It is hard not to be impressed when your tour guide is so passionate about their subject matter that they break down in tears. This was not a scripted gesture. Rather this was the result of a deep seeded and sincere love for the subject matter. In this particular tour the subject was the one and only Walt Disney. I’ll get to what brought on the water works later. For now, let me tell you a bit about what tour I’m talking about.
At Disneyland, they offer a variety of guided tours that you can go on that range from a family adventure to a landscaping tour of the parks plants and foliage. At a certain point in my life I would have snickered at the idea of going on a tour of the Magic Kingdom, instead you would have found me rushing to ride to ride. But I see Disneyland as a different entity now. It’s a place of pilgrimage, an important historical landmark worthy of deeper examination and exploration. The Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps tour gives you an in-depth look at the history of the park and the one and only Walt Disney and access to places you generally don’t get to go.
The tour lasts about three hours and you are escorted on your journey by a dapper guide dressed in the iconic Disney plaid “ride jockey” outfit. For your journey you are outfitted with a headset so you’ll be able to hear snippets of music and interviews with Walt and others throughout your walk. You’ll visit different important Disneyland sights plus you’ll ride a couple of classic attractions. But beyond that there are a couple highlights, a couple of “bucket list” moments, that are included in the tour. You’ll get the chance to step into the lobby of the legendary–and very exclusive – Club 33 for a bit of history on the members-only dining establishment and you’ll get a chance to go someplace that very few get the chance to go, you’ll get an exclusive tour of Walt’s private apartment (which is located above the Fire House on Main Street).
The Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps tour really is fascinating, seeing Disneyland from a historical perspective instead of just lines and rides. And the tour guides are so well versed in all things Disney, experts in the field of this fun place. Our tour guide Amber was not just witty and welcoming but she really loved the topic that she was talking about. As I had mentioned before, at the end of the tour Amber ended up tearing up. She was talking about the end of Walt’s life and a story about Walt’s last moments with his brother Roy. It was a very sweet and touching, so touching that Amber, after doing the tour many, many times, finds herself still moved to tears and honestly, so were we all.
The tour, for any Disneyland fan or anyone who is interested in the origins of the park and the man who made the magic, is a must. You’ll get such a new appreciation for not just Disneyland but Disney the man. Plus you’ll get a cool pin at the end! And who doesn’t love a Disney pin?
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