Didi over at DisTherapy pinned a neat post on Walt Disney as your Ghost Host that I thought I would share. Simply click on the image to be linked to the post. Enjoy!
Welcome back to part two of our tour of the Walt Disney Family Museum. If you started here, be sure to read part one first, as this post will pick up later in Walt’s life, and it is chronologically based.
On the tour, we left off in the late 1930s area of Walt’s life. There was a poster that said it all, “We were in a new business.”
In 1939, The last Silly Symphony, The Ugly Duckling was released. In 1940, two major hits were released, Pinocchio & Fantasia.
The early 40s shows some serious issues that faced Walt. He experienced hardships along the way, but this period of time served to be another rough patch. He deemed this “the toughest part of my life”. There were two crises during this period, one being a 3 month artists’ strike and another being World War II. Red the panel below as it will flesh out the further details.
World War II
While we were in San Francisco, it was a big part of our plans to get to the Walt Disney Family Museum. The museum contains the life and legacy of Walt Disney. As Disney-philes, we were excited to tour and experience this exhibit. In the end we spent nearly three hours there and felt like we could have stayed longer.
It is $20 for adults and they give AAA discounts, so be sure to ask.
In trying to put together this post, I realized I had over 500 pictures, and knew I could not post them all. So, I have posted them in an online album, so you can experience everything. Click the link to view all of the pictures.
To get to the museum, we took a bus most of the way from our hotel in the Financial District to the historic district of Presidio. Then we had about a half mile walk. The Walt Disney Family Museum is in Presidio of San Francisco. It is very close to the Golden Gate Bridge.
Upon arriving into the museum, Walt was there to greet us. Well not actually.
Before I start to review the museum, they had a temporary special event in another building honoring the works of Mary Blair. It was actually the last day of the event, so we were glad to have been able to see the display.
Mary Blair was probably one of Walt most prized art director. She worked on some of his most famous works such as Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, & Song of the South. She is also know for her work at the parks, especially It’s A Small World. There is also a large mural in the Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World that she is credited with developing. Here is a slideshow of a few of the pictures from the exhibit. There are more in the above online album link.
After touring the Mary Blair exhibit, we returned to the main museum.
Prior to running the Disneyland Half Marathon, I meant another fellow RunDisney blogger, Greg of Why I RunDisney. (If you have not checked out his blog as he is an excellent blogger of all things Disneyland, including all the RunDisney events.) Well, during our planning for our first trip out to California, Greg asked if we would like to tour the Walt Disney Studios in Burbanks (where he happens to work). I could not get an email back to him fast enough to accept the offer with excitement. This serves as the corporate headquarters for The Walt Disney Company. Beyond the daily Disney business, it is still an active studio with sound stages, backlot, and production facilities where Disney shows and films are made.
So on Thursday (9/4/14) this was going to be our primary site to tour for the day. When we arrived at the Studios, we immediately felt important. Greg had prepped security that we would be arriving, so they were ready for us, welcomed us to the Studio, and handed us our official badges. It also helped that the guard grew up in the Southeast, in North Carolina, so he understood and welcomed our southern accents! My badge photo looks like I am going to Alcatraz as opposed to Walt Disney Studios though!
Today was the first day non-DVC, non-AP, and non-Disney VISA individuals could register for events of the 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon. As of now, the inaugural Walt Disney 10K has sold out already. There are still slots available for those that want to sign up for the Dopey Challenge, but that is now close to 80% full also!
I hope this last 20% crawls, as I would like to do all four events (5k, 10k, half, & full) but I cannot register until next month. Looks like I may have to settle for just doing the Goofy Challenge (half & full marathon) again!