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Old 02-27-2010, 08:32 PM   #1
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Update 5/30. I'm going to Club 33 with 43 other DIS'ers PTR! W/photo's! ABD BSM Tour.

Meet the gang



Hi everyone! This is my first attempt at a PTR. So please be patient with me.

So I bet you are wondering when this trip will take place and who are all these people on this trip. I will be going on the Adventures By Disney Backstage Magic Tour from from April 12th - 19th. The tour starts on the 13th and ends on the 18th.

The cast of this trip is very large. We will have 43 DIS'ers! i will be rooming with Kim. I met her on the Podcast cruise the DIS Unplugged and Dreams Unlimited put on in May of 2009. Kim has been going to WDW for a long time. I think she has spent something like 589 nights at WDW so far. Me on the other hand have been going to WDW since 2007. I lived in Southern Cali as a child. We would do a couple trip to DL and Knott's every year. This will be my first trip spending more than a day at DL. John and Katherine will be a big part of this trip too. I have become great friends with Katherine and John, we met during the podcast cruise also. I have met half of the people on the trip from the podcast cast cruise. I can't wait to meet the rest.

John and Kevin-Podcast crew
Pete and Walter-Podcast crew and Pete owns the DIS Boards
Marilee (Corky441) and DH Dino
Kim (TickledTink33) Kim is my roomy
Anna (Aspen37) Me
Tracey (tmli) and Chris (Slapwhitey)
Chris (columnwest)
Jason (Menashacorp) and Susan (merriepoppins)
Kathy (kab407)
Dodie (Dodie ) and DH Phillip
Lauren (stenogoddess) and Jeri
Dave (macman752) and DW Sally
Jason (JWren1234)
Jennifer (TheTXTaylors5) and Bill (DisneyTaylors)
Alissa (SpokaneMom)
Katherine (Katscradle) and John (3guysandagal)
Lynne (Carolinagal)
Tonya (Tonya2426) and DM Carol
Tracy (winotracy)and DH Bill
Karen (Klam chowder)
Matthew (MatthewT212) and DH Miguel
John and Micki (tardis1029)
Heather (Circusgirl)
Jim and Linda
Frank (skunkvette)and Cathy (Mrs. Skunkvette)
Oscar Jr and Oscar Sr
Sharon (PrincessSharon)

Here is Kim and I. Also with us is Rob, and Todd. Rob and Todd are not on this trip thou.



Here is Kathy.



Here is another of Kim.


Here is Katherine in front of the Haunted Mansion in WDW.


Here is John getting ready for the Pirates in the Caribbean party on the Disney Wonder.


Here is Chris (columnwest) also getting ready for the party on the Wonder.


Here is Katherine and a really good friend Todd. Katherine made the cotume she is wearing!


Here is Tonya, she is on the right.


Here is another of Tonya.


Here is Tracy and Bill is in the back on the right.


On with our plans. We arrive on April 12th. Kim and I arrive at LAX within an hour of each other, so I am planning on meeting her at her gate. I will be in Las Vegas spending time with my family and flying in from there. Kim is spending the weekend at WDW before the trip. We both will be leaving on the 19th. Kim will be flying out of John Wayne and I will be flying out of LAX. Kim will be going back home, I will be going back to Las Vegas to spend more time with my family.

So our plan for the first day is, after we get our bags and take the town car provided by ABD is check-in at the hotel which is the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel. We will be there for the next three nights. Then we are meeting up with Karen (Klam chowder) and Katherine (Katscradle). Karen managed to get 4 tickets for the April 12th taping of the Ellen Show! I'm so excited because I love the Ellen Show! Thanks Karen!!! It will be at the Warner Brothers Studios. None of us are renting a car so we will be taking public transport over there. Wish us good luck with that! After the taping I'm not sure what we are doing. I would like to head over to the Roosevelt Hotel and have a burger. I have heard they have a great bar that serves awesome burgers.


The second day is ABD check-in day. We don't have to meet with ABD till later in the day so we have most of day to ourselves. I was think of hanging around Hollywood BLVD for the day. We could take the tour of Grauman's Chinese theater, shop and just hangout. Diner is at Trastevre Ristorante at the Hollywood and Highland Center. I'm not sure what we will be doing after dinner but I'm sure it will be with the group.

Day three is our first full day with ABD. I can't wait to go over to the Jim Henson Studio. I loved Fraggle Rock, so getting to see where these muppets were created is Awesome. I still love Kermit too. I don't have that many stuffed animals. but I do have Kermit.
As of now there is a big group of us planning on a pilgrimage to IN-N-OUT for dinner this night.
Here is a list of activities from ABD's website.

