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    Re: CommuniTOUR AS IT HAPPENS + Gumball Rally 2014 (4/27 - 5/4)

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    This is a GREAT TR.

    Do they do just a tour of WDI? We'd LOVE that.
    Thanks! I don't know of any tours of just WDI. I do know (if you were interested) that there are no public tours of the Henson studios. This Adventures by Disney tour is currently the only way to get a tour of the Henson lot.
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    Re: CommuniTOUR AS IT HAPPENS + Gumball Rally 2014 (4/27 - 5/4)

    Quote Originally Posted by lctom1 View Post

    One of these things is not like the others,
    Take a close look and see what I mean,
    One of these things is not like the others,
    (Hint: It's not easy being green!)

    I was wearing green earrings...
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    Re: CommuniTOUR AS IT HAPPENS + Gumball Rally 2014 (4/27 - 5/4)

    (Sorry everyone, I'm having major issues with the pictures tonight. I don't know why and am too tired to figure it out. I'll fix it tomorrow - I hope - when I'm more rested.)

    (Okay, pictures fixed. Enjoy!)



    Today was our tour of Disneyland. We saw some things open to the public, but many things that are unaccessible to the average guest. We started the day by going in to Disneyland before rope drop.

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    It was so completely empty that it was kinda strange. (Wonderful, but strange.)

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    We took lots of pictures, as you would expect.

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    And then we went to breakfast at the Carnation Cafe! Yum! Oscar came around too, and talked to all of us. That was really special. He noticed that Dave and I were wearing "Happily Ever After" buttons, and asked what we were celebrating. Dave told him that our wedding anniversary was in a few days, and so Oscar brought us "Happy Anniversary" buttons. That was really cool, and much more special than going to City Hall to get them ourselves.

    At breakfast, Dave and I presented Jeff and George with the result of my shopping trip last night: personalized ear hats! They were a lot of fun, and everyone appreciated them.

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    After breakfast we were going to ride the Jungle Cruise, but had to change our plans and took our backstage tour instead. (We didn't mind at all! I think the folks waiting to get in to ToonTown might have been a bit annoyed, though. It was the second time that morning that we walked past a group of people waiting to get in... I both felt a little guilty, and could also get very used to it. That AbD Paddle Of Power is a nice perk.)

    During our trip backstage, we were told that we couldn't take any photos. Our guides were able to take one photo of us inside the Animation building, which was nice, but there were so many little things that I would like to have been able to snap a quick shot of.... I can understand why we can't, but still. Wow. Some amazing stuff back there.

    Our main stop backstage was the Animation building. And this is not the film type of animation, but instead the workshop for the animatronic figures. We got a tour from Gale, who told us all about the process of restoring an animatronic figure when it's in need of repair. It was really neat to listen to him (even if the couple of kids in our group got bored, and went off to Circle D for their own tour. That made me a little sad. I wanted to go to Circle D, too).

    We couldn't see much, but when they'd built that building, they installed a couple of windows for the tours. That way we weren't going in the actual workshop, but could still see a little of what they were working on. We saw a lot of figures from the Alice In Wonderland dark ride, since that's down right now. We also saw the robotic skeleton for one of the fox characters in Splash Mountain, which was running in a testing phase. Next to it was the back-up Goose Droid from Star Tours, and Gale told us the whole story of how the droids used to be geese in America Sings.

    At this point, we went back to the tour entrance to the Animation building, where Adventure Guide Dean took pictures of all of us with two of the elephants from the Jungle Cruise. (We'll get those photos later.) Then it was downstairs to go back onstage. We went into Mickey's barn in ToonTown, and got our photo taken with the Big Cheese. After that, we were given meal vouchers for lunch, and let loose for 45 minutes to grab food before the tour continued.

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    Ice cream for lunch! Why not?

    When the tour continued, it was time for one of the parts I was most looking forward to: a trip to Walt's Apartment. However, they weren't ready for us. Another group was inside, so we had to wait. Instead of just standing around waiting, though, we got a private round-trip tour of Main Street by Omnibus. (Since I'd just been to the Walt, WED, and Westcot presentation that Jeff H and Keith G gave in San Francisco, it was really neat to ride the omnibus and look for the details that Bob Gurr had been talking about.)

