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Trip Report 2018-2019 A Year in the Land (Disneyland)...a multi-trip report

Rista1313

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Tuesday June 18, 2019

A few more hand prints curing inside.
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And a few more details before exiting the theater. I liked the work on the inside doors leading into the theater too.
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You can see the concession stand through the entry way door window. Our guide told us that when the theater was first built and in its hey day the theater seats actually started where the concession stand is.
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And once outside the guide pointed out a few notable hand prints, like Marilyn Monroe's with the "diamond" and the first set that was done. Then the tour was done. It was an informative 30 minutes and maybe a little high priced at $18 each but we both wanted to see the inside of the theater so it was worth it to us. Also at the end the guide gave us a map of the courtyard that listed all the stars prints locations so I sought out one more. One of my favorite stars from my favorite musical.....Gene Kelly!
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By now the courtyard and Hollywood Blvd was packed full of people and protesters (some Chinese government protest group I guess, I didn't really pay attention) and it was just a little after 10 am. So we were glad we had been able to enjoy the area with very few people. Our next tour was a celebrity home tour at 10:30 am. We actually weren't super interested in seeing the homes, but we wanted to see more of the general area of Beverly Hills, Bel-Air, some tv-movie locations, and such without driving around and the tour would give us more of a context of what we were seeing and some background. We are kind of nerds and like to learn, even on vacation. Also the tour was only 2 hours which was a perfect amount of time for us. I had taken a more personalized tour a few years ago when I went with my sister and niece but Brad hadn't seen any of this before and I didn't mind seeing it again and I did see stuff on the tour I hadn't seen before either. The tour meeting location was at a little kiosk in the courtyard of the Chinese theater, perfect and easy to find, so we just found a bench after checking in and waited to be escorted to our mini-bus.

While waiting I entertained myself with people watching and a few random pictures.
The Roosevelt Hotel, built in 1927 and featured in some movies and a bunch of celebs had stayed there.
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A close of of the theater roof.
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It was tour time and we were escorted to our mini-bus, which was small about 13-15 people on the tour and it was open air. I knew it was going to be open air so I work long sleeves (I should have brought my stocking hat too) and it did get a little chilly. Even Brad wished he had a long sleeved shirt on by the end of the tour. Oh, the tour was through Starline, and it was a very good tour. We learned a lot and saw a lot. Although looking at some pictures now I'm like what?

And we were on our way and we cruised down Hollywood Blvd
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This was where the Egyptian theater was/had been.
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We then turned off Hollywood Blvd and saw one of our first movie location spots. The guide told us that it is a hotel but didn't recommend staying there, it is a little shady I guess. But it was featured in a very famous movie. Let's see if anyone can correctly guess which movie and for a bonus point which scene?
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Pretty Woman! At the end when he climbs up and brings her flowers!
 

ajrwdwgirl

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Yikes, that sounds frightening as well! Sometimes it's so hard to disengage once emotions start running. And at the same time, I also have a hard time trying to balance the smart decision, with being rude/helpful. If someone out there really does need help, I'd like to help. However, it's tough to know if you're being safe/smart. Maybe people can read that on me, or maybe a pause for a second and they see that as "engaging" because that's not the only story I have of being approached! (The most humorous being one night in D.C. I was approached by two different individuals asking to "hook them up" :rolleyes:, even though I had no such connections or desire to have them! My friends were left wondering if I had some sort of secret life though!)
I think some people have more of a "tell" and that makes them more of a target for people I am rarely approached and my husband usually gets approached. That is funny about someone wanting you to "hook them up".
 

ajrwdwgirl

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I always love seeing Dorothy's dress and shoes... I know there are a few out there... 4 dresses sticks in my brain... and many pairs of ruby slippers. I saw both at the Smithsonian at one point.
I saw the Smithsonian ones too. There is a Judy Garland museum in Minnesota and they have their pair back now too. The pair had been stolen awhile ago and were recently found and returned to the museum. I think the museum is in her hometown. Maybe you'll have to check it out next time you are in the state for your knitting convention.
 