Behind the Scenes at The El Capitan Theatre
Step into Hollywood's past with a backstage tour of the ornate El Capitan Theatre, lovingly restored as a venue for Disney films and live shows.

Backstage at Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Visit the former Masonic temple where this hilarious and wildly popular late night talk show is taped. On a backstage tour, explore this historic theater and hear some entertaining inside stories about the day-to-day excitement involved in producing a nightly comedy-variety show packed with celebrity guests and top music acts.

The Jim Henson Company Studio Tour and Lunch
This historic studio was built in 1917 by Charlie Chaplin. Now home to The Jim Henson Company, it's not open to just anybody! Enjoy a privately guided VIP tour that includes a video history of the company and a specially prepared lunch in the studio's private café.

Hollywood
On the trip back to the hotel, cruise by some of Hollywood's most famous landmarks with a local expert.

On Your Own in Hollywood
In the evening, you are on your own to relax or enjoy the wide variety of restaurants and activities in this vibrant area. Your Adventure Guides can make recommendations.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch


Up next our plans so far for the rest of the trip.
Thanks for reading this!


The first days of vacation on this post. April 9, 10 and 11.
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=144

Monday April 12 part one.
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=152

Part two of Monday April 12.
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=156

Day two, Tuesday April 13. It all started with a mouse...

Part one
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=159

Part two
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=160

Day Three April 14. Lights, Camera, Adventure!
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Day four Thursday April 15. Theme "Making the Magic". Word of the day WED Enterprises.
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I will post the links later for the 5/03 update. I'm really tired now.
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Old 02-27-2010, 09:01 PM   #2
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Great start to your trip report! I can't wait to meet you all! This is going to be such a terrific adventure!
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Old 02-27-2010, 09:15 PM   #3
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Great start to your trip report! I can't wait to meet you all! This is going to be such a terrific adventure!
Hi Alissa! I can't wait to meet you too. This is going to be such a blast. I have a feeling I am going to have a bunch more BFFS after this trip. I can't believe the trip is almost here. When are you getting into LA?

Please add anything I missed to the PTR. I have never written a TR before, so the more the merrier on the this TR!
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Hi!
Wow, your trip sounds like it is going to be a blast, especially with all of the DIS folks! I can't wait to hear all of the details.
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Wow, your trip sounds like it is going to be a blast, especially with all of the DIS folks! I can't wait to hear all of the details.
Hi Golfing Goofy! Thanks reading my PTR.
Yeah this should be a really great trip. I think this trip will surpass all of my expectations.
It looks like we will just miss you from your trip countdown. I have a feeling our trips will be here before we know it.
I'm hoping to get some live postings in during the trip. I just bought an iphone and have the eticket app for DL on it. The app has the DISBOARDS on it and it is designed for the iphone, so it is alot easier to use.
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Plans for the rest of the trip, and how we found out we get to eat at Club 33!



Day four is a big day. Today we get to go to Imagineering, Walt Disney Studio, the Archives, and Disneyland! We will be having breakfast, lunch, and dinner with ABD and will be checking into the Grand Californian today. The GC will be our home for the next four nights.
Here is the plan for today from ABD's website.

Walt Disney Imagineering
See how the magic of Disney theme parks and resorts is made. Get a first-hand look at some of the creations conjured up by the architects, designers, engineers, technicians and others who make up the Disney Imagineers.

Walt Disney Studios and The Walt Disney Archives
Enjoy lunch at The Walt Disney Studio commissary and then browse through an assortment of memorabilia at the Studio Store. Afterwards, you'll learn the story of The Walt Disney Studio during your privately-guided tour, which includes a visit to The Walt Disney Archives.

Drive to Disneyland® Resort
Head to the Happiest Place on Earth and Disney's Grand Californian Hotel® & Spa. This Craftsman-style hotel is within walking distance of both Disneyland® Park and Disney's California Adventure® Park, as well as the Downtown Disney® District, a promenade with shops and restaurants. After you are checked in, you have time on your own to relax by the pool or go shopping.

Welcome Reception at the Wine Cellar and Hook's Pointe
Enjoy Disney-style entertainment as you sample an assortment of appetizers, along with a selection of wines for adults and juice for Junior Adventurers. Afterwards, dine on the fine family fare of this lively pirate-themed restaurant.

Evening at Disneyland® Park
Enjoy a priority entrance into the Disneyland® Park with a special VIP experience prior to spending the evening on your own.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day five, Club 33 day!

