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October 18, 2009

Backstage Magic Adventures by Disney - Day 6

Sunday October 18th -

Today's Theme: Now it's time to say good bye...

Character Breakfast at Storytellers Café - Enjoy breakfast at your leisure with Chip 'n Dale at Storytellers Cafe in your hotel.

Then it's time to return to the Airport!

Enjoy today's photos (Remember we are on West Coast Time):


Goodbye Breakfast: Michael and Jamie go over checkout plans

Michael and Jamie go over checkout plans

Cathy and I say goodbye - What an amazing Adventure by Disney!

Cathy and I say goodbye

VIP experiences to the end Mercedes van takes us to airport. Adv by Disney ROCKS!

Mercedes van takes us to airport

Beci: Its been a fantastic trip. Thank you all for making it magical. Anyone want to go with us maybe next year?

AbD group

HOW TO FOLLOW OUR ADVENTURE!
Once the Adventure by Disney begins on October 13th, there are THREE ways you can follow us! With new social networking, we plan to do something a little different.

TWITTER
There is a program called "Twitpic" that allows one to send photos via a mobile phone directly to Twitter. Beci Mahnken and myself will be posting photos "live" via the Twitter network.

Deb Wills: http://twitter.com/AllEarsDeb
Beci Mahnken: http://twitter.com/beci_mousefan

FACEBOOK
We also have our twitter accounts transmitting automatically to our Facebook accounts. So those of you who are "friends" can follow our adventures that way!

BLOGS

At the same time, AllEars team members Jack Marshall and Debbie Koma will be back home copying our Twitter photos and combining them this daily blog. So, you can follow us either here, on Twitter or on Facebook.

I hope this provides some cool ways for you to follow us on the adventure of a lifetime, an Adventure by Disney Backstage Magic.

October 17, 2009

Backstage Magic Adventures by Disney Day 5

Saturday October 17th - Is it really our last full day?

Today's Theme: Behind the Orange Grove

Character Breakfast at Goofy's Kitchen - Enjoy Mickey Mouse-shaped waffles and rub elbows with Goofy and his pals at this whimsical breakfast buffet.

Privately Guided VIP experience of Disney's California Adventure™ Park - Before Disney's California Adventure™ Park opens to regular guests, enjoy a privately guided VIP tour, including a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of the Park where you'll discover the inner workings of the Park and enjoy a private Turtle Talk with Crush*.

Lunch and Afternoon On Your Own at the Disneyland® Resort - Spend the rest of your afternoon on your own, enjoying more of the exciting activities at both Parks.

Farewell Dinner and Surprise - Share stories and enjoy fine dining at a special farewell dinner exclusively for you and your fellow Adventurers. Then get a first-rate view of the fireworks as the dazzling finale of your adventure.


Enjoy today's photos (Remember we are on West Coast Time):

Ready to begin our day with Adventures by Disney

Ready to begin our day

Goofy's Kitchen Character Breakfast

Goofy's Kitchen Character Breakfast

Beci: Memories.... From d23. That was a great night. Thanks guys. You know who you are. :)

memories

Beci: Last day of backstage magic starts with a breakfast at Goofy's Kitchen. Love ice cream in the morning!

Love ice cream in the morning!

Jasmine gives touring advice

Jasmine gives touring advice

Ratatouille Fans

Ratatouille pressed coins

Beci: Hey adventurers... We are going Soarin!

Soarin' queue

Beci: The park isn't even open and we are on the rides! I love Adventures by Disney!

Soarin'

Beci: The Adv by Disney group in Disney's California Adventure!

 Adv by Disney group in Disney's California Adventure

Time for Animation VIP Tour

Animation VIP Tour

Animation Academy

Animation Academy

Learning to draw Mickey

Learning to draw Mickey

Backdoor to Tower of Terror!!

Tower of Terror!!

Beci: Beth and Deb show off their handy work as we learned to draw Mickey

Beth and Deb draw Mickey

Beci: MEI & Mouse fan travel staff post-Tower of Terror drop!

