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    New Adventures by Disney tour: "Backstage Magic"

    Back in July, Al Lutz mentioned in a Miceage article a plan for new Adventures by Disney tour iteneraries to go "backstage" at Disneyland to see how the rides work and all of the secret stuff they hide back there. It appears Al was right as Adventures by Disney has just released a new tour for 2008 called..... wait for it..... Backstage Magic!

    The tour is described on the Adventures by Disney site thusly; "Enjoy VIP treatment when you visit legendary Hollywood landmarks, see how the magic is made at Walt Disney Imagineering, eat lunch on the lot at Walt Disney Studios, and get a peek behind the fantasy at the Disneyland? Resort."

    There are 39 separate 5-night tour dates newly being offered, beginning in April, 2008 and going through early 2009. The first tour is still 8 months away, and no word yet on official pricing. But how many locals would take an Adventures by Disney tour here in SoCal to see that sort of stuff? And what is the most you would pay?

    I might do it for 100 bucks or so. But realize I have no desire to see the slimy and grimy streets of Hollywood, and I've already wandered around the grounds of the Disney Studios once before. But then I'm a local and would only be interested in the WDI and Disneyland parts of the tour, and I bet those are just a few hours at each of those two locations.

    Something tells me though that the price tag for these 5 night tours is well north of a thousand dollars per person. I'm imagining a price tag of perhaps $1,800 for adults for this thing. And you probably have to go to Hollywood too with a perky tour guide running defense against hookers and stinky panhandlers.

    Okay, now that I think about it, I might pay extra just to see a perky Disney tour guide try to deal with the street trash and scary environs of Hollywood while happily pointing out the sights and hoping no one in her tour group gets mugged. http://abd.disney.go.com/abd/en_US/i...NewItineraries

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    Re: New Adventures by Disney tour: "Backstage Magic"

    I know some of the guides so I'll ask about it. About the only place I would want to go is Archives... and I highly doubt they will take you there. As to backstage areas, I think Roundhouse might be possible but not sure where else they would plan on taking anyone.
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    Re: New Adventures by Disney tour: "Backstage Magic"

    If it takes you through the southwest areas of Disneyland's backstage--anything in that swath from Indy to Splash, really--I'd be willing to save up and pay quite a bit. If it takes you through other parts of backstage...yeah, I'd still save up and pay quite a bit. The other stuff...meh. I can go to Hollywood on my own, you know?


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    Re: New Adventures by Disney tour: "Backstage Magic"

    ooo, sounds like it would be a very fun tour, minus the hollywood part...I hated walking down hollywood when I went


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    Re: New Adventures by Disney tour: "Backstage Magic"

    Quote Originally Posted by Datameister View Post
    If it takes you through the southwest areas of Disneyland's backstage--anything in that swath from Indy to Splash, really--I'd be willing to save up and pay quite a bit. If it takes you through other parts of backstage...yeah, I'd still save up and pay quite a bit. The other stuff...meh. I can go to Hollywood on my own, you know?

    Will they be taking you past the Indy Cast Member smoking area next to the CNG compressor?

    Or the Westside Diner under the pirates building?
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    Re: New Adventures by Disney tour: "Backstage Magic"

    I'd want to give the tour a spin. I love looking backstage. Although it kills the magic. But I don't mind.

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    Re: New Adventures by Disney tour: "Backstage Magic"

    Hmmm....this is really interesting. It seems that the whole point of Adventures by Disney was to break away from traditional Disney theme parks and such, hence visits to France, Italy, etc. However, since the program hasn't been doing very well, it appears that Disney is going back to its roots.

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    Re: New Adventures by Disney tour: "Backstage Magic"

    It's not a good idea to take guests backstage where many CMs congregate cause we don't actually behave "Disney"-like when we're backstage.

    Then again, we don't really do that onstage either.

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    Re: New Adventures by Disney tour: "Backstage Magic"

    It's not a good idea to take guests backstage where many CMs congregate cause we don't actually behave "Disney"-like when we're backstage.