We have a thread over on the DIS Unplugged boards for all of us to talk to each other before the trip. Kevin is known as the taunter for all of the DIS planned trips. Every time the team plans something cool Kevin loves to taunt us with the fact that he knows and we don't. It's a lot of fun for all of us. So a few weeks back he posted that they have something cool planned if it all pans out. They were still signing the papers with Disney so they wanted to wait till everything was set in stone before they told us. All of us were hoping it was Club 33, but we weren't sure how they would pull this off. So on Tuesday February 23, we had a private chat so they could let us in on the secret. As soon as they said Club 33 we all went nuts! They were helped out by a friend of theirs named Glenn. If it wasn't for Glenn we would not be going to Club 33. We are trading breakfast at the Plaza with Mickey and Minnie for Club 33. Sounds like a great trade to me! Our breakfast starts at 8am and ends at 10am. We will have Club 33 all to ourselves. I have a feeling that Club 33 has never had a group like ours in there before. I hope they are ready for us. Because we have the club to ourselves the dress code is gone. All of us hit the park for the rest of the day with ABD after breakfast so we won't have time to change clothes. Today we also get to see Walt's Apt above the fire station and get to ride in the Lilly Belle train car.


I didn't have pictures myself so I browed these from wdwinfo and mouseplanet.

I can't wait to walk thru this door!





It will be a completely different ride on the DL RR in the Lilly Belle.





And to top off the day we get to spend time here in Walt's Apt. This was another place I never thought I would see the inside of.




I have a feeling I might shed a tear or two when I stand in front of this lamp. Like so many other people I always say hello and good bye to Walt as I walk by this window.



Here is the plan from ABD's website.
Character Breakfast at Plaza Inn
Start your day in Disneyland® Park eating breakfast with Minnie Mouse and her friends. No IT'S NOT, IT'S CLUB 33 BABY!!!
Choose from an assortment of delicious morning treats at the all-you-can-eat buffet.

VIP Custom Tour of Disneyland® Park
Discover the secrets of Disneyland® Park in this privately-guided backstage tour. Visit areas that are off limits to other Park Guests as you learn the fascinating history of Walt Disney and his dream.

Lunch at Café Orleans
Enjoy the view of the Rivers of America and savor the flavors of New Orleans.

Afternoon and Evening in Disneyland® Resort
After lunch, we continue the tour, including a privately-guided VIP tour to Walt Disney's Apartment. Spend the rest of the afternoon and evening on your own at either Disneyland® Park or Disney's California Adventure® Park. Experience the thrills of fantastic attractions and spectacular shows, and be part of the countless magical moments around you. Your VIP experience includes special Disney's FASTPASS® service and reserved prime viewing for the afternoon parade.

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch


Day six, this is our last full day with the ABD tour. After we tour DCA with ABD I'm sure we will head over to DL and ride the Matterhorn. It will be closed for refurb except for the 17th & 18th. I know a bunch of us want to get a ride or two in on this trip. Also this is the opening weekend for DCA's Food & Wine Festival. I'm really excited about this. I have been to food & wine at Epcot, plus we have a food & wine weekend here in Aspen that I have been too.
Here is the plan from ABD's website for the day.

Character Breakfast at Goofy's Kitchen
Enjoy Mickey Mouse-shaped waffles and rub elbows with Goofy and his pals at this whimsical breakfast buffet.

Privately Guided VIP experience of Disney's California Adventure™ Park
Before Disney's California Adventure™ Park opens to regular guests, enjoy a privately-guided VIP tour, including a behind-the-scenes look at the inner-workings of the Park and enjoy a private Turtle Talk with Crush*.

Lunch and Afternoon On Your Own at the Disneyland® Resort
Spend the rest of your afternoon on your own, enjoying more of the exciting activities at both Parks.

Farewell Dinner and Surprise
Share stories and enjoy fine dining at a special farewell dinner exclusively for you and your fellow Adventurers. After the meal, relive the highlights of your adventure with a special surprise.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner
* Inspired by Disney · Pixar's "Finding Nemo"



Day seven, last full day at DL/DCA. this will be a sad day. The last ABD item is breakfast at Storytellers. There are few of us staying an extra night so I'm sure we all will hangout today. As of now my cousin and his wife will be joining us today. Plus I believe Nancy a corespondent for the DIS will be with us today too. Kim and I were thinking of doing Sweet Sundays today, but I think if everyone coming over today we should skip it. Kim and I will be spending 11 days at WDW during Food & Wine this year so we could do Sweet Sundays then.
Here is the plan from ABD's website.

Character Breakfast at Storytellers Café
Enjoy breakfast at your leisure with Chip 'n Dale at Storytellers Cafe in your hotel.

Transfer to the Airport
Relax and enjoy your final moments in California as we handle your luggage and arrange for transportation to the Los Angeles International airport.