MEI & Mouse fan travel staff

Waiting for Aladdin

Waiting for Aladdin

@disneyd23 Disneyland Frontierland

Disneyland Frontierland

Beci: It's the last night of our adventure and the group is gathering for a special farewell event

group gathering for a special farewell event

Beci: Stacia Martin is the special guest tonight and she's doing personalized pics for each family. Wow.

Stacia Martin

Farewell dinner. Mickey and Minnie say See Ya Real Soon!

Farewell dinner with Mickey and Minnie

Beci: Surprise! We have VIP reserved seating for the fireworks show!

reserved seating for the fireworks

Our final VIP Adv by Disney event - Reserved DL Fireworks seating

reserved seating for the fireworks 2

Halloween Screams at DL

Halloween Screams fireworks

HOW TO FOLLOW OUR ADVENTURE!
Once the Adventure by Disney begins on October 13th, there are THREE ways you can follow us! With new social networking, we plan to do something a little different.

TWITTER
There is a program called "Twitpic" that allows one to send photos via a mobile phone directly to Twitter. Beci Mahnken and myself will be posting photos "live" via the Twitter network.

Deb Wills: http://twitter.com/AllEarsDeb
Beci Mahnken: http://twitter.com/beci_mousefan

FACEBOOK
We also have our twitter accounts transmitting automatically to our Facebook accounts. So those of you who are "friends" can follow our adventures that way!

BLOGS

At the same time, AllEars team members Jack Marshall and Debbie Koma will be back home copying our Twitter photos and combining them this daily blog. So, you can follow us either here, on Twitter or on Facebook.

I hope this provides some cool ways for you to follow us on the adventure of a lifetime, an Adventure by Disney Backstage Magic.

October 16, 2009

Backstage Magic Adventures by Disney Day 4

Friday October 16th - this Adventure is moving too fast!!

Today's Theme: Walt's World

Character Breakfast at Plaza Inn - Start your day in Disneyland® Park eating breakfast with Minnie Mouse and her friends. Choose from an assortment of delicious morning treats at the all-you-can-eat buffet.

VIP Custom Tour of Disneyland® Park - Discover the secrets of Disneyland® Park in this privately guided backstage tour. Visit areas that are off limits to other Park Guests as you learn the fascinating history of Walt Disney and his dream.

Lunch at Café Orleans - Enjoy the view of the Rivers of America and savor the flavors of New Orleans.

Afternoon and Evening in Disneyland® Resort - After lunch, we continue the tour, including a privately guided VIP tour to Walt Disney's Apartment. Spend the rest of the afternoon and evening on your own at either Disneyland® Park or Disney's California Adventure® Park.

Enjoy today's photos (Remember we are on West Coast Time):

Grand Californian lobby waiting to start the day!

Grand Californian lobby

First DL visitors of the day

First visitors of the day

Beci: Deb, Beci and our guides Jaime and Michael AbD day 4

Deb, Beci, Jaime and Micheal

Amazing character breakfast at Plaza Inn

character breakfast at Plaza Inn

Adv by Disney VIP backstage tour, escorted on ride TWICE. No waiting!

Indian Jones attraction

Learning history of Walt and Jungle Cruise

history of Walt and Jungle Cruise

Big Thunder Pumpkin Ranch

Big Thunder Pumpkin Ranch

Scare-dy-crow Shack

Scare-dy-crow Shack

Beci: Halloween decorations at Big Thunder Ranch at Disneyland

Halloween decorations at Big Thunder Ranch

Lunch at Cafe Orleans

Lunch at Cafe Orleans

Beci: Mickey head beignets for dessert at Cafe Orleans. Yummy!

Mickey head beignets

Beci: Just had a ride on Pirates and as an Adventures by Disney guest... We were escorted on thru the backdoor and had our own boat!

