Greetings everyone! I was lucky enough to be invited to visit the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, about 40 minutes north of the hotel. The studio does not offer public tours like Universal Studios does. A few of the ways to get in is to obtain tickets to a live taping of a sitcom, buy a Disney/Hollywood package that includes a tour, or join D23 and wait for member tour days a few times per year.
As a Disney fan, this has to be one of the coolest places to visit other than the Parks themselves. This place is filled with Disney history, and fans can easily spend several hours here just walking around and exploring the Disney Acrchives. This is also where classics such as Mary Poppins and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea were filmed.
Below are pictures from The Legends Plaza. It’s a courtyard with plaques and handprints of the people that have made a lasting impact in the Disney Universe. People like Tom Hanks, Julie Andrews, and Marc Davis, just to name a few.
There is a Partners Statue here just like the one in the theme parks, but this one is far more accessible!
When I hear the term “Walt Disney Archives”, I envision something grand like the Library of Congress with tight security around the perimeter. It was quite the opposite actually. The sign said, “open” so I walked right in. The room was no bigger than our Kids Suites at the HoJo, and we were free to take pictures and look through old comics and magazines. I could have spent all day in this room. It was so neat looking through publications from the 60s and 70s and seeing what the park looked like back then.
See you in the parks!
Time Capsule Tommy