Walt Disney Family Museum – Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World

Visiting the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, is always a must for me. It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve been before, I always love learning more and more history about Uncle Walt and the magic he created. This time there was a special exhibit called, “Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World” that I couldn’t miss!

Diane Disney Miller Exhibit Hall Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World

The exhibit was located in the Diane Disney Miller Exhibition Hall which is just behind the main museum building. There was a special ticket needed and it was timed so make sure you see it before exploring the main museum. Tickets were $35 for a combo of the Mickey and main exhibit. The show runs until January 6, 2020.

Tickets to the Mickey Exhibit

The exhibit follows the career of Mickey Mouse from his debut in Black and White films all the way through present day. There were over 400 items on view including including rare and never-before-seen original sketches, character model sheets, and concept artwork, together with nostalgic merchandise, vintage photographs.

Films: Black and White


Color Films

A cell painting of Mickey

Mickey International Merchandise

Taking in the bird’s eye view of the exhibit. It’s a two floors filled with Mickey through the years. The top floor includes original artwork from a variety of artists. It was so amazing to see the entire exhibit from the top floor. You can see how it’s laid out and get an even more unique perspective.

A birds eye view of the exhibit

Mickey artwork

I loved this little interactive part of the exhibit. There was Mickey-shaped paper and colored pencils with a sign that read, “What Mickey means to me.” You were able to write down your answer and stick it to the board. I wrote something along the lines of, “Mickey symbolizes the hope and tenacity in us all.” He really is a universal character of hope no matter your background, you know who he is and that he never stops fighting for the things he believes in.

We got to write what Mickey means to us

There was sooooo much to see and I’m sure I missed about half of it. I need to come back at least two more times to take it all in. If you have a chance, I would highly recommend seeing this exhibit while it’s still around.

The return of Mickey

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