Posts Tagged ‘walt disney family museum’

Wolfgang Puck Returns to SF! Dinner Tomorrow Night for Presidio Dance Theatre Grand Opening Gala at the Main Post

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

This event  tomorrow from the Presidio Dance Theatre is sold out, but sign up with them and they’ll let you know about their future soirees I’m sure:

“Presidio Performing Arts Center will hold its first Benefit Gala on Saturday, December the Third at Half Past Six.  The Grand Gala will include a cocktail reception & silent auction, dinner by Wolfgang Puck accompanied by a holiday  show, featuring Presidio Dance Theatre artists, auction, and dance party following.  The black tie optional event will be hosted by television and radio celebrity, Narsai David.  Proceeds will be used to fund theatrical outfitting of the production studio.  PPAC is a non-profit public benefit organization which hosts a community of performing artists with performance seasons, a school, outreach and professional development.  Based in the Presidio of San Francisco at the Main Post, PPAC also offers special event space for the community.”

“PRESIDIO DANCE THEATER OPENS NEW HOME ON MAIN POST - NEW PERFORMING ARTS CENTER LATEST STEP IN RENEWAL OF MAIN POST

Presidio of San Francisco (December 2, 2011) — The Presidio Dance Theater (PDT), relocated from its old home in the shadows of Doyle Drive by construction of the Presidio Parkway, has moved to a spectacular new Presidio Performing Arts Center (PPAC) on the Main Post. A grand opening gala and performance will be held Saturday, December 3, at 6:30pm.

“The addition of the Presidio Performing Arts Center supports our goal of bringing activity back to the Main Post,” says Craig Middleton, the Presidio Trust’s executive director. “It provides an important cultural and educational resource for San Francisco and the Bay Area, especially for our children.”

One of the Presidio’s oldest tenants, the 14-year old dance company is the most recent of several tenants to take up residence on the Main Post.

“The PPAC is a cultural hub for artists, arts students and enthusiasts,” says Judy Bretschneider, the PPAC’s founder and executive director. “In our new building, we are at the nexus of culture and community, where ethnic traditions cross-pollinate for an authentic American experience. We are now in a position to become a world leader for performing arts collaboration.”

Housed in the former post library, the PPAC features a multi-use theater for performances, rehearsals, and special events. It also features a children’s rehearsal studio, a green room, gift shop, offices, library and conference room, and costume storage space. Bretschneider sees the new performing arts center as helping to fill a vital local need for community theater space dedicated to the arts and culture, especially as arts programming continues to disappear from the city’s schools.

“I love the building’s natural light and the views of the Bay and the forest,” says Bretschneider. “Creativity in the arts is enhanced by an aesthetically pleasing location. This space is conducive to the opening of the spirit and the heart.”

Originally constructed in 1958, the new building easily accommodates an array of new programs including several adult classes, a “fencing for the stage” course, and classes in musical theater, Polynesian dance, and Mexican folkloric dance.

The dance theater joins a number of cultural organizations on the Main Post, including the SF Film Society, Walt Disney Family Museum, the Presidio Archaeology Lab and Officers’ Club, which will reopen in fall 2012 after a complete rehabilitation.

Saturday’s opening gala includes dinner by Wolfgang Puck, a performance by PDT artists and dancing. For more information visit www.presidiodance.org.

Founded in 1998 (as the Presidio Performing Arts Foundation) the Presidio Performing Arts Center (PPAC) preserves, enhances and presents dance, music and theater traditions in their historical context, increasing the public’s knowledge and appreciation of peoples and art forms from across the globe. The center’s resident dance company, Presidio Dance Theater (PDT) is an acclaimed multi-generational performance company. Though based in ballet, PDT specializes in dance from many regions of the world and features award-winning arts education programs.

The Presidio Trust was established by the United States Congress in 1996 to administer the Presidio of San Francisco, an urban national park site that is located at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge. The areas overseen by the Trust include expansive open space and spectacular views, a 300-acre historic forest, and rare and endangered plants and wildlife. The Trust has rehabilitated more than 300 of the 469 historic structures that contribute to the Presidio’s status as a National Historic Landmark District.

Family Fun at the Presidio! Tree Lighting, Bike-Friendly Saturday, Night Hiking, Dragonfly Creek Stewardship, Art Stuff

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

[UPDATE: Uh oh, looks as if the “Bike-Friendly Saturday” YMCA Y-Bike event on December 3, 2011 has been cancelled. :(]

Appears as if our Presidio Trust has got you covered in December 2011.

