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Old 02-27-2011, 11:17 AM   #1
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Post Trip Report - Backstage Magic - Feb 20, 2011

I just got back from an amazing ABD trip with some of the DIS Unplugged podcast crew and would like to share some photos with you all.

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I flew from Miami to LAX on American Airlines



The ABD backpack came in very handy for the flight



Breakfast served in First Class



AA's First Class entertainment system



I met with my family one day before the tour. Yes, my cousin is eating Lox!



He's such a cutie.



The tour began at the Renaissance in Hollywood. Great location. Nice rooms.



I met my roommate Suzette for the first time there. She was wonderful.



A group shot on Day 2 at the Kodak Theater



The Kodak Theater on Hollywood Blvd one week before the Oscars



Roy O Disney's star on the Walk of Fame



Mickey Mouse right in front of Disney's Soda Fountain



After breakfast, we got a tour of the El Capitan Theater



We also got a tour of the Stars Homes and Beverly Hills. I wouldn't do the tour again.



Myself and Suzette enjoying the warm California sun.



Guess who's home ... wire hangars NOT included.



A brief drive through Rodeo Drive



We had a convenience break in Beverly Hills. We saw a homeless person's shopping cart there, but he/she must have been wintering in Malibu.



The Iron Man House



Puffpatty with the Hollywood Sign in the background.



We were treated to lunch at the Tam O'Shanter - one of Walt's favorites



Walt's Table



The Manager showed us some Disney history


More to come .....
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Tour guide Christian welcoming us to Walt's Barn



Walt's Barn had fascinating Disney train memorabilia



ABD provided snacks and cold drinks throughout the tour



Some of rode on this amazing miniature train



One of the last remaining pieces of Walt's track



Planaholic, MerryMouseketeer and I had dinner at the Tam O'Shanter and sat at Walt's Table



Day 3 took us to The Jim Henson Studios



Which of course, used to be the Charlie Chamblin studios



We got our photos taken with Kermy ...



... and with Emmy



Myself with Puppeteer Grant



I loved this wall



The little frogs room ...



... and the big pigs room



Our group at Jim Henson's Studio ... we are the world ... we are the children ...



I took MerryMouseketeer's pic at Imagineering before they made us put our cameras away



Next stop ... The Walt Disney Studios



Safety First!



Disney Dollar Machine



St Joseph's Hospital right across the street - where Walt passed



We had a quick lunch at the Disney Studio Commissary



Tour guide Michael at the iconic street sign



Myself at the iconic sign



Plutos's corner and the iconic sign


More to come ....
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Then came a marathon walk through the old Animation Building



Disney artwork was seen on the walls



The doors opened to Production offices



We had a nice time at the Disney Archives



We saw lots of Disney memorabilia



Just across the way was the Michael Eisner Team Disney Building



Myself at the Legends statue



At the Partners Statue



An homage to Roy O Disney



The iconic water tower
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Mr Plutes, Mr PuffPatty and Cat. Steamboat Willie sporting their WED jackets



Day 4 brought us to Disneyland



We walked up an empty Main Street before the park opened



Mr Puffpatty and the gang



Tour guide Christian at Sleeping Beauty Castle



Beautiful Sleeping Beauty Castle



Our group



Welcome to Disneyland



We were treated to breakfast at Club 33



Everything was delicious



Myself at the Club 33 balcony



The Mary Poppins Table at Club 33



Going backstage



Sorry ... no photos allowed backstage
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Some of us had lunch at Carnation Cafe, where we met Chef Oscar Martinez, a cast member since 1955









We got to ride in the Lilly Belle Presidential Parlor Car



Inside the Lilly Belle



We then got to tour Walt's apartment above the Fire Station


We weren't allowed to take photos, so here's a photo of a photo of the apartment



We were then shown the Disneyland Dream Suite



The suite's living room



Walt's Bedroom



Myself in the second bedroom



The Hallway



Then we went on some rides with our fast passes.
stitchlover, Plutes, Mr Plutes and myself on iasw



Mr Plutes and Plutes on Roger Rabbit



Most of us had dinner at Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen
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Day 5 began with breakfast at Goofy's Kitchen in the Disneyland Hotel



The Puffpattys with Mulan



The Plutes with Dale (much nicer than Chip)



Stitchlover and myself with Dale



We then entered an under refurbishment DCA



We were welcomed in style



Some of us rode on Tower of Terror ...


... but did not survive



I met up with macman at DCA!



Myself and Stitch



The DIS treated us to lunch with Marty Sklar!



Myself with Marty Sklar
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We then had the afternoon free.


MerryMouseketeer, Jenn and Brian on Alice


Then I saw some new candy boxes I had to photograph ...


My favorite


















I thought of Teresa with this one









The PuffPattys at World of Color ... what an amazing show
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The farewell breakfast was at Storyteller's



Tour guides Michael and Christian made sure I left safely.



My private limo to LAX. Nice!



At LAX ... my first sighting of an A380



At the American Airlines Admiral's Club



Myself at the Admiral's Club



My Boeing 767-300 took me home to Miami



First Class Dinner ... yumm



And a happy ending to a happy trip ... a sundae!


I hope you enjoyed the report!
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Old 02-27-2011, 12:05 PM   #9
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Looks like a fabulous trip! Glad you had such a great time (looks like you had fabulous weather, too!) Thanks for sharing!

One of these days, I may take this trip...

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Awesome pictures!!!
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Thanks for the great trip report. I can't wait to go! I am glad you had a great time.
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Mike great photos and a very enjoyable trip report.
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Great pictures - it looks like an amazing trip!
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Thanks so much for sharing your pictures Mike! I loved following along.
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Mike,
OMG, the trip looked awedome. I hope we get to do all the cool stuff you guys did. If our trip in April gets to eat at Club 33 I think I will pass out!! Glad you had a great time!
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