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Sue Kruse

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If you had $3.00 to spend on something Disney, how much value do you think youíd get for those three dollars? I know you just read that sentence and thought to yourself, "Sue, what are you nuts? You canít get a kid meal at Disneyland for that. You can barely even afford a churro for that." Well, Dear Readers, usually that would be a correct assumption, but this past Saturday, the very same day Mickey and Minnie celebrated their 72nd birthdays, I spent three dollars and got one heck of a return for my money.

Sometimes you can get a Disney bargain.

Every year, the Disney Studios in Burbank host a holiday craft fair. On this one day a year, the public is welcomed onto the studio lot to enjoy holiday fun, food, and crafts. This yearís Magical Holiday Faire was held on Saturday, November 18th, and it was fun.

Now, I am not much of an admirer of craft fairs, nothing wrong with craft fairs, mind you, itís just not my style. Why go to this thing then? Simple. The Studio. Can you imagine getting to wander around the very walkways that Walt and his talented team inhabited? The very place where magic is made? I can tell you first hand, itís rather magical. For a plain old every day person like me, it was a rare treat.

We drove by the new ABC building on the way into the lot
We drove by the new ABC building on the way into the lot

As you drive in the Riverside gate you first see this sign
As you drive in the Riverside gate you first see this sign

The Zorro parking building
The Zorro parking building

From the moment I pulled onto the lot and was waved by the guard shack and into the Zorro parking structure (You donít suppose Michael Eisner designed this one too do you?), I was just thrilled to be there. I parked the car, followed the trail of people through the towering sound stages and wondered, "What was filmed there, and there, and there?" It was ooh and ahh time.

The walk up between the combined stages 1&3, and stage 2
The walk up between the combined stages 1&3, and stage 2

As I approached the entry to the Faire, to my left was a huge sound stage. It looked just like all the others, big, square, beige, marked with a number on it. Number Two. It wasnít just any old sound stage though. History was made there. That is, history if you are a big Disneyland fan like me. Number Two is where the Mark Twain was built.

Looking back at stage 2 The plaque placed outside it denoting its history.
Looking back at stage 2, and a picture of the plaque placed outside it denoting its history

So that was two things to get Toad Eyes about. You know, those eyes Mr. Toad gets when he sees the automobile chugging toward him? Toad Eyes, yes, thatís the state I was in. Not only was I actually walking around the Studios, but I now had seen where the Mark Twain was born.

Inside stage 2, they were working on sets it appears
Inside stage 2, they were working on sets it appears

I handed my $3 over to the nice ladies at the entry station, was presented with a map of the festivities by a charming little girl (all volunteers), and was promptly greeted by a line of folks waiting to get into something. It seems they have a Disney Store on the lot. And because it was Mickey and Minnieís birthday, the Disney Store was giving a 15% discount on any purchase made that day.

I got in line.

The Disney Store on the lot shares a building with the Disney University Employee Center
The Disney Store on the lot shares a building with the Disney University Employee Center

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