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  • Sep 15, 2017

    X. Atencio – In Remembrance of One of Walt’s Most Versatile Artists

    On September 10, 2017, Francis Xavier Atencio – who preferred the simple moniker “X” – passed away at the age of 98. The former animator and Imagineer was one of Walt Disney’s master creative forces.

  • Sep 14, 2017

    A Petrified Anniversary

    What is the oldest attraction in Disneyland? At roughly 55 to 70 million years old, the petrified tree in Frontierland, an anniversary gift from Walt to Lillian Disney.

  • Aug 24, 2017

    The Heroine's Journey

    This summer, for the first time, the museum offered animation instruction just for girls: The Heroine’s Journey.

  • Aug 22, 2017

    “Nothing Has to Die” —The Walt Disney-Ray Bradbury Friendship

    Through the eyes of Ray Bradbury, we catch a glimpse of the true measure of Walt Disney.

  • Aug 22, 2017

    Small World, Big Message: The Music of “it’s a small world

    In Walt’s mind, this “boat ride” would be the perfect way to showcase the different cultures of children around the world – a clear nod to the work of UNICEF and the 1964/65  Fair’s theme of ‘peace through understanding’.

  • Aug 15, 2017

    The Walt Disney Family Museum 2017 Gala Honoring John Lasseter

    The Walt Disney Family Museum is pleased to announce that it will hold its third annual fundraising gala on November 7, 2017.

  • Jul 27, 2017

    Remembering Marty Sklar (1934–2017)

    We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Disney Legend and Walt Disney Imagineering Ambassador, Marty Sklar.  

  • Jul 23, 2017

    “Your Mind Will Expand” On the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney’s Adventure Thru Inner Space

    “For though your body will shrink, your mind will expand,” extolled the voiceover narration of Walt Disney’s Adventure Thru Inner Space, a unique Disneyland attraction that first opened fifty years ago in 1967.

  • Jul 11, 2017

    “Next stop, Tomorrowland!” Walt Disney’s Future in 1967

    As Walt would put it, “Tomorrow is a heck of thing to keep up with,” and from the beginning, Tomorrowland proved the most challenging area of the park to design and build. 

  • Jun 23, 2017

    Welcome, Foolish Mortals: Walt Disney’s Haunted Mansion

    It was 1959 and there was little doubt about it – Disneyland’s Grim, Grinning Ghosts would one day come out to socialize. The question was: when?

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