Walt Disney Family Museum Announces ‘All Aboard: A Celebration of Walt’s Trains’ Exhibition

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D23’s Fanniversary Event to Tour 11 Cities; ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Lost Song to be Previewed

D23 Fanniversary 2014Disney’s D23, the official club for fans of The Walt Disney Company, today announced plans for its third annual Fanniversary event tour which kicks off on August 9, 2014 in Burbank, CA and will make stops in San Diego, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., New York City, Boston and Orlando. This year, the event will be sponsored by the new Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection which launches in June with its release of The Lion King, featuring thirty minutes of its previously unreleased score by Hans Zimmer.

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Walt Disney Family Museum to Host Marc Davis Exhibit

Maleficent by Marc Davis © DisneyThe Walt Disney Family Museum has announced it will present the exhibition ‘Leading Ladies and Femmes Fatales: The Art of Marc Davis’ from April 30 through November 30, 2014. On view in the museum’s Theater Gallery, the exhibition — co-curated by the museum’s director of collections and exhibitions, Michael Labrie, and animator Andreas Deja — spotlights some 70 original pencil animation drawings, conceptual artwork, paintings, cels, and photographs from animator and Imagineer Marc Davis (b. 1913). Davis, who was named a Disney Legend in 1989, was assigned and executed some of the most difficult animation for Walt Disney’s leading ladies and femmes fatales from classics such as Peter Pan (1953), Sleeping Beauty (1956), and One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961). It was Davis’ mastery of the human form and authority on anatomy and movement that brought these iconic female characters to life and made them believable.

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GROUPON: Walt Disney Family Museum Half Off Admission

A bargain at its full price, the Walt Disney Family Museum, located in The Presidio of San Francisco, is currently being featured on Groupon for up to half off the regular price of admission. Regularly priced at $12 – $20, future visitors can now purchase up to four advanced tickets at the rate of just $10 each (children under the age of six are permitted free admission). The Groupon offer must be redeemed by June 30, 2014 with December 26 – 29 blocked out.

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Mary Blair Special Exhibition at Walt Disney Family Museum, Companion Book in March

'The Art and Flair of Mary Blair: Updated Edition' by John CanemakerThe Walt Disney Family Museum, located in San Francisco’s Presidio, will be featuring the life’s work of artist and Disney Legend Mary Blair in a special exhibition titled ‘Magic. Color. Flair. The World of Mary Blair.‘ The exhibit, which is being curated by author and animation historian John Canemaker, is scheduled to run between March 13 and September 7, 2014.

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Leonard Maltin to Moderate ‘Peter Pan’ Panel for Disney D23 Members; Limited National Screenings Announced

'Peter Pan Diamond Edition' Blu-rayIn honor of Peter Pan: Diamond Edition taking flight on February 5, 2013, Disney D23 — the official club for Disney fans — has announced some very special events including a panel to take place ahead of the screening at Disney’s El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood on January 11th.

Moderated by noted film critic/historian Leonard Maltin, the panel is set to include Kathryn Beaumont (voice of Wendy), Ted Thomas (son of legendary Disney animator Frank Thomas and director/writer of the acclaimed documentaries Frank and Ollie and Walt & El Grupo) and Margaret Kerry (live-action reference model for Tinker Bell).

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Walt Disney Family Museum to Explore Stop-Motion Animation; Exhibit Opens September 27

Coraline armature and puppet Coraline (2009) Steel and rubber Courtesy Merrick CheneyThe Walt Disney Family Museum has announced its newest special exhibition, ‘Between Frames: The Magic Behind Stop Motion Animation,’ on view from September 27, 2012 to April 28, 2013 in the Museum’s Theater Gallery. Curated by WDFM Registrar and Curatorial Assistant Anel Muller, the exhibition explores the evolution of stop motion animation in the United States — especially in special effects, television, and film — while examining some of the key milestones and innovators including Willis O’ Brien (King Kong), Tim Burton (The Nightmare Before Christmas), Art Clokey (‘Gumby’), Ray Harryhausen (It Came From Beneath the Sea), Henry Selick (Coraline and James and the Giant Peach), Phil Tippett (Star Wars and Jurassic Park) and more.

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Walt Disney Family Museum ‘Animate Your Night’ Presents New Monthly After-hours Party

Animate Your Night at Walt Disney Family MuseumThe Walt Disney Family Museum presents ‘Animate Your Night’ — a new Museum-wide monthly after-hours party. Experience the galleries in a whole new light and illuminate your imagination with music, performance, film screenings, and hands-on art activities. Each evening has a unique theme relating to the Museum’s exhibitions and programs. With complimentary bites, a cash bar featuring a thematic signature cocktail, and much, much more.

On Friday, July 27 from 7 to 10pm, ‘Animate Your Night: Ready, Steady, GO!’ celebrates the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Join us for an evening of animation, innovation, and imagination.

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Disney Cruise Line Offering Lasseter Family Winery Excursion

Those sailing aboard Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Wonder west coast cruises with stops in San Francisco now have a rare opportunity to visit the Sonoma Valley winery owned by John and Nancy Lasseter.

While taking the 75 minute ride from port to the winery, the guide will present a brief history on Sonoma Valley’s wine region and surrounding areas. Upon arrival, guests will be greeted by Nancy Lasseter directly. Guests will be granted exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the heart of the winery to observe different stages of the harvest process.

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‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ to be Honored in Special Exhibition at Walt Disney Family Museum

'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'The Walt Disney Family Museum has announced that it will be honoring the 75th anniversary of Walt Disney’s first full-length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, with a special exhibition beginning later this year.

On view from November 15, 2012 to April 14, 2013, the exhibition celebrates Walt Disney’s vision and the artistry of his dedicated staff, illustrating how they shaped and defined an entirely new American art form through their creation of this groundbreaking film. Guided by the vision of a master storyteller, 32 animators, 1032 assistants, 107 inbetweeners, 10 layout artists, 25 background artists, 65 special effects animators and 158 inkers and painters and countless production staff came together to create the masterpiece. The exhibition is organized by The Walt Disney Family Museum, and guest curated by Lella Smith, Creative Director of the Walt Disney Animation Research Library.

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