Diane Disney Miller Interview

In a recent interview Diane Disney Miller recounts some of the familiar stories of her childhood as a Disney daughter. What’s new and interesting is the information on the Disney Family Museum that is scheduled to open in a refurbished barracks at the Presidio in San Francisco…

Miller said the museum will be in a beautiful and historic brick
building. "We’ll offer an audio visual walk-through about his life" —
from before Walt’s birth, through his childhood, his service in the Red
Cross during World War I, to his films, TV shows, Disneyland and how
his legacy has influenced today’s society."

…now why the hell should there be a museum on Walt Disney’s life in the Bay Area, other than the fact that it is close to Diane’s home and vineyard, is beyond me. You know, Walt had the opportunity to set up shop (as a film studio or themepark) at Treasure Island in the bay a couple of times and he decided not to. I could see Kansas City or Marceline maybe. But that museum should be right next door to Walt’s studio in Burbank or Walt’s themepark in Anaheim. To place it elsewhere is a selfish move by the Miller family. It’s really too weird for words.

8 thoughts on “Diane Disney Miller Interview”

  1. Now, if you lived in the Bay Area (like me), would you be saying that? And even if you did still say that, would you be bitter about it? Cuz all I know is, I can’t wait to visit the museum! And if it were in Missouri, I’d never see it!

    so there!


  3. Hello! I am Japanese Disney fan♪ Disney daughter,Diane Disney Miller’s interview was very interesting for me. I would like to visit Disneyland in America and the Disney Family Museum someday.

  4. My first thought was the same as yours John. Why the hell would there be a Disney museum in NoCal?
    Then I decided that odd as it may be, that’s just one more location with a Disney twist to enjoy in my travels. Besides, SoCal already has a tribute to the life and times of Walt- it’s called Disneyland and I’ll take that over an audio tour anyday.

  5. I’m with ya. Why would there be a Disney museum in the Bay area when he never lived there? Illinois or So Cal I can see.

    Does give me something to try to get my family to do when I go to visit. Wonder if I’ll ever convience them to go. :)

  6. The narrow-mindedness of many Disney “fans” continues to spin my head.

    Walt Disney’s life and accomplishments are greater than any one single place, but here come the myopic gripes that anything related to Walt doesn’t belong at any site not dripping with company-fed nostalgia, like Marceline, Burbank or Anaheim. (Can you imagine the shrieks of horror from the same folks if the museum were planned for Orlando? Or inside the gates of DCA?)

    Does a Holocaust museum belong in Washington, D.C.? Does a Salvador Dali museum belong in St. Petersburg, Florida?

    It’s the same tunnel vision among “fans” that demands that *only* Disneyland be celebrated in 2005, despite the obvious disagreement among The People Actually Running The Company.

    The same sense of warped entitlement that says Disneyland is a sacred place because It Forever Shall Be The Only Park Where Walt Walked, yet no one argues that “Beauty and the Beast” is an artistic fraud because Walt didn’t contribute to any of its frames.

    The same whine that the company is dishonoring Disneyland’s 50th anniversary by not doing enough on a single date — July 17th — that at most can only accommodate a few tens of thousands of people in the park, instead of a celebration aimed at giving millions of people all over the world a chance to participate over a much longer span of time.

    It’s always curious to me that so many people on the Internet seem to think they alone know How Things Should Be Done when they don’t work for the company. Isn’t that just a tiny bit presumptuous?

  7. Does anyone know how I might be able to contact Diane Disney Miller? I am trying to send her a letter, but can’t find her address. Thank you for any help!

  8. I’m an artist and I’ve also been writing and illustrating a screen play. I was wondering how I might be able to submit my movie idea to the Disney co. It would be my dream to be part of the Walt Disney co. I’ve been an artist since I was small. Even when I didn’t have paper to draw on I used to go outside and practice drawing Disney characters in the dirt. Thank you for any help you can give me. Sincerely your,
    -Gregorio Baca

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