Most people know that Walt Disney was born in Chicago, but was raised in Marceline, Missouri (just 15 minutes down the road from us) and that some of his famous parks include memories from his boyhood home. Keep updated on the Walt Disney Hometown Museum facebook page. What I just read about is that, on 3 Oct 2015, he was inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame as a U.S. entrepreneur, animator , and producer. According to the article in Group Tour Western magazine, “The Inductee Class of 2015 embodies the true spirit of space exploration by a group of men who, although they never went to space themselves, believed in the future and possibilities of exploring the universe.” (Chris Orwoll, New Mexico Museum of Space History executive director).
New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo, NM
“Best known for his work in animation and popular entertainment, Walt Disney created what is today the largest entertainment empire in history. In the mid-1950s, he worked with Werner von Braun on several iconic, “science factual,” animated films on science and science fiction subjects, most notably Man in Space, Man and the Moon, and Mars and Beyond. These were designed to be both educational and entertaining, which not only led to millions of people around the world learning about the future of space exploration, but also impacted the development of the United States space program and initiatives. Disney built several futuristic attractions to be included in Tomorrowland at his amusement park, Disneyland. His enduring interest in the future of space exploration was recognized in 1980, when a minor planet, 4017 Disneya, was named in his honor.
On July 22, The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco will open a new exhibition titledTomorrowland: Walt’s Vision for Today. The exhibition showcases Walt Disney as a “technological innovator, science fiction storyteller, and futurologist by spotlighting his vision of Disneyland’s groundbreaking Tomorrowland and its complete and revolutionary 1967 rebuild.” Academy Award-winning director, writer, and producer Brad Bird (The Incredibles,Ratatouille, and Tomorrowland) guest-curated the exhibit.”
Additionally, on view through 3 Jan 2016 at The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco is “Disney and Dali: Architects of the Imagination.” Check out more information at the Walt Disney Family Museum. Or call them for bookings (415) 345.6853.