Today my buddy Sean and I took part in the 1230pm studio tour. This was my second tour of the studio and Sean's first. Pictures from last year's tour are around here somewhere if you want to take a gander as well. Last year's scene was a bit chaotic with a lot of guests milling around before their tour departed. Today, the scene was downright serene and orderly! Once again, we signed in at the Hyperion Bungalow:
Our guide today was Billy who went from working at Disneyland to Corporate Communications. Among his duties are running the sites for the D23 Expo and the regular D23 site. Look for an article he wrote about the upcoming Muppet movie in the Disney twenty-three magazine.
Here are some views before we took off walking the grounds!
We passed by the Commissary and stopped for pictures at Pluto's Corner. Next up was an outside look of the Studio Theatre before we headed into the legendary Animation building.
Unlike last year, we were not allowed to take photos inside the hallway which was lined with concept art and cells.
We then headed into the basement and underground via the RAMP to Ink and Paint (aka "The Nunnery"). Here's an area where the nuns, I mean, ladies of Ink and Paint would take a break:
We then headed down to the "Shorts" building from the Hyperion lot. This building is where the Silly Symphonies and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs were animated.
Most of us exited the building via the stairs but some did use the RAMP.
On the previous tour, Stage 3 was available for the tour. This stage is where they filmed the squid attack for 20000 Leagues Under the Sea. Today Stage 2 was available!
It's also known as the Julie Andrews Stage for very good reasons!
I don't get chills very often, but to be inside the stage where Mary Poppins was filmed did it! Amazing!
Incidentally, the Mark Twain was built inside this stage before it was sent off for installation at Disneyland.
You might have seen the short the Old Mill. This is the New Mill... (You may never hear this joke on Billy's tour again!)
The most magical part of the tour: Trash. Note to the right: RAMP (okay, RAMP is a joke you'll only appreciate if you were on this tour! That hilarity may never be repeated again. You had to be there!)
This building is widely regarded as the birthplace of Imagineering. It's here Roger Broggie and Walt began planning and building Disneyland.
Next up was a visit to the Archives with special guest Dave Smith! Here are the opening day invitation, parking pass and ticket #1 bought by Roy Disney.
Next up was a visit to Legend's Plaza.
New to me was a brief stop at Team Disney!
Unfortunately the Studio Store was not open for business. Oh, well, that will keep a few more dollars in my wallet! ;-) It was a truly beautiful day to tour this most historic lot. By all means, I highly recommend taking this tour!