Friday, March 12, 2010

Walt Disney Family Museum

The Walt Disney Family Museum opened in the Presidio last October, but I have yet to check it out. After my National Cemetery walk, I stopped by to get some information. It's nice that the exterior of the building is not differentiated from the other historic buildings lining the main parade ground. The museum is about the life of Walt Disney & does not go much past that. So, for instance, you will not find out about Disney World, since that was built after his death. The museum is starting up an events calendar with movie screenings & lectures. A string quartet is scheduled for this Saturday.

Rather immodestly, the lobby contains cases stuffed with all the awards won by Walt. I saw a special Academy Award for Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs. It consists of the standard statuette plus 7 tiny ones. Cute, but I much preferred the fascist Trofeo d'Arte della Biennale, a decorative, candelabra-like trophy depicting characters from the movie, bestowed at the 1938 Venice International Film Festival.

The museum's staff are exceeding cheerful & wear purple uniforms that make them look like bellhops. If you are afraid of perkiness, you might want to stay away.

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