Thursday, October 01, 2009

Disney Family Museum Preview

the above links to the flickr set..

@ the Disney Family Museum #fb

On the weekend of the 26th of September, we had an opportunity to preview the new Disney Family Museum at the Presidio in San Francisco.. yay! A chance to go home for a weekend.

The museum was giving previews to members of Carolwood as well as D23 members (which we're members of both) as well I believe Disney Family Museum members.. The museum has since opened to the public, so it's a good idea to devote a whole day, and get over there to check it out!

They don't allow recording devices at all.. no cameras, videos, no celphones.. Seriously.. don't mess with the rules.

Despite that, it is well worth seeing.. it can take a good 3hours or more to wander through all the exhibits.. some longer than others, as many parts of the museum are interactive.. and cover everything from Walt's family life in Kansas City and Marceline, MO. His WWI medic experiences.. from his early days of cartooning, to establishing his studio on Hyperion.. My favorite areas covered el Grupo (the South American trip).

The area that might take the longest is the big Disneyland Park room.. there's just so much to see!

One section I felt like got the short shrift was dealing with Disney film of the 60s and 70s.. but they only have so much space.. and it does cover quite a LOT of material. OtOH, it seemed like Fantasia got its own room.. just sayin'...

Since I can't show you the inside, let me tell you, the museum has a view.. Here's a couple shots taken around the area..


Golden Gate as seen from the side of the Walt Disney Family Museum..

When you're inside the museum.. towards the last quarter of your tour.. you'll come into a long gallery with wall to wall windows.. There you will have the most breath-taking view of the Golden Gate Bridge.. don't get anxious.. just walk around the back before or after your tour and snap a photo from there.. ;P


Judi & Sean checking out Presidio map
several maps are placed conveniently around the Presidio and available near the museum.. here Sean & our friend Judi are checking out where we'll go for lunch.

There is a cafe on site at the Walt Disney Family Museum (and a gift shop).. as well a cafe about a block away.. We ended up eating lunch at the Starbucks at Lucas Studios.. Several blocks down the street, past the bowling alley.

Tickets run about $20 general admission adults, but there are senior, student & child rates as well.. If you plan to go, purchase your tickets ahead of time to avoid arriving to find your time has already sold out.. Plan to spend at least 3hours on your first trip.. (so get there no later than 2pm so you aren't rushed).

more information:
Presidio of San Francisco
Walt Disney Family Museum

and just for fun..
Walt and el Grupo (the film documentary)

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