2013 Dis Exclusive Backstage Magic 12/15 - 12/20/13 SOLD OUT!!!!!

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  1. DisneyKevin

    DisneyKevin Kelvis Moderator

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    There is a rental car location IN the hotel.

    You can rent at the airport and return at the hotel.

    You will miss nothing by not taking ABD transportation
     
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  3. Addicted to Dopey

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    Thanks for the info! Hertz is in the hotel but crazy expensive (600 plus!!) and budget is around the corner but currently sold out! Will have to keep an eye on it in the months to come.
     
  4. Circusgirl

    Circusgirl Queen of the Moisture Festival. Allora!

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    I agree that the trip in from the airport is not worth a special trip back out to the airport. When I arrrived for my first Backstage Magic tour, several groups were arriving together and we were to share transportation,which I knew ahead of time, but when I got in I had to schlep all my stuff to another terminal to meet the other groups and our transportation. There was no one waiting for me when I arrived and I had to call ABD to get instructions on what to do.
     
  5. stenogoddess

    stenogoddess DIS Veteran

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    So I've lately been obsessed with the idea of trying to wedge in the Disney Family Museum in San Fran into this trip. Has anyone else tried to do that? Should I just let it go? I don't know. I really want to go, but it's really resisting fitting into my schedule! :confused3
     
  6. chirurgeon

    chirurgeon I am a delicate flower and need my sleep.

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    Lauren, it's a long way to San Francisco. If you are going to go to San Francisco I would make it a trip just for that. It's such a lovely city.

    Kim
     
  7. Circusgirl

    Circusgirl Queen of the Moisture Festival. Allora!

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    The museum is fabulous, but you definitely need almost a whole day, or at least as much of a day as you can stand, to see everything. If you can make the schedule work and don't think you'll be back to the west coast for a while you should go. You could fly in to San Francisco and then fly down to LA to keep the extra time needed to a minimum. With more time, the coast drive is worth doing as an event unto itself.
     
  8. wdwscout

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    We did just that on our last trip to Disneyland. We flew in and out of LAX, then booked a Southwest flight to San Francisco for right after we landed in LAX. Both flights were in the same terminal, so it was super easy to make the connection! The Flight to SF is fairly short and wasn't very expensive.

    On our trip, we spent 4 days in the SF area, including a FULL day at the Walt Disney Family Museum. But it would be very doable for a 2 day side trip! :thumbsup2
    In fact, we are still considering it for this ABD trip in December. But with our upcoming move and assorted other life events- we think we're only going to have time for LA stuff this year.

    We live on the East Coast- so flying all the way to California is a big deal.
    We try to make the most of all that time in the air!
     
  9. stenogoddess

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    Thanks for the input, guys! Here's what I'm thinking so far. Go ahead and book the trip just the LAX round trip. And if something awesome happens and we can add more time onto our trip I can always jiggle things around. It's so hard to know this far in advance what's going to be possible. I love the idea of flying down to SF and then driving back up to catch the group. Would love a chance to see a little more of California than just LA.
     
  10. JonKPest

    JonKPest Earning My Ears

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    Hi All!

    I can now book SWA for this Trip.
    I am thinking of starting a little early and fly in Friday night, Universal on Saturday, then Hollywood Sunday.
    Are pre nights stays at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel still an option and after what time should I book the return trip on the 20th?

    Thanks,

    Jon K
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  11. stenogoddess

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    So one thing I'm looking at:

    http://www.thecounterburger.com/

    And the second thing I'm looking at that's not going to happen so I need to let it go but it just looks so cool!:

    http://www.stoneworldbistro.com/home.asp

    How's everyone else's planning going?? We're about 158 days out so it's almost time to start getting excited!

    Having nothing to do with anything, Jeri and I actually have a little date weekend planned for Sept to drive up to Atlanta. I found out they are having a showing of the Girl With the Pearl Earring, which is one of my favorite paintings, so I thought we could drive up for that. But then I wondered if anything good is being performed at the Fox. And, as it happens, the Little Mermaid is showing! We got killer seats, too, so I'm thinking it's meant to be. We might even go to Ikea 'cause we're wild like that! ::yes::
     
  12. JWren1234

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    The Counter Burger looks really good!

    I'm still figuring what I want to do before the ABD starts. I get in around noon on Saturday. I really like the Griffith Observatory and The Farmers Market and want to fit both of them in.

    Jason
     
  13. OKW Lover

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    We enjoyed the Farmers Market when we did BSM in July 2012. Didn't make it to the Griffith Observatory but know others in our group did and they really enjoyed it.

    Don't forget a stop at the Roosevelt Hotel for one of their burgers. While there be sure to check out the lobby. It appears to me to be the inspiration for the lobby of the Hollywood Tower Hotel.
     
  14. stenogoddess

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    Those two things are on my list too. Great minds! :thumbsup2

    Forgot the Roosevelt was on my list too! Thanks Jeff!
     
  15. Chropistopy

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    I've got those on my list too. My cousin, Cheryl, and I tried to get to the Farmers Market in June. It was a comedy of errors that ended with us seeing the Farmers Market from a distance but not actually going there. I hope to have better luck in December. We did get to have a burger at the Roosevelt though. :thumbsup2:thumbsup2 Very good!
     
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    We're also arriving midday on Saturday. :thumbsup2
    One plan we have is to take the subway to Olvera Street on either Saturday or Sunday (not sure which). It is located across the street from Union Station- which John is anxious to get in and photograph! Then Olvera St for food and shopping. The subway is one train (no changing)- so that looks easy.

    I had Griffith Park Observatory on my list- but it looks like that's taking a back seat to Union Sta/Olvera.
    If we can do one on Saturday and the other on Sunday- that would be great!
     
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    Just a suggestion for those planning some pre-Adventure excursions; don't over do it. Try to hit the sack early on Saturday night, especially those crossing multiple time zones to get there, and sleep in a bit on Sunday. Once the welcome dinner starts on Sunday evening you'll be pretty much constantly on the go. You don't want to start out in a sleep deficit.
     
  18. Addicted to Dopey

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    we have one of those here in NYC and its deeeelicious!!!
     
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    This just dawned on me today, as I watched the trailer for "Savings Mr. Banks" , which looks terrific.


    IMDB list a USA released date of 12/13/13 for the film.

    We are going to be in Hollywood around that date, Cathy and I actually arrive on 12/14.

    The El Capitan Theatre is right across the street from our hotel.

    The El Capitan is a great sight to see even without a movie.

    Figure they probably will be showing the film, and there might be a preshow presentation or maybe a special display for the movie, it has been done before.

    That would make seeing the movie in Hollywood a must do for us.

    Last time we were on the BSM, we prepurchased balcony tickets at the El Capitan, unfortunately they were for Gmomeo and Juliet...
     
  21. Chropistopy

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    I watched the trailer earlier today. It does look terrific! I didn't even think about the fact that it would open just before our trip beginning. Fingers crossed that it will be at the El Cap!
     

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