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  • Dec 17, 2016

    Keeping the Hobby Alive

    The same passion that drove Walt Disney and others to pursue their love of model railroading remains strong today. Tom Nance has hand built his own working 1/8th scale steam engine, almost an exact replica of Walt’s own Lilly Belle.

  • Dec 17, 2016

    Babes in Toyland, A Holiday Treat

    Walt was in the midst of creating live action films and hosting television shows that put him right in America’s living room. Soon Walt would chart new waters with his first ever live-action musical, Babes in Toyland.

  • Dec 14, 2016

    “All it takes is tuppence from you…” Reflecting on 50 Years Since Walt Disney’s Passing

    December 15, 2016 marks fifty years since Walt Disney’s passing. It has been half a century since the world lost one of its greatest visionaries. 

  • Nov 11, 2016

    The Fairest One of All

    The Walt Disney Family Museum has made some exciting new additions to gallery 3. All new Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs artifacts are now on view to showcase various characters, animation art, and merchandise. 

  • Nov 6, 2016

    Gentle Visionary: The Kindred Spirits of Walt Disney Productions

    Which Disney led the studio? It was a partnership. Both Walt and Roy Disney have been described as the spirit of Walt Disney Productions.

  • Nov 6, 2016

    A Team Effort: Inspecting Some New Artistic Treasures on Display

    One of Walt's many great talents was stimulating other artists, inspiring them to create stunning works of all types. Explore some work by Walt’s staff, only recently rotated onto display in the museum’s main galleries.

  • Nov 6, 2016

    Milt Kahl: Master Puppeteer

    Arguably, one of the most legendary (and possibly the most infamous) of Walt's Nine Old Men was the master draftsman, Milt Kahl. With the exciting presentation of The Walt Disney Family Museum’s special exhibition of Wish Upon a Star: The Art of Pinocchio, we turn our attention to Kahl, the sometimes irascible yet always supremely talented artist behind the design of the lovable little puppet.

  • Oct 22, 2016

    Gentle Visionary: Walt's Disney World

    Although devastated by his brother’s death in December 1966, Roy mustered the resolve to see through Walt’s plans for the Florida project, which would not be a replica of Disneyland. John Hench recalled Roy saying, “I simply had to do it. Because when I meet Walt again, if I hadn’t even tried to build that thing, I would really catch hell.”

  • Oct 19, 2016

    Flying to New Heights: Celebrating 75 Years of Walt Disney’s Dumbo

    Walt took a swing at a different kind of picture after releasing Fantasia (1941). It was a feature film not as grandiose as those that preceded it, but was perhaps even more effective in emotional impact. The film was Dumbo (1941), now celebrating 75 years since its release.

  • Oct 19, 2016

    Painting Dreams with Mary Blair

    In the newest addition to our galleries at The Walt Disney Family Museum, we reintroduce the iconic work of the concept artist and designer Mary Blair. With the recent rotation of Blair’s artwork in gallery 7, guests view a selection of Mary’s unique visual development work for the memorable films Alice in Wonderland and Cinderella.