If you are a huge fan of Disney and history then you’ll be happy to hear that I’m giving out some tips for the Walt Disney Family Museum! The museum, located on the Presidio in San Fracisco California, is a great way to get your dose of Disney when you aren’t close to a park! General admission is $25 and admission is free year-round for active and retired military, their spouses, and dependents with valid ID. Here are my tips for visiting the Walt Disney Family Museum!
Best for Tweens/Teens and Adults!
Although there is a ton of Disney memorabilia, it’s not really a place for toddlers. I honestly think toddlers would be bored. The Walt Disney Family Museum DOES, however, host several movies a week which are great to take children to.
Take Time to Read and Interact with the Displays
I will be honest, experiencing the Walt Disney Family Museum means doing a lot of reading. The displays have detailed descriptions and you will find the Academy awards, Walt’s personal mini train he used to ride in his backyard and sketch art from multiple movies. But there are also several fun exhibits where you can listen to and watch early Disney cartoons. It’s not a place that can be rushed. I thought each exhibit had lots of information and my favorite part of the small scale model of Disneyland which gives information on its history!
Browse the Gift Shop
I promise the gift shop is very worth a visit. They had products that I hadn’t seen before and it doesn’t feel like you are in a Disney Store. It feels like an upscale museum shop with whimsical products- my favorite was the Mary Blair illustration books and products that they had one one section.
Pay For Parking!
There isn’t a ton of signage but parking (across the lawn) in front of the museum is metered. I recommend pay for at least two hours of parking since there is so much to see in the museum.
Research Special Events before Attending
In a separate Disney building they often switch out art exhibits. Currently they are hosting an exhibit on Eyvind Earle who was responsible for the background on Sleeping Beauty.
Have you been to The Walt Disney Family Museum? What did you think about it?