I recently had a free day and took a trip to the Disney Family Museum that is located at the Presidio in San Francisco. The museum details the life of Walt Disney from his childhood until his death. It’s something I have wanted to visit the place since it opened and finally had the opportunity
Even in the summer, it is often cool in SF and so I wore jeans, a long sleeve t-shirt, and some low heel ankle boots. They were doing construction work and the parking lot was closed and so I had a significant walk to the museum. I was gla.d I wore the boots since they are one of my most comfortable shoes. I have lots of pairs of boots, mostly with 1-2” heels and I really like them as they are both stylish and comfortable. For some odd reason I find boots to be more comfortable than pumps of the same heel height (someday I will write more on that). For a long time I had this rule that ankle boots were for pants and knee boots for skirts, but looking at what lots of other women were wearing I decided the rule was too restrictive. The right ankle boots can look really “kicky” with a skirt and knee boots worn outside pants look okay too although its often a real “outdoorsy” kind of look. That is another topic for another day.
Anyway, the museum was lots of fun and very interesting. The museum is organized as a sequence of exhibits that you walk through from start to finish. It is organized chronologically and so you start out with his grandparents and end up with the creation of Disney World in Florida. There are exhibits that show his early animated features (including the merging of live actors and animation), how Mickey Mouse came about, all the technical innovations associated with full length animated movies like Cinderalla and Fantasia, and finally about how the theme parks came about. There was lots of information about how it was working for him, both the good and the bad. I have always loved Disneyland and many of the old Disney animated movies and so it was really fun learning more about how they came about. The sheer creativity and energy of the man was really amazing.
Going through the museum in “femme” was a completely pleasant experience. From the time I bought my tickets until my stop at the snack area at the end of the exhibit, I was treated nicely by both the staff and other visitors. The only challenging aspect was the presence of about 30 elementary and middle school children on a late summer field trip. They entered the museum right before me and so we followed one another around for at least the first third of the museum. They seemed mostly bored since the museum is really about Walt Disney the man rather than a mini-Disneyland. They were bouncing off the exhibits and each other and generally being kids. I was a little worried since lots of bored kids and a tg can result in an unpleasant situation, but in this case nothing happened. I was just another uninteresting adult to them. Eventually I got tired of their noise and hung back while they moved on. The rest of the visit was entirely uneventful.
After I left the museum I walked around the Presidio grounds and towards the bay. It was a beautiful day, cool and a little foggy. I stopped and had lunch at a little sandwich shop and generally enjoyed the rest of the day. One of the great things about being tg in San Francisco is that basically no one cares, at least at the casual level of interaction that most of us experience. I have plans for an eventual post on that topic and so stay tuned.