Friday, March 21, 2014

My experience at the Walt Disney Studios Archives and the Saving Mr. Banks exhibit #savingmrbanksbloggers


On my recent blogger trip we  visited the Disney Animation Studios, and were treated to a tour of Walt Disney Studios Archives and a special exhibit tied to  the Disney film, Saving Mr. Banks.   As a huge Disney fan, there is nothing better than getting to see behind the curtain of the ins and outs of Disney, and this was an amazing experience.  
Sure I have done a lot of things Disney in my life from visiting Disney Land for the first time, to checking out some great Disney dining experiences, they were great times that I will never forget. But imagine walking down the same street as Walt Disney walked? Being in the building were great classics like Sleeping Beauty were drawn and brought to life? Well I was very fortunate to be able to do such a thing.
The Walt Disney Studios Archives are filled with fun Disney mementos and props from times past.  I even had a brush with greatness, the man himself John Lasseter walked past our group while we were in the court yard! (I would have loved to ask for a picture with him but he was chatting with another cast member and I did not want to interrupt) Yes, he was wearing one of his trademark Hawaiian shirts!  Aw well, at least I got to see him in person.
We were in for a treat there was a special walk through exhibit, The Saving Mr. Banks walking tour this was all about the recently released to dvd, Disney movie Saving Mr. Banks. Before entering the exhibit we were treated to  showing of the merchandising for Mary Poppins, they had just about everything from, dolls to bags to even soap!

Here is a sampling of the fun merchandise that were tied to the original movie in the 60’s.
 This walk through featured props from the film, Photos from “Walt Disney’s” office, featuring  Tom Hanks as Walt.
Walt Disney’s screen office, replicated for the movie:
This tour also had some genuine items from Walt Disney’s actual office, this chair and office decorations were from Walt’s Actual office, they were used as inspiration to decorate the office in the film.
As a Mary Poppins and Saving Mr. Banks fan,  there was nothing like seeing props from the movie, pictures from Mary Poppins  they just put you in the scenes of the movie and were a lot of fun to see.
While on the lot we were able to listen to PL Travers recordings that she made with the Mary Poppins filmmakers. These were the tapes that PL Travers wanted to record so that there was no mistaking what she wanted for Mary Poppins. We heard previously unreleased tapes that were fascinating… She really knew exactly what she wanted and  did not have any issues making her needs known. 
The one tape we listened to was about a particular song she liked, but ended up not making it to the movie. Unfortunately we were not able to record these… but if you would like to get an idea of what we heard, just check out the end credits of Saving Mr. Banks you will get to hear a bit of the recordings from PL Travers.
After checking out this exhibit were given a tour around the lot, by  Jeffery Epstein, Marketing Manager for D23. We began to walk in Walt’s footsteps, and see what it was like to work on the lot when he was there, this was filled with history and made you feel like you were a part of the Disney team, a wondrous place that was amazing to see.

Walt Disney’s Office was on the top floor of this very building.
 The original animation building, where Walt worked, and made the magic:  
 The new animation building where hits like Wreck It Ralph  and  Frozen were made.
Would you like to go on a similar tour? Well it may seem impossible right? Unless you work for Disney or are invited…? Well you can do this tour as a D23 paid member you can purchase tickets for you and a friend to visit the lot and have this grand tour.

With D23 you can take the: Walt Disney Studios and Archives Tour - Location: The Walt Disney Studios, Burbank, California. D23 Members will have the rare opportunity to enjoy a two-and-a-half-hour tour of The Walt Disney Studios and Walt Disney Archives, hosted by D23 and the Archives staff. On April 5 only, see a piece of Disney history from Darby O’Gill and the Little People. 