That's it for now.
Thanks for taking the time to read my PTR!
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That is the coolest thing ever. Do you have to pay extra on top of what you already paid ABD for your breakfast at the Club or are they just trading it out for you for the breakfast you were supposed to already get?
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That is the coolest thing ever. Do you have to pay extra on top of what you already paid ABD for your breakfast at the Club or are they just trading it out for you for the breakfast you were supposed to already get?
Hi The Red Head! Thanks for reading my PTR.
As far as I know we don't have to pay for breakfast. In order to go on this trip we had to book thru Dreams Unlimited Travel. They are the ones who are responsible for getting this trip together. From what a couple of us think DU is paying for our breakfast. I do need to find this out so I can thank the correct people. If ABD did a trade I would like to thank them. Kevin works for DU and has done all the bookings for this trip on the DU side of thing. I will definitely be thanking him for all his hard work when I see him on the trip.



As everyday goes by I get more excited about this trip. We are having a private chat for all of us going on the trip Thursday, March 18, so we can get to know each other better.


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Your whole trip sounds so amazing. You get to do so many cool things. I have heard so many good things about the ABD trips. I would love to do one, but they are a little on the expensive side.
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Your whole trip sounds so amazing. You get to do so many cool things. I have heard so many good things about the ABD trips. I would love to do one, but they are a little on the expensive side.
I feel very lucky to be able to go on the ABD tour. We have been very slow where I work and at the first of the year we were all cut down to 32 hours. If it wasn't for the fact I already had the trip paid or I would not be going either.
For the Disney enthusiast this is a dream trip. Not only are we getting to see and do some pretty cool stuff, I get to do it with a bunch of great people.

I also have heard great things about ABD. Everyone raves about the tours they do. I'm going to be so spoiled after this trip, it will be hard to go back and do trips on my own.
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I think this weekend I will pullout my one piece of Luggage we are allowed to bring on the ABD trip and start packing. We are aloud 1 piece of luggage and a carryon that will fit in the overhead bin in the bus. ABD moves all of our luggage for us and it has to fit in the bus. I wont need my shorts around here for a while so I will start packing those first. I have my power strip in the bag already. I need to start going thru my electronics and get all of the chargers together so I don't forget something. I just ordered a new fleece jacket, a pair of shorts, and a new shirt for the trip. Other than that I don't have anything new to add for this trip.

I did just pay off a DVC rental for part of my October trip. Todd and I will be rooming together for the first four nights of my October trip. We wanted to stay in the Epcot area resorts, but they were already booked up so Todd and I will be staying at Old Key West resort.
Kim, Todd and I will be running/walking in the inaugural Wine and Dine Race. Kim and I will be doing the relay and Todd will be running the 1/2 marathon. I can't wait till the time changes so I can get outside and start running.

I guess that is it for now.
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Looking forward to hearing more. It sounds like so much fun.
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Signing on! I can't wait to hear about this ABD trip! I would never take it because I live in So Cal and would never be able to afford a staycation like that! So I will live vicariously through your adventure.

We will be at the GCV for two nights the day your group arrives. You are also getting there on the start of the Food & Wine Festival, so if you have extra time off, that might be a great way to enjoy yourselves.

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We will have Club 33 all to ourselves. I have a feeling that Club 33 has never had a group like ours in there before. I hope they are ready for us.
I have a friend who is a Club 33 Member and have attended some of their "Member's only" Dinners when I can afford the $150pp charge, believe me when the wine is included all night, they have seen about everything. The one thing that will probably overwhelm the staff is getting all the merchandise that your group will all want to buy from the case to commemorate your trip there!

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Because we have the club to ourselves the dress code is gone.
I would triple check this before you go, the dress code is not that severe that it is hard to adhere to. I've heard in the last couple years they have been not letting guests in. When guests (who a club member has made a regular reservations) pick up passes at Guest relations, they give us a card with all the Rules and Regulations including the Dress Code. I guess that is so if you are not dressed apropriately you can pick something up on Main Street to wear!

Looking very forward to hearing all about it!
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Looking forward to hearing more. It sounds like so much fun.
Hi Heather! Thanks for taking the time to read my PTR.
I'm getting more excited about this trip everyday. I haven't been to DL/DCA in a long time so I'm happy to be going back.
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Today I was thinking about what to do during our free day in Hollywood.

If we don't want to leave the strip I was thinking of doing the Grauman's Chinese Theater tour, checking out Madame Tussauds, then the Kodak Theater.
The Kodak is where the Oscars are held. If we don't hit The Roosevelt Hotel the night before then I would love to check it out on this day. The Roosevelt is where Marilyn Monroe lived for a time and where the first Oscars were held. This Roosevelt has tons of old hollywood history. I read on another TR about this trip that this Hotel is where Bill "Bojangles" Robinson taught Shirley Temple to tap dance for the 1935 movie "The Little Colonel". It was the tap dance sequence on the stairs. Here is a link to a clip from the moive.

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That's all I have for now.
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