Everyone knows I’m a massive Disney fan! I’ve been visiting Disney World Orlando since I was a child, and have visited Disney Land California. I’ve also been brought up on Disney films, so when I found out The Walt Disney Family Museum was in San Francisco, it was the first stop on our trip.
Find animation, innovation, and inspiration in the remarkable life story of Walt Disney, the man who raised animation to an art, tirelessly pursued innovation, and created a distinctly American legacy that transformed the entertainment world. Located in the scenic Presidio of San Francisco, the museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that features contemporary, interactive galleries with state-of-the-art exhibits narrated in Walt’s own voice alongside early drawings, cartoons, films, music, a spectacular model of Disneyland, and more.
We took the open top bus to the Palace of Fine arts bus stop. From there it’s just a 15 minute walk to the museum. If you have time, try find the Yoda statue on the way.
The museum takes you through the life of Walt Disney, from his childhood through to Disney World, and finally to remembering Walt Disney.
As you walk through the museum you can see some of Walt’s very first drawings.
There is a lot of information to read, or to watch on screens, as well as some interactive displays. My favourite was a clip from Steamboat Willy, where you play an instrument which matches the images on the screen.
Apart from being a massive Disney fan, I also really appreciate the art of animation. The museum shows you how animations have been made and the changes throughout history.
Learn about Walt’s failures before his massive success, what happened to animation during the war, and how the movies are put together.
Visiting the Walt Disney Family Museum has peaked my interest in animation again, and I will be making it a priority to start learning when I return home from this trip.
If you are a Disney fan you MUST add this to your bucket list for when you visit San Francisco.
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**Our tickets to the museum were complimentary but as always all opinions are my own**