Prior to running the Disneyland Half Marathon, I meant another fellow RunDisney blogger, Greg of Why I RunDisney. (If you have not checked out his blog as he is an excellent blogger of all things Disneyland, including all the RunDisney events.) Well, during our planning for our first trip out to California, Greg asked if we would like to tour the Walt Disney Studios in Burbanks (where he happens to work). I could not get an email back to him fast enough to accept the offer with excitement. This serves as the corporate headquarters for The Walt Disney Company. Beyond the daily Disney business, it is still an active studio with sound stages, backlot, and production facilities where Disney shows and films are made.
So on Thursday (9/4/14) this was going to be our primary site to tour for the day. When we arrived at the Studios, we immediately felt important. Greg had prepped security that we would be arriving, so they were ready for us, welcomed us to the Studio, and handed us our official badges. It also helped that the guard grew up in the Southeast, in North Carolina, so he understood and welcomed our southern accents! My badge photo looks like I am going to Alcatraz as opposed to Walt Disney Studios though!