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    Talking Disneyland: ever been "backstage" of the park?

    i have. last time i was at disneyland, november 2005, i was there with marching band. we were marching in the parade. about 1 1/2 or 2 hours before the parade we had to meet at the gate next to small world and a cast member took us through a corner door of small world into the closed off area of disneyland (where only cast members are suppose to go). he of course told us to take no pictures. i looked around and it felt pretty weird to see all the props and plain-looking buildings in disneyland. i did like seeing the huge buildings where they kept all the cars for the rides, thats rides from both disneyland and DCA. they had boats from grizzly river run, cars from fantasyland rides, cars from roger rabbit and probably at least 2 cars for every other ride in the resort. they told us about the parade and had locker rooms for us to get ready in. we walked all the way to the entrance side, did the parade, and then finished back on the toontown side. once we were done, we got to go through another kind of hidden door that was on the side of one of the houses in toontown. its so weird now to know what lies around the park now lol. has anyone else gotten to go behind-the-scenes???

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    Re: Disneyland: ever been "backstage" of the park?

    It's not much to see backstage when you've worked there. Just a lot of junk and lot's of old time bikes CM's use to get around. In ODV you get to see a lot of the backstage areas. The area next to Small world is known as the Stadium vending, have no idea why it's called that. Behind Toontown is where they keep the horses, you can tell by the smell. Did you know that green wall they built behind toontown cost a million dollars to build. There is underground areas in the park but they are independent of each other in not hooking up with each other. Under the House in Fantasy land is where some CM's eat on their breaks. Also below NOS there's an eating plance. West side diner I think if my memory serves me well. (correct me if Im wrong)

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    Re: Disneyland: ever been "backstage" of the park?

    I have fond memories of the Diner. Hot turkey sandwhiches...chocolate cake from the Market...cheesecake, too...Too bad I didn't have a faster metabolism.

    Backstage may not be exciting, but I sure miss being able to go back there. I remember hearing the Jungle Cruise noises as I walked to work. Or the banjo from Pirates in the hallway. Or sitting and chatting in the parked trolley cars after a long shift. Very cool...

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    Re: Disneyland: ever been "backstage" of the park?

    I won't name names here, but a CM with whom we had become friends took us backstage at Indy and that's where we got to see the mechanics bay. Then we walked across Main Street (after closing, it was empty of Guests) and through the gate next to Mad Hatters. This was way before Team Disney Anaheim was completed and the Costume Dept was back there and we got to go in there and see all the costumes and heads of the wall racks. Then we went backstage over to Tomorrowland. The Trip to Mars and the America Sings buildings were closed at this time and just sitting there. He took us inside and they were far from empty. We saw all the A/A figures in Mission Control slumped over their control panels with hydraulics fluid leaking everywhere. It was the saddest and eeriest thing I had ever seen. Then we went into what was left of America Sings and saw the empty stages, some with props and sets still in place, but holes in the floor where all the A/A figures used to be. Then downstairs to see the motor and track that turned the building. That was sad also.

    We also were back stage for auditions one time for Costumes Characters and that took us through all the area behind ToonTown, the Parade Building and then to a big rehearsal hall for the auditions. That was fun, even though we did make the first cut. Neither one of us has much dancing ability. And yes, even street characters have to know how to dance to choreographed dance routines in case they have to perform at a charity event, a sports event or some other kind of even outside the Park. It was still a hoot.
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    Re: Disneyland: ever been "backstage" of the park?

    Quote Originally Posted by idrummeddownMSinDL
    i have. last time i was at disneyland, november 2005, i was there with marching band. we were marching in the parade. about 1 1/2 or 2 hours before the parade we had to meet at the gate next to small world and a cast member took us through a corner door of small world into the closed off area of disneyland (where only cast members are suppose to go). he of course told us to take no pictures. i looked around and it felt pretty weird to see all the props and plain-looking buildings in disneyland. i did like seeing the huge buildings where they kept all the cars for the rides, thats rides from both disneyland and DCA. they had boats from grizzly river run, cars from fantasyland rides, cars from roger rabbit and probably at least 2 cars for every other ride in the resort. they told us about the parade and had locker rooms for us to get ready in. we walked all the way to the entrance side, did the parade, and then finished back on the toontown side. once we were done, we got to go through another kind of hidden door that was on the side of one of the houses in toontown. its so weird now to know what lies around the park now lol. has anyone else gotten to go behind-the-scenes???
    YAY for marching band!! haha I marched a parade 4 years in a row when I was in high school. The cast member met us at the toon town entrance and then took us through some door in toon town to some back stage dressing room.
    It was really weird to see all these old splash mountain logs or autopia cars...
    It was a fun experience!


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    Re: Disneyland: ever been "backstage" of the park?

    The last time I was at the Disneyland Hotel, I had a cast member give me an underground tour of the Disneyland Hotel. They have a network of underground tunnels that go from building to building. He also showed me the employees lounge which had a large Monorail Cafe sign signed by the cast that worked at this establishment over the years. Boy, I sure miss that place. Just updated my website with lots more Disneyland Hotel rare photos. Check it out when you get a chance www.magicalhotel.com.

