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Old 07-27-2012, 07:40 PM   #1
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Backstage Magic with the DIS--Live!!! 7/27/2012

On our Pre-days and waiting for the rest of the group to make their arrivals over then next few days! Here are some pics of our adventures today!
The official adventure begins on Sunday.

Here is the official thread for the trip:
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2817596

Our DS, Ian (9), has a hitlist of Stars on the Walk of Fame and a Graumans Chinese Theater that we will be hitting today. We are just hitting some of "Hot Spots" over the next couple of days and doing advanced scouting for our "Own your own time" portions of the trip.


about 300 miles out from LAX.


The former Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, now the Loews Hollywood Hotel.


View from the room


Hollywood Blvd.


Finding some stars!


Getting some lunch at the Disney Soda Fountain.










Graumans Chinese Theater


Looking at LA from the hotel



Pre-days day 2


Line for the Pin Trading event at the Soda Fountain (People camped out overnight)
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Ian and the Harry Potter handprints infront of Graumans


Found Mickey Mouse!


Breakfast at "The Griddle"




Crazy woman taking pictures in the middle of the street in Beverly Hills


We also headed out to the Santa Monica Pier


The Carousel that Walt Disney used to take his daughters to go ride


We then headed to Farmers Market and the Grove


Yumm, Macarons!




DW wanted to stop at LV (cringe)



DisneyKevin and WebmasterJohn are on this adventure as well as WebmasterPete and AKAScar (Walter).



more later...
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Obligatory Shopping




Dinner time!




Hollywood Blvd






A production crew was outside of H&H getting ready to film something. There were many things going on in the area tonight. To give you a hint, we kept looking for Tom Cruise and John Travolta...




Day 3! Breakfast at Canter's






Griffith Park and Griffith Observatory!










Welcome Dinner!


Day2 Hollywood Stars' Home tour (and Flickr is not playing nice, so I am posting the rest with Photobucket)
We were divided into 4 vans and started the Beverly Hill's 500 to see the stars.








Kevin pointed this out. This is the place that when Sheldon from "Big Barg Theory" want to have a train day, this is where he eats.


"...swimming pools and movie stars..."


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We then headed off to the Jim Henson Studios...



Where the real magic happens! The conference room!












Off to the Tam o'Shanter for Lunch!




We then headed over to the Los Angeles Live Steamers, home of Walt's Barn. (This was so cool!!)

Josh D'maro with ABD came over and said "Hello" to us at the barn.




We also had the opportunity to hold a Disney Legend award.




Day 3! Imagineering, The Studios, then off to DL!
We hit Mickey's of Glendale!


Off to the studios!










The DIS and Dreams Unlimited Travel arranged for us to have Dave Smith give us our tour of the Disney Archives!! Awesome!!






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...continued!





...and then we arrived at the Happiest Place on Earth!












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At Disneyland!

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Looks like you guys are off to a fun start! Thanks for the live report. I'm looking forward to more of your great photos!

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Thanks for doing the trip report! Can't wait to follow along. Have a wonderful time!
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Eagerly waiting your next updates to the TR. We leave a week from today for the BSM starting on Sunday, 8/5/12. Sounds like we will be starting as your trips is ending.

For our pre-day we decided to go to the Regan Library and see the D23 "Treasures from the Disney Archives" exhibit. We were also lucky enough to get tickets to the premiere of "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" at the El Capitan, which will be on the evening of Day 1 when we have time on our own. My girls are so excited.

After the BSM tour, we end the trip with two days at Destination D; 75 Years of Disney Animation at the Disneyland Hotel. Got great rates for convention at the Grand Californian, so we're hoping they can connect our reservations so we don't have to change rooms. If not, no problem...after all, we'll be staying at our favorite hotel next to the Happiest Place on Earth.
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Your wait is not long! Updates in posts 1 and 2!

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Looks like you guys are off to a fun start! Thanks for the live report. I'm looking forward to more of your great photos!

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Thank you, Tobi!! Fred is coming to see us tomorrow and on a couple of other days on the trip! Very excited!!

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Eagerly waiting your next updates to the TR. We leave a week from today for the BSM starting on Sunday, 8/5/12. Sounds like we will be starting as your trips is ending.

For our pre-day we decided to go to the Regan Library and see the D23 "Treasures from the Disney Archives" exhibit. We were also lucky enough to get tickets to the premiere of "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" at the El Capitan, which will be on the evening of Day 1 when we have time on our own. My girls are so excited.

After the BSM tour, we end the trip with two days at Destination D; 75 Years of Disney Animation at the Disneyland Hotel. Got great rates for convention at the Grand Californian, so we're hoping they can connect our reservations so we don't have to change rooms. If not, no problem...after all, we'll be staying at our favorite hotel next to the Happiest Place on Earth.
Fantastic!! We have added on a couple of days at Disneyland after also and we will be flying back to Texas on the 5th. Sorry that we will miss you. So far the weather has been amazing!! The rest of our fellow adventurers are trickling in and we official start the Adventure tomorrow evening! We are very excited!
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Thank you, Tobi!! Fred is coming to see us tomorrow and on a couple of other days on the trip! Very excited!!
Give my best to Fred! Great pics!

I cannot believe the SIZE of those pancakes! I'm a pretty decent eater, but I would hardly be able to make a dent in those!

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All of the breakfast portions are HUGE at the Griddle.

Our Adventure Guide, Matt, just called and advised us that the Guides will be downstairs in a few minutes! Time to start the day!

More later, folks!!
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All of the breakfast portions are HUGE at the Griddle.

Our Adventure Guide, Matt, just called and advised us that the Guides will be downstairs in a few minutes! Time to start the day!

More later, folks!!
Have a great trip! Say "Hi!" to everyone for me!

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Looking forrward to the rest of the report

We did this 5 weeks ago and loved it.

So jealous, you had some sunshine!

You're gonna have a great, great time!

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