Tour Thoughts and Observations:
|Tour Log (5/2005)|
|Our tour departed Guest Relations at EPCOT and we walked over to
the turnstyles to enter the park, after going through the bag check.
Walked up to the restrooms and then backstage to board our bus for
the day, which was a Disney Cruise Line Bus. We drove past the Living
Seas and the Land and the other pavilions on our way out to the American
Adventure. We watched a short intro clip from the Disneyland TV show
of the 50s then “debussed” (a term our tour guide Maddie
is trying to coin), and walked into World Showcase via the large gate
next to the American Adventure. Force perspective was discussed then
we headed backstage on the other side of the pavilion and into a back
door and into the huge back of house facility for the show. The moved
the main set piece truck back for us to look at and you could walk
around a bit and see the computer systems used to drive the show.
We were given a brief look at an autoanimatronic head and underlyings,
then back outside and to our bus. We finished the loop on the EPCOT
perimeter road and then doubled back to the Cast Services building.
We learned about the many services and stopped in the Wardrobe room
for a while before going back out to our bus. We took a short drive
over to the Studios, entering through the back gate by Tower of Terror.
Drove along the perimeter road of this park and pulled up behind the
costuming building. We walked through several rooms to learn about
Creative Costuming and design. Also walked through the working rooms,
which you see from the tram. Walked back outside and then beelined
through the park to Mama Melroses (via both onstage and backstage
walkways). Ate lunch then walked past Star Tours and through the parade
gate to get backstage and onto our bus again. This time we took a
longer drive our past Port Orleans to where the Flower shop is, also
the day care, and several other services are located in this far part
of the property. We were given a tour of the facility including the
freezer and the basket rooms. Then back onto the bus for a ride over
to the Magic Kingdom area and the North Facility. Our first stop was
outside a series of warehouses. We entered one and it was the holiday
facility. From floor to ceiling were ornaments, trees, and other decorations.
We were able to walk through an aisle and into the workroom where
we had to dawn glasses, but were able to spend some time looking around.
Then back outside and across the street to the central shop facility.
We spent a good amount of time walking this building and seeing most
of the rooms including the metal shop, the assembly alley, the paint
shop, the fiberglass area, the wood shop and more. Then back outside
and onto the bus for a short ride to the Magic Kingdom. Pulled up
right behind Main Street and popped out an entrance right near Tonys
Town Square Café, caught the parade the walked down Main Street
and to the restrooms on the Tomorrowland side. Walked backstage and
then entered the Utilidor complex. Walked through a series of hallways
in a “small circle” learning about the systems and then
back up and onto the bus. We exited the tour at the TTC, with about
half the group. The other half road back to EPCOT to end the tour.