The Mark Twain

A special ride down Main Street Omni bus

Omnibus

Riding Omnibus down Main Street

Riding in Omnibus

Beci: We are about to climb the staircase to view Walt's apartment above the fire station. I can't stop smiling!

DL Fire Station

Just visited Walt's Apartment and received a special pin!

Deb getting special pin

Special Walt's apartment light pin

Walt's apartment special pin

Beci: Just finished the tour of Walt's apartment and received a special pin in the shape of a lamp that lights up. Reserved for those who have visited the apartment.

Walt's apartment special pin #2

Adv by Disney 5 Fastpasses for any DLResort attraction

Adventures by Disney 5 Fastpasses

Special pin for repeat Adventures by Disney participants

pin for repeat Adventures by Disney participants

Beci: Dinner was on our own this evening and I was lucky to be invited by friends to dine at Club 33. We ended the night with a ride or two using one of the five fastpasses given to us by the guides. What a great night!

Club 33


HOW TO FOLLOW OUR ADVENTURE!
Once the Adventure by Disney begins on October 13th, there are THREE ways you can follow us! With new social networking, we plan to do something a little different.

TWITTER
There is a program called "Twitpic" that allows one to send photos via a mobile phone directly to Twitter. Beci Mahnken and myself will be posting photos "live" via the Twitter network.

Deb Wills: http://twitter.com/AllEarsDeb
Beci Mahnken: http://twitter.com/beci_mousefan

FACEBOOK
We also have our twitter accounts transmitting automatically to our Facebook accounts. So those of you who are "friends" can follow our adventures that way!

BLOGS

At the same time, AllEars team members Jack Marshall and Debbie Koma will be back home copying our Twitter photos and combining them this daily blog. So, you can follow us either here, on Twitter or on Facebook.

I hope this provides some cool ways for you to follow us on the adventure of a lifetime, an Adventure by Disney Backstage Magic.

October 15, 2009

Backstage Magic Adventures by Disney Day 3

Thursday October 15th - it's moving day!

Today's Theme: Making the Magic!

Walt Disney Imagineering -- See how the magic of Disney theme parks and resorts is made. Get a first-hand look at some of the creations conjured up by the architects, designers, engineers, technicians and others who make up the Disney Imagineers.

Walt Disney Studios -- Enjoy lunch at the Walt Disney Studio commissary and then browse through an assortment of memorabilia at the Studio Store. Afterwards, you'll learn the story of the Walt Disney Studio during your privately-guided tour.

Drive to Disneyland® Resort -- Head to the Happiest Place on Earth and Disney's Grand Californian Hotel® & Spa. This Craftsman-style hotel is within walking distance of both Disneyland® Park and Disney's California Adventure™ Park, as well as the Downtown Disney® District, a promenade with shops and restaurants. After you are checked in, you have time on your own to relax by the pool or go shopping.

Welcome Reception at the Wine Cellar and Hook's Pointe -- Enjoy Disney-style entertainment as you sample an assortment of appetizers, along with a selection of wines for adults and juice for Junior Adventurers. Afterwards, dine on the fine family fare of this lively pirate-themed restaurant.

Evening at Disneyland® Park
Enjoy a priority entrance into the Disneyland® Park and spend the evening on your own.


Enjoy today's photos (Remember we are on West Coast Time):

Hollywood waking up

Hollywood morning

More Disney stars on Hollywood Blvd

Donald's star

Walt's Star

Walt's star

Waiting for our bus to imagineering

Waiting for the bus

Beci: AbD group on the bus ready for the trek to imagineering!

On the bus

Beci: Ever wonder what lunch at the disney studios commissary looks like?

lunch

Disney Studios Commisary for Lunch

Disney Studios Commisary


Walt Disney Studios

Disney Studios

Beci: AbD group getting ready to tour the walt disney studios and the Disney archives. Woo hoo!

AbD group @ Disney Studios

Beci: Visiting stage 3 at disney studios

Stage 3 @ Disney Studios

Beci: We are about to tour the Disney archives!

