Walt Disney Family Museum, San Francisco

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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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  • A must see, even if you are not a Disney fanatic. The history is amazing and the museum is top notch. Walt's daughter over saw the details of the museum and you can tell it was a labor of love...  more »
  • This review happened during CoVID (June 2021) before June 15th. My wife and I went to San Francisco for a short vacation. We went with the goal of visiting the Walt Disney Family Museum. We got our...  more »
  • This museum has tons of great Disney memorabilia: photographs, art, sculpture, and objects. The building is attractive and well-designed. Nonetheless, we left unsatisfied. None of the many...  more »
  • As I am a huge fan of anything Disney, this was a perfect experience for any Disney fan alike. Getting to see a real history of Walt and his family on how he really came about was great. Also seeing real artifacts from not only what Walt had created, also things that were created in the Disney name. Such a perfect location with a small Cafe. Well worth the money we spent. Strongly recommend doing both exhibition and the museum. With taking my time this took roughly about 2.5 hours to complete and I didn't read or look at every little detail. Amazing work all around a great experience for family or some that are "just" Disney fans. ;)
  • This place is AMAZING. If you love Disney it's a must see. I would say it's not meant for kids, more adult oriented. They tell you it'll take about an hour and half to get through, I was there for three hours and probably could have spent more time. There is so much history, lots to read and fun stuff to interact with. It's a great journey through Walt's life and by the end I nearly cried...no joke. They also have a Cafe that serves coffee and food and some adorable Disney inspired pastries. Yum! Come spend the day, have lunch and check out the gift shop! If you're lucky the volunteer named Mark will be there, he's wonderful!!
  • This is a must visit for any Disney fan. You get to learn so much about Walt Disney and the origins of what we know as the Disney company today. You can spend an entire day here and marvel at all the amazing facts and displays available. Currently there is a Mickey and the World special exhibit, which is great, but not as large as you'd expect and located in another ancillary building. The museum also includes a nice cafe and gift shop. Parking is fairly easy, but you still have to pay.
  • This is a museum about Walt from his humble beginnings through the ups and downs of his creative endeavors. It’s well done and in typical Disney style, it’s clean, organized and the buttons and interactive displays actually work! It takes 2-3 hours without the special exhibits or film and it’s costly (also typical Disney), but if you are a Disney fan, it’s worth it for the back stories on so much of what Walt accomplished. Don’t be surprised when, at the end of the tour, you land at (wait for it...), the gift shop. Can anyone say “Disney experience!”
  • Well, Mickey is turning 90 and it is startling to see the original sketches given our digital age. Through this near century though, Mickey remains a face you can't help but smile at. You even have a chance to draw your best Mickey. So go ahead, take a walk through time.

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