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The Museum Store at the Walt Disney Family Museum has a terrific selection for Mother's Day (or any day of the week)

The Museum Store at the Walt Disney Family Museum has a terrific selection for Mother's Day (or any day of the week)

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So, are you looking for something special to give a beloved someone who also happens to be a Disney fan? How about something for yourself?

Well, the Walt Disney Family Museum has several exclusive items sure to "charm" most Disney fans or collectors. The Museum Store welcomes phone orders, which can be made Wednesdays through Mondays between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pacific by calling (415) 345-6859. (Weekdays before noon is the best time to call). Items are shipped in USPS Priority Flat Rate boxes with delivery confirmation. Most orders are processed within a day or two at a cost of $6 to $16, according to assistant store manager Heather Miller.

One of the Store's more popular offerings is a starter charm bracelet at $9.95 with several exclusive individual charms priced at $6.95 and $7.95.  Charms of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto and Goofy can be found along with Chip 'n' Dale from the shorts group. Charms of Snow White, Grumpy, Jiminy Cricket, Bambi, Thumper, Alice, the Cheshire Cat and Tinker Bell represent some of the animated features made during Walt Disney's lifetime.

There are also some icon charms, including a drawing of Walt used as a Museum logo, a vintage Mickey Mouse design, the Sorcerer's hat, a train, a castle and a special piece honoring the 75th anniversary of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." 

For Disney pin collectors, there are several styles and characters represented in the Store's inventory. Prices range from 6.95 to about $15. One of the nicest pins is an Art Deco-styled framed picture of a young Walt and Lillian Disney. Another features an image of Mickey Mouse outside the former military barracks building that now houses The Walt Disney Family Museum. There's also a pin that pairs Walt Disney with his beloved backyard train, the Lilly Belle. 

Most are marked "Walt Disney Family Museum" and easily exchanged with pin traders in Anaheim, Orlando and elsewhere.  Many of the Museum's pins are produced in fairly small numbers -  300 to 500 - even when they are not marked or marketed as limited editions. 

While jewelry - especially bracelets and charms - is among the more popular categories of gifts for females, sometimes an artist's work says a lot about children, parenthood and families. With her designs for "it's a small world," various murals and her colorful Illustrations for Golden Books, Mary Blair is certainly one such artist.

"Magic, Color, Flair: The World of Mary Blair," a major retrospective of Blair's life and work featuring several hundred artifacts, is the current special exhibition at the Walt Disney Family Museum through Sept. 7. Some of its featured art has been reproduced for Museum Store merchandise.

Images of Watermelon Boy and Lemonade Girl - original Blair paintings owned by Disney Legend Alice Davis - and other non-Disney creations by Blair - including some student work - are featured on postcards, pins, magnets, coasters, note cards, ceramic tiles and prints. Many items are priced less than $12, with some exceptions. Three fairly popular business card cases, including one featuring Blair's Lady with a White Cat, are $16 each. A couple of larger prints are $18 each and giclées (fine art prints on stretched canvas) run between $75 and $149. The exhibition catalog, by animation historian John Canemaker, is $40.

For those who who love Mother Earth, the Museum Store offers unique purses, bags, backpacks, pouches and luggage tags made from recycled street banners previously used to advertise the Walt Disney Family Museum at The Presidio of San Francisco. Luggage tags are $10; pouches, $20; purses, $50; bags, $52 to $65; and kid backpacks starting at $28 rising up to $80 for adult backpacks.

For people who like to display their affection for Disney in their fashion, the Walt Disney Family Museum-branded shirts are $18 to $25; hoodies are $50. A wide variety of sizes and styles are available for men, women and children.

The Museum Store also has a good selection of books related to Walt Disney and key studio personnel. Patrons can find more than a dozen titles from Didier Ghez' "Walt's People" series, featuring transcripts of historic interviews. In addition to "Magic, Color, Flair: The World of Mary Blair," there are catalogs from earlier special exhibits honoring the 75th anniversary of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" and "Water to Paper, Paint to Sky: The Art of Tyrus Wong"; a half-dozen offerings from the Walt Disney Animation Archives Series; and great books by Disney historians Jeff Kurtti, Charles Solomon, J.B. Kaufman, Jim Korkis, Sam Gennawey and others.

Occasionally, the Museum Store even gets in a few copies of a rare out-of-print title like "Walt's Time - From Before to Beyond" by Richard and Robert Sherman. The book, first published in 1998, is available at the Museum Store for $50, far less than the current best secondary market price of $175 on Amazon.com. Supplies are limited.

In addition to the Mary Blair special exhibition, the Museum's Theater Gallery is offering "Leading Ladies and Femmes Fatales: The Art of Marc Davis."  This exhibit of some 70 pieces of Marc Davis' art is small, but satisfying. It features the best of Davis' work as the designer and animator of Sleeping Beauty, Tinker Bell, Maleficent and others as well as a few familiar feminine spirits and pirates from his Imagineering days. The overall exhibit is meant to reflect the Davises' friendship with Mary Blair and features  "Mary's Rose," a painting by Marc that hung above Mary's bed when she stayed in their guest room.

The Walt Disney Family Museum is open Wednesdays through Mondays between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pacific. For additional information, including ticket prices, visit www.WaltDisney.org.

  • Thanks Leo. It is a great little shop. I am most impressed with the solid collection of Disney classics on DVD, the book selection, and the stuff only available at the Museum.

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