But let’s check with the Great Yoda of Chestnut Street:

Via niallkennedy – click to expand

Yep, he’s all, “Covered you are.”

Check it:

Holiday Lights Tree Lighting – Friday, December 2

Join the Presidio community for the Holiday Lights Tree-Lighting Ceremony, a Presidio tradition. The gathering will be held on Friday, December 2, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Meet at the corner of Lincoln Boulevard and Funston Avenue in the Main Post (across the street from the Presidio YMCA). Bring your singing voice . . . music will be provided by the Golden Gate Carolers. Refreshments will follow. After the festivities, stick around for an Evening Forest Walk, beginning at 6:15 pm. This family-friendly, 20-minute lantern walk will allow you to experience the enchanting park in the dark. Bring a flashlight! For more information, visit the website.

Volunteer Day at Dragonfly Creek – Saturday, December 3

Join us for Presidio Volunteer Day at Dragonfly Creek on Saturday, December 3, from 8 am to 1 pm. At this special commemorative stewardship event, Presidio staff will host diverse volunteer activities highlighting restoration and sustainability. Projects include planting, weeding, and spreading mulch at Dragonfly Creek, as well as various stewardship activities at the Presidio nursery, salvage yard, and nearby gardens. Come out and lend a hand! Family-friendly. All ages welcome. If you are a bird enthusiast, arrive at 8 am for a Fort Scott bird walk. Volunteer check-in begins at 8:30am. Registration is required. Call (415) 561-5333 or email volunteer@presidio.gov.

Bike-Friendly Saturday at the Presidio YMCA – December 3

Join the Presidio Community YMCA for a bike-friendly Saturday! Its YBike Instructors will lead biking activities for all ages. There will be two group rides: one for children 12 and older, and another for families with children of all ages. The Y will also offer Learn to Ride and Basic Skills lessons. This event will take place from 9 am to Noon on Saturday, December 3 at the Presidio YMCA Main Post Gym, located at 63 Funston Avenue. Please visit YBike for more information.

Family Night Hike – Saturday, December 3

Come join us for a night time adventure for all ages in the Presidio! The Family Night Hike will be held on Saturday, December 10, from 5:30 to 7 pm. This naturalist-led event will start and end at the newly renovated Rob Hill Campground, just off Washington Boulevard overlooking Baker Beach. On this relaxed walk, we will learn about the unique natural and cultural history of the Presidio illuminated by a half moon and starry night sky. The walk will end with a campfire and story at Rob Hill Campground. There will be a 25 person limit on this walk, so make reservations as spaces go fast! RSVP required to Alisha Cahlan at acahlan@presidiotrust.gov. Wear comfortable walking shoes, layered clothing, and bring a water bottle.

Create With Nature at Rob Hill – Saturday, December 10

Family Create With Nature:
Sculpture in the Park
Saturday, December 10
10 am to Noon (drop in anytime)
Meet at Rob Hill Campground
Families! Flowers, pine cones, leaves, stones, branches, bark, and other wonders of nature are the inspiration and the materials for this day of spontaneous collaborative artistic expression. Get creative, and have fun while appreciating and honoring nature. RSVP to nature@presidiotrust.gov or (415) 561-4449.

Christmas with Walt Disney Screens in December

This holiday season the Walt Disney Family Museum at the Presidio is featuring the film Christmas with Walt Disney. Look back at the ways Walt celebrated the holidays — at home, at work, at play, on TV and at the Studios. From animated cartoons to rare home movies, this holiday movie was produced by Don Hahn—Academy Award®-nominated producer of Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King, and is narrated by Walt’s daughter Diane. The film screens daily at 1 and 4 pm (except Tuesdays and on December 10). Tickets are available online. For details, visit www.waltdisney.org. The museum is located at 104 Montgomery Street, on the Main Post, in the Presidio.

Check Out this Historic Walt Disney Company Employee Handbook – It’s an Amazing Time Capsule from 1943

Monday, September 5th, 2011

Well, via the Walt Disney Family Museum‘s* Storyboard Blog, here’s the official Walt Disney Productions new employee handbook from 1943.

It’s called The Ropes at Disney’s.

Here’s a sample:

Professionally scanned-in** by Digital Assets Coordinator Mark Gibson – click to expand

See if you wouldn’t consider this handbook evidence of a hostile work environment, you know, from the standpoint of this day and age. Note that women got twice as many sick days as men, but they weren’t allowed access to the rooftop employee lounge.