    By the time our omnibus trip was over, the other group was finished with their tour. We were let into Walt's Apartment, and docent Devin spoke a bit about the history of the apartment and its contents. Megan (Another plaid who was helping with the tour) turned on the antique music box that Walt and Lillian used to listen to when they were in the apartment. It was really neat to hear.

    After that, we split into two groups: one group took pictures in Walt's Apartment by the lamp (the one you can see from Main Street) and the other group went out onto the patio. We were allowed to take pictures facing Main Street (not the backstage section, of course), and then the groups switched. I can't show you the pictures from inside yet, though, because they are on the Adventure Guides' cameras.

    Our visit to Walt's Apartment was followed by the promised ride on the Jungle Cruise. We had Skipper Matt, and he was a lot of fun. (Most of the group agreed, though, that we'd rather have skipped the Jungle Cruise and spent more time backstage. I doubt there was much more they were allowed to show us, but it would have been great to keep asking Gale questions instead of having to leave to stay on schedule.)

    And then came the other thing about today that I was really looking forward to: The Dream Suite.

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    We were let in, and given some of the history of the suite by tour guide Anna. She also showed us the magic that happens at midnight and mid-day. (The grandfather clock and some of the other items scattered around the main sitting room put on a show. There are videos up on YouTube if you want to see them. I didn't take any video.)

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    We also were shown around the rest of the suite, including getting to see the magical "Good Night Kiss" in each of the bedrooms. The master bath also had a fun lighting feature: stars light up above the amazing bathtub. I would love to be able to soak in that tub and watch the starry "sky".

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    Dean and Natalia gave us more fastpasses at that point, and we were set free in the parks. We split up for various destinations (my destination: the hotel for a nap), with a plan to meet back at the hub for the parade. We had a few benches reserved for us so that we could watch the parade in comfort.

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    Since we love this parade anyway, and it's rare that I can find a decent spot to sit and watch it (since I don't usually plan ahead), we definitely wanted to catch the show. It was very worth it. So much fun.

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    Next was a late-ish dinner, followed by as many rides as we could squeeze in. We used the fastpasses from earlier on Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin (RIP, Eddie Valiant) and Big Thunder Mountain, and then 4 of us ran over to Haunted Mansion for a last ride of the night. (We got there moments before park close. It was great.)

    And as a final end to the evening, George and Jeff had planned a live taping of the Communicore Weekly podcast. It may not have been exactly what they had intended it to be, but it was a lot of fun regardless.

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    Then, as we got back to our rooms, we found a final magical touch: milk and cookies waiting for us on the dresser.

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    I love Disney. They make magic happen. It's the little touches that really make visits like this special.
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    Re: CommuniTOUR AS IT HAPPENS + Gumball Rally 2014 (4/27 - 5/4)

    Quote Originally Posted by bookwyrm View Post
    The last event of the night for us (in fact, where we are right now) was Trader Sam's for drinks and laughs. It has been a great way to end the evening, but now I think we're all about three minutes away from crashing, so it's about time to go to bed. See you all tomorrow!
    Dang! We left Trader Sam's at about 11 or 11:30pm, we must have just missed you all!

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    Re: CommuniTOUR AS IT HAPPENS + Gumball Rally 2014 (4/27 - 5/4)

    Quote Originally Posted by KellyMcG86 View Post
    Dang! We left Trader Sam's at about 11 or 11:30pm, we must have just missed you all!

    Wait... you are doing a trip right now?

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    Re: CommuniTOUR AS IT HAPPENS + Gumball Rally 2014 (4/27 - 5/4)

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    Wait... you are doing a trip right now?
    Yup! Live trip report!
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    Re: CommuniTOUR AS IT HAPPENS + Gumball Rally 2014 (4/27 - 5/4)

    You've basically convinced me to start saving up for the next one with this Trip Report
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    Re: CommuniTOUR AS IT HAPPENS + Gumball Rally 2014 (4/27 - 5/4)

    That's pretty awesome and a good deal... now... how to lie to the kids about how the family isn't going to DLR this year... but Mother and Father are taking a "trip" to California....

