In the past few months, many companies have adapted to the new way of the world. Though many businesses have had to close physical locations, they have found ways to bring hope and fun to guests at home. While The Walt Disney Family Museum closed at the beginning of March, they are now introducing Happily Ever After Hours, a program that brings Disney magic home through your own devices!
The program will take place on Wednesdays and Fridays at 5:30 p.m. PST and will take place over Zoom! The program will bring in many people that have made Disney magic possibly, whether it be Imagineers, animators, or composers, and open up a question and answer forum! If you want your chance to see some of the people who make Disney a reality, be sure to sign up for these free seminars on the Walt Disney Family Museum calendar. Here is a look at who is already on the schedule!
Wednesday, April 15 (Sold Out)
Disney Legend Bob Gurr will be sharing some of his favorite stories as an Imagineer. The first Happily Ever After Hours virtual tour will feature stories of working with Walt Disney himself to create Disneyland and his love of trains!
Friday, April 17
This Friday, join Muppet performer Dave Goelz as he talks through the magic of working with Jim Henson and what it is like to bring beloved characters to life. Over the years, Goelz has helped bring Boober Fraggle, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Waldorf, and The Great Gonzo into the homes and hearts of many fans around the world! If you want to participate in this seminar, you must be registered on the website by Thursday, April 16 at 12 p.m. PST.
Wednesday, April 22
In the third installment of the series, The Walt Disney Family Museum invites directors Brenda Chapman and Kevin Lima to share about their experiences with Disney! When you tune into this stream from home, you can hear about their Disney projects including Beauty and the Beast (1991), The Lion King (1994), A Goofy Movie(1995), Tarzan® (1999), Enchanted (2007), and Brave(2012). If you want to hear these stories for yourself, be sure to sign up on the website by Tuesday, April 21 at 12 p.m. PST.
Friday, April 24
For the fourth Happily Ever After Hours, The Walt Disney Family Museum invites composer and conductor Fabrizio Mancinelli to share his stories! Mancinelli will discuss his process for scoring films and also talk about his experiences as he works on Andreas Deja’s upcoming animated film Mushka alongside Disney Legend songwriter and composer Richard Sherman. If you want to be part of this, sign up by Thursday, April 23 at 12 p.m. PST!
Personally, I think this is an opportunity unlike anything before! Not only do you get to hear stories directly from the people that make magic but you get the chance to submit your questions for an extra special Q&A! Who are you most excited to hear from? Be sure to connect with us on Twitter and Facebook to let us know what you think!