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Disney Family Museum opens today in San Francisco

October 1, 2009 |  4:53 pm

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Culture Monster certainly hopes that Diane Disney Miller isn't planning to run with those scissors.

But Miller -- Walt's daughter -- did use the giant scissors to cut the ribbon as the new Walt Disney Family Museum opened its doors today in San Francisco. We couldn't be there, but asked museum representatives to send Culture Monster a few photos as soon as they were in, and they were happy to oblige.

Miller and other Disney family members and assorted officials gathered at the new museum at San Francisco's Presidio before the museum opened its doors to the public for the first time at 10 a.m.  Included on the list were Walter E.D. Miller, Walt Disney's grandson and president of the Walt Disney Foundation, and Richard Benefield, founding executive director of the Walt Disney Family Museum. The museum, officials have said, is dedicated to the man, not the Mouse -- that is, the story of Walt Disney, not the entertainment mega-corporation that bears his name. 

And we spoke afterward with Diane Miller, who described the crowd who showed up to be the first ones through the door this way: "There weren't an awful lot of people there, but the people who came were really 'Disney people.'  One young woman had been to the opening of every Disney theme park...I was very touched..."

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Added Miller, "My whole purpose was to let people know my father, to feel like they are meeting him, you hear his voice everywhere. And there is lots of media everywhere in the museum -- a power shortage would shut us down. It's very exciting, and we can keep improving it -- it's like Dad said about Disneyland, there are things that if we think of a better way to do it or to tell it, we can keep changing and improving."

For more details of the opening, check out today's AP story.

Photos: Diane Disney Miller cuts the ribbon at the opening ceremonies today for the Walt Disney Family Museum; the crowd lines up to be the first visitors through the door at 10 a.m. Credit: Walt Disney Family Foundation.

Related coverage: 

Get your mouse ears on for the opening of the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco

Walt Disney Family Museum to open Oct. 1 in San Francisco

Comments () | Archives (3)

This is really nice... I'm so glad we will finally be able to learn more about the man behind the Disney empire. Can't wait to take my son!!

I had the opportunity to go to the preview day, weekend before opennning, then again Oct.1st. Due to timed entry ticket, my first visit was 2 hours and we did get through the entire exhibits but did not have the time to really explore all each had to offer. On my second visit I spent the time, 5 hours to read, listen and bask in the information about the man Walt Disney. I highly recommend the Walt Disney Family Museum to anyone wanting to know more about the life of the man Walt, his desire to learn, explore, and create. Not for very small children.

I had the tour today and Lee was my tour guide. (the one in the picture with the dark hair and beard.)

Let me just say that he is the most friendly, knowledgeable, and captivating tour guide i have ever had...and he is quite WITTY as well.


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