A few months ago, we began thinking about where we would go for our summer vacation. After thinking for a while, I came up with my idea for a dream vacation. This “dream vacation” was to fly out to California and visit as many theme parks as we could. After researching just a little bit, we found an Adventures by Disney Southern California tour. The tour would teach us more about Disney history and take us to the Disney parks. Shortly afterwards, we booked our Adventure and added a few more stops to our trip. After months of anticipation, we finally left for California. We woke up early in the morning, hopped on the plane, had a rather enjoyable five hour flight on Virgin America, and finally landed in California. That’s where this update kicks off. In this update, I will talk about our trip before we even arrived at any theme parks. So get ready for to hear about Disney and Hollywood history along with a ton of non-theme park fun!
Disney Studios was a very interesting stop on the trip, but it was not nearly as cool as our next stop, Walt Disney Imagineering. So, we drove over to imagineering, had lunch there, and then got ready for our tour of imagineering. Dave Fisher was the imagineer who took us around. He is the head writer for Shanghai Disneyland (I think that’s what he told us, I know he wrote the story for Mickey Avenue). We started by meeting Lucky the Dinosaur, who still works and lives at Imagineering. We even got to take some photos with him! We then got to hear a bit about how animatronics work, some history of the building, visited the sculpture studio, and walked over to another amazing place at imagineering. This “place” was their virtual reality room. They had it set up so that we were virtually walking through the Magic Kingdom. You could walk around the same model that exists on Google Earth in 3D. Only one person at a time can see the complete experience (they wear a special hat that controls the projections based on location in the room). It actually feels real. It was really cool. Here’s an article about it that came out the week after we visited! http://fortune.com/2015/08/13/disney-imagineering-vr/ By the way, this technology isn’t going to be used in the parks anytime soon. It’s only possible for one person at a time to walk around in the virtual reality. After our imagineering tour, the group would visit Mickey’s of Glendale, but it was being set up for the D23 Expo. They did give us a special pin that was exclusive to the store as compensation, but I would have loved to go. Next, it was time to go to the happiest place on Earth, but you won’t get to see that until later!
We had a great time in Hollywood and at imagineering! If you have any questions for us, comment below and be sure to follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! You can also find us on YouTube, Google+, and Tumblr! Thank you for visiting Theme Parks and Travels! Be sure to follow us here on WordPress and share with the buttons below!