Also, back in the day, some dreamed of impractical shoes while others dreamed of dating those who dreamed of impractical shoes. (Oh, well, maybe that’s just like today – nothing’s changed on that score.)

No matter, the long-torsoed guy is quite the ogler.

And check it, Disney pioneered workplace casual dress – it was called “Businesslike Informality,” so neckties were banned.

Enjoy.

*Located in San Francisco’s Presidio, not too far from the Golden Gate Bridge.

**I have a color checker that’s just like the one you can see in the corner there, except mine’s all crinkled up now. These things are expensive.

At the Walt Disney Family Museum May 21-22: “Fighting the War with Ink and Paint” + “Victory Through Air Power”

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

The most unusual feature film Walt Disney ever made will be featured the weekend of May 21-22, 2011 at our Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio.

All the deets, below.

The animation looks fresh after all these years:

Click to expand

Saturday May 21

World War II: Fighting the War with Ink and Paint

3:00pm | Theater ($)
Join noted Walt Disney Family Museum historian and author Paul F. Anderson as he chronicles Walt’s contributions towards the War effort. World War II became the most critical event of the twentieth century, and its effect on the Disney Studios was profound. Relive this pivotal time through never-before-seen images, rare video clips, and moving stories – and through this narrative discover how Walt Disney whole-heartedly devoted himself and his organization to winning the war. Paul’s presentation is sometimes funny, often emotional, and thoroughly uplifting.

Sunday May 22

Screening – Victory Through Air Power + Conversation

2:00pm | Theater ($)
Walt Disney Family Museum historian Paul F. Anderson will offer a visual presentation on the making of the film, and the resulting impact the film had on Allied war strategy. This brief presentation will be followed by a screening of Walt Disney’s Victory Through Air Power (1944), after which we will open up the floor to any questions.

See you there!

Saturday Night Soiree! Our Walt Disney Family Museum Celebrates First Anniversary October 1-3

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

Our Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio is celebrating one year of operations with a weekend of fun including the debut of the half-price Saturday Night Soiree (avec cash bar!) program.

I’m telling you, you’re going to want to win the treasure hunt.  

Get all the deets below.

The WDFM is fantastic. See?

Click to expand

This is just one of the Academy Awards on display. Can you guess the movie?

Donald Duck in his Navy Whites Marine Corps Blues during WWII. Can you see Mickey back there working as a tank commander against The Hun?

I remember how Building 104 looked back in the day. (If only all of the Montgomery Street (Presidio) Barracks could get eight figures worth of attention.)

All the deets:

THE WALT DISNEY FAMILY MUSEUM TO CELEBRATE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OCTOBER 1-3, 2010
 
Live music, the “Where’s Walt?” Treasure Hunt Contest and a Saturday Night Soiree are among the events  that will commemorate the first 365 days of San Francisco’s newest Museum.
 
 SAN FRANCISCO  September 2, 2010  —When it opened a year agoin the Presidio of San Francisco, The Walt Disney Family Museum welcomed visitors to a turn-of-the-century red brick building that revealed a visually dramatic surprise: ten interactive galleries that share the remarkable life and legacy of Walt Disney through early drawings and animation, movies, music, listening stations, and much more.  In the months that have followed, the award-winning 40,000 square foot building, which also features a state-of-the art theater, café, and gift store, has been host to enthusiastic visitors from around the world.  
 
“It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since we opened our doors in the Presidio,” said Richard Benefield, founding executive director of the Museum. “Our efforts to present the life and achievements of Walt Disney in an interactive and imaginative way are ongoing and we’re pleased to see families, teens, and seniors all enjoying different elements of the Museum.” 
 
To celebrate its first anniversary, the Museum will host a weekend of family fun and festivities from October 1 to 3, and will extend its admission hours to 9:00 pm on Saturday, October 2.
 
Events on Friday, October 1 – Sunday, October 3, 2010

·         Live Music throughout the weekend. Bring a picnic lunch for the front lawn and we’ll serenade you with ragtime jazz. Friday from 2 :00 pm – 5:00 pm and Saturday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
·         Our first Saturday Night Soiree. Half-price on Museum Admission tickets and a cash bar from 6 pm to 9 pm on Saturday night.
·         The “Where’s Walt?” Treasure Hunt Contest – Grand Prize is a Private Screening of a Disney classic for you and up to 50 of your closest friends in our Theater.
·         Learn more about Walt Disney and his legacy with our “LOOK CLOSER”  gallery talks.  Museum staff will share details about the visually dramatic “Steamboat Willie” Wall – our special Pinocchio Animator’s desk – and the first underwater movie camera.
·         A 25 minute “Best of” Video in our theater will feature special guests who appeared this past year, including Disney Legends, executives, animators, and stars.  
·         Radio Disney Road Crew on Saturday from 1:00 – 3:00 pm with games, contests, and music for the whole family.
·         Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs  – A treat for the whole family on our Big Screen at 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm (Free with Museum Admission).
·         Create your own moviola in our Learning Center. New Drop-in Craft activities Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11 am to 4 pm.

