We started much later, no need to rush the gates early, as we were scheduled for a 9:30am tour. We had booked the "Walk in Walt's Footsteps" (a.k.a. Wiwf) tour a few months earlier (which included a 20% discount - thanks Visa!) and were looking forward to the behind-the-scenes-experience. We started at the base on Main Street, introduced ourselves and talked about Disneyland's early days as we went into the museum of the First 50 Years theater. It was a nice guided tour through it, even though it was stuff we had seen before.
We made our way up Main Street, listening to sound clips as our tour guide Wendy regaled us with a ton of history. It was great to hear this stuff while in the park, but it was nothing new to us. For example, forced perspective, the names on the windows being the credits, the horrible opening day. We stopped back in the Main Street Cinema as Wendy talked about what a pioneer Walt Disney was. Again, interesting, but nothing new.
We strolled through most of the park, getting the highlights of each land. There was a stop in the lobby of Club 33, which is apparently a big damn deal. We got to jump on Jungle Cruise and Tiki Room to experience some original attractions, and even got an up close look at some of the workings of the characters in the Tiki Room. That was the only backstage stuff we'd see though. At the end of the 3 hours, we took the train back, and did get to sit in the caboose. Lunch was included as we ate sandwiches and chatted with some of the tour guides. We finally got to hear some interesting stuff there, as they were finally off the script. Overall, it was interesting, but hardly an overwhelming experience. It was definitely worth doing, but next time we'd like a something more in-depth and behind-the-scenes.