ABD Backstage Magic: Day 4 (part 1)

What a day! Opening and closing Disneyland on your first full day there is a bit much, both emotionally and physically taxing, and not for the faint of heart. This was close second for my favorite day, with so much pack in I think I might have to split it into three or four posts! This was one of the first times we had more free time so I’ll keep the focus on the Adventures By Disney tour, trust me there is more than plenty. Are you ready for a whole day at Disneyland? Allons-y. Continue reading “ABD Backstage Magic: Day 4 (part 1)”

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ABD Backstage Magic: Day 3 (part 2)

I had to split this post in two because we physically shifted from Los Angeles to Anaheim and mentally shifted from Hollywood to Disney. Shocking as it may be this was only my second visit to Disneyland.  I don’t even count the first because it was so brief and miserable due to outside factors that I barely remember it. So, welcome to my first-ish trip to Disneyland! What better way to visit such a gorgeous park than with VIP tour guide.

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ABD Backstage Magic: Day 3 (part 1)

Hard to believe we have made it this far through the trip so fast, already it was time to pack our bags to leave Hollywood and move right along. This was a big day, making up for lost time in Los Angeles from the holiday and getting us to Disneyland for the evening. Our morning spunk was starting to defect us but we were still not yet pushing our meeting times so we were in the black. It was good that we still had energy as this would be a very busy day, my most favorite of the entire vacation.  Continue reading “ABD Backstage Magic: Day 3 (part 1)”

ABD Backstage Magic: Day 2

Day two, our first day from start to finish on the tour. Luckily the time change was still in our favor and we were able to get up for the breakfast in our hotel (an achievement). It is nice to always know where your meals are coming from on a vacation and not having to think about it. Waking up late we had to have our day bag packed for whatever the first half of the day had in store. Part of doing a planning trip is to give up knowing what it always going to happen, and more so trusting that the tour will still satisfy you. Continue reading “ABD Backstage Magic: Day 2”

ABD Backstage Magic: Pre-Tour (Part 2) and Day 1

A quick catch up on our trip…we arrived. Well, you could have guessed that, but we chose to arrive a day in advance of the prescribed schedule (what rebels). That gave us time to settle into our hotel and the whole of the “check in” day to explore.

Catch up with our Planning and  Pre-Tour (Part 1).

This was our one big day in California and we were raring to get going. Mostly, that was coming from the Central Time Zone, so Mom and myself were out the door by 8am. Our big plan for the day was to visit the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, drive the coast, and hopefully squeeze in a stop in Santa Monica before the real tour started with the kick-off dinner at 5pm. Continue reading “ABD Backstage Magic: Pre-Tour (Part 2) and Day 1”

ABD Backstage Magic: Pre-Tour (Part 1)

It was time for us to arrive in California.  As I mentioned in my last post, my mom and I decided to extend the packaged Adventures By Disney tour on both the start and end of our travels. That gave us a full week to soak in the warm California sun.  We used our pre-tour twenty-four hours to get to all of the “must do”s that would not be covered by ABD, and explore Hollywood and Greater Los Angeles. Of course I had more on my list than we could get to, but we did our best.

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ABD Backstage Magic: Planning

Watching the in-room TV during your last trip to Walt Disney World you might have seen families exploring Inca ruins, Italian villas, and African safaris. Adventures by Disney (ABD) markets itself as a way to experience the world with the comforts of Disney. Through serendipitous events I went on the Disney (and film) theorist dream tour, Backstage Magic.

One of the first draws was the location, having worked many years at Walt Disney World, California and Disneyland possess a touch of the exotic. Second, the tour grants access into exclusive venues, which with the right connection you might get into a selection, but without the efficiency or totality of the tour. Finally, I wasn’t able to get into the archives for my research, and was willing to pay even to just get in.  It was also February and a great time to head to So Cal.

So, come join me on my trip.

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