Rista1313

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I saw the Smithsonian ones too. There is a Judy Garland museum in Minnesota and they have their pair back now too. The pair had been stolen awhile ago and were recently found and returned to the museum. I think the museum is in her hometown. Maybe you'll have to check it out next time you are in the state for your knitting convention.
I did read about that! (The theft and return) There is also some kind of fundraiser that was going on to restore a pair... I think that was the smithsonian pair... which I thought was weird they would need a fundraiser for that.
 

ajrwdwgirl

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I did read about that! There is also some kind of fundraiser that was going on to restore a pair... I think that was the smithsonian pair... which I thought was weird they would need a fundraiser for that.
Yeah I think I read about that fundraiser too and thought it was a bit odd. But I guess budgets for these museums can only go so far.
 

ajrwdwgirl

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Tuesday June 18, 2019

We started on our drive to Mullholland Drive and passed the Hollywood Heritage Museum which is in a barn that was used as Cecil B Demille's first studio. It might have been interesting to go to the museum but we didn't have time to fit it in this trip.
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Starting the drive on Mullholland, it was very curvy.
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And we got our close up view of the Hollywood sign. You can see how foggy it was but at least we got to see it.
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On the road
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And a couple homes. I don't remember who the celebs were or had been. I should have taken notes. Sorry for my bad memory on the celeb homes.
Oh I remember that this was used in some action movie where it gets blown up. It was an action movie that was popular but I had never seen, that's probably why I don't remember which one. I do remember that the guide said that in the movie this house was used for most of the shots and when it was time for the house to blow up they actually blew up a house. The house that was blown up was located in a near by location and scheduled to be demolished. So the studio built a facade of the one shown in my picture, put it around the other house and then blew it up for the movie. Again I'm sorry I can't remember the movie. Perhaps it was something with Bruce Willis?
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Since this picture had an address I looked it up on the interwebs and it seems this belongs(ed) to an actor named Vinnie Jones. This is a brief synopsis from Wikipedia: Vincent Peter Jones is a British actor and former professional footballer who played as a midfielder from 1984 to 1999, notably for Wimbledon, Leeds United, Sheffield United, Chelsea, Queens Park Rangers and Wales.
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Then we got our view of the Valley and saw Universal Studios (tall building) and the theme park around it. We could also see Warner Brothers too from this spot. We had driven past both a few times on our own so we could spot them easily.
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I think this might have been Jenifer Lopez's old house. I remember it was a home of a few celeb that had been divorced. Again, sorry for the poor memory.
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I do remember that this was the entry gate for John Stamos' neighborhood. I do love me some Uncle Jesse so I remembered this one. I was also hoping to see the big "D" from his Disneyland sign, but I didn't.
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This one reminds me of the house in Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and maybe it was I vaguely remember the guide maybe mentioning something about that show.
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I guess I'm not really selling this tour with my vast amounts of information. But it was really jammed packed and very interesting at the time. I would recommend it, but now I guess I'd also recommend taking a couple notes about what you see.
 

Darstarr

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A couple things:

Yes, Hollywood blvd is sketchy. It wasnt always that bad. It is a victim of politics at the moment. When I was in HS my friends who were into the punk scene spent a lot of (safe) time there.

“Princess Vivian!”

I am sorry to tell you this, but the bus tours, for the most part, are scams. Not real. ☹Sorry

Not fog-June gloom is the correct term.

Lastly. My brother’s GF sent me a text today about that beer place near the port of LA you were talking about last trip or the trip before.
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I will let you know what she says.

Loving the TR. Feeling homesick and not, both at the same time.
 

ajrwdwgirl

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A couple things:

Yes, Hollywood blvd is sketchy. It wasnt always that bad. It is a victim of politics at the moment. When I was in HS my friends who were into the punk scene spent a lot of (safe) time there.

“Princess Vivian!”

I am sorry to tell you this, but the bus tours, for the most part, are scams. Not real. ☹Sorry

Not fog-June gloom is the correct term.

Lastly. My brother’s GF sent me a text today about that beer place near the port of LA you were talking about last trip or the trip before.
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I will let you know what she says.

Loving the TR. Feeling homesick and not, both at the same time.
I'm glad you are liking the trip report and I am curious as to what your brother's girlfriend though of the beers.

June Gloom is a term we heard a lot on the weather reports. Looks like with that there are a lot of clouds, mist, and fog, which we experienced.

