While in San Francisco, what better a place for a Disney Geek like myself to stop than the Walt Disney Family Museum?! Not only did we learn a ton about the man behind the mouse and his fascinating history, but we also learned a lot about the creation of Tomorrowland and the inspiration behind the new upcoming film!
“You can dream, create, design, and build the most wonderful place in the world, but it requires people to make the dream a reality.”
My favorite exhibit, besides the very first drawings of Mickey Mouse!) was the huge model of Disneyland! I could have stood there and circled it for hours, staring in to the tiny and magical world!!
The 1950s & 1960s: The Big Screen & Beyond
This prolific period of Walt’s life started with the installation of a scale model railroad on the grounds of his new home, an event that spurred him to develop Disneyland.
Walt also created pioneering weekly television shows, and the studio continued creating both animated and live-action films, including the Academy Award-winning Mary Poppins. Walt was also involved in developing new technologies for installations for the 1964-1965 World’s Fair. In the 1960s he announced his ideas for EPCOT, the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. In a 15-year period, Walt created the templates for family television entertainment and outdoor family recreation while also infusing the promise of space exploration and urban planning with a sense of wonder and awe.
From the Lilly Belle, the scale-model locomotive that Walt helped build and install on a half-mile track around his home, to a 12-foot model of the Disneyland of Walt’s imagination, the exhibits in this gallery present a vivid look at the landscape of Walt’s vision and achievements during the last 15 years of his life.
It still just amazes me, and I can’t imagine the sense of accomplishment to see such an incredible model come to fruition!! Walt’s legacy continues to inspire our imaginations and helps us to all dream more than just a dream!
I was in tears as we visited this section of the museum. So many tributes to Walt, and I am sure that he was smiling down on them all. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the whole place, as I am sure there wasn’t on that day on December 15, 1966 when the world lost Walt. Thankful to be left with his memories, and his legacy so that we can keep passing his dreams down to our children and their children!
In Disney’s riveting mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” a jaded scientist (George Clooney) and an optimistic teen (Britt Robertson) embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space.