Posts Tagged ‘walt’

Delightful Disney Wonder Cruise Ship Makes It Up to Vancouver After Her First Visit to San Francisco

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Well this is what the first visit of the Disney Wonder cruise ship looked like last week when she sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge for the first time…

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… and this is what she looked like when berthed at Pier 35:

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Since then, she made it all the way to Canada, where a drydock appointment waits.

Making friends already up North:

(I won’t bother asking why San Francisco gets less than its fair share of cruise business and why the Wonder couldn’t have drydocked in the 415…)

Anyway, Bon Courage Disney Wonder!

(Come back when you can.)

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?

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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

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!

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

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Mini-Oscars for the Seven Dwarves:

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Walt drove a bambulance, back in the day:

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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:

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A history lesson:

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Thanks, Walt’s family.

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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!

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San Francisco’s Disney Family Museum is Mostly Finished on the Outside

Friday, March 13th, 2009

This is how the new Walt Disney Family Museum will look on the outside when it opens sometime later this year in the Presidio. Not too radical, huh?

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This is the view from the back – a modern-looking infill can be seen:

More details:

See you there when it opens sometime in 2009.

The Walt Disney Family Museum is Coming Soon to San Francisco’s Presidio

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

Well, they’ve been working on it for a while but it looks like you’ll get your chance to visit The Walt Disney Family Museum at the Main Post of the Presidio sometime at the end of the year.

Here’s a sneak peek, here’s an extended sneak peek. And learn about all sorts of rumors you’ve never heard before here.

The construction scene from last year. Was Building 104 in the worst condition of all those in the row of barracks? It’s in the best shape now, anyway. Click to expand:

That’s the outside, here’s the plan for the inside.

See you there at the opening.