The Walt Disney Family Museum Celebrates Wonderlands and Where the Wild Things Are

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The Walt Disney Family Museum is proud to present special exhibits and programs that celebrate a fantastical world of “Wild Things” and gothic wonderlands. As a special for the month of June, visitors to the museum can enjoy exclusive programs and events that provide a deeper look into the work of Maurice Sendak, children’s author, and the story of “Alice in Wonderland.”

Some of the special exhibits you can see include “Camille Rose Garcia: Down the Rabbit Hole,” which features 40 works by artist Garcia as well as ten “Alice in Wonderland” concept paintings by Mary Blair. The exhibits will be featured now through November 3, 2013 and have been organized by guest curator Tere Romo. The exhibits also celebrate the power of art to draw us into magical, inspiring worlds.

Another special exhibit for June explores “Where the Wild Things Are” through the special exhibit “Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons.” It features 50 works, by the legendary author and illustrator, along with 50 statements from well-known individuals on the influence of Sendak’s work. This coincides with the celebration of the 50th anniversary of his book, “Where the Wild Things Are.” A gallery talk, offered in addition to this special exhibit, will be held June 21-23. You can also enjoy screenings of the  “Where the Wild Things Are” film throughout June, which can be seen daily at 11 am, 1:30 pm and 4 pm, except for Tuesdays.

You won’t want to miss the multimedia event, “Disney/Pixar 101.” This talk will be held on June 15 and feature Pixar producer Jonas Rivera and Disney historian Don Peri. The two will present the stories of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios and their relationship with The Walt Disney Company.

You can also join in a conversation about the story of theme park animatronics in a panel discussion, “Disney and the Mechanized Magic of Audio-Animatronics.” The discussion will be held on June 22 and feature Garner Holt plus special guests, Bob Gurr and Bill Farmer, who helped transform make Walt’s dream of Audio-Animatronics a reality.

Several animation classes and special events will be held throughout the month of June at the Walt Disney Family Museum. One special session will be “Illustration and Storytelling in Children’s Books,” where you can participate in illustration activities and storytelling inspired by children’s books.

There will also be additional special events in June including a hands-on workshop, “Where Do the Wild Things Go?” which focuses on how to establish the rhythm of a book. Participants can learn about how to create a story arc, using the page turn to create drama, and even the importance of the marriage of text and pictures.

On June 21, visitors can participate in a special Animate Your Night program celebrating the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room. The Enchanted Tiki Oasis Pre-Party will be an adventure-filled night, inspired by Hawaii. You can even join Charles Phoenix in a time travel tour with his Retro Disneyland Slide Show while you enjoy snacks from Wexler’s and other food trucks. You can also sip on exotic cocktails from San Francisco’s Smuggler’s Cove, all while DJ Otto von Stroheim keeps the music going all night long.

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