- There are over 250 awards housed in the museum including Academy Awards and Oscars. Did you know that Walt won 32 Oscars and holds the record for winning the most Academy Awards?
- Walt Disney was a cartoonist for his High School newspaper.
Walt lied about his age to be accepted into the American Ambulance Corps and served in France following the end of World War I.
- In 1923 Walt left Kansas City and moved to Hollywood to make his dreams come true!
- Oswald the Lucky Rabbit was Disney’s first animated character.
- Mortimer Mouse was Mickey Mouse’s original name. This is the earliest known drawing of him that Walt drew on a train ride.
Steamboat Willie was the first cartoon that synchronized sound and animation. Mickey became a national sensation! 348 frames in an animation make up 15 seconds of footage.
- Walt acquired exclusive use of three-strip Technicolor for cartoons and incorporates the technology in his films.
- Story boarding was first done in 1934 with The Three Little Pigs.
- December 31, 1937 was the release of Disney’s first full featured film Snow White and the 7 Dwarfes. Betty Boop’s animator worked on this film.
- Bambi was the first animation Walt did without human characters in it.
- This is what an animators desk looked like during Pinocchio.
- The U.S. Army requisitions half of Disney Studios to house troops assigned to protecting a nearby Lockheed plant.
Walt bought 244 acres of land in Anaheim, CA to be the site for Disneyland. The park was built in just 1 year. In just 2 months it had over 1 million visitors.
Original posters from Disneyland’s Tomorrowland
In Disney’s riveting mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” a jaded scientist and an optimistic teen embark on a danger filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space.
Tomorrowland opens in theaters this Friday!
- The Jungle Book was the last animated movie that Walt worked on before he died.
- December 15, 1966, just 10 days after hi 65th birthday Walt Disney passed away.
- The Walt Disney Museum has amazing open studio classes, summer camps, animation classes and more. Any Saturday from 10-2 your 0-6 year old can experiment with materials! Head HERE for a list of classes and workshops.
The Walt Disney Family Museum isn’t just a place to visit. It is a place to experience, learn, and get hands on! A must see during your next trip to San Francisco.
Hours: The Museum is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays through Mondays. Closed Tuesdays, and January 1, Thanksgiving Day, and December 25.
Admission: Admission can be purchased at the door or at waltdisney.org. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, and $12 for children 6 to 17. Admission is free for members and children under 6. Movies are $7 for adults and $5 for children. For information about annual memberships, please check waltdisney.org/membership.