Disney Archives

Beci: The AbD group at legends plaza

The AbD group

Beci: Disney archives researcher Ed with Beci and his latest copy of celebrations magazine

Beci and Ed

Imagineering Building

Imagineering Building

Learning all about the inside of the Sound stage

Disney Studios Sound Stage

Frank G Wells Building - Home to the Archives

Frank G Wells Building

Disney Archives

Disney Archives

Archives - Haunted Mansion items

Disney Archives - Haunted Mansion items

Cathy accepts an Oscar courtesy of the Archives

Cathy accepts an Oscar

Very first ticket to Disneyland

Very first ticket to Disneyland

Legends plaza at Disney Studios

Legends Plaza

Beci: Welcome reception at Hooks Point at the Disneyland Resort

Welcome reception at Hooks Point

Disneyland for Haunted Mansion (backdoored) and more ...

AbD group in DL


HOW TO FOLLOW OUR ADVENTURE!
Once the Adventure by Disney begins on October 13th, there are THREE ways you can follow us! With new social networking, we plan to do something a little different.

TWITTER
There is a program called "Twitpic" that allows one to send photos via a mobile phone directly to Twitter. Beci Mahnken and myself will be posting photos "live" via the Twitter network.

Deb Wills: http://twitter.com/AllEarsDeb
Beci Mahnken: http://twitter.com/beci_mousefan

FACEBOOK
We also have our twitter accounts transmitting automatically to our Facebook accounts. So those of you who are "friends" can follow our adventures that way!

BLOGS

At the same time, AllEars team members Jack Marshall and Debbie Koma will be back home copying our Twitter photos and combining them this daily blog. So, you can follow us either here, on Twitter or on Facebook.

I hope this provides some cool ways for you to follow us on the adventure of a lifetime, an Adventure by Disney Backstage Magic.

October 14, 2009

Backstage Magic Adventures by Disney Day 2

Today, Wednesday October 14th, is the first full day of our Adventure.

Today's Theme: Lights, Camera, Adventure

We have a full day on tap:

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 behind-the-scenes look at Jim Henson's Creature Shop™. End the visit with a specially prepared lunch prepared in the studio's private café

The Stars of Hollywood - On the trip back to the hotel, cruise by some of Hollywood's most famous landmarks. After the brief privately guided tour, stroll on the Walk of the Stars and compare your own hands and feet to the hand and footprints of your favorite performers at Grauman's Chinese Theater.

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.

Enjoy today's photos (Remember we are on West Coast Time):

Day 2 of our Adventure by Disney begins soon!

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View from our hotel room AbD. Hollywood

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AbD group photo at Renaissance Hollywood Hotel

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Kodak Theatre

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Michael Manager of @elcapitan

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Breakfast! What a fun place!

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So much fun at Disney's Soda Fountain shop

Disney's Soda Fountain shop

Backstage day 2. Breakfast at Disney's Soda Fountain.

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Linda and Debra getting serious about pin trading early in the trip. Exclusives at the Disney Soda Fountain

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Ready to tour Jim Henson Studios

Jim Henson Studios


Deb, Chris and Beci inside Jim Henson reception

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Hollywood Walk of Fame esp for @dcdeb_allears

Hollywood Walk of Fame

An Amazing time at the Jim Henson Studios

Deb at Jim Henson Studios

Abd group just arrived at Jim Henson Studios

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Cathy holds a Jim Henson Emmy Statute

Cathy holds a Jim Henson Emmy Statute

@beci_mousefan and Chris have a moment with Kermit

Beci, Chris & Kermit

AbD group at Walt's Barn

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Walt Disney Barn at Carolwood

Walt Disney Barn at Carolwood

Miniature steam train inside walt's barn.

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Tonight's fun - Toy Story 3D double feature

Toy Story 3D double feature

Just steps from our hotel is this original theater....

