Sunday, October 31, 2010

Don't Miss These Presidio Attractions

I have shared some of the more frequented places with you from the Presidio like Baker Beach, San Francisco National Cemetery, Fort Point, and Chrissy Field in previous posts.  Now I will share two new and fun things to see in the Main Post area that I was able to visit this year. 

Walt Disney Museum

Almost everyone loves going to Disneyland and Disneyworld. Northern California now has a fascinating attraction linked to these famous spots with the Walt Disney Museum in San Francisco.

October 2010 is the one year anniversary of when the museum opened in the Presidio. When  I recently visited the museum a few months ago, I was surprised me to find an amazing three floors of information available to browse  because the building looks small from the outside. 

There is something for most people to be captivated when visiting. I would like to spend a half of a day in order to really read and absorb all of the exhibits. Tickets are $20 (adult) with a discount for seniors and children. The museum is open Wednesday – Monday and closed on Tuesdays. You may get basic information at the Walt Disney Museum website

And, if you can, plan your visit around one of the upcoming public programs and lectures. I attended a lecture on "The Making of Pinocchio" which really was informative and fascinating to hear about all of incredible intricacies-details that went into this making this movie. And, as a bonus, I was able to see the entire movie of Pinocchio after this behind this scenes lecture.

Of course, the lecture took time away from finding the special gems throughout the museum.  Because the museum was closing when we got out of the movie, we were lucky to talk the really nice attendant into escorting us through all 3 floors as he was locking up.  Yes, all 3 floors. Find information about the life Walt Disney, where his hometown is, how he transitioned through the years, movies, and of course, building of Disneyland.

I need to go back. Anyone ready to go with me? When?

"I would rather entertain and hope people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained." ~ Walt Disney

Main Post Audio Walking Tour

Another interesting thing to do is to go on the free Main Post Audio Walking Tour. The tour is comprised of 18 audios of the different buildings and locations which have been developed by the Presidio Trust. The audios are have very good descriptions about 2-3 minutes in length and of Presidio History. Oh, and remember to first download the map to follow from the Presidio website.  The map will have the buildings marked to follow.

At this same website, you may download the audio files to your iPod or MP3 player or access the audio portion with your cell phone by dialing (888) 301-5678 . (Be careful and download each file to your iPod or MP3 player.) You are free to wander through the Main Presidio Post at your own pace either in order of the map and audios or at random of your choice.

What is your favorite Presidio building?  Let's share stories.

Learn by doing!  The Fun Tour Guru


  1. Hi Donna! Do you know if they had any special celebrations at the Walt Disney museum to celebrate the year they've been there?

  2. Hi Brandi, Yes they did in October. I posted some more events coming (November-December 2010)

    A tip is to follow their blog and twitter for more information.


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