Touring the Disney Animation Studios #MaryPoppins #SavingMrBanks #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.
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Touring the Disney Animation Studios

#MaryPoppins #SavingMrBanks

During my time in LA I spent a lot of time in this building and on the premises of the Disney Animation Studios.  It was in this very building that I learned all about how Disney’s Frozen was put together and where I was able to experience being Olaf for a few brief moments.  It was also on this lot that I learned a lot about the history of Disney, but in particular I learned a lot about the story of Saving Mr Banks and how it came Mary Poppins was brought to life via the Magic of Disney!

Check out this Saving Mr Banks Clip!

So before I tell you all about my tour of the Disney Animation Studio Lot, I want to share some important facts with you about this post.

  1. Disney Animation Studios is full of a lot of history, too much for me to even fit into one blogpost.
  2. Saving Mr Banks is the story of how Walt Disney was able to bring the Magic of Disney to P L Travers Book “Mary Poppins”.
  3. You will be amazed at how many of our favorite films, TV shows and series are recorded on the Disney Animation Studio Lot.
  4. Disney Animation Studio is also home to the ABC Building and again is where some of our favorite ABC TV Series are filmed (ehm ehm Scandal – enough said – smile)
  5. Many of the scenes in Saving Mr Banks were recorded right on the Disney Animation Studios Lot – you will see some of them throughout this blogpost
  6. This lot was going to be the home to the original Walt Disney World, however in the scheme of things it was decided to make Disney World on a grander scale
  7. We took a picture in the exact location that the actors who started in Saving Mr Banks did on premiere night
  8. Disney Animation Studios is just as Magical as any other Disney Location.
  9. There is an onsite Disney Store that carries everything Disney that your little heart could desire.
  10. The food in the cafeteria is AMAZING there is a large variety to choose from and you literally feel like a kid in the candy store with all the selections.

Now the last point you probably didn’t need to know, but I love food and when I am around good food you know I have to share…hahaha.  Okay, so now that I have covered the basics let me introduce you to our tour guide Jeffrey Epstein.  Jeffrey Epstein is in charge of D23 which is the OFFICIAL Disney Fan club (visit D23.com for more details), so you know we were in good hands on our tour.  There’s no better way to tour the Disney Lot than with a Disney Expert.

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Our first stop on the tour was Stage A.  Sounds just like a regular stage right?  Well wrong, there is significance in this stage as it relates to Mary Poppins and Saving Mr Banks.  Stage A is featured in a scene of Saving Mr Banks; in this scene P L Travers (author of Mary Poppins) is greeted by the Disney Staff in hopes to begin the production of Mary Poppins.  Needless to say she is not very impressed with the staff, the location, or even the idea of putting her beloved Mary Poppins on the big screen so she is rather curt with the staff in this scene.

Fun Fact about Stage A:

Stage A, situated next to the Main Theater, was originally used for scoring. For many years, the music for innumerable Disney movies and cartoons was recorded here. In 1985, the stage was converted to a dubbing stage and theater. Like the Main Theater, Stage A is an all-digital, state-of-the-art dubbing facility. (source: Disney Studio Services)

stageacollage (Photo Credit: Me – on the left & Disney – On the Right)

 While on set we visited Stage 1 which is sound stage that was built in the 1940’s and is dedicated to Mickey Mouse Club Mouseketeer Annette Funicello, but we were on the hunt for places that related to Mary Poppins and Saving Mr Banks so off to stage 2 we went.  Stage 2 is one of the largest sound stages in California, it was built in 1949 and it was here that most of the filming for Mary Poppins took place.  Due to this, Stage 2 has been dedicated to actress Julie Andrews (or Mary Poppins as we have come to love her for).  Right outside the sound  stage door is a plaque dedicating the building to Julie.

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During our tour we made a quick pitstop outside of Walt Disney’s office (oh I wish how we could’ve gotten an inside look at the Magic in his office).

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While I was able to capture a picture of the outer window of the office our Disney Expert gave us a tip on how to get an inside look at Walt’s office.  Now Walt’s office is featured in Saving Mr Banks and you will see it in several scenes where P L Travers has no regard for Walt’s privacy and consistently bursts into his office.  Those scenes are actually very funny as it depicts Walt as a very kind and understanding man…I love this depiction of him.

Check out this video from ArmChair Archivists that features Walt’s office – Keep A look out you may see some fun places in this video that I mention in this post:

Wasn’t that a cool inside look at Walt’s Office?

Well let’s talk about my favorite picture and place on the lot.  Right outside of the Animation Building…hmm you’ve seen this place before right?  Well if you watched the video clip above you saw it featured.  The Animation Building became my favorite spot because the Actors/Actresses and staff of Saving Mr Banks took a picture in the very same spot that our #DisneyFrozenEvent bloggers did!!! (FUN Fact:  We took our picture first so we were the trendsetters for this picture lol)  Tell me that isn’t cool.  The Animation Building is where media (like me) would come and do previews of upcoming Disney films.  When you go check out Saving Mr Banks, you will also see scenes that incorporate the Animation Building.

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As you can see there really is a lot of Saving Mr Banks and Mary Poppins History on the Disney Animation Studios Lot and I really did learn a lot of cool Disney Information, too much to even share with you.  I hope you did enjoy what you did learn and I leave you with a collage of some of the other pictures I took while touring the Disney Animation Studios Lot including a picture of MY LUNCH – I told you they had good food.  Did you think I wasn’t going to tell you and not tease you with a picture? (smile)

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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.


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