Disney Fest 2024- All Films

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Friday, March 22, 2024 - Sunday, March 24, 2024

This March, the Peoria Riverfront Museum becomes the Happiest Place on Earth! Join us, for Disney Fest!

The Disney Film Festival brings to life decades of Disney, with special activities that are fun for the whole family! Experience classic Disney films, shorts, and documentaries on the Peoria Riverfront Museum's Giant Screen Theater, the largest Film Society screen in America. 2024's Disney Fest brings more to the movies: join us for a Disney Trivia Night, a Dinner and a Movie experience, and so much more!

Renowned Disney author and historian J.B. Kaufman will join us for fascinating pre-film talks and post-film Q&As as well as book signings after select films. Mr. Kaufman is a film historian and author who specializes in Disney animation history and silent films. His books include The Fairest One of All, Pinocchio: The Making of the Disney Epic, and Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse. He also serves as the consulting historian for The Walt Disney Family Museum.

Documentarian Theodore Thomas will also be in attendance, for a screening of his 1995 documentary Frank and Ollie. Mr. Thomas is the son of Disney animator Frank Thomas, and will be giving insight into growing up as a 'Disney kid,' the making of Frank and Ollie, which focuses on his father's career, as well as that of Ollie Johnston, another chief animator for Disney.

For the full schedule of Disney Fest click HERE

Film schedule:

Saturday, March 23, 2024

  • Screening of 101 Dalmatians
    10 a.m.
    With a brief introduction by author J.B. Kaufman, see this Disney classic as you've never seen it before, on the Giant Screen!
    Get tickets HERE  
  • Screening of Frank and Ollie (1995)
    2:30 p.m.

    With an introduction by documentarian Theodore Thomas on the incredible story of his father, Frank Thomas, and his tenure as one of Disney's chief animators, along with Ollie Johnston. Thomas will discuss his father's legacy, growing up as a 'Disney kid' and the enduring power of Disney as it moves audiences today. There will be a Q&A with Mr. Thomas after the documentary. 
    Get tickets HERE         
  • Saturday Night Feature: Lady and the Tramp (1955)
    Dinner at 5:30 p.m. | Film at 6:30 p.m.
    Join us for a Dinner and a Movie experience based on the classic Disney film Lady and the Tramp (1955.) Enjoy a spaghetti dinner catered by Barracks Catering, one free glass of wine, a themed photo opportunity, and an exclusive talk from J.B. Kaufman and Theodore Thomas. There will be a book signing after the film with Mr. Kaufman.
    Get tickets for the full Dinner and a Movie experience HERE
    Get tickets for only the film HERE

Sunday, March 24, 2024

  • Screening of Silly Symphonies Shorts
    2:30 p.m.

    Enjoy some of Disney's earliest shorts, the Silly Symphonies! Prepare to laugh and learn, with an introduction by J.B. Kaufman, who will be signing his book Walt Disney's Silly Symphonies- A Companion to the Classic Cartoon Series after the screening.
    Get tickets HERE


Disney Fest 2024 is sponsored by Steve and Jeanine Spain and Visionary Society