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A visit to the Walt Disney Family Museum

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Ed note: welcome back long time blog author Whit Honea. The Walt Disney Family Museum has been lambasted over the fact that it is located in San Francisco rather than in a town with a more direct link to the legacy of its namesake. I… Read More »A visit to the Walt Disney Family Museum

Bruce Gordon Remembered

A very moving article has been reposted at the Walt Disney Family Museum blog. It’s a look back at the impact Bruce Gordon had on the creation of the museum in the too-short time between his unfortunate release from Walt Disney Imagineering and his untimely… Read More »Bruce Gordon Remembered

Walt Disney Family Museum Hosts YouTube Contest for 1st Anniversary

The Walt Disney Family Museum is celebrating its first anniversary by asking What Would Walt Do? Specifically they want you, to channel your inner-Walt and create a promotional video for the museum then upload it to Youtube. The best videos will win prizes, including a trip to the museum and a private tour.

Here’s a video they’ve released with more information:

More details on the promotional contest below the jump:

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Walt Disney Family Museum to debut new Art of the Map exhibit

Dave Stevenson: The Art of the Map – A New Exhibition at The Walt Disney Family Museum
To Run from September 15, 2010 – January 3, 2011

Special map of The Presidio of San Francisco created for the exhibit

When The Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio of San Francisco was looking for a way to illustrate the ancestry and family roots of Walt Disney, they turned to an imaginative Bay Area artist and mapmaker named Dave Stevenson. His work, which will be on exhibit in the Lower Lobby of the Museum from September 15- to January 3, has been seen at the entrance to the Museum’s first gallery by thousands of visitors since the Museum opened. Stevenson’s colorful map charts the journey of Disney family ancestors from Isigny-sur-Mer, France ( d’Isigny was Anglicized to Disney,) through England, Ireland and Canada to the United States.

Stevenson uses geography, cartography, graphic design, and artistic inspiration to create his maps. These works of art include history and landmarks, people, plants, and animals to communicate an accurate yet romantic, playful, or dramatic view of the places and events that he charts. Included in the exhibition are maps of Maui, Antarctica, Egypt, and India, as well as the famous map, Treasures of the World, included as an insert in National Geographic. Also featured are maps of Antarctica, Egypt, the Galapagos Islands, the Lewis and Clark expedition used in marketing Lindblad Expeditions and maps of the Mediterranean, and India, as well as a dramatic piece that charts the spread of the Black Death. A map of the Presidio of San Francisco drawn especially for this exhibition will also be on display.

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Walt Disney Family Museum Celebrates the 55

This week marks the 55th anniversary of Disneyland’s grand opening (either the 17th or 18th of July depending on how you’re counting). The park itself is doing something around Merchandise, the Disneyana Fan Club is having a convention, and, not to be left out, the Walt Disney Family Museum is having two days of events.

Alas the WDFM events are already sold out. But if you follow them on twitter (@WDFMuseum) then you can keep up with the goings on and get access to special coverage they’ll be posting over the following days.

More details below the jump

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