The fascinating and inspiring story of Walt Disney, whose artistry, imagination and vision helped define 20th-century America, has been brought to life at The Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio of San Francisco.  The Museum illuminates Walt Disney’s tremendous successes, disappointments, and unyielding optimism as he worked tirelessly to advance the art of animation, produce classic motion pictures and develop the first great American theme park.  The Walt Disney Family Museum, L.L.C. is owned and operated by the Walt Disney Family Foundation, a non-profit foundation. Open Wednesday – Monday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on the on the Main Post of the Presidio.
 
Where:                The Walt Disney Family Museum
104 Montgomery Street, The Presidio of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA 94129
 
Website:             www.waltdisney.org
                                www.facebook.com/thewaltdisneyfamilymuseum
                                www.twitter.com/wdfmuseum
 
Main Phone:      415-345-6800

The Presidio’s Walt Disney Family Museum Celebrates the 55th Anniversary of Disneyland

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Our Walt Disney Family Museum just celebrated the 55th Anniversary of the opening of Disneyland, from way back in July 1955. To mark the occasion they held a three-day star-studded extravaganza up in the Presidio.  

Yes, the Disney Family Museum is in the northern part of San Francisco. Check it: FaceBook / YouTube / Twitter / WDFM Blog

Anyway, the place was awash with rabid Disney fans, with some of them talking about their memories of Opening Day despite the fact that they didn’t look older than 55.

So, just what you’d expect, an extensive recap from a fan, here it is at Jim Hill Media.

And here’s a list of the speakers:

Diane Disney Miller - daughter of Walt Disney
Tony Baxter – current SR VP of Creative Development for Disneyland
Jack Lindquist – former President of Disneyland
Dick Nunis – Disney Legend and former Chairman of Walt Disney Attractions
Matt Ouimet – former President of Disneyland Resort
Buzz Price – Economist who helped Walt Disney find original site of Disneyland
Craig Russell- Current Chief Design and Project Delivery Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering
Marty Sklar- Disney Legend and former Vice Chair of Imagineering
Bruce Vaughn- Current Chief Creative Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering

This was the first day, down in the multi-hued movie theatre that you can rent out parties, I think. This was the Founding Members Only discussion with Walt’s daughter Diane Disney Miller,  Disney Legend Buzz Price, and Disney historians and authors Katherine and Richard Greene as they discuss Walt’s idea, concept, and how Disneyland became a reality:

Photography by Joseph Driste, Courtesy The Walt Disney Family Museum

Former Disneyland executives Jack Lindquist and Matt Ouimet were joined by Senior Vice-President of Creative Development for Disneyland Tony Baxter as they discussed the development of Disneyland, its impact on America, and Walt’s legacy with former Vice Chair of Imagineering Marty Sklar:

Left to Right – Tony Baxter, Jack Lindquist, Matt Ouimet and moderator Marty Sklar. Photography by Joseph Driste, Courtesy The Walt Disney Family Museum

Disney Legends Dick Nunis and Marty Sklar, along with Craig Russell and Bruce Vaughn , currently executives with Walt Disney Imagineering, explored how Walt Disney’s new concept in family entertainment was a catalyst for parks around the world:

Photography by Joseph Driste, Courtesy The Walt Disney Family Museum

How will they top this in 2015 during the Diamond Jubilee of Disneyland?

Bon Courage, WDFM!

Identical Twins Can See the Parent Trap Movie for Free at the Walt Disney Family Museum

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Our Walt Disney Family Museum just released its sked for July 2010. Check it.

The Walt Disney Family Museum
July 2010 Events Calendar
 
Celebrate Disneyland’s 55th Birthday,
Chat with Disney Legends during an exclusive July 16-18 weekend celebration
 
Calling all identical twins! … Free admission to The Walt Disney Family Museum’s Film of the Month: ‘The Parent Trap’
 

FILM OF THE MONTH
 
The Parent Trap (1961)
1:00pm and 4:00pm, Theater
(except Tuesdays and July 16, 17 and 18.)
Tickets available online at www.waltdisney.org
“Let’s get together” in our theater to watch The Parent Trap. Twin sisters, separated at birth, meet for the first time, swap places, and seek to reunite their parents. … Twice the trouble, twice the fun… yeah yeah yeah!
 
