A few weeks ago, Mickey invited me and a few of my friends for a tour of the Disney Studios in Burbank. Regular tours are not given to the public here, so this was a very special invitation!
|Checking in at the guard station|
|They completely mangled my name|
|The Employee Store|
|These adorable Dalmation pups were for sale!|
|Huge statues of the 7 Dwarves hold up the building|
The Walt Disney Studio was originally built in 1940 and started out with a simple, one-story white stucco building where animators, inkers and painters worked. Walt and his brother Roy had their offices there, too.
Today, the studio covers about 44 acres and contains all kinds of buildings, including a streamlined animation center. Walt wanted the Burbank Studio to be a workers' paradise, and it is! In addition to having its own telephone lines, fire hydrants and roads, the studio boasts large lawns, with baseball and volleyball courts too!
Back in the 40s and 50s, there were all kinds of sets where live action films and television programs were filmed. Many of the "backlot" sets have since been destroyed to make way for office space.
|Julie Andrews and I are nearly a match!|
|I've heard that this statue of Walt and Mickey graces every park throughout the world|
|Eva found Robin Williams' handprint|
|Checking out the hand-prints while Disney gives us his blessing|
|Eva hanging out with Roy Disney and friend Minnie Mouse|
|Yours Truly enjoying the day|
We wandered through the Animation Building afterwards and even ventured into the bowels of the earth to traverse a hidden underground passage to the Ink and Paint building. Peggy pointed out that several scenes from one of our favorite TV shows, Alias, had been filmed down there!
A fortune in beautiful, framed animation art and cells lined the walls of each of these buildings.
|This is an old map (maybe from the 1960s?) showing the lay-out of the studios|
Quite a bit has changed since then.
As lunchtime grew near, we headed towards the commissary to chow down. There were many different kinds of food choices! I ended up getting carnitas tacos with rice and beans.
|A delicious lunch at the commissary|
This historic studio is literally where magic is made. It has had a wonderful 60+ year history. I hope it continues for many, many more!
We stopped for a group photo after our tour.
|Chris, Lesley, Me, Eva and Peggy|