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Mickey's Star

Mickey's Walk of Fame Star

3D glasses in place ready for ToyStory 3D

Toy Story line

AbD arranged for reserved seat tickets for ToyStory

Toy Story crowd

A musical number from @ElCapitan before the movie

Toy Story entertainment

Check it out! Snow White has a star on Hollywood blvd too!

Snow White star

HOW TO FOLLOW OUR ADVENTURE!
Once the Adventure by Disney begins on October 13th, there are THREE ways you can follow us! With new social networking, we plan to do something a little different.

TWITTER
There is a program called "Twitpic" that allows one to send photos via a mobile phone directly to Twitter. Beci Mahnken and myself will be posting photos "live" via the Twitter network.

Deb Wills: http://twitter.com/AllEarsDeb
Beci Mahnken: http://twitter.com/beci_mousefan

FACEBOOK
We also have our twitter accounts transmitting automatically to our Facebook accounts. So those of you who are "friends" can follow our adventures that way!

BLOGS

At the same time, AllEars team members Jack Marshall and Debbie Koma will be back home copying our Twitter photos and combining them this daily blog. So, you can follow us either here, on Twitter or on Facebook.

I hope this provides some cool ways for you to follow us on the adventure of a lifetime, an Adventure by Disney Backstage Magic.

October 13, 2009

Backstage Magic Adventures by Disney Day 1

It's Tuesday, October 13th and our Backstage Magic Adventure by Disney begins today.

Today's Theme: "It all started with a mouse..."

Since Cathy and I have been staying at the Grand Californian resort, our journey begins here with an early afternoon pickup.

Today is arrival day for everyone. I'm looking forward to spending time with old friends and making new ones!

Our first two nights we stay at the The Renaissance Hollywood Hotel and our Welcome Dinner is at the Trastevere Ristorante.

Enjoy today's photos (Remember we are on West Coast Time):


HOW TO FOLLOW OUR ADVENTURE!
Once the Adventure by Disney begins on October 13th, there are THREE ways you can follow us! With new social networking, we plan to do something a little different.

TWITTER
There is a program called "Twitpic" that allows one to send photos via a mobile phone directly to Twitter. Beci Mahnken and myself will be posting photos "live" via the Twitter network.

Deb Wills: http://twitter.com/AllEarsDeb
Beci Mahnken: http://twitter.com/beci_mousefan

FACEBOOK
We also have our twitter accounts transmitting automatically to our Facebook accounts. So those of you who are "friends" can follow our adventures that way!

BLOGS

At the same time, AllEars team members Jack Marshall and Debbie Koma will be back home copying our Twitter photos and combining them this daily blog. So, you can follow us either here, on Twitter or on Facebook.

I hope this provides some cool ways for you to follow us on the adventure of a lifetime, an Adventure by Disney Backstage Magic.

These photos are from Tuesday October 13, 2009:


Entrance to Downtown Disney from Grand Californian

DTD Entrance

DL Downtown Disney esp for @SidCahuenga

DTD

DL Downtown Disney walking toward parks

DTD #2

Leaving DL DD approaching park security

DTD approaching park security

DL Space Mtn Ghost Galaxy Not for Auld ladies Deb and Cathy ;)

Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy

Entrance to DCA esp for @littlegrammy

Entrance to DCA

Mr. Toad - esp for Kevin

Mr Toad

DL Amazing Disney Pumpkins

Amazing Disney Pumpkins

Mega WOW from 2 who have not seen movie!

Haunted Mansion

DCA World of Color Work esp for @markhp @marcmantoo

World of Color

More World of Color DCA work @Rayhp @mcbrisbin

World of Color #2

And still more DCA World of Color construction
World of Color #3

Adventure by Disney begins Lincoln Town Car service to hotel!

Town Car

Adventure by Disney Backstage Magic Group

AbD group

AbD Guides Michael and Daniel

Michael and Daniel

AbD Dinner at Trastevere

Dinner at Trastevere


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