The Walt Disney Family Museum has announced their next lineup of Happily Ever After Hours webinars for June 2021 along with a highlighting in-person and virtual exhibits open to the general public.

What’s Happening:

  • The Walt Disney Family Museum’s popular Happily Ever After Hours series continues with new Zoom webinars planned for the summer.
  • Additionally, the museum will host a special Virtual Talk and Demonstration with puppeteers from the Bob Baker Marionette Theatre on June 11th.
  • Registration is now open for all sessions taking place now-June 25th and is available via the Walt Disney Family Museum’s Virtual Programs ticketing page.
  • Beyond the webinars, Walt Disney Family Museum is also home to several virtual and in-person exhibits that are open to the public.

Virtual Talk + Demo

Disney Marionette Magic with the Bob Baker Marionette Theater

  • Fri, Jun 11 | 5:30pm PT | Zoom Webinar | $8 for members; $10 for non-members
  • In collaboration with the Bob Baker Marionette Theater in Los Angeles, join Executive Director and Head Puppeteer Alex Evans and Director of Development and Community Partnerships Winona Bechtle for an exclusive presentation about legendary puppeteer Bob Baker.
  • Learn about Baker’s extensive background in puppetry and animation, including a puppet show he performed as a teenager for the animators of Walt Disney’s Pinocchio (1940), his role as a Technical Consultant on Disney’s Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971), and his magical marionette window displays for the Emporium on Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland Park and Magic Kingdom Theme Park at Walt Disney World Resort.
  • Following the presentation, join Missy Steele, Director of Operations at Bob Baker Marionette Theater, for a demonstration on how to make your own puppet at home

Happily Ever After Hours

The Jim Henson Company Director of Archives Karen Falk

  • Wed, Jun 16 | 5:30pm PT | Zoom Webinar – FREE | Sign-up Required
  • Join Director of Archives Karen Falk as she discusses her role at The Jim Henson Company—preserving the life and legacy of Jim Henson and curating exhibitions based on their beloved film and television projects, including:
    • Disney’s The Muppets
    • PBS’ Sesame Street (1969–present)
    • The Dark Crystal (1982)
    • Labyrinth (1986)

Kate MacMurray

  • Fri, Jun 18 | 5:30pm PT | Zoom Webinar –  FREE | Sign-up Required
  • Join Kate MacMurray, daughter of beloved Disney Legend and actor Fred MacMurray, for a special Fathers’ Day edition of Happily Ever After Hours as she discusses her father’s close friendship with Walt Disney, her childhood memories of Walt, and her experience growing up with a father who played the quintessential American dad in many prominent acting roles.

Virtual Spies & Spymasters Happy Hour: The Walt Disney Studios and World War II

Co-presented By The International Spy Museum

  • Thu, Jun 24 | 5pm PT – FREE | Sign-up Required
  • The Walt Disney Studios might not be the first thing that pops into your head when you think covert action. But did you know Disney worked directly with the US government to support the war effort during WWII?
  • Featuring Kent Ramsey, curator of The Walt Disney Studios and World War II special exhibition, join the International Spy Museum for June’s Spies & Spymasters Happy Hour as they dive into the little-known intersection between Disney and the shadow world.

Producers and Directors Rebecca Sugar and Ian Jones-Quartey

  • Fri, Jun 25 | 5:30pm PT | Zoom Webinar – FREE | Sign-up Required
  • This Pride Month, we are celebrating the LGBTQ+ community’s contributions to the world of animation.
  • Join Producers and Directors Rebecca Sugar and Ian Jones-Quartey, notable for their work on Cartoon Networks’ animated series Adventure Time and Steven Universe, as they discuss their experiences working in television animation, the importance of LGBTQ+ representation in family entertainment, and Sugar’s impact as the first female and non-binary show creator at Cartoon Network.

Exhibitions

The Walt Disney Studios and World War II

  • Thu–Sun | 10am–5pm (last gallery entry at 4pm)
  • $15 adults | $12 senior/students | $5 youths
  • Free timed ticket required for:
    • Children 5 and under
    • Members
    • Active and retired military personnel and their spouses and dependents with valid ID
  • The Walt Disney Family Museum is pleased to welcome guests to our new special exhibition, The Walt Disney Studios and World War II, a retrospective of The Walt Disney Studios’ extensive contributions to the Allies’ World War II effort.
  • Curated by World War II historian Kent Ramsey, this immersive exhibition is on view in the Diane Disney Miller Exhibition Hall at 122 Riley Avenue.

Veterans' Voices: Painted Realities

  • Thu–Sun | 10am–5pm
  • Lower Lobby Gallery until Sun, Jun 13 | FREE with museum admission | Virtual Exhibition Open Now
  • Veterans’ Voices: Painted Realities features original artworks by U.S. military veterans and serves as a platform for the American veteran’s voice to be heard through their own words and creativity, rather than from depictions by non-veteran artists.
  • The exhibition is available to view in a 360-degree virtual 3D environment at waltdisney.org/veteransvoices.
  • Special thanks to the Sharon D. Lund Foundation for their generous support of this exhibition.

Did You Know?:

  • Veterans’ Voices is the museum’s fifth annual Community Access Exhibition, inspired by the vision of the museum's co-founder, Diane Disney Miller, who championed arts access as a vital component of the museum's commitment to community engagement.

Conserving the Magic of Our Planet: A Virtual Community Art Exhibition

  • Open Now
  • Adult and teen artists from around the world were invited to submit artwork inspired by Walt’s passion for stories based on our natural environment and the protection of our planet.
  • The final, curated selection of artwork is available to view for free via our website and WDFM mobile app.
  • Walt Disney is celebrated not only for his transformative and lasting impact on our culture through the pioneering and perfecting of animation, family entertainment, and theme parks, but also for his reverence of nature and support for habitat conservation. Consistently ahead of his time, Walt recognized the importance of inspiring younger generations to both understand and actively protect our natural world and the diverse forms of life with which we share the planet.