"DIS Only" Adventures by Disney Trips

These are 'exclusive' departures, open only to our group, so this is a great opportunity to meet up with other DISers and Disney fans from around the world!

While we do all the same events and locations that are normally done with the ABD tours, we always like to throw in something a little extra special on the DIS trips. You'll be traveling with members of the DIS Unplugged Podcast team on each of these trips as well.


Backstage Magic Tours

In April 2010 we had our first "DIS'ers Only Backstage Magic" tour to California through ABD.  Since then, we've offered several of these trips each year and they've all been a HUGE success!  Secure your spot today!


Backstage Magic Tour - Highlights



Backstage Magic Tour - Itinerary

Please note: Itinerary subject to change.  Photography restrictions apply.

Day 1:

Arrive in Los Angeles
Upon arrival, you will be met by an Adventures by Disney representative who will escort you to your transfer vehicle. Relax as the driver assists with your luggage and escorts you to the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel.

The Lowes Hotel
Meet your Adventure Guide upon arrival at your stylish hotel in the heart of Hollywood. You are steps away from world-famous Hollywood landmarks like Grauman's Chinese Theatre and the Kodak Theatre. Many restaurants are close by, as well as Hollywood & Highland Center, a first-class shopping and entertainment center.

Welcome Dinner at Renaissance Hollywood Hotel
Enjoy a delicious dinner at the Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood.

Meal Included: Dinner



Day 2:

Private Hollywood Tour
See historic and significant Hollywood landmarks with an expert guides. Snap photos of world-famous iconsincluding the El Capitan Theatre, Chinese Theatre, Crossroads of the World and more!

The Jim Henson Company Lot Tour
Tour the home of Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and some of your other favorite Muppets! Enjoy a privately guided VIP tour of this historic studio—built in 1917 by Charlie Chaplin. The Jim Henson Company purchased the charming studio in 1999, and it's featured prominently in the new Walt Disney Pictures movie, The Muppets (2011).

Lunch at Tam O'Shanter
Eat lunch at one of Walt Disney's favorite hangouts! Rich with showbiz history, Tam O'Shanter was established in 1922 and is one of Los Angeles' oldest restaurants. The Scottish-themed restaurant serves Old World favorites—including their famous prime rib and Yorkshire pudding.

On Your Own in Hollywood
In the evening, you're on your own to relax or enjoy the wide variety of restaurants and activities in this vibrant area. Your Adventure Guides are available to make recommendations.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch



Day 3:

Walt Disney Imagineering
See how the magic of Disney theme parks and resorts is made. Get a first-hand look at some of the creations conjured up by the architects, designers, engineers, technicians and others who make up the Disney Imagineers.

Walt Disney Studios and The Walt Disney Archives
Enjoy lunch at The Walt Disney Studio commissary and then browse through an assortment of memorabilia at the Studio Store. Afterwards, you'll learn the story of The Walt Disney Studio during your privately-guided tour, which includes a visit to The Walt Disney Archives.

Drive to Disneyland® Resort
Head south to your next home base, Disney's Grand Californian Hotel® & Spa. This Craftsman-style hotel is within walking distance of both Disneyland® Park and Disney California Adventure® Park, as well as the Downtown Disney District—a promenade with shops and restaurants. After you're checked in, you'll have time on your own to relax by the pool or go shopping.

Welcome Reception
Enjpoy your Disneyland Welcome Diinner at Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue at Disneyland Park!

Evening at Disneyland® Park
Enjoy a priority entrance into the Disneyland® Park with a special VIP experience prior to spending the evening on your own.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner



Day 4:

Breakfast at Disneyland® Park
Start your day with a delicious breakfast at the Happiest Place on Earth!

VIP Custom Tour of Disneyland® Park
Discover the secrets of Disneyland® Park in this privately-guided backstage tour. Visit areas that are off limits to other park Guests as you learn the fascinating history of Walt Disney and his dream—including the Disneyland Dream Suite and Walt Disney's personal apartment.

Relax, people watch and enjoy a great lunch inside the park.

Afternoon and Evening in Disneyland® Resort
Spend the rest of the afternoon and evening on your own at both Disneyland® Park and Disney California Adventure® Park. Experience the thrills of fantastic attractions and spectacular shows, and be part of the countless magical moments around you. Your VIP experience includes special Disney's FASTPASS service and reserved seating for the afternoon parade.

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch



Day 5:


Character Breakfast at Storyteller's Cafe
Enjoy Mickey Mouse-shaped waffles and rub elbows with Chip, Dale and Pluto at this whimsical breakfast buffet.

Privately Guided VIP experience of Disney's California Adventure™ Park
Before Disney's California Adventure™ Park opens to regular guests, enjoy a privately-guided VIP tour, including a behind-the-scenes look at the inner-workings of the Park, and experience Soarin', Toy Story Mania, a backstage experience at Cars Land and FastPass service to a select attraction.

Lunch and Afternoon On Your Own at the Disneyland® Resort
Spend the rest of your afternoon on your own, enjoying more of the exciting activities at both Parks.

Lunch and Afternoon On Your Own at the Disneyland® Resort
Spend the rest of your afternoon on your own, exploring more of the exciting attractions and activities at both parks.

Farewell Dinner
Bask in the memories of your Southern California experience as you enjoy a special farewell dinner at Carthay Circle Restaurant in Disney California Adventure exclusively for you and your newfound friends!

VIP Viewing of World of Color
Watch the epic World of Color water spectacular from a very special VIP viewing area. With more than 1,000 multi-colored fountains, this bigger-than-life show is the perfect finale for your adventure!

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner



Day 6:

Bid goodbye to all your fellow adventurers, and enjoy one last breakfast before you go your separate ways.

Transfer to the Airport
Relax and enjoy your final moments in California as we handle your luggage and arrange for transportation to the Los Angeles International airport.


Meal Included: Breakfast

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