I'm wondering why you say the bus tours are a scam? It didn't seem like a scam to me, the company (Starline) we booked with has been in business since 1935. Maybe had we just bought from someone on the the street it might have been more of a scam. The tour delivered on what it promised we got to see a lot of the area. Whether or not the homes we saw were celeb homes, well maybe that might be the scam? But the guide seemed to always say if they were former homes or not and as for current celebs it was interesting to see where they might have lived but I was more thrilled at seeing the area where Dean Martin, James Stewart, and Lucille Ball had lived than were supposedly Bruno Mars lived. I know that I liked seeing some of the landmarks and areas where movies and shows had been filmed, in general to get some context of the area as tourists. We viewed it more as a sight seeing tour of an area that we aren't familiar with and it was nice for my husband to have a chance to relax and look around without having to worry about driving. We didn't feel that we were ripped off or given misleading or inaccurate information and if I didn't really see Drew Carey's real home well that's fine. It was just a fun jaunt.
 

ajrwdwgirl

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Tuesday June 18, 2019

Continuing on the Starline tour. We passed the Beverly Hills Hotel, which some of you might remember from the movie "Saving Mr. Banks".
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I don't remember who's house this was supposed to be but the gate was really fancy. That was one of the cool things about this tour, the homes in these areas were just gorgeous. It didn't really matter who lived in them they were just beautiful to look at. One thing our guide pointed out was that the people who owned these homes often liked to put their own stamp on the property and some would even tear down a perfectly good home and build another, sometimes they just wanted the property not the house. Which I suppose happens in any area. This would be the flip side of what we would be told in Palm Springs.
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This isn't really of an significance, just a random street in Beverly Hills. I took it because I loved the purple trees blooming. They are jacaranda trees in bloom. We had seen some in Disneyland and in the area we were staying too but I just though they were pretty.
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This tree was interesting too. The guide pointed it out because of the unusual "blooms" on it. It looked like big balls of cotton, and doing a quick search on the internet they might be called silk cotton trees.
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And we did a drive by of Rodeo Dr. We could have booked a tour that would have had a stop and walk on this street. I have done it before and Brad didn't care if he walked down the street at all. I guess he didn't want to recreate that scene from Pretty Woman! So a drive by was fine.
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I guess this was an area that had been used in a few movies/tv shows. I can't remember now but it did look familiar.
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Another movie sight, from a cop film. I want to say Beverly Hills Cop, but I never saw that movie so maybe it looks familiar to one of you.
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We turned onto Sunset on our way back to Hollywood Blv and drove past the famous Viper Room club.
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ajrwdwgirl

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June 18, 2019

And to finish up the tour. This had been the school Michael Jackson had attended until he got too big to attend anymore.
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This was the synagogue that Elizabeth Taylor married one of her husband's in. I thought the building looked pretty from the outside so it was probably very nice on the inside.
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I pulled this one from Brad's pictures, so a little out of order. I guess this is Beyonce's and Jay-Z's new house. I love all the tall trees lined up on the edge. They have them in the esplanade at Disneyland too and I just love them. I think they are tall and elegant which impressed me more than the house.
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Hollywood High School I think? It had been used in some films too.
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Brad took a picture of the Dolby Theater.
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And with that the tour was over. We enjoyed seeing the sights and we were ready to leaved the Hollywood area.
 

MinnieM123

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I'd take that bus tour in a heartbeat!! That looked like so much fun seeing all the sights and homes of the stars. Not sure if some bus tours/companies are better than others (I've never been out there, so haven't a clue), but I will say that I thoroughly enjoyed all your photos above!! :joyfull:
 

ajrwdwgirl

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Tuesday June 18, 2019

After we were dropped off for our tour we headed into a larger souvenir store called La La Land it was across the street from the Chinese Theater, we did not want to buy any souvenirs but the guide on our tour said there was a public restroom in the store. He also gave us a coupon to use in there but there wasn't anything we wanted in there besides to use the restroom. The restroom had a security guard allowing people in and out of the bathrooms, probably to protect against theft. So in case any of you ever find yourselves in need on Hollywood Blvd go to La La Land!

After that we headed back to the Hollywood and Highland shopping center where we had parked but by now the Disney Store next to the El Captain Theater was open so of course we had to check it out. On the way we passed a camera crew near where Jimmy Kimmel films his show. As we got closer a guy came up to us and we both assumed he was a solicitor of sorts so we tried to brushed him off. Turns out he was part of the crew for Jimmy Kimmel's show and asked us if we wanted to be interviewed for something on camera for the show. I didn't want to and I thought Brad would say yes but he said no, he said he would probably sound stupid. It might have been interesting but neither of us watch the show so it was okay.

