Walt Disney Family Museum, San Francisco

4.6
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. See Walt Disney Family Museum and all San Francisco has to offer by arranging your trip with our San Francisco vacation planner.
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  • Very interesting museum PACKED with Disney history. I wouldn't really recommend this for kids, as it is very info heavy. As a Disney-phile, I loved this place. Situated in a pretty building off a quie...  more »
  • Whether you're a Disney fan or not, you'll find this place interesting. Just learning about Walt's history and legacy was quite interesting. Did you know Walt had a Doctorate Degree? Or that Walt esse...  more »
  • Very enjoyable trip to the Presidio to visit this museum. Probably of most interest to adults who want to know more about the man himself - don't recommend for kids. Lots of reading, much to absorb. V...  more »
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  • We love this museum! Very beautiful site, and an incredible tribute to the man (not the company). A word to parents: although every child is different, this is not a children's museum. There are things kids can enjoy and do (especially the art center downstairs), but this is more of a walk through biography of Walt Disney, who was born in 1901. Many small children may find themselves bored, as there are few interactive elements, although, again- every kid is different. There are lots of amazing images, models, etc to look at, but not too much as far as interactiveness. But it is so stunning and educational inside! I recommend this place to any Disney fan, history buff, art nerd, movie snob and theme park lover. This place is great!
  • Please avoid this place! It's the most boring museum ever. I had high expectations before going to this museum thinking that it would be fun and entertaining because it's Disney's museum. It turns out that the museum is about the founder Walt Disney. There is nothing fun or interactive in the museum just lot's of history about the Disney company and it's founder. If you like reading lots of boring description then this museum is for you. There weren't any Disney's characters even. I thought at least there will be a photo booth stop for kids to take pictures with the character. No there isn't. I visited sf aquarium and it was more fun than Disney's museum. It's such a shame for the company that creates entertainment for the world that couldn't design a fun museum. On top of that tickets are really expensive. Please stay away from this museum and visit other popular spots in San Francisco
  • The museum is a lot bigger than I expected and there's a lot of information and details that are pretty cool. I didn't try the food but it smelled good, the gift shop is small and very pricey. The tickets are also expensive. There's no characters or any Disney type of attraction, because it's a museum not a theme park. The museum is about Walt Disney not Disneyland. The grounds are nice and the views from the back of the museum are pretty cool. There's a large grassy area accross the street that also has amazing views.
  • You need Four hours solid to visit this place. They saw 2.5 at the front and it's not enough, especially if you like museums. Disney nuts might need more than 4! Get a vintage Mickey doll in the gift shop. You know, the weird one Disney himself was holding on that cruise photo from the 30's. Bad ass if you are an animation or toy history fan. They have a diorama of Disneyland which doesn't quite match Disneyland at any point in history but still has all the main stuff. Fascinating to look at.
  • This is a great place to go back in time when you were a child and Disneyland was wonderful and not all hype. It's also a place where children can see how the real Disney land used to be. A moment of time past. What would roll over in his grave if he could see the prices and how Disneyland is now. It was a place for family to gather and enjoy themselves but at their prices now who can really afford it without going into debt

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