My Visit to the Walt Disney Studios (Part 3)
The Rotunda (Executive Dining Room)
I was really excited our lunch adventure at the Walt Disney Studio. My friend had secured reservations for us at the executive dining room. This is an exclusive area that is only available to specific management levels (directors and above). It is located in the Team Disney Building.
Before going up to the Dining Room, we were able to just take in the Team Disney Building. Designed by famed architect Michael Graves. It is a very distinctive building on the studio lot. You can actually see the Seven Dwarfs from several blocks outside the studio, including the freeway. They look like they are holding the roof which is a fitting symbol as it was the revenue from the 1937 movie, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, that Walt Disney used to purchase the studio lot. It is a pretty fun and impressive building that appropriately serves as corporate headquarters for The Walt Disney Company.
As we entered the Rotunda, our tour guide let us know that we were now above the Seven Dwarfs statutes that we had seen on the outside of the building. The executive dining room is cozy. The furniture, wall coverings, and even table ware were all designed exclusively by Graves for the Team Disney Building.
We were escorted to our table by a lovely hostess. It is table service so we all got to choose what we wanted to eat. They even served us an amuse-bouch (bite-sized hors d'œuvre) to start. The menu was nothing too fancy. Very bistro-California style. There were no Mickey-shaped or Disney themed entrées. Our friendly server highly recommend the burger (My husband, MacSparky, did order and claimed it was delicious). Here are more photos of our dining experience.
We didn't run into Bob Iger but there were a couple high-level executives in having lunch. I couldn't help but think of all the deals and conversations that have probably happened in this rotunda. If the walls and chairs could talk. We simply had a wonderful lunch that included great conversation, a chance to soak up the exclusive dining room, and relax after our morning tour.
The Team Disney Building looks down Legends Plaza. So when we exited the building, we all made a beeline to discover some Disney Legends. There are so many things to talk about and see in Legends Plaza that it needs its own post. It was one of my favorite highlights on this tour. More about it my visit in Part 4: Legends Plaza.
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