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    Re: Disneyland: ever been "backstage" of the park?

    Evaced right at the bottom of the second lift hill (right after rounding the bend of Chikapin Hill-- we were at the bottom of the lift hill where the owl is.) We went up the stairs and over the bridge that goes over the flume, into a doorway in the side of the mountain that led us straight to the main lift hill before the big drop where Br'er Rabbit is tied up. Then we went backstage where all the pumps and filters and stuff were and out a door at the exit of the ride.

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    Re: Disneyland: ever been "backstage" of the park?

    Quote Originally Posted by oldhotelguy
    The last time I was at the Disneyland Hotel, I had a cast member give me an underground tour of the Disneyland Hotel. They have a network of underground tunnels that go from building to building. He also showed me the employees lounge which had a large Monorail Cafe sign signed by the cast that worked at this establishment over the years. Boy, I sure miss that place. Just updated my website with lots more Disneyland Hotel rare photos. Check it out when you get a chance www.magicalhotel.com.
    With all due respect, I don't see those photos as rare, or even worth the click over to that site. If I were a cynical guy, I would think perhaps you were looking for a free plug for your book, which is almost $50...




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    Re: Disneyland: ever been "backstage" of the park?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lost Boy
    I won't name names here, but a CM with whom we had become friends took us backstage at Indy and that's where we got to see the mechanics bay. Then we walked across Main Street (after closing, it was empty of Guests) and through the gate next to Mad Hatters. This was way before Team Disney Anaheim was completed and the Costume Dept was back there and we got to go in there and see all the costumes and heads of the wall racks. Then we went backstage over to Tomorrowland. The Trip to Mars and the America Sings buildings were closed at this time and just sitting there.
    Very cool!

    For those of us who don't work at Disneyland, it's always a kick to go back stage. I've been quite a few times as I am a choral director and have had my groups sing quite a few times in the Candlelight program. About a thousand of us would practice in one of the large warehouses backstage rehearsing with the orchestra and the Disney CM choir. It was fun to see all the parade floats, etc behind the scenes.

    I also, like you, was able to walk out onto mainstreet when the park was empty, and it was amazing. Back in the old days, before the Pressler era, they used to have the director's dinner in Disneyland, AFTER it had closed for the evening. Legend has it that it used to be in the golden horseshoe, and it MAY have even been in club 33 once or twice. But the first year my choir was selected, it was in the Plaza Inn. Gourmet food, amazing dessert....man they treated us well back then. While the meeting was winding down, I strolled out (snuck out) the door and walked toward Main Street.

    And it was magical.

    The castle was lit up, I think it had just rained, the lights were in the trees...and not a soul in sight. No cm's...at least none that I could see, and so quiet you could hear a pin drop. I stood there just off the plaza, and just soaked it in. Must have been around 9:30 or 10 pm in Mid October... possibly a Tuesday night in the early 90's. At that moment it truly felt like I was alone in Disneyland.

    After that year, they began to move us around to various hotel rooms, and the cool folders, pens, and Disney writing pads disappeared. I kept hoping they would move the dinner back inside the park, but it never happened.

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    Re: Disneyland: ever been "backstage" of the park?

    I was evacuated from Splash Mountain, right where Brer Rabbit is stuck in the honey. It was pretty cool, walking next to the mole and her baby moles...they took us outside the building, which disgusted me at first because there were tons of trash bins there...but, I saw an old prop from the Submarine Voyage, the squid gripping a row boat...that made my day ^_^

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    Re: Disneyland: ever been "backstage" of the park?

    I always wished I could get stuck and then evacuated from a ride. I've only gotten stuck at Six Flags... and I was kind of scared for my life!


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    Re: Disneyland: ever been "backstage" of the park?

    Oh sure, maaaany years ago. I also keep a large archive of backstage pictures and videos of everything I can find.

    There's a number of backstage videos taken by CMs on break or otherwise in the usual video sites, you just have to know what to search for.

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    Re: Disneyland: ever been "backstage" of the park?

    I was on Indiana Jones when it 101ed once... right after we passed Indy next to the big smashed rock. Not only was it not cool but we were stuck in the stupid jeep for like 10 minutes staring at the loading platform.
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    Re: Disneyland: ever been "backstage" of the park?

    Well the Parade of Stars took a lot of guests backstage to certain areas to teach and rehearse the routines. So I went backstage when I was in it that one time. That is my only experience at Disneyland.. Walt Disney World.. now that's a different story.

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    Re: Disneyland: ever been "backstage" of the park?

    Maybe not the same 'backstage' you speak of, but when I rode Space Mountain once we were launched to the left instead of the right. You could see about 30 feet of additional track for rocket storage. We were escorted around back to the boarding area so that we could hop on the next rocket. We were seated with different people the next time, this leads me to believe that we were overwieght.

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