Adventures by Disney Backstage Magic & Bonus Disneyland time

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Adventures by Disney Backstage Magic & Bonus Disneyland time

So this is easily the most excited I've ever been to go on a trip in my life! Dining is still up in the air a little bit because we can't make reservations until 60 days out at DL, but here's the base plan:

Arrive LAX Friday AM, SuperShuttle to Grand Californian where we have a DVC 1BR for the weekend. It used up mega-a-lot of points, but I didn't have my plan in place properly and missed the opening of the 7-month window, so it was either 1BR or pay cash for our room. *facepalm*

Spend Friday and Saturday tooling around the parks. I thing we're going to grab lunch at Rancho del Zocalo on Friday and have dinner at Catal. Then Saturday we'll do breakfast at Storyteller's Cafe. We'll probably grab a light lunch at Jolly Holiday and dinner at Napa Rose. I'm not too concerned about nighttime entertainment because we'll pick up World of Color, MSEP, and fireworks (are there any? I don't even know yet.) on the ABD portion of the trip.

Sunday, we're planning to leave EARLY to head into Hollywood so we can do the Warner Bros. studio tour and see Griffith Park before our adventure begins. I'm still not 100% sure if we'll do a rental car or taxi or uber yet, but after the studio tour, I want to go to Walt's Barn, which is open one Sunday/month and it just happens to be the Sunday that we're there! Of course we want to stop at the famous Griffith Park merry-go-round and then we'll head back to the hotel to meet up with our adventure group!
We know very few details about the actual adventure, but I know that we'll do a dinner in Hollywood the first night. I'm not sure if we have an evening activity or not. The daily descriptions are very vague. It's driving my inner planner a little bit crazy.

Monday is a private Hollywood excursion, a visit to the Jim Henson Company, lunch at Tam O'Shanter, and a special afternoon activity in Hollywood. In the evening we'll be on our own. I don't have anything in particular planned, but I assume we'll get dinner and then probably call it a night. I think we'll need some rest by that point.

Tuesday is a visit to Walt Disney Studios/Archives and our Imagineering tour!!! yay stars banana After the tour we transfer to Disneyland Hotel and have dinner at a "favorite Disney eatery", which I suspect is RiverBelle Terrace, but we have no confirmation on that. We have a group experience that evening, which is most likely a visit to Walt's Apartment.

Wednesday is a VIP visit to Disneyland in the morning with a backstage experience. Breakfast should be the character breakfast at the Plaza Inn. Lunch is provided, but I don't know if there's one location or if we get to choose where we eat. For the afternoon, we receive a set of FastPasses and get to go out on our own to explore and I think I'll make a reservation for Blue Bayou in the evening.

Thursday starts with breakfast at Goofy's Kitchen. In the morning, we have a VIP experience at DCA with a backstage tour of Cars Land. We'll spend some park time on our own and finish with dinner at Carthay Circle and reserved viewing for World of Color.

Friday is listed as a character breakfast, but I think this is one of the "surprise" experiences because they list the same character meal two days in a row. We'll probably have to change rooms at DL Hotel, but that's where we'll be continuing our weekend. We're tentatively planning Carnation Cafe for lunch and Storytellers Cafe for dinner. There is major construction planned for Grand Californian for several months, but it doesn't seem to affect Storyteller's during this time.

Saturday we'll be on our own to continue exploring. I'm planning on breakfast at Tangora Terrace. They have Loco Moco for breakfast and their french toast sounds suspiciously like Tonga Toast! For lunch, we're going to do Ariel's Grotto and then probably Cafe Orleans if we feel like we need dinner. We'll definitely remember to split a sandwich this time!

Sunday will be breakfast at PCH Grill, which will mean that we've tried every character meal at DL. Lunch will be my favorite fried chicken in the world at Plaza Inn and if we need a bite to sustain us on the ride home, it will be a toss-up between Earl of Sandwich and Tortilla Jo's on the way back to DL Hotel to catch our airport shuttle for our red-eye flight home.

Less then 3 months to go!!!!

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I'm beyond jealous! Can't wait for this TR!! clapping

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Sounds awesome

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My friend Kristy did this tour and they LOVED it. Hearing all about it makes me want to do it too!

I can't wait to hear your take on it.

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The ADR days are falling like dominos, which means....less than 60 days to go!!! yeah

So far we've confirmed Catal, Storytellers Breakfast, and Napa Rose.

I don't even care if the last days' mystery breakfast also ends up being at Storytellers. I love it so much I would eat there twice in the same trip. I can make the rest of our ADRs on Wednesday.

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Yesterday was our 30-day mark! (Pay no attention to the ticker. I added it to my signature before we booked the first weekend. We've received our welcome kit and from what I've read on other blogs, the current version is a little bit scaled down from the original backpack version. We received a nice drawstring bag and a cosmetic type bag about the size of a bank bag. Inside was our adventure book, which is still lacking all of the information I want. I am not much of a surprise person. I just can't stand to wait for awesome things. Christmas is torture.

I have learned some pertinent things so far. My vacationista continues to deny that Walt's Barn and the Griffith Park Merry-go-round are among the surprise extras on our trip, so we are gambling on doing those on the morning that our adventure begins because I would be so disappointed to be in Hollywood on the one day per month that Walt's Barn is open and miss the opportunity to see it. It seems that Walt's Apartment is still part of the tour. It's status was in flux because of it's lack of accessibility compliance. It is confirmed in the itinerary booklet that we received. We have an "on your won lunch" that AbD is providing to us in Disneyland Park and apparently that is a here's-a-meal-voucher-go-wherever-you-want kind of deal, so now I have to restructure ADR's a little bit. Lastly, we got permission to leave our larger suitcases at Disneyland Hotel during the two days that we are in Hollywood, so we will have to do less baggage toting than originally anticipated.

When I re-work the reservations, I am toying with Steakhouse 55. I thought when I toured the restaurant that it smelled faintly of stale cigarette smoke, so I really didn't want to eat there, but I'm having second thoughts. We are doing Napa Rose and Carthay Circle, so part of me wants to do Steakhouse 55 for comparison, but I was so turned off by the smell. Has anyone eaten there? Has the smell of the dining room bothered you? I can't decide.

Right now, our ADRs are:

Friday - Catal
Saturday - Storytellers Character Breakfast, Napa Rose dinner
Sunday - none (in Hollywood)
Monday - none (in Hollywood)
Tuesday - none (arrival dinner with AbD)
Wednesday - Plaza character Breakfast w/AbD, River Belle Terrace dinner on our own
Thursday - Goofy's Kitchen character breakfast w/AbD, Carthay Circle dinner w/AbD
Friday - Goofy's Kitchen character breakfast w/ AbD, Storytellers dinner on our own
Saturday - Ariel's Grotto character lunch, Blue Bayou dinner
Sunday - PCH Grill character breakfast

I could move River Belle to lunch and book Steakhouse 55 for dinner or I could book Carnation Cafe or Cafe Orleans for lunch that day (and we could split a Monte Cristo).

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Those plans sounds awesome I can't wait to hear about it. biggrin

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It's single digit day! It's single digit day! It's single digit day! It's single digit day! It's single digit day! It's single digit day!

yay clapping banana yeah stars biggrin

(my ticker is set for the start of AbD, not the start of the trip)

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banana banana banana banana

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Yay for single digit day!!! clapping yay clapping yay clapping