you're an avid Disney fan, consider their membership as you get free admission to rotating exhibits. MAIN EXHIBIT [+] multi-plane camera model in display [+] mini Disneyland model, has a mix of Walt's ideas as well as past and current attractions [+] theater room used for movie feature of the month (included in museum entry) and for special talks (additional cost) [+] open studio for arts and crafts, from creating your own stop-motion video to hand painting your own cels (weekends only, 1-4pm) [+] monthly themed Animate Your Night evening events, with drinks, photo booth, raffles, etc. [+/-] last ticket sale is an hour before closing SPECIAL EXHIBITS [+] rotating exhibits that change ~6 months [+] has featured Snow White, Where The Wild Things Are, Tyrus Wong (artist for Bambi), Mary Blair (until 9/7/2014) [+/-] in a separate building, behind main WDFM [-] separate admission fee PARKING is part of the Presidio, $1.20/hr, everyday until 6pm MEMBERSHIP [+] options for individual, dual, family, and more [+] can enter special exhibit hall with just the membership card [+] discounted prices for special talks and workshops [+] museum store discount [+] includes free admission to affiliate museums [-] quite pricey, dual is a better deal than individual [+/-] if it helps, it is a non-profit organization If you plan on visiting both exhibits, allot a day outing! It'll take several hours if you want to go through everything. Have fun!
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