Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps

I grew up with family in southern California and my earliest memories of anything Disney were at Disneyland. I grew to love all things Disney at a very early age. Fast forward 20+ years later and I’m still obsessed with all things Disney! I love learning about the behind the scenes information, history, and details at Disney parks and resorts. Up until last week, Dine with an Imagineer was one of my most memorable Disney experiences. Then I went on the Walking in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps Tour.

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The tour begins just outside City Hall where you meet your guide (dressed in early 20th century, jockey inspired attire) and get your audio equipment. This was one of my favorite things about this tour – the audio equipment. Not only could you hear your guide, no matter how crowded the park was or how far away you were from her, but you were also able to hear Walt, Roy, and others as you travel through the parks. You could hear different music and attraction descriptions as you crossed from one land to another.

The tour is a story telling experience. Your guide truly makes you feel like she knew Walt and was present when the stories she’s retelling you actually happened. At one point, most of our group and our tour guide were in tears. We were able to ride the Disneyland Railroad, Peter Pan’s Flight and see Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln* (and hear the stories about why these attractions were so important to Walt). Some of the stories I knew (why there is a lit lamp in the window above the fire station) but some were very new to me (do you know about the petrified tree?). One of my personal favorites was about the elevator inside Club 33.

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The petrified tree

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The Club 33 elevator

The tour is approximately three hours and includes two classic attraction experiences, a private lunch on Main Street (from Jolly Holiday Bakery), and a collectible pin. The highlights include a stop in the lobby of Club 33 (Disneyland’s exclusive club) and a visit to Walt’s apartment above the fire station on Main Street. You are not able to take any pictures in the apartment but your guide will take a picture of each guest with their own camera. As of June 24, 2013, the tour operates daily at 9:30 am but has become so popular, a second tour will be added at 1:30 pm daily (beginning June 30, 2013).

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Lunch from Jolly Holiday Bakery

The tour is $109 per person ages 3 and up, though I would not recommend this tour for anyone under the age of 14 (it is, after all, a historical audio tour which might be tough for those with a short attention span). There is a 20% discount for Disney Rewards Visa, AAA card holders, Disney Vacation Club members and Disneyland Annual Passport holders. This tour does book quickly, so be sure to book in advance.

*Attractions available on the tour are subject to change. Park admission is required for this tour.

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Would you like to walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps? Do you want to learn more about the other amazing tours available at Disneyland? Please email me at Amy@TravelwiththeMagic.com or you can find me on Facebook so I can book your family’s vacation to Disneyland, where Walt started it all! You can also call me at 1-800-670-4312, ext 129. I can’t wait to plan your family’s MAGICAL vacation!

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