You’ve heard so much about the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles and Hollywood, but if you’re not from Southern California, exploring these cities and their historical landmarks can be pretty intimidating.
Every season, we rent out a few charter busses and take our Disneyland® participants on a private tour of these cities and give them a chance to see some of the most popular locations. Our first stop was Griffith Park and a trip to the merry-go-round.
This isn’t your average merry-go-round, though. This is where Walt Disney took his children and the place where he sat on a bench and thought about a place where parents and children could go and have fun together. This is where he came up with the idea to build Disneyland!
We also made a stop at the El Capitan Theatre and took a stroll down Hollywood Blvd. The historic El Capitan Theatre serves as the home to many Disney movie premieres and it’s a must-see for our participants. It’s located right on Hollywood Blvd., so naturally, we walked around and found some of our favorite stars on the Walk of Fame. Disneyland, Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney were some of the favorites.
Overall, it was an unforgettable day for our participants and everyone created some pretty spectacular memories. But you can’t complete the Disneyland College Program without a visit to our corporate headquarters in Burbank and an exclusive tour of the Walt Disney Studios. This is another tour we take our participants on every season because it’s important to learn about the history of the company.
We visited Legends Plaza, took pictures in front of the Animation building, learned more about the iconic sound stages and even had the chance to walk around the Disney Archives! Walt Disney was personally involved in designing every aspect of the studio, so getting the opportunity to visit these historic buildings was truly a dream come true for many of our participants.
This month has been filled with some remarkable tours and backstage opportunities unlike any other, but that’s only the beginning of the fun. Stay tuned and make sure to follow us on Twitter (@DLR_CP) and Instagram (@DLRCollegeProgram) to witness some of our adventures!