BE's Bay Area Bonanza!! New'ish photos added 1/21
I couldn't help myself with the title! I expect this first post will evolve over time as I establish myself here. It's a new thing for me to have a thread not dedicated to my Disneyland trips, even though I report back on just about everything I do. But it's time that I figured "Why not show everyone my take on some other things that California has to offer?".
Some things to look forward to will include:
❀ My adventures in San Francisco
❀ Walt Disney Family MuseumWell, that's all I've got so far. But there will be more, I promise. And if there's ever anything you'd like to see, just let me know and I'll always do my best to share my thoughts and experiences if I have any.
Gee BE I bet you have pictures from past northern California trips you could share.:rotfl:
I will definitely add lots of what I have from past excursions. It's just a matter of finding what I have. Wouldn't want to be a liar with false advertisement now would I?
Also you need to fix up Walt** :wizard:
To start us off, how about the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco!!
Jazz and the Walt Disney Family Museum - Part 1
Jazz & the Walt Disney Family Museum
July 17, 2010
The Walt Disney Family Museum opened to the public at The Presidio in San Francisco back in October 2009 - that is more than 9 months before I finally got to go and experience it for myself despite many, many (and I do mean MANY) attempts at planning to do so. It was rather heart breaking considering how many of those attempts were canceled the day of. But I wont be a Negative Nancy anymore, because I finally made it! My dad, who from here on out shall be known as Llama (courtesy of the children's book "Is Your Mama A Llama?") and I hit the road at roughly 8:30 in the morning on our field trip. Out tiered tickets (more on that later) weren't until 10:15 and it's roughly an hours drive for us so we knew we would be there plenty early, which was OK. Llama enjoys walking around The Presidio so we knew we wouldn't be bored, especially since I would have my camera to take photos of everything outside due to the warnings that no photography is allowed inside the museum due to copyrights on the material. No sweat!
So for those of you who aren't up to date with the National Parks and Recreational Areas of California, The Presidio actually used to be a Military Base until 1994 when it was officially inactivated and transferred to the National Parks Service. See! I learned a lot of new things today, because I hadn't known this previously. But Llama is a bit of a know-it-all, so of course he knew and divulged said information to me. And when we finally reached our destination it was pretty easy to make the connection. I've been to one or two (or three :rolleyes1) military bases in my life while visiting my Bio-dad who is active-duty in the Army. You definitely get the base feel from them. But hey, it's a gorgeous location!! True to form, we definitely got there plenty early. By the time we parked and ate a little snack it was just past 9:30 so we had about 45 minutes to kill. Perfect time to pop out the Nikon and take her for a spin!
We actually made it!!
I find it funny that this sign is here. The WDFM is the only operating building there on Montgomery and this sign is directly
in front of it. Do we really need the arrow telling us where to go when there aren't any other logical destinations??
I know it may not be everyone's taste but I absolutely love these buildings.
The building was once used as barracks. Now it's a destination for Disney enthusiasts from around the world (literally, there was a
couple who arrived just before we did speaking French).
I'm practicing for my future job on The Price Is Right or something, can't you tell?
I highly suggest that if you were to go you take some time to walk around the grounds a little and not just focus 100% on the museum itself. The Presidio has some great views to be found. Someday I want to just go out there and explore a bit. But the farthest that I got on an expedition was straight behind building 104 and guess what you get a pretty darn good view of?
(and a few other shots from outside)
The Golden Gate Bridge!!
Me & a map of the Main Post
Because I like rocks.
And who doesn't like flowers?
There's quite a bit of seating outside on the deck for you to relax in, or I suppose to enjoy your meal from the Cafe outside.
Funnily enough, after they put these banners out there was one that did not want to stay attached to the railing.
In case you were wondering, here are the hours of operation for the WDFM!
