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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