The Walt Disney Family Museum
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User Reviews (17 Reviews)
- The Walt Disney Family MuseumCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesBackpackers+ 4Aug 09, 2013
If you admire Walt Disney for what he created for the world, this place will amaze and move you. It's as much an emotional experience as it is one both nostalgic and historic. When was the last time you went to a museum that had a proper pacing, where someone could spoil it for you if they revealed the surprise ending. This is such a museum.
I'm really proud to have this museum in our city.
- The Walt Disney Family MuseumMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Jul 16, 2013
This is a great museum to visit if you love Walt Disney and have about 3 hours. This isn't a great museum for kids since it's mostly about Walt's life and how he developed his characters and cartoons. It's a lot of reading, so kids could get bored. The museum is really a collection of the family's items and not related to the Disney corporation at all. There's a huge room that just displays all of Walt's awards and trophies from his entire life. Downstairs there's a theater that you can catch a collection of old cartoon clips based on a theme that's always changing. There's also a room that you can create your own stop motion animation, which is really cool. Unfortunately you can't email the video to yourself, but you could record it on your phone as it's playing.
- The Walt Disney Family MuseumOct 23, 2012
As I trekked across the presidio with my heavy backpack, in transit from the MUNI stop near the Lombard gate, I couldn't help but think that I was embarking on an adventure. Maybe it was the absolute stillness of the morning, or maybe it was the labyrinthine path my iPhone had drawn me in order to reach my destination. Either way, the day was resonating with the spirit of Walt Disney.
But seriously though, finding this museum is like finding a hidden mickey; You have to do your research and work for it. That's why I'm not docking points for its remote location; in fact after the glorious view of the Golden Gate bridge you get from the middle of the gallery, how can you not reach catharsis? Any frustrations I may have had were whisked away by the glorious views, the cavernous 16 room exhibition floor, and the faint whispers of Tchaikovsky.
There are so many things to love about this museum. From the sheer depth of information that you probably did not know, to the plethora of Disney artifacts, I was filled with an actual sense of wonderment that I hadn't felt in a long time. I geeked out and learned about how to use a multiplane camera, watched Walt interact with animatronic dinosaurs, and lost myself in the entire room dedicated to Disneyland with it's phenomenal scale model of the entire park. That, and a gift shop full of merchandise that you probably haven't ever seen in the Disney parks.
I already had a mountain, no Matterhorn of respect for Walt's creative genius, but after learning about his hardship, his selflessness during the war to contribute to the cause, and his fearlessness to innovate despite a world of haters, I was smitten once again.
This is one of those museums that will excite your children, and regale your folks. It truly is for everyone, and I simply cannot wait to go back. Bravo.
- The Walt Disney Family MuseumMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 2Sep 06, 2012
I'm not sure why the Disney Foundation decided to build the Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio area of San Francisco but I thought it was an educational venture while up in SF. My cousin and I hopped on the MUNI to the Presidio. The Google Maps bus transit feature is better than any MUNI app you'll find out there. It calculates your route, tells you what bus to hop on, and even tells you the amount of the fare. Cool, right?! So for $2, Vanessa D. and I headed towards the Presidio. We also walked down Lovers' Lane. It's weird to do that with your cousin, but I digress. Google maps says the walk from the bus stop is 1.2 miles. WTH? Sigh, a nature walk. The walk wasn't so bad. Although, I did get a few, "Are we there yets?" from the cousin. Out of the forest, we stumble onto military baracks in brick. It reminds me of Portland, well sort of.
We purchased tickets through Goldstar for $10 plus a $4 handling fee. Normal admission for adults is $20. The museum was unexpectedly educational. Things you didn't know about the Walt Disney family and Walt's personal life are exhibited in galleries. Like how he and his wife tried for a large family but only had one daughter. They adopted another girl, Sharon, shortly after Diane turned 2. There's a huge mini replica of Disneyland in the main room. There are photos everywhere and animated posters. There are collections of Disney memorabilia of days gone by. There are personal artifacts like Lilian Disney's 'Snow White' charm bracelet made by Cartier and gifted to her by Walt. There's also Walt's 'Dopey' money clip on display. The museum chronicles the life and death of Walt Disney.
The museum is clean, well presented, and has the most comfortable benches I've ever sat on at any museum I've ever been to. The gift shop has a lot of Disney inspired products that you might not see anywhere else. As an annual passholder, I have yet to see some of the items for sale at the Disney museum gift shop anywhere at the Disney Parks. You see, the Disney Foundation runs the museum and has no connection, except for name, to the Walt Disney Company which runs the parks and the massive Disney empire. This little museum was done privately by the Disney family. It's their homage to Walt Disney and for all of his fans.
- The Walt Disney Family MuseumMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 4Jul 24, 2012
That feeling you get when you go to Disneyland, only more amazing because you see a lot of the behind the scenes, original sketches, and old clips. It's amazing and worth checking out if you love Disney everything.
- The Walt Disney Family MuseumJul 05, 2012
A great look behind the scenes of one of the world's greatest innovators. Learn more about Walt's personal life and his beginnings as a hustling illustrator that molded him into one of the most innovative creators and businessmen of his time. The museum also resides in the Presidio which is a great place to walk around after if the weather is right.
- The Walt Disney Family MuseumJul 04, 2012
after years of hearing about this museum i finally made the trek into the city for a day to take in this awesome place. thanks to yelp i got my ticket for $10 instead of $20 so that was extra sweet.
from the outside this place doesn't look like it has much but once you get inside you will see that this place is really huge and has so much to offer. i saw they had a wolfgang puck inspired cafe but i decided to pass on lunch here since they only had a couple of basic sandwiches and snacks. the gift shop was alot of fun as they had pretty much everything you would expect with walt disney and his work but everything was so overpriced as you can imagine. the lower level consisted of restrooms and a theater where they showed featured disney classics but i decided to pass on 101 dalmations and stick with what i really came for. i decided to head on into the museum and get started and right off the bat an employee told me that pictures were not allowed inside the museum. oh come on! this is a big reason why i came and how can you not go to a place like this and not take pictures? anyway i headed on in began my self guided tour inside the life of a pure genius and living legend.
the museum has 2 floors and each floor has so many different rooms that play out the life and death of walt disney. if you know anything about walt disney and what he did for the world you would be truly amazed by each and every exhibit in this museum. you can expect to see items from his childhood, private life, early animation, feature films, the characters, awards, interactive displays, disney collectibles and of course everything disneyland. i was really impressed with the huge detailed sculpture of the disneyland park as it made me feel like i was actually there in the moment. this place is huge once your inside and your guided by walt disney's voice and even get to watch clips and full length movies and cartoons. i have to say i was really impressed with every thing i saw inside but i really loved seeing some of walt's favorite foods. he loved jello and canned chili but he really loved his gravy. also if you look in the exhibit around war time you can even see a poster the disney animators did for the troops and yes these pin-up girls are nude. this was very cool to see and the last thing i expected to see in a place like this. i was loving every minute of this place so much.
i enjoyed everything the museum had to offer and is a great and rare behind the scenes look you just can't get anywhere else. i must admit i ended up leaving the museum with just around 50 pictures with the flash off of course and i'm so glad i took pictures to remember this time i spent reliving my childhood and learning more about the man behind that famous mouse.Recommended for:Family Travelers