Disneyland/LA area

Discussion in 'California & the West' started by Amw1064, Jul 12, 2017.

  1. JenniBarra

    JenniBarra Mouseketeer

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    Something your girls might like would be The Hollywood Museum. It's on North Highland so probably close to where it sounds like you may be spending time anyway (i.e. Walk of Fame.) It's in the old Max Factor building so it also includes some exhibits related to glamour makeup for past starlets. When I visited a few years or so ago, it had a mix of both old and new Hollywood so they can see things that may have high appeal to them, like costumes from the Hunger Games.
     
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  2. Amw1064

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    Just bumping up my thread. We have bought the tickets so this is a go. We will arrive around 9:30 in the morning on a Friday and stay in Hollywood area. At some point on Monday we will move to Grand CA at Disney. We are DVC members so this will save us a ton of money. Buying the 4 day hopper pass for Tuesday-Friday and will head to the aiport on Saturday morning to fly home. We are still looking at where to stay in the Hollywood area. Thinking of somewhere near Hollywood & Highland. I see the Loews Hollywood hotel is there but pretty pricey in June. We are considering doing an airbnb with our friends and splitting cost. Anyone have any recommendations on any? Thanks so much.

    Would Santa Monica pier be a good first stop after we fly in? I figure room won't be ready until afternoon.
     
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  4. Frozen2014

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    Hello. Your trip sounds similar to our. So exciting! We stayed at Hollywood Orchid Suites which is right next to the Loews. Reasonable and cute boutique hotel. Rooms a good size and staff great. We to on an Uber to Santa Monica Pier. I have pics on my report link below. We really enjoyed.
    We also did 4 day park hopper Tues to Fri, and found adding MaxPaas was great if it's in your budget.
    Enjoy your trip! We lovedc the LA/Disney mix.
     
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  5. cruisehopeful

    cruisehopeful Wishing I was taking a nap on a ship.

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    It's a good idea. It isn't the most exciting thing, but a good way to kill an hour or 2.
     
  6. Amw1064

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    Anyone want to offer suggestions for which days and how we should do this. Will arrive by 10am on a Friday and leaving LA area some time on Monday. Staying in the Hollywood area (undecided at this point) Loews, Orchid Suites, HIExpress Hollywood? Will have a car.

    Santa Monica Pier, Warner Brothers Studio Tour, The Grove/Farmers Market, Griffith Observatory, Hollywood sign, Walk of fame, Chinese Theater, Hollywood/Highland mall, another other tours you recommend?
     
  7. skuttle

    skuttle Counting down until our 1st DLR trip! June 2018!

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    We are planning our first trip for June, so I can share our plan, but since we’ve never been I can guarantee that it’s a good plan! We have three boys: 14,7 and 5. Skipping tours because don’t think the younger two would enjoy.

    Friday: We arrive around 1030am. Renting a car. Plan to head straight to Santa Monica. Not sure how long we’ll stay there. Spending night at Hollywood holiday inn. I couldn’t justify the price of Loews for the five of us (over $600/night) for one night when we won’t be able to enjoy the hotel. Depending on when we finish Santa Monica, may do some Hollywood stuff (observatory, walk of fame, theater, Hollywood/Highland, etc.).

    Saturday: More holywood stuff. Depends on what we get done Friday. Evening will be Dodgers game at 515pm. Spending night at hotel in downtown LA.

    Sunday: California science center/Endeavour. Whenever we are done, will head over to Disneyland to check in.
     
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  8. JHollinsworth

    JHollinsworth Earning My Ears

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    Your trips sound like mine. We have 11 and 13 year old girls. We are staying at the Loew's Hollywood in April. Got a great rate of $288 per night through AAA. Still trying to figure out exactly what we are doing each day but for now I have:

    Flying into LAX Tuesday 4/3 at 12:30pm- renting a car and heading to Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach for the day. Heading to Disneyland Tuesday night after traffic dies down (if there is a such a time) maybe around 8pm. Checking into Disneys Paradise Pier.

    Disneyland Wed and Thursday. Heading back to LA Friday morning. Checking into Loew's. Between Friday and Saturday we want to do all of the same things you have on your list. Assuming Friday we will do the things around the hotel- Walk of Fame, Chinese Theater, Hollywood sign pics and then not sure. Saturday we have Warner Bros Studio Tour booked at 10:30am which will take a couple of hours. Thinking we will do The Grove and Farmer's Market that day. I do want to do some kind of tour and am looking at Starline Tour Buses and possibly getting a 48 hour pass starting on Friday and doing the red and yellow lines over the Friday and Saturday. But also considering a celebrity tour (I know I have read these are lame and sometimes aren't even showing you any homes but my girls will love it). So still considering TMZ tour. I don't know either and am following this thread too!
     
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  9. Amw1064

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    Did you book online or have AAA get you that rate? It is $1200 for me with taxes for 3 nights if we stay at the Loews. I know our girls would love a celebrity tour as well.
     
  10. JHollinsworth

    JHollinsworth Earning My Ears

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    I just clicked on AAA right on the Loew's website when I was getting the room rate. It's not too easy to find. When entering your dates, adults and kids, click on "View More Options" and you can check the AAA box. I have read the celebrity tours don't show you much because celebrity homes can't be seen from the street. I'm leaning toward Starline Tours and focusing on the red line. It should show us most of what we want to see.
     
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  11. Amw1064

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    Apparently the $1200 is with AAA. June is way more expensive.
     
  12. Amw1064

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    Just wondering if you confirmed up your plans yet and which tour you decided to go with. I had TMZ on my list but a few people suggested others. I know Casey from the Disneyland facebook page recommended Ultimate Hollywood Tours. I had also been looking at Access Hollywood tour. You will have to report back after your trip as I am almost ready to hit the submit button for the Loews hotel. (there is a prepaid rate of $287) but I hate to prepay so far in advance and waiting on our friends to figure out what they want to do.
     
  13. JHollinsworth

    JHollinsworth Earning My Ears

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    Hi- no I have not decided what tour yet. I have been busy making my Disneyland dining reservations and that's as much as I have done. :-) I didnt realize there was a Disneyland FB page. I will get right on it! I will definitely update after since we go before you and can give you my feedback.
     
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  14. Amw1064

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    Disneyland Daily was the site recommended to me.
     
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