|by Brad Tuttle||Disney, San Francisco||9|
A new museum opens its doors on October 1 to celebrate Walt Disney as an artist, visionary, and man, not Walt Disney the theme park or brand.
Oddly enough, the Walt Disney Family Museum won't be located in Orlando or southern California but in San Francisco, in the Presidio. Admission to the museum is available via timed-entry tickets, and it's recommended that visitors buy them in advance at WaltDisney.org. With a timed-entry ticket, you get a 15-minute window (say, between 10:00 a.m. and 10:14 a.m.) in which you can arrive. Tickets might not be available at the door.
What's there to see? A blog post from SFWeekly.com offers a sneak peek, with photos from the museum including a scale model of EPCOT, original sketches of classic characters like Dumbo and Mickey, and some of the Academy Awards won by Walt (including seven tiny Oscars Walt had specially made in honor of the seven dwarfs). The museum will also host classes, films, and special family programs.
General admission costs $20 per adult, $12.50 for kids ages 6 to 17, and free for children under 6. To find out more or to buy tickets (up to 60 days in advance), visit WaltDisney.org.