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    Re: CommuniTOUR AS IT HAPPENS + Gumball Rally 2014 (4/27 - 5/4)

    I've been procrastinating this part of the trip report... the last day of the Backstage Magic Tour. It has been so much fun, that I'm sad to see it end. Our tour guides Dean and Natalia were fabulous. We all had so much fun interacting with them (and each other) that it made the great trip even more special.

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    Thursday was our last full day of the tour, and our last day with any adventures planned. We started with an EARLY breakfast at Storytellers' Cafe at the Grand Californian, and had an enjoyable buffet meal. Storytellers' is always a fun place to eat, and joining a large group of people there is more fun than dining individually.

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    Dave and I were barely awake, but once the caffeine kicked in we were ready to go. Good thing, too: there were some fun things in store for us! (No pictures allowed backstage, though.)

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    Grand Californian Hidden Mickey

    First stop of the day was Soarin' Over California. We got a little tour of the queue, with the Cast Member there showing us the Legends Of Flight hallway and pointing out some fun things there. Then we got a private showing of the attraction, with all of us seated in the front row (except for the littlest adventurer and his dad, who requested to be near the bottom). I do enjoy this attraction, especially when I don't have to wait in line for the front row. I also didn't feel at all bad about cheering for my favorite sections (the Air Force & Navy parts, plus Disneyland of course) like I sometimes do when there are your everyday average guests on the ride with me. (The Muggles just don't understand.)

    That part was enjoyable. But the best part was once we'd landed, and the Cast Members escorted us down to the bottom of the projection screen, and played the ride video AGAIN with us underneath the screen. It's amazing how much you can still see from down there! I hadn't realized that the screen wasn't opaque. Instead, it's a steel mesh that you can see quite clearly through. We watched the empty ride vehicles go up into show position, and then could see them moving and the projector at once while the movie played. The vehicles move more than I'd realized! The tech for this one really is fabulous.

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    We got some more information from the Cast Member about the attraction after the showings, and got to ask questions about the (single!) projector and the lifespan of the film reel.

    Next we got to pop into Club 1901 for a tour given by Cast Member Ryan, who just happened to be a friend of Communicore Weekly. That was serendipitous. I loved that he didn't tell Jeff and George ahead of time, instead leaving it to be a surprise on the day of.

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    I'd been into 1901 before, but it was neat seeing it in tour fashion. I got to hear some background of some of the artwork that I didn't know before.

    After 1901 was supposed to be a ride on Toy Story Midway Mania, but since that attraction was down when we arrived we got a ride on California Screamin' instead. (Well, those who wanted to, anyway. I sat off.)

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    pre-rope drop Racers fastpasses

    Following that was the probable highlight of the day: we headed backstage in Cars Land, where we got to see the machine shop where they maintain and repair the Radiator Springs Racers ride vehicles. This was great! We got to see some of the vehicles in various states of repair sitting on something that looked an awful lot like an oil changers' bay (the Cast Members there did reference Jiffy Lube in their nickname for it). They told us about the maintenance schedule for the cars (monthly, quarterly, and as-needed-for-repairs), the lifespan of the tires (short, but what do you expect with that kind of abuse?), and the control system they have in place to allow them to pull cars off the track without interrupting the flow of the attraction.

    This was somewhere I'd love to see powered up in everyday operation. (We were there during one of their breaks, I think, because we didn't interrupt anything when we got our tour.) We did get to see a ride vehicle that was flagged for repair get unloaded and sent off to the doors of the maintenance bay while we were watching the control panel. We wanted to see it get pulled into the bay, but no such luck.

    After an all-too-short tour of the back side of Cars Land, we got led back up front where we got to ride the attraction. Hooray! (I love that ride. Possibly my favorite one in a Disney park: it has dark ride elements and thrill ride elements all rolled up into one.)

    There was nothing else on the official agenda for the day, so we were given more fastpasses and released until dinner time.

    A small group of us (me, Dave, Jeff, George, Scarlett, and Amanda) went over to Luigi's Flying Tires because George had never ridden the "flying tigers" and we decided he needed to experience it at least once.

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    While this ride isn't as good as it could be -- maybe I should say as good as it SHOULD be? -- it still amuses me. Dave and I managed to get one really good run from end to end at a decent clip before getting penned in among people who didn't really know how to operate their tires.