DISNEYLAND’S 55TH ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND
 
Friday, July 16 – Sunday, July 18, 2010 – Disneyland 55: A Birthday Celebration
Tickets available online at www.waltdisney.org
Presenting this weekend only … The Disneyland Story!With your host: The Walt Disney Family Museum. Join us for an amazing weekend of discussions and film as we take the incredible journey from idea to creation of the most loved place on earth!  Exactly 55 years ago, Walt opened the doors to the happiest place on earth, located in Anaheim, California. Fortunately for us, travel arrangements down South aren’t needed as we’re bringing the celebration and special Disneyland guests to heart of San Francisco for a weekend you don’t want to miss!
 
July 17 – Disneyland’s Growth, Development and Stature from the Past to the Present 
3:00pm, Theater
Tickets available online at www.waltdisney.org
As Walt said, “Disneyland will never be completed as long as there is imagination left in the World.” Former Disneyland Presidents Jack Lindquist and Matt Ouimet, are joined by Senior Vice-President of Creative Development for Disneyland, Tony Baxter, as they discuss the development of Disneyland, its impact on America, and Walt’s legacy.
 
 
July 18 – The Happiest Places on Earth: A Look at Disney Parks Around the Globe
3:00pm, Theater
Tickets available online at www.waltdisney.org
Disney Legends Dick Nunis and Marty Sklar along with Craig Russell and Bruce Vaughn from Walt Disney Imagineering explore how Walt Disney’s new concept in family entertainment, Disneyland, was a catalyst for parks around the world.
 
 
 
DISNEY DISCOVERIES: Second Saturday of each month
 
July 10 – Disney Discoveries! Build a Better Bird House
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Learning Center Art Studio
Make a bird cage like the twins, Susan and Sharon, in The Parent Trap. Build and paint your own bird cage from an easy to assemble design made from recycled materials.
 
Imaginations and creativity will soar with our new Disney Discoveries!The second Saturday of each month, join us for family fun and activities in the Learning Center.  The activities planned by our education staff will inspire the hidden artist in young visitors while learning about the life and work of Walt Disney.
 
The Disney Discoveries! Activities are free with paid admission to the Museum.  No ticket is needed for members—just show your membership card.
 
 
LOOK CLOSER:
 
July 23, 24 + 25 – Look Closer: Photo of Walt and the Mills Family at Disneyland
11:00 am and 3:00 pm, Gallery 9
Look closer at the photo of the Mills family—with actress Hayley Mills, her father and actor John Mills, and her mother Mary Hayley Bell—on set of the Swiss Family Robinson with Walt!
 
Would you like to know more about one of the artifacts in the galleries?  Our Look Closer series will give you that opportunity—staff will reveal little known facts, behind the scenes information, or just additional during the 5 to 8-minute gallery talk.
 
The Look Closer series is free with paid admission to the Museum. Members are always free and no ticket is needed. Just show your membership card.
 
 
Where:                The Walt Disney Family Museum
104 Montgomery Street, The Presidio of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA 94129
 
Admissions:       Various: check Website for details. 
 
Website:             www.waltdisney.org
                                www.facebook.com/thewaltdisneyfamilymuseum
                                www.twitter.com/wdfmuseum

Get Your Tickets Now, Cause the Walt Disney Family Museum Opens October 1, 2009

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

Get your tickets, cause the Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio of San Francisco is opening at 10:00 AM on Thursday October 1, 2009.

Here’s what you’ll see about the Man Behind Micky Mouse, with photos from DavityDave, below. Oh and here’s a sneak peek from Tim Wagner.

It’s here, finally!

3951102500_468cdbd017_b copy

You’ve seen the front, here’s the back:

3950329431_8baff99926_b copy

3950333631_a360d550cd_b copy

Mini-Oscars for the Seven Dwarves:

3950331069_06c59a755a_b copy

Walt drove a bambulance, back in the day:

3950331715_8977c5dc8d_b copy

3950333397_1d0c47405c_b copy

3951104280_9b737fb1a8_b copy

3950325169_aed8d42da9_b copy

So that’s part of what you’ll see starting in October 2009.

See you there!

