Walt & the Natural World – During the ealry 40’s and 50’s Walt started making live-action documentaries, the first being Seal Island, that won the 1949 Academy Award® for best two-reel documentary. Here we were able to see his love of miniatures and get a beautiful view of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco Bay.
The 1950s & 1960s: The Big Screen & Beyond – Walking into this next room was a little breath taking, the way it was laid out is so creative and very much like Walt Disney – whimsical if you will. This room contained the Lilly Belle, the scale-model locomotive that Walt helped build and install on a half-mile track around his home, to a 12-foot model of the Disneyland of Walt’s imagination, the exhibits in this gallery present a vivid look at the landscape of Walt’s vision and achievements during the last 15 years of his life.
The model was amazing!! I couldn’t get over the details, it was so amazing to look at. Walt Disney truly had an imagination like no other.
Remembering Walt Disney – December 15, 1966 Walt Disney died. People all over the word were stunned and in shock. Looking at his beloved characters in various newspaper publication reacting, many with tears running down their faces just about did me in. I was in tears throughout this exhibit. The atmosphere really felt heavy and your heart was sad right along with his beloved character creations. Here you followed this man throughout his life, marveling in all the amazing things he had done and created and then he was gone.
The very last room in the museum was a beautifully designed area where the lighting was soft and there was a spot to sit down and just quietly reflect. It was the perfect touch.
In the basement of the building, there was also a Tomorrowland: Walt’s Vision for Today exhibit. This is only through December 7, 2015, so if you want to catch this, and you are in the San Fransico area, you should go check it out!
Through animated sequences, musical compositions, sound bites, graphics, audio visuals, vintage posters, and more, Tomorrowland: Walt’s Vision for Today will immerse visitors in the story of Walt’s hopes and vision for the future, as reflected in his creation of the 1967 version of Tomorrowland at Disneyland. This exhibition allows visitors to experience Walt’s perception of this beautiful tomorrow in a robust and vibrant way.
Again, if you find yourself in San Francisco stop at The Walt Disney Family Museum for a magical experience.
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Disclosure: I was provided with an all-expense trip to San Francisco by Walt Disney Studios to attend various events. All opinions are 100% my own.