Trip Report - Backstage Magic - Feb 20, 2011

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  1. mikelan6

    mikelan6 World Traveler, Usually Optimistic

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    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.

    Enjoy



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    I flew from Miami to LAX on American Airlines


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    The ABD backpack came in very handy for the flight


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    Breakfast served in First Class


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    AA's First Class entertainment system


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


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    He's such a cutie.


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


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


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    A group shot on Day 2 at the Kodak Theater


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    The Kodak Theater on Hollywood Blvd one week before the Oscars


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    Roy O Disney's star on the Walk of Fame


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    Mickey Mouse right in front of Disney's Soda Fountain


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


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


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    Myself and Suzette enjoying the warm California sun.


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


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    A brief drive through Rodeo Drive


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    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.


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    The Iron Man House


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    Puffpatty with the Hollywood Sign in the background.


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


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    Walt's Table


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    The Manager showed us some Disney history


    More to come .....
     
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  3. mikelan6

    mikelan6 World Traveler, Usually Optimistic

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    Tour guide Christian welcoming us to Walt's Barn


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    Walt's Barn had fascinating Disney train memorabilia


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    ABD provided snacks and cold drinks throughout the tour


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    Some of rode on this amazing miniature train


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    One of the last remaining pieces of Walt's track


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


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    Day 3 took us to The Jim Henson Studios


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    Which of course, used to be the Charlie Chamblin studios ;)


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    We got our photos taken with Kermy ...


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    ... and with Emmy


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    Myself with Puppeteer Grant


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    I loved this wall


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    The little frogs room ...


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    ... and the big pigs room


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


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


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    Next stop ... The Walt Disney Studios


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    Safety First!


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    Disney Dollar Machine


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


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    We had a quick lunch at the Disney Studio Commissary


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    Tour guide Michael at the iconic street sign


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    Myself at the iconic sign


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    Plutos's corner and the iconic sign​


    More to come ....
     
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    mikelan6 World Traveler, Usually Optimistic

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    Then came a marathon walk through the old Animation Building


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    Disney artwork was seen on the walls


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    The doors opened to Production offices


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    We had a nice time at the Disney Archives


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    We saw lots of Disney memorabilia


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    Just across the way was the Michael Eisner Team Disney Building


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    Myself at the Legends statue


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    At the Partners Statue


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    An homage to Roy O Disney


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    The iconic water tower​
     
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    mikelan6 World Traveler, Usually Optimistic

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    Mr Plutes, Mr PuffPatty and Cat. Steamboat Willie sporting their WED jackets


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    Day 4 brought us to Disneyland


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    We walked up an empty Main Street before the park opened


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    Mr Puffpatty and the gang


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    Tour guide Christian at Sleeping Beauty Castle


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    Beautiful Sleeping Beauty Castle


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    Our group


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    Welcome to Disneyland


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    We were treated to breakfast at Club 33


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    Everything was delicious


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    Myself at the Club 33 balcony


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    The Mary Poppins Table at Club 33


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    Going backstage


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    Sorry ... no photos allowed backstage​
     
  6. mikelan6

    mikelan6 World Traveler, Usually Optimistic

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    Some of us had lunch at Carnation Cafe, where we met Chef Oscar Martinez, a cast member since 1955


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    We got to ride in the Lilly Belle Presidential Parlor Car


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    Inside the Lilly Belle


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

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


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    We were then shown the Disneyland Dream Suite


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    The suite's living room


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    Walt's Bedroom


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    Myself in the second bedroom


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    The Hallway


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


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    Mr Plutes and Plutes on Roger Rabbit


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    Most of us had dinner at Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen​
     
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    mikelan6 World Traveler, Usually Optimistic

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    Day 5 began with breakfast at Goofy's Kitchen in the Disneyland Hotel


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    The Puffpattys with Mulan


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    The Plutes with Dale (much nicer than Chip)


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    Stitchlover and myself with Dale


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    We then entered an under refurbishment DCA


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    We were welcomed in style


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    Some of us rode on Tower of Terror ...

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    ... but did not survive


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    I met up with macman at DCA!


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    Myself and Stitch


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    The DIS treated us to lunch with Marty Sklar!


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    Myself with Marty Sklar​
     
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    mikelan6 World Traveler, Usually Optimistic

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    We then had the afternoon free.

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    MerryMouseketeer, Jenn and Brian on Alice


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

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    My favorite


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    I thought of Teresa with this one


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


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    Tour guides Michael and Christian made sure I left safely.


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    My private limo to LAX. Nice!


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    At LAX ... my first sighting of an A380


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    At the American Airlines Admiral's Club


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    Myself at the Admiral's Club


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    My Boeing 767-300 took me home to Miami


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    First Class Dinner ... yumm


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


    I hope you enjoyed the report! :goodvibes
     
  10. sayhello

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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!!! :cool1:
     
  12. safetymom

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    Thanks for the great trip report. I can't wait to go! I am glad you had a great time.
     
  13. Cyrano

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    Mike great photos and a very enjoyable trip report.
    Thank you for sharing :goodvibes
     
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    Great pictures - it looks like an amazing trip! :)
     
  15. Mouse Skywalker

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    Thanks so much for sharing your pictures Mike! I loved following along.
     
  16. thekylers

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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!
     
  17. lb4747694

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    Great Report! Thanks for the pics! :worship:
     
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    Great report! Your photos are wonderful. We had Grant as our guide to the Henson studios too. He was so much fun!
     
  19. LovelyPrincess

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    I would love to do that Adventure tour! Thanks for sharing all those photos. :thumbsup2
     
  20. Jeff & Stacy in NYC

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    Mike, :thumbsup2 thanks for sharing your pictures and for the great report! It looks like you all had an awesome time! :cloud9:
     
  21. macman752

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    Mike, it was nice to catch up with you at CA. We enjoyed hearing the details of your Adventure.

    Hope to see you again soon!

    Dave & Sally
     

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