    There was a bit of bumper-tire action among the three tires in our group, too. Always fun.

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    After the flying tigers, we split up. Amanda, George, and Scarlett stayed in the parks, while Jeff, Dave, and I went back to the Grand in the hopes of going on the water slide. (No such luck. The slide was closed.) We had lunch at Whitewater Snacks, where we ran into Jeff L and Guy Selga who were also eating there. Once we were done with lunch, Jeff and I retired to our respective rooms while the other three went in to Disneyland for some fun.

    I took a quick nap, then headed in to go on a Grand Circle Tour of the (original) Magic Kingdom. A trip to the Market House followed for some much-needed cold beverages, then Dave and I returned to the room again to cool down and clean up before our Goodbye Dinner.

    Before dinner, Dean and Natalia gathered us in one of the conference rooms, where they showed us a slideshow of some of the pictures they'd taken of us throughout the week. That was a blast! Jeff kept commenting that he'd "forgotten we did that!" and I think many of us echoed the sentiment. We crammed so much into 5 days that it was almost hard to believe or remember it all.

    The dinner that followed was held at the Carthay Circle Restaurant. It was a fabulous meal, as I knew it would be. There were plenty of Carthay House Biscuits to keep everyone happy, and the entrees were as good as I've had when we've eaten there in the past.

    The centerpieces on our dinner table were Glow With The Show ear hats, so immediately after dinner (we barely had time for dessert) we all headed over to the lagoon where we had a reserved viewing area set aside for us to watch World Of Color.

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    I like the World Of Color show anyway, though I LOVE watching it with a fun group. (And this was a FUN group!) We had some WoC Interpretive Dance by Jeff Heimbuch, a mutant ear hat that only flashed green on one side, and some new viewers that "ooh"ed and "aah"ed in all the right places. So much fun.

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    At the end of the show, however, it was time to say goodbye, since we all had different departure times the next morning. That was the hard part. We'd all had so much fun together that it's hard to part. At least we have exchanged email addresses and friended each other on Facebook and Twitter, so we can keep in touch for future trips and adventures.
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    Re: CommuniTOUR AS IT HAPPENS + Gumball Rally 2014 (4/27 - 5/4)

    Awesome trip report. I've never really been too interested in Adventures by Disney, but now my outlook has changed on that. It looks like you guys all had so much fun. Definately a good group to tour Disneyland with.

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    Re: CommuniTOUR AS IT HAPPENS + Gumball Rally 2014 (4/27 - 5/4)

    Quote Originally Posted by sbk1234 View Post
    Awesome trip report. I've never really been too interested in Adventures by Disney, but now my outlook has changed on that. It looks like you guys all had so much fun. Definately a good group to tour Disneyland with.
    The only reason we did this one was because of the Communicore Weekly boys getting a group together. It was so much fun, though, that we'd consider doing another one. The one real stumbling block is the price. They're not cheap. I mean, you get the quality you pay for, but you can't choose a budget version. You get high quality service (at a high quality price). Worth the splurge, though!
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    Re: CommuniTOUR AS IT HAPPENS + Gumball Rally 2014 (4/27 - 5/4)

    Sorry for the delay in finishing this report - we've been too busy and too tired for me to finish the write-up! I will finish the trip report soon, though, complete with what Gumball Rally photos and stories team It Doesn't Matterhorn managed to take.
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    Re: CommuniTOUR AS IT HAPPENS + Gumball Rally 2014 (4/27 - 5/4)

    ...very nice TR.......

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    Re: CommuniTOUR AS IT HAPPENS + Gumball Rally 2014 (4/27 - 5/4)

    Hello fellow Bay Arean!! Thanks so much for the report Bookwyrm. You guys always have such a fun time and I thoroughly enjoy reading about your adventures!


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    Re: CommuniTOUR AS IT HAPPENS + Gumball Rally 2014 (4/27 - 5/4)

    Wow! What an amazing trip! You're making me jealous and now I've got some things to add to my list of things to do!

    Just out of curiosity I went to go check out the price.
    Gulp...

    Depending on the week you choose, $2709-$3799 per adult.
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    Thank you for providing such a detailed report with pictures!

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