Walt Disney Studios Lot Tour

Disclosure: Disney sponsored my travel, accommodations and activities during my stay in Los Angeles. Thoughts are my own. 

One of the many highlights to the #DisneyFrozenEvent was the chance to view SAVING MR. BANKS in Walt Disney’s old screening room. What a joy it was to sit in the same screening room that Walt had sat in many times himself!

I went in to SAVING MR. BANKS knowing absolutely nothing about the film, but that it had something do with the creation of MARY POPPINS. I was not prepared for the depth and intensity of the real-life story of P.L. Travers, creator of MARY POPPINS, and the tears I shed as I watched the movie.

I will be publishing my full review of the SAVING MR. BANKS next week, but today I wanted to share the tour of the Walt Disney Studios lot, where many of the scenes from the movie take place. (As well as the filming of MARY POPPINS!)

Walt Disney Studios Lot Tour

After seeing SAVING MR. BANKS the night before, it was a magical experience walking through the Walt Disney Studios lot. Much of the movie was shot on this lot and our guide Jeffrey Epstein pointed out locations we may recognize throughout the tour.

Walt Disney Studios Lot Tour

Walt Disney Studios Lot Tour

Jeffery also pointed out the studio that MARY POPPINS was filmed in, which blew my mind!

Walt Disney Studios Lot Tour

Walt Disney Studios Lot Tour

A big THANK YOU to Disney for allowing me to walk through movie history!

About SAVING MR. BANKS

When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” he made them a promise—one that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation.

For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn’t budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp.

It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history.

SAVING MR. BANKS opens in theaters limited on December 13th and opens wide on December 20th!

Disclosure: Disney sponsored my travel, accommodations and activities during my stay in Los Angeles. Thoughts are my own.