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“Are you a movie or history fan?” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Walt Disney Family Museum

Walt Disney Family Museum
104 Montgomery St, The Presidio, San Francisco, CA 94129
415 345 6800
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Campbell, California
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“Are you a movie or history fan?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

I will go back the next chance I get, as a few hours is not long enough for me! Lots of fascinating info on the movie industry, how movies are made, and Walt of course. What a wonderful tribute.

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Bellingham, Washington
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“A dream come true!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

Visiting the Walt Disney Family Museum is a must for the true Disney fan - but not necessarily if you are just a Disney parks fan. I have wanted to get here ever since it opened and I finally got the chance in November. The museum offers a chronological look at the life of one the greatest innovators this world has ever seen. A visitor can see such things as Walt and Lily's marriage certificate, their passports, pictures of the family and the homes they lived in, and even many of Walt's personal possessions, such as his watch, and the gold charm bracelet he commissioned for his wife with miniature Academy Awards, representing all of those he had won! The museum is interactive and technologically interesting, but would probably not be interesting for kids (mine weren't with me). For me, I liked the focus on Walt's life - the theme parks, though I love them, are more about rides and attractions and making money - the focus on Walt and the history of how the parks came to be is very hard to find in the parks anymore, unless you do the Walk in Walt's Footsteps tour at Disneyland. This museum touched on Disneyland and Walt Disney World, of course, but focused more on Walt as a family man, an innovator and a person, who though very successful ultimately, also suffered setbacks on his rise to the top. You really get a feel for how instrumental his family was in making this museum happen, and for portraying Walt as a person, who also happens to be a legend. For the true Disneyphile such as myself, the last room was very difficult to get through without getting choked up - it features video on an old-fashioned TV, with the voice of a newsman of the time telling the world that Walt Disney had died, and features samples of the cartoons drawn by others that ran in newspapers around the world in tribute to the legend that was Walt Disney. We went through the museum in about 2 hours, though if I had had more time, I probably could have stayed there at least 4 or 5. The museum in located in the Presidio, and as if the museum itself isn't enough, it also has a breathtaking view of the Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. The whole experience left me speechless! They also have events and special exhibits, such as the Snow White exhibit that just opened, so they offer new and exciting attractions to bring people back. I can't wait to go next time I'm in San Francisco!

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“Disney Family Museum = A World Class Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

The Disney Family Museum satisfies on so many levels. The location of the museum in the Presidio of San Francisco is absolutely stellar. If for no other reason, visiting the property for the proximity to world class views is reason enough to visit the museum,

The interactive portion of the museum, the media displays, are rich in history and content. It is difficult to imagine a visitor who would not connect, in some way, with the stories and images that are revealed.

At the conclusion of the visit, the content in the final room carries a particularly emotional wallop.

Walt Disney has been the subject of some controversy regarding his politics and leadership style. Perhaps most impressive of all, is the even handed manner in which the Disney family has addressed these issues. This is a tour worth doing more than once. We made our third visit last weekend

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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“Take your time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

If you want a detailed and chronological history of the life of Walt Disney you will not find a better place. This is a well organized and clearly presented chronological display of his life, cartoons, movies, inventions and theme parks. If you are just a lover of the theme park I wouldn't bother. This museum is also not great for little kids. If you have a AAA card use it! You get a $5 discount on admission.

The museum is well worth it just for the drive through The Presidio.

Go. Just don't bring your little children.

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“If you love documentaries”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

Not for kids, but if you would like to know more about Walt Disney as a person, this museum is a wealth of information. They also do a decent job of explaining some of the technical side of what made the magic. The only thing I would suggest to the Museum is going to sound strange, but you should consider starting with his death and then roll into how he started and lived. I suggest this because as it is staged now, you end with his death. Tears in eyes and lump in throat looking at the outpouring from around the world, and then you are exiting into the gift shop. Classic Disney, but shopping was not the mood after that last exhibit. I probably missed a good souvenier but, just couldn't do it.

Visited November 2012
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