Roughly around the time they opened the Museum up for those with 10AM tiered tickets was when I decided to go lock my camera back up in my car since it wasn't going to be of much use to me once I was inside of the museum. We still had 15 minutes to go before our 'time slot', so I wanted to make sure we were ready to go when it was our turn. The reason they do admission this way is in effort to cut down on too many people bottlenecking in the galleries, and it keeps the flow of people much smoother. SO! After getting my camera tucked safely away and grabbing our printed admission from home we made our way towards the museum lobby where I was greeted with some rather welcome news. Photography wasn't allowed in the galleries, but the lobby (which serves as a Trophy Room for awards Walt received) and everything else was fair game so long as you leave your flash off. Oh yeah! So I had about 5 minutes to go run back out to my car and grab my camera before it was our turn to start exploring. Sure, it wouldn't give me enough time to take photos then and there, but I would get my chance either when we took a break for lunch or after we finished every exhibit. And I would get my chance, so here are some of the award cases for your viewing pleasure:
Everyone snapped to attention when their photo was taken.
The highlight of the Lobby for me. These are all original furnishings from the Disneyland apartment.
Stay tuned! There's more to come!! Including one more location inside the museum that allows photography!!
Jazz and the Walt Disney Family Museum - Part 2
Jazz & the Walt Disney Family Museum
July 17, 2010
So, where is it that we left off? Oh, yes. I was photographing a small selection of what was on display in the Lobby when 10:15 finally rolled around and it was time for us to get our tickets scanned and start our tour. I get the feeling that depending on how many people are there they are a little more open about when you use your ticket, but the guy letting everyone in to the first gallery was letting everyone know that due to how many people they were expecting for the day they would be sticking to the tiered entry as much as possible. It was fine for us. We knew we were there early and that was that. But it's all good once you get started. And from there on out it would be a while before I could take any more photos.
Map of the 1st floor.
Map of the 2nd floor.
Food available at the Cafe.
Our roast beef light roast beef sandwich.
Our ceasar salad sans dressing.
The Walt Disney Family Museum is exactly that - a museum about the Walt Disney family and not just the company. There is so much more to Disney than theme parks and characters that we all love and the museum did a wonderful-wonderful job at capturing and showcasing that. The close work with Walt's daughter Diane who co-founded the museum is very apparent in every room! It was a great day and after leaving the last gallery we made our way to the gift shop which is just :goodvibes too good for words. Word of warning though, there are a lot of amazing hand-crafted items by a local artist I believe. I wish I had written her name down so I could look her up but I completely forgot. Gorgeous items, but expensive!! I did pick up a few things. They had six adorable Snow White postcards and I picked up two of each, as well as a couple of Snow White pins. Llama also bought me a Snow White bracelet while I wasn't looking ;)
There is also a lower level that I am afraid to say we didn't get the chance to reach as we needed to head home. It's where you'll find the museum's 114-seat theater which I believe was showing Disneyland's opening day. I'm ashamed to say I missed it. Almost. I will say this though - I can't wait to go back to take a look at all the things I didn't have the time to pay 100% attention to! And now, I will leave you with a few more photos from around the grounds!! So long, and until next time :hug:
The Oscar for Snow White.
Key to the city of San Francisco presented to the Disney family.
Award for Cinderella Contest in Japan, 1953.
Venice International Film Festival Trofeo d'Arte della Biennale for Snow White, 1938.
I love the shoe! I must have a pair!
Alright, so I have a lot of S.F. Zoo photo from over the years that I would love to share if anyone is interested. Otherwise, I have a fun S.F. weekend planned, with a pit stop at the Oakland Zoo. Go figure ;)
Despite the horrible event of car theft this Tuesday, we've got a rental (we had to go back today because we forgot to add me as a driver on the contract when we picked it up yesterday) and I'm just ready for this weekend to begin. The only things so far that are for sure on the agenda are:
- Pier 39
We have yet to officially settle on what to do Friday (tomorrow) after I get off work. You would think I would have this planned out already, but so far, no dice.
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