I received hotel and transportation from Disney to attend The Incredibles 2 Press Event. While in San Francisco we visited the Walt Disney Family Museum. I’m not entirely sure how many times I’ve been there but I always find something new to explore every time I’m there.
I’ve seen special exhibits like a very special train. Walt loved trains, which is why Disneyland has a train that goes all around the park, which they’ve recently renovated. I’ve seen special artists like Andreas Deja, the art of Pinocchio, and on this trip, It was the Animated World of Glen Keane.
Glen Keane is an American animator, author and illustrator. He worked on The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Tarzan and Tangled. He recently won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short for his work on Dear Basketball with Kobe Bryant. Check out just some of the work he made:
He is an extremely talented artist and his exhibit is spread across two large rooms one of which is at the bottom of the stairs. The other is off to the side.
The rest of the museum never really changes but is jam packed with the history of Walt Disney. Walt Disney strikes me as the kind of guy who could never sit still and was never satisfied. He always had to push technology to it’s limits and innovate. There wasn’t a problem that would get in his way. You can see that in the museum…
Here’s just a little bit about Walt Disney’s life:
Walt Disney was born in Chicago, IL on December 5, 1901. In 1906, his family moved to a Missouri farm, where he had an idyllic early childhood and first learned to draw. The farm failed, and in 1911 his family moved to Kansas City, MO where he rose at 3:30 a.m. to deliver newspapers on his father’s paper route and fell in love with vaudeville and movies. In 1917, the family moved to Chicago, where Walt created cartoons for his high school yearbook, took classes at the Art Institute of Chicago, and tried to enlist in the U.S. Army. Rejected for being underage, he joined the American Ambulance Corps and arrived in France as World War I ended.. He constantly drew and earned a quarter for his first drawing at the age of 19. With only $40 in his pocket he rode first class on a train to California and made his dreams come true.
I find Walt Disney to be a very inspiring man. I’ve been lucky enough to visit many of his personal locations. I’ve been to the house Walt Disney lived in for many years. I’ve also visited the Walt Disney Family Museum. Of course I’ve also been to Walt Disney world and to Disneyland on many occasions. His dreams never seem to have died.