It’s easy to immerse yourself in the incredible story of Walt Disney – especially when you’re visiting the Walt Disney Family Museum. The museum is owned, operated and funded by the Walt Disney Family Foundation. It’s a non-profit organization established by Walt’s heirs including his daughter, Diane Disney Miller.
Located in The Presidio of San Francisco, the museum’s historic buildings once served as the U.S. Army’s premier West Coast base. Today the two buildings have been beautifully remodeled allowing for 21st century innovation inside while preserving the exterior appearance of the original buildings. The original 1890’s army barracks houses the lobby, café, porch and theater, while the military post’s 1904 gymnasium houses the Diane Disney Miller Exhibition Hall.
Inside the hall, the Museum’s galleries walk you through Walt’s life – from growing up on a failing Missouri farm, to delivering papers to creating cartoons for his high school yearbook. By the time Walt was 23 years old, Mickey Mouse was born – and the rest of his story is a historical record and gift of animation, innovation and inspiration.
A local friend and self-proclaimed selfie extraordinaire, we thank Tim Bergstrom, for sharing photos from his recent visit. At the museum, you’ll find stunning Hollywood Walk of Fame stoneware mugs, along with Mickey Mouse and Walt’s Train. (and yes, Mickey always seems to be sold out – can't keep enough of those in stock!)
Years ago, the magic began in front of the TV on Sunday nights watching The Walt Disney Wonderful World of Color. Today we thank the Disney family for keeping Walt's legacy alive.
Keeping watch. Pat