Last Saturday was an overcast, cloudy day. I wanted to get out of the house, but the weather wasn’t cooperating. So we hopped on a bus visited the Walt Disney Museum!
First, we stopped to eat brunch at Ella’s Cafe (at Presidio and California). Yum… lemon ricotta hazelnut pancakes!
We caught the next bus and headed into the Presidio. On our way to the barracks, we came across a group of people training dogs… to carry wagons! Through an obstacle course of some sort. (Of course I took a sneaky photo.)
I have no idea why, but it was the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. Beautiful dogs!
The Walt Disney Family Museum is housed in the old army barracks from when the Presidio was a military base. The four-level museum and gift shop/cafe is open year-round, with new exhibitions every few months.
We visited the Snow White exhibition first. I’m glad we went there first, because we took our time and really enjoyed each room – but after the museum, we were pretty tired out! I don’t think we would’ve had the patience for another exhibition if we had done the museum first.
The two stories were filled with original artwork and show all the stages from conception to movie to advertising. Time for a photo dump!
I loved the alternate suggested names for the dwarves – Tipsy and Shifty are my favorites!
We took a break and shared a lemonade before we entered the museum. There was so much to see and read – it was a little overwhelming. There were ten separate rooms, representing different stages of Walt Disney’s life and career. It was pretty amazing, with lots of interactive aspects – to watch, listen, touch. There was definitely too much to read – after a while, we had to pace ourselves and start skimming a lot more, but it was pretty neat.
Over 340 drawings for 15 seconds of animation!
The World War II propaganda was pretty interesting…
In between levels, there was a cool hallway with views of the Golden Gate Bridge – it was pretty grey and cloudy, but of course the views were still great!
The climax is definitely the miniature version of Disneyland – complete with moving rides. It was so cool!
This little museum was the perfect place to visit on a cloudy day. The views of the Golden Gate bridge are still stunning – and If I were visiting San Fran for just a few days, I would continue on the path down to Chrissy Field for even closer views on the beach. We continued home, following Lincoln Blvd until we left the Presidio. We stopped by a little park and pond before we reached the bus stop.
And by the time we came home, we were tuckered out!
More city sights coming soon as we continue to explore San Francisco!