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: 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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SoCal today, Carsland Tomorrow

Today marks a momentous occasion in this history of Disney parks. Not only does Carsland premiere, but Disney California Adventure completes a 5 year overhaul of the park’s themeing. It is on one hand an admittance of failure of the late Eisner era and the singularity of thought persisting from the early 90s that all America needed to be cool was sun-soaked Southern California. Yet, … Continue reading SoCal today, Carsland Tomorrow