April 5th is the next date of the tour, the cost is $60.00 a person. So this is just another reason to sign up for D23! When my family visits Anaheim next year we  will surely schedule our trip around the date of this tour and we will be taking the tour again then.
D23 has a great free membership, where you get email updates to keep in the Disney loop. D23 also offers membership tiers: D23 Gold Membership is $74.99 a year, and D23 Silver Membership is $34.99 a year.   So if you are in the Burbank area and are a paid member of  D23 I would highly suggest taking the Walt Disney Studios and Archives Tour, the cost is affordable, and this will be a tour you will never forget.
My husband is pretty easy going, when I have a blog trip or something that I have to do, he just says go be safe and have fun. But this particular event he was jealous of, being the ultimate Disney fan (he even has the tattoos to prove it, no joke) he so wanted to be me for this trip, so I made sure to take lots of pictures so I could share the experience with him too and you all as well. I hope you enjoyed a sneak peak of this fun tour.

Be sure to check out D23.com  site, to see all of the great perks you can get with the free membership, and the even better perks you can get with the silver or gold membership.



Buy it:
You can purchase the Saving Mr. Banks  dvd in stores and online on Amazon now.



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23 comments:

CindyWindy2003 said...

I loved seeing all that old mermendaise, man I wish I had that lunchbox as a collectable!

Tammi @ My Organized Chaos said...

We just watched this last night, it was awesome! I loved gaining insight into Walt and Mary Poppins, so interesting!

Ellen said...

Sounds like it must have been really interesting. This movie is one I really want to watch!

Jennifer S. said...

This is going to be a great one. An instant classic! Cannot wait to watch it.

Stacey @ Cheap is the New Classy said...

Seems like this was an awesome experience! I can't wait for this movie to come out!

Carolyn said...

So cool! You live a blessed life ;)

AMBER EDWARDS said...

Oh what an amazing experience! I love seeing bits of history; even as recent at our own American History of Walt Disney. I absolutely loved Saving Mr. Banks; and loved seeing the story about how it came to be. It made me cry. I can't image actually being able to see all the locations in real life! So amazing.

The Rebel Chick said...

What an amazing experience you had out in LA! I love learning more and more about the history of Walt Disney!

Pam said...

I haven't seen Saving Mr. Banks but it sounds like an amazing story. I would love to be able to see all the locations in person! I'm so jealous, it looks like you had a lot of fun.

Nicole B said...

How fun! The vintage movie merchandise would be fun to see.

Dawn Lopez said...

What fun! This looks like a once in a lifetime experience, thanks so much for taking us along on your journey! Always appreciated! I need to see this movie.. like now!

lisamc7 said...

I visited other parts of Disney Studios and it was an amazingly magical experience! Thank you for sharing pieces of your experience with us!

Teresa Moody said...

How neat that you guys got to do this. I like seeing the different view in your photos.

Nancy Lustri said...

I would love to see the movie. I haven't gotten their yet. I love the photos. It looks like you could spend hours there and discover so much of the history. Thanks for sharing it.

Sarah Minnesota Mama said...

I haven't seen Saving Mr. Banks yet and I can't wait to see it! What an amazing experience you had.

MrsAshley said...

What an incredible experience that must have been. I would have loved to have gone.

Liz Mays said...

Oh, I'm loving that you were able to listen to those tapes. What a cool piece of history!

slehan said...

How thrilling! I liked the photo of Walt & the Mouskateers. They were like family when I was growing up.

slehan at juno dot com

Mama to 5 said...

Cannot wait to see this movie, looks like a great experience you had . I would love to see these mementos up close!

BrettBMartin said...

oh that mary poppins lunchbox and thermos!! how cool!

Stefani @ MommyEnterprises.com said...

I seen the familiar dwarfs! I was at Legends Plaza last week! What a great place to take photos.

Anonymous said...

This is what I wish they had included as an extra on the blu0ray. If you're a fan you want to know it all! I wish there'd been a "Making of Saving Mr. Banks"!

Anonymous said...

Now this is the kind of thing I'd have to like to have seen as an extra on the blu-ray, and all future Disney blu-rays. When you're a fan, you want to know as much about the film as possible. Why wasn't there a "Saving Mr. Banks" book!

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