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Backstage Magic - 6 Days / 5 Nights
Hollywood, Walt Disney Studios, and Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

The Backstage Magic family vacation from Adventures by Disney begins with a Hollywood tour to some of the most famous Tinsel Town landmarks. Then visit sites where Walt Disney began his dream and meet the people who continue to bring his visions to life. Top off your trip with three thrilling days at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.




  • Special Access at Walt Disney Imagineering

    Get a glimpse of how Walt Disney Imagineers create the magic at Disney theme parks and resorts. See some of the creations conjured by this brilliant group of architects, designers, engineers, technicians and more. You'll also be able to enjoy a special shopping experience.

  • Behind the Scenes at Disneyland® Park

    Make your dreams come true with a 2-day VIP experience at Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park with special Disney's FASTPASS service and reserved parade seating.

  • Exclusive Visit to The Jim Henson Company Lot

    Tour the home of Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and some of your other favorite Muppets! Usually not open to the public, The Jim Henson Company Lot was built in 1917 by Charlie Chaplin. The charming studio is featured prominently in the new Walt Disney Pictures movie, The Muppets (2011).

  • Private Tour of Walt Disney's Disneyland Apartment

    See Disneyland Park from the perspective of the man that started it all! Located on the second floor of the Disneyland Fire Dept. building, this cozy apartment was used by Walt Disney many nights during the park's construction and early years of operation. You'll get a privately guided tour of this rarely seen location!

  • Private Hollywood Tour

    See Hollywood aboard an open-air vehicle with an expert guide. Snap photos of world-famous iconsincluding the El Capitan Theatre, Pantages Theatre, Crossroads of the World, Farmers Market, celebrity homes and more!

Adventure Daily Itinerary

Please note: Photography restrictions apply.

Day One

Arrive in Los Angeles

Fly into John Wayne Airport (SNA) OR Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) OR Long Beach Airport (LGB) where you will be greeted by an Adventures by Disney representative who will escort you to your vehicle. Relax as your driver assists with your luggage and takes you to the Loews Hollywood Hotel.

Loews Hollywood Hotel

Meet your Adventure Guides upon arrival at your stylish hotel in the heart of Hollywood. You are steps away from world-famous Hollywood landmarks like the TCL Chinese Theatre, the El Capitan and the Walk of Fame. Many restaurants are close by, as well as the Hollywood & Highland Center, a first-class shopping and entertainment center.

Welcome Dinner at the Hotel

Meet your fellow adventurers while enjoying a delicious dinner at Loews Hollywood Hotel.

Meals Included: Dinner

Day Two

Breakfast at the Hotel

Start your day with a tasty breakfast and get ready for your walking tour of Hollywood.

Private Hollywood Excursion

Step into the spotlight on a private walking tour that puts you in the heart of Hollywood. Check out the famed TCL Chinese Theatre and see the handprints of Hollywood legends. Then, stroll down Hollywood Boulevard on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and discover the brass stars embedded in the sidewalk that pay homage to some of your favorite celebrities in the entertainment industry.

The Jim Henson Company

Enjoy an exclusive VIP visit to the Jim Henson Company Lot, built on the original site of Charlie Chaplin Studios in Hollywood.

Lunch at Tam O'Shanter

Eat lunch at one of Walt Disney's favorite hangouts! Rich with showbiz history, Tam O'Shanter was established in 1922 and is one of the oldest restaurants in Los Angeles. See the booth where Walt Disney used to sit and savor the Scottish-themed restaurant's Old World favorites—including their famous prime rib and Yorkshire pudding.

Afternoon in Hollywood

Before an evening out on the town, join your Adventure Guides for a special afternoon outing!

On Your Own in Hollywood

In the evening, you're on your own to relax or enjoy the wide variety of restaurants and activities in this vibrant area. Your Adventure Guides are available to make recommendations.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day Three

The Walt Disney Studios and the Walt Disney Archives

Learn the story of The Walt Disney Studios during a privately guided visit, which includes The Walt Disney Archives. Enjoy a meal at the commissary and browse through the Studio Store.

Walt Disney Imagineering Tour

See how the magic of Disney theme parks and Resorts is made. Get a firsthand look at some of the creations conjured up by the architects, designers, engineers, technicians and others who make up the Disney Imagineers.

Disneyland Resort

Head south to your next home base, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. This beautiful hotel offers Guests premium accommodations, Craftsman-style elegance and, of course, impeccable Disney service — all within walking distance of both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park as well as the Downtown Disney District — a promenade with shops and restaurants. After you've checked in, you can relax in your room before joining your fellow Adventurers at Disneyland Park.

Disneyland Resort Welcome Dinner

Savor all things spectacular with a dinner at a favorite Disney eatery.

Evening at Disneyland Park

Enjoy a priority entrance into Disneyland Park with a group experience prior to spending the evening on your own.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day Four

Breakfast at Disneyland Park

Start your day with a delicious breakfast at the Happiest Place on Earth!

VIP Visit to Disneyland Park

Discover the secrets of the Disneyland Resort during this privately guided backstage visit that includes an iconic attraction. See areas that are off-limits to other Park Guests and learn the fascinating history of Walt Disney and his dream.

Lunch at Your Leisure

Lunch is on us! So just relax, people watch and enjoy a great meal inside the park.

Disneyland Resort Theme Parks

Spend the rest of the afternoon and evening on your own at both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. Experience the thrills of fantastic attractions and spectacular shows and be part of the countless magical moments around you. Your VIP experience includes special Disney FASTPASS service and reserved viewing for the afternoon parade and this evening’s Fireworks Spectacular!

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day Five

Character Breakfast at Goofy's Kitchen at Disneyland Hotel

Surround yourself in classic California stories and folklore as you create stories of your own while enjoying some fun with classic Disney Characters! The breakfast features a Farmer’s Market Buffet which includes all-you-care-to-enjoy home-style breakfast specialties, like made-to-order omelets, Mickey waffles, fresh baked goods and seasonal fruit.

VIP Visit to Disney California Adventure Park

Enjoy a privately guided VIP visit that includes a deep dive into the inner workings of the Park and of one of its iconic attractions. Delight in a behind-the-scenes visit to Cars Land. And receive special Disney FASTPASS access to a popular attraction!

Lunch and Afternoon On Your Own at the Disneyland Resort

Spend the rest of your afternoon on your own, enjoying more of the exciting activities at both Parks.

Farewell Dinner

Bask in the memories of your Southern California experience as you enjoy a special farewell dinner at the Disneyland Resort, exclusively for you and your newfound friends!

VIP Viewing of World of Color

Watch the epic World of Color water spectacular from a very special VIP viewing area. With more than 1,000 multi-colored fountains, this bigger-than-life show is the perfect finale for your adventure!

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day Six

Breakfast at the Resort

Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the Disneyland Resort before beginning your trip home.

Transfer to the Los Angeles International Airport OR John Wayne Airport OR Long Beach Airport

Relax and enjoy your final moments in California as we handle your luggage and arrange for transportation to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) OR John Wayne Airport (SNA) OR Long Beach Airport (LGB).

Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Overview Details:

  • Arrive: John Wayne Airport (SNA) OR Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) OR Long Beach Airport (LGB)
  • Return: Port of San Diego OR Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) OR John Wayne Airport (SNA) OR Long Beach Airport (LGB)

Loews Hollywood Hotel
Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa


5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners


Minimum Age: 4
Suggested Age: 5+ 

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