Here are some pictures of the Disney store. There is a Ghiradelli ice cream counter in there too and while it smelled good we by passed it. Mostly because we don't really care for their ice cream or sundae's.
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A last look down Hollywood Blvd as we waited to cross the street to the shopping center.
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As we entered the shopping area I noticed a lot of people were gathered at the viewing area of the Hollywood sign so we decided to go up and take a look. And yep, the fog from the June Gloom had burned off enough that it was visible.
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So we hopped into the car and headed to our lunch destination, the LA Farmer's Market. Lots of good food vendors there. I was worried about parking but we found some easily and close by.
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Ice Cream! I'd be back for you later!
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We decided on the same place and the whole market was very busy so after we ordered and paid I went to secure a table. Here's a view from the table.
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ajrwdwgirl

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Tuesday June 18, 2019

We ordered from Magee's, apparently it was original to the Market back in the 30's. I was jonesing for something Mexican and their enchiladas looked good but they also were known for their corned beef. What to choose. I went for one chicken enchilada and a corned beef sandwich on light rye. I'm glad I only got the one enchilada because it wasn't very good, there wasn't much spice or flavor to it. I had taken a bite of that enchilada first so I was now hesitant for the corned beef, well there was no need to worry the sandwich was very good. And it was very filling, I only ended up eating one half of it. I took the rest with me.
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B got the same sandwich but got a side of corn. He also ate my pickle, which I hate, he enjoyed them and said they were freshly made.
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After lunch we took about a 10 minute walk and went over to the La Brea Tar Pits. For some reason, maybe the science teacher in me, really wanted to see this. A lot can be seen from outside walking through the park including the main pit but we also wanted to see the museum so we paid the admission and we were pleased with the museum. So even though I was really into going to the tar pits, Brad was reluctant. I don't know why he likes science stuff, but he went along with it.
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The whole tar pit experience didn't really start off with a bang, this was the first pit we saw and we were but a little underwhelmed. It was kind of cool but not exactly fascinating. I got a look from Brad that told me he really hoped things got better. And they did.
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We got to the main pit and this was really cool. The tar pit defintely had the asphalt smell but the cool part was how big it was and to watch it bubble! It reminded both of us of some of the mud pots we'd seen in Yellowstone a few years ago. The sculptures in the pit were interesting a slightly disturbing as well.
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ajrwdwgirl

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Tuesday June 18, 2019

More from the La Brea Tar Pits.
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The museum is a working research facility too so it was interesting to watch the scientists work on the samples from the pits.
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This mural was supposed to show the evolution of life on Earth, it was interesting in many ways.
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A shirt I found funny in the gift shop and no I didn't buy it.
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MinnieM123

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Tuesday June 18, 2019

More from the La Brea Tar Pits.
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The museum is a working research facility too so it was interesting to watch the scientists work on the samples from the pits.
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This mural was supposed to show the evolution of life on Earth, it was interesting in many ways.
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A shirt I found funny in the gift shop and no I didn't buy it.
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It may not be a number one tourist destination out there (with so many different experiences to choose from), but I gotta say, the La Brea Tar Pits really appeal to the geek in me!! Your photos looked so interesting. I like places where you "learn" about things. (I take after my father in that respect. Oddly enough, when I was a kid, I thought he was weird when he'd want to go to places like that. Somewhere between childhood and adulthood, my tastes changed to reflect his! :happy: )
 

93boomer

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Monday June 17, 2019

Just a look around while we waited to get into the Cantina. We only had about a 10 minute wait until we got to go inside the Cantina. We had a stand up table with a good view of the whole bar and DJ Rex.
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The card we were issued to get into the Cantina. Everyone had to have one in order to get in.
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Entering the Cantina
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The atmosphere inside was really fun and DJ Rex was awesome. Both of us want to get a clean copy of the music in there.
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The Skyhopper (kiwi) and the White Wampa ale.
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Bezpin Fizz and the Fuzzy Ton Ton (the ton ton foam makes your mouth numb I suggest asking for a straw so you can taste the drink too)
Nothing like drinking multiple alcoholic drinks before 8:30 am!
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Loving those SW shirts you two!!!
 
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