I, like most people I know LOVE Disney. The world, the land, the movies, the merchandise, all of it. There is just something magical about all of it. It reminds of what it means to be a child, to have faith and hope that never runs out. To dream of flying, being a princess, finding true love, it touches something in all of us. While I have always considered the man behind the mouse when I think of all Disney offers I knew nothing about him.
That was then…
Now, I know a lot about Walt Disney, and want to know more!
When we visited the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, FL in March I fell in love with the man who started it all. He aspired to do something great, came from extremely humble beginnings, and overcame more than most people realize.
People like this inspire me to do all I can, dream big, and never give up!
I love the museum because it is a lot like Walt was, it’s a storyteller! As you enter the first room you hear about his childhood, his family, and what his life was like, as you move from room to room, Walt gets older, and you learn more about his life. His life is truly fascinating. We didn’t have very much time to get through the museum so I missed a lot, but I really loved every minute that I spent in that museum!
- Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the walls of the museum:
- ”Sometimes your biggest failure can lead you to your biggest success.”
- “Sometimes you build yourself up and explode. Then you have to pick up the pieces and take stock.”
- “Sometimes it’s fun to do the impossible”
I was struggling with so much pain from my upcoming divorce, and seeing all Walt Disney went through, and all he accomplished was very inspiring to me. It filled me with encouragement and hope, and I really really hope that I get to visit again, so I can take my time and spend all day there!
Here’s some basic info about the Walt Disney Family Museum:
Museum Overview: 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 enhance the art of animation. The creator of Mickey Mouse, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Disneyland, he was a risk-taker who influenced popular culture through animated and live-action films, television programs, theme parks and new technologies. Founded by Walt’s daughter, Diane Disney Miller, the Museum is owned and operated by the Walt Disney Family Foundation, a non-profit foundation.
Museum Exhibits: Located in a historic brick building on the main post of San Francisco’s Presidio, the 40,000 square foot Museum was imaginatively reconceived to house ten interactive galleries, featuring a glass-walled back exterior that frames a spectacular view of the Golden Gate Bridge. The Museum tells the story of the man behind the myth in Disney’s own voice and in contemporary exhibits that feature state-of-the-art technologies, listening stations, more than 200 video screens and a 14 foot model of Disneyland. Visitors can also enjoy the Museum store, and the 114 seat, Fantasia-themed theater, which shows Disney classics daily.
- Hours: The museum is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays through Mondays. Closed
on Tuesdays, and January 1, Thanksgiving Day, and December 25.
- Admission: Admission can be purchased at the door, or at www.waltdisney.org. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, and $12.00 for children 6 to 17. Admission is free for members and children under 6.
- Location: The Presidio of San Francisco, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area of the National Park Service.
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~ I visited the museum free of charge, but the opinions are all mine, and you can’t take them away from me 😉 .