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!
After four days at Disneyland and a day and a half in San Diego, we boarded Amtrak and headed north to Los Angeles. For the next two and a half day of our trip to California, we spent touring Los Angeles (Sept. 3rd – 5th). Because we have friends in LA, we were feeling a little more comfortable about the sight seeing. Our friends, Sean and Scott, picked us up at the Union Station train station, and we immediately hit the ground running!
First stop, the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Now when I sent Sean the list of places we would like to visit, many of them had a notation that we only needed a picture of the sight, no touring needed (either too pricey for the tour, or not that interested in a more detailed view). Well this was a surprise! The Walt Disney Concert Hall was open for free tours on the day we were there. Yes, Please! What an amazing architectural and acoustical palace. Both inside and out there are architectural feats that make you say Wow! How did they do that? Here is a slideshow of pictures from the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
From the top levels of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, we had a great view of the Los Angeles area. We could see the Hollywood sign (don’t worry, we will get closer!) and Dodger Stadium. In this picture, in the distance, is Dodger Stadium.