It’s On! Walt Disney Family Museum to Open October 1, 2009 in San Francisco’s Presidio

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

It’s finally opening! It’s here! Will the NIMBY’s of the Marina, Cow Hollow, Pacific Heights and Beyond actually move out of San Francisco the way they threatened to do? Well we’ll all find out next month when the Walt Disney Family Museum puts on its Grand Opening.

Here’s how it’ll look, mas o menos:

img_5198-copy

Click to expand

A history lesson:

img_5195-copy

Thanks, Walt’s family.

Good Luck!disnee-copy 

All the deets. See you there!

The fascinating and inspiring story of Walt Disney will come to life on October 1, 2009, when The Walt Disney Family Museum opens in San Francisco.

Born in Chicago in 1901, Disney grew up on a failing farm in the rural Midwest, fell in love with drawing and animation and traveled, nearly penniless, to California in the early 1920s.  Over the next 40 years, Disney elevated animation to an art form, created the first Academy Award-winning nature documentary, commissioned scores of songs that millions of people know by heart, and oversaw the birth of the first theme park, Disneyland.  Today, more than 40 years after his death, Disney’s characters and creations remain an indelible part of popular culture around the world.

“The name ‘Disney’ calls to mind the vast company that bears my father’s name, rather than my father himself,” said Diane Disney Miller, daughter of Walt Disney and a director of the foundation that is funding the $110 million museum.  “My father was a man of endless curiosity who loved to tinker and explore and entertain people.  We look forward to sharing an honest and affectionate portrait of this amazing man.”

Inside the Museum: An American Story

The Walt Disney Family Museum will contain hundreds of audio clips of Disney and his family and coworkers telling the stories of his creations, as well as over 1,600 objects and works of art, 200 monitors, and interactive exhibits that will invite visitors to learn about Walt Disney and the industry he nurtured.  Highlights of the museum include:

 –  The earliest known drawings of Mickey Mouse
 –  Animation cels of Disney’s characters
 –  Storyboards, a Disney innovation, that map out timeless film classics
 –  The innovative Multiplane Camera that revolutionized animation
 –  The unique Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Academy Award: one
     full-size Oscar and seven miniature castings
 –  The one-eighth scale train he installed at his Hollywood home that
     spurred his vision for Disneyland

 –  A model of the Disneyland of Walt’s imagination

 Visit www.waltdisney.org for more information.

Tickets for the Presidio’s Walt Disney Family Museum On Sale August 1, 2009

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

Well, this is what you’ve been waiting for, Disney fans. The Walt Disney Family Museum will open this Fall for sure, and tickets will go on sale August 1st. Read all about it in the New York Times and SFGate/The Chronicle. (Compare this flashy photo from Liz Hafalia with this one from Peter Da Silva, if you’d like)

The Disney Blog is not pleased with the San Francisco location however. Oh well, it’s a done deal. Today, workers are making good progress with Building 104, hammering away on the front porch. See all the deets below.

This is what it looked like last year. Click to expand:

 

NEW MUSEUM TO PRESENT LIFE & ACHIEVEMENTS OF WALT DISNEY OPENING FALL 2009. VISIONARY ARTIST, STORYTELLER & ENTREPRENEUR ENRICHED IMAGINATION FOR GENERATIONS

The Walt Disney Family Museum to Showcase Early Drawings of Mickey Mouse, Personal
Letters, Disney Family Home Movies & Ground Breaking Technologies

The fascinating and inspiring story of Walt Disney, whose artistry, creations, and vision helped define 20th century American culture, will be brought to life at The Walt Disney Family Museum, which opens in San Francisco in the fall of 2009. The Museum will illuminate Walt Disney’s tremendous successes, disappointments, and unyielding optimism as he pursued innovation and excellence while entertaining and enchanting generations worldwide through his pioneering ventures.

The creator of Mickey Mouse, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Disneyland, and the global yet distinctly American company that bears his name, Disney was an independent risk-taker who started his first business at the age of 19 and worked tirelessly to elevate animation to an art form. He invented timeless characters and stories that brought the fantastical to life and continue to inspire a sense of wonder. Through animated and live action films, television programs, and theme parks, Disney created global symbols, icons, and characters that, more than 40 years after his death, are an indelible part of popular culture in America and around the world.

The Walt Disney Family Museum will illustrate how Disney’s irrepressible creativity enriched the imagination of generations. The Museum will tell the story of the man behind the myth in Disney’s own voice and in exhibits that reveal his expansive vision, from early drawings of some of his most popular characters to plans for Disneyland and EPCOT.

Lots more deets, after the jump.

See you in Autumn!

(more…)