    Then again, we don't really do that onstage either.
    Now there's a great outlook on modern-day cast membership! Two questions--shouldn't the cast members be heading backstage either to take short breaks or for business reasons rather than for mere "congregating," and wouldn't it be possible to alert CMs that a single tour would be heading through such-and-such areas at 3:00 pm? They could just schedule their breaks around that or decide to be in-character for the couple of minutes when guests are walking by.

    Will they be taking you past the Indy Cast Member smoking area next to the CNG compressor?

    Or the Westside Diner under the pirates building?
    How about both? Honestly, I don't really care which as long as I get to see the exteriors of the ride buildings. Call me whatever you want, but do you realize that I've had dreams about walking up to the Haunted Mansion show building, realizing that I've forgotten my camera, going back to get it, then waking up just before I arrive at a particularly interesting door or ladder? I'm not even joking.





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    Re: New Adventures by Disney tour: "Backstage Magic"

    I will definitely be interested in the details of this tour. I am sure it will be quite expensive. I am sure it includes the hotel accomodations (it is a 6 day 5 night tour) and such. Will wait and see.
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    Re: New Adventures by Disney tour: "Backstage Magic"

    Quote Originally Posted by Datameister View Post
    Now there's a great outlook on modern-day cast membership! Two questions--shouldn't the cast members be heading backstage either to take short breaks or for business reasons rather than for mere "congregating,"
    We do go backstage for breaks and business reasons. But guess what? There are parts of backstage where you can find lots of CMs at once. East of Main Street is where I was thinking of... you have Inn Between, parade staging, and what amounts to the path from Harbor Pointe to the hub, along with what else we have back here.

    and wouldn't it be possible to alert CMs that a single tour would be heading through such-and-such areas at 3:00 pm?
    It would be the responsibility of the area/location managers to spread the word to the foot soldiers, who wouldn't care anyway.

    They could just schedule their breaks around that
    Not a chance in hell.

    or decide to be in-character for the couple of minutes when guests are walking by.
    Not a chance in hell.

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    Re: New Adventures by Disney tour: "Backstage Magic"

    yippie tours of backstage.... were you can see the pavement ,the back side of green show buildings, dumpsters and trash compactors. I have a feeling this will be in the wee morning hours before opening or after closing....... can Rasulo leave already....

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    Re: New Adventures by Disney tour: "Backstage Magic"

    If it included a tour of HM, Pirates, Space Mtn, and as someone else posted, the Morgue at the studios, that would definitely be cool. I went to an Imagineer It class about 11 years ago and it was well worth the price I paid back then. And that was just one class for an afternoon. It will be interesting to see what they do with a multi-day thing. I would, however, be willing to pay a little extra for it, if I can see it will be worth it.

    I'll also say, though, I live in AZ and don't get to CA that often.

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    Re: New Adventures by Disney tour: "Backstage Magic"

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    Re: New Adventures by Disney tour: "Backstage Magic"

    Quote Originally Posted by TP2000 View Post
    The tour is described on the Adventures by Disney site thusly; "Enjoy VIP treatment when you visit legendary Hollywood landmarks, see how the magic is made at Walt Disney Imagineering, eat lunch on the lot at Walt Disney Studios, and get a peek behind the fantasy at the Disneyland? Resort."
    Who thinks up this stuff? The same folks taking away the Disney Gallery for that lameass YoMD promotion? Unbelievable.


    Hollywood landmarks? My brother lived near the Hollywood Bowl for almost two decades. I've seen enough of Hollywood Blvd. to last two lifetimes.

    See how the "magic" is made at WDI? Will that include ringside seats to the Weis-Rasulo Budget Cut SmackDown?

    Eat lunch at the Disney Studios Commissary? Will an appetizer and 18% gratuity be included?

    And get a "peek behind the fantasy" at the Disneyland Resort? Not Disneyland Park? That could be risky. The mildewed maintenance room for the defunct Fantasy Waters show at DLH would technically qualify.



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