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.php?p=36341710&postcount=144 Monday April 12 part one. http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36362064&postcount=152 Part two of Monday April 12. http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36369216&postcount=156 Day two, Tuesday April 13. It all started with a mouse... Part one http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36392204&postcount=159 Part two http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36392442&postcount=160 Day Three April 14. Lights, Camera, Adventure! http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36440485&postcount=169 http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36469296&postcount=180 http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36469534&postcount=181 http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36469661&postcount=182 http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36469822&postcount=183 Day four Thursday April 15. Theme "Making the Magic". Word of the day WED Enterprises. http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36500550&postcount=198 http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36500760&postcount=199 http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36501064&postcount=200 http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36501243&postcount=201 http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36501486&postcount=202 http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36501580&postcount=203 http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36501940&postcount=204 http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36502081&postcount=206 http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36502619&postcount=210 http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36502665&postcount=211 http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36503060&postcount=214 http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36503352&postcount=217 I will post the links later for the 5/03 update. I'm really tired now.