My #SavingMrBanks Experience – Behind the Scenes of the #DisneyFrozenEvent

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Disclosure: Disney provided me with an expense paid trip to Hollywood for the Disney Frozen Event in exchange for my review of the events of the trip. No other compensation is given. The opinions and experiences in my posts are 100% mine


My #SavingMrBanks Experience – Behind the Scenes of the #DisneyFrozenEvent

My first outing in LA during the  Disney Frozen Event was to head to the Walt Disney Animation Studios for a little dinner and a private screening of Saving Mr. Banks, in Walt Disney’s Very Own Screening Room.  Imagine how excited I was, to not only be one of the first “Non Disney” people to see it AND I would have the ability to see it in Mr Disney…wait sorry, he likes to be called Walt, and yes we are on a first name basis (smile) – and I would be seeing it in Walt’s Screening Room… I felt like a kid in a candy store, just fill me up with sugar and let me bounce away.  Believe it or not that’s exactly what they did!



Yes this is a picture of our Sweets Table – I mean you can’t watch a Great Disney Movie without some Great Sweets – in particular JELLY BEANS…there is something about the JELLY BEANS and the whole sweet table that ties into the concept of the movie, but you have to go see Saving Mr Banks to get what I am hinting at.  When you get it you will laugh!  The room was filled with delightful treats and since Twinkies are my favorite I indulged in one, okay maybe 2 of them.  While in the room I was also able to check out some original photos and concept art for Mary Poppins.


(Photo Credit: Disney)

When you finally go check out Saving Mr. Banks ALL of the photos above will look familiar.  As each of these original pictures are re-enacted in the movie…Did you know that Saving Mr Banks was based upon the Real Life Events of P L Travers and Walt Disney’s journey to bringing the Magic of Disney to Mary Poppins.  Here’s the  official Disney Release about Saving Mr Banks:

When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” he made them a promise—one that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short,
Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation.

For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn’t budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp.

It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history.

After indulging in our tasty treats we headed off into Walt’s Private Screening room to enjoy Saving Mr Banks, which by the way is a Supercalifragilsticexpialidocious film.  The theater was nice and plush and we were all relaxed as we sat and enjoyed the film.  I have never been in a private screening room, let alone Walt Disney’s private screening room.  So this was just something to add to my list of wonderful things that I’ve experienced.  There was nothing flashy about the theater, other than the cool guard who was hanging out with us.  The movie was really captivating and I can’t say it was the movie alone, but things felt magical.  I know that being in the  as house of the mouse had a lot to do with it.

I think you will enjoy Saving Mr Banks and be sure to check out my Saving Mr Banks review HERE to see my thoughts of the movie.  I truly think it’s a must see movie for anyone who likes a good movie, is a Disney Fan and Especially for anyone who is a Mary Poppins Fan.  Be sure to check out Saving Mr Banks in limited theaters now and nationwide on 12/20/13.


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