Vintage Disneyland circa 1957 (from Disney History Institute – disneyhistoryinistutute.com
February is Awards Season, and The Walt Disney Family Museum is celebrating, with film presentations and visitor programs throughout the month.
The 84th Annual Academy Awards® will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, to be televised live on ABC Television. The San Francisco Bay Area is home to several Oscar® winners, including Pixar and Lucasfilm, but there is only one place where you can get an up-close look at more than 20 of the famous statuettes—The Walt Disney Family Museum.
Walt Disney personally won 32 Academy Awards throughout his career. To this day, Walt still holds the record for the most awards won by an individual. (Frequent Oscar host Bob Hope once quipped, “The management has informed me that they’re not responsible for Oscars left over 30 days. After that, they’re automatically turned over to Walt Disney.”)
Screening this month in the Museum’s state-of-the-art digital theatre is a collection of Walt’s award-winning True-Life Adventures films. Produced between 1948 and 1960, these shorts and features won a cumulative 16 Academy Awards, and have inspired naturalist filmmakers and conservationists for decades (see below for a complete program). Among the films being screened in February will be the Best Documentary Feature winners The Vanishing Prairie (1954) and The Living Desert (1953); and the Best Short Subject winners Bear Country (1953), Water Birds (1952), Nature’s Half Acre (1951), Beaver Valley (1950) and Seal Island (1948, the first film in the series). Admission to film presentations is free with paid Museum Admission.
February 1 through 7
Seal Island (27:00)
Beaver Valley (32:00)
Nature’s Half Acre (33:00)
February 8 through 14
Water Birds (30:00)
Vanishing Prairie (71:00)
February 15 through 21 (except the 18th)
Bear Country (33:00)
The Living Desert (69:00)
February 22 through 29 (except the 25th and 26th)
Mysteries of the Deep (24:00)
Secrets of Life (70 :00)
Film programs through February change weekly, with screenings daily at 1:00pm and 4:00pm (except Tuesdays, and February 18, 25 and 26). Further program information and tickets are available at the Reception and Member Service Desk at the Museum, or online by clicking here.
posted on January 2nd, 2012 by Ryan March, Editor, Disney Vacation Club’s Disney Files Magazine
Not every great gift this holiday season came wrapped in paper and topped with a bow. Some arrived by email, attached to a photo.
That was certainly the case when I opened a recent email sent by a Disney Vacation Club member from Kansas named Mike. A proud and grateful father of three, Mike thanked cast members for the powerful role they played in the life of his son Brandon, born with Cerebral Palsy and confined to a wheelchair. Brandon passed away this year at the age of 16.
“For the past 9 years, my family and I have visited Disney World at least once and sometimes twice a year,” Mike wrote. “Every time we would go to Disney World, something magical would happen. From Mickey pushing his wheelchair … to Pluto dancing with him or Minnie kissing him … I have so many thoughts and stories that I could go on for days … Brandon only lived 16 years, but he had a great life. Thirteen trips to Disney, and he never got tired of it. He kept our family young at heart, and we learned to take nothing for granted.”
Addressing Walt Disney World Resort cast members, Mike wrote, “You should be very proud of the work you do and how you impact more lives than you probably realize. I am crying right now (tears of joy) as I think of all the hard work and dedication you show to everyone. At Disney World, Brandon truly was treated just like everyone else. Well, maybe a little better than most. We are saddened by his passing but grateful to have such warm memories. I have two other children, and our return to Disney is inevitable. We have so many great memories, and Brandon LOVED the Parks. How can we top that? I just wanted to say thank you for giving him dignity, honor and respect. I hope you know the value of your work and how it makes a difference in the lives of many. With much love, I thank you again.”
Brandon’s photo will appear prominently in a Member mosaic on the spring 2012 cover of Disney Vacation Club’s Disney Files Magazine as a small tribute to an enormously inspiring young man.
Posted: 15 Dec 2011 10:00 AM PST
On this day 45 years ago, the world mourned the loss of one of the 20th Century’s greatest visionaries and most beloved figures, Walt Disney. Just a couple months earlier, in the fall of 1966, Walt had publicity photos taken at Disneyland park. Joined by Mickey Mouse at Sleeping Beauty Castle in the Disneyland Fire Department “Engine No. 1,” Walt was photographed by my former colleague, Disneyland Chief Photographer, Renie Bardeau, who retired in 1998. That day, Renie took what would be the final photographs of Walt Disney at Disneyland park.
Prior to his retirement, Renie told the Los Angeles Times, “There is a little story of when I was shooting that particular picture. It was shot on a Rolleiflex, and there are 12 pictures on a roll. I had shot 11 pictures of Walt at different angles… watching for his smile, watching to make sure Mickey was looking the right way, making sure the (castle) spires weren’t hanging out of Mickey’s ears. Anyway, I had shot 11 pictures, and I had said, ‘Thank you, Walt, that’s it.’ He asked me if I was sure, and I told him I was. He then told me that at the Studio we treat film like paper clips. You shoot, shoot, shoot all the film you need because if it’s not in the can, you will never have it. So he asked me to shoot one more. So, I shot one more and he said, ‘That’s fine, thank you, Renie,’ and he walked away.”
Over time, the photo has become an iconic image of Walt, but few people know that it was the last time we saw him at his beloved Disneyland.
The memorable portrait was recreated for the “Happiest Faces On Earth” photo-mosaic murals featured throughout the park during our 50th Anniversary celebration in 2005. It hung in the foyer of the Main Street Opera House and is now seen by cast members every day as they pass through the lobby of the Team Disney building at the Disneyland Resort.
Every morning when I see it I’m reminded of the rich legacy Walt left the world, and in particular to those of us lucky enough to spend every day at the place he loved so much.
The Last Photo of Walt Disney at Disneyland Park by George Savvas: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blo