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Oh hell yea! And I can be there in 10 minutes flat. I went to elementary school in Sherman Oaks and my dads office was there for 20 years so it’s a bit of a mini stomping grounds for me. Tony’s Liquor had the best burgers in the back! Also you can always count on a Van Eaton Gallery Disney gallery/ auction going on. Casa Vega, (the valleys El Coyote is also down the street).

Anyway thanks for the recommendation. It looks great and makes the one I had at Bubba Gump look like a joke.
Hope it's good!
 

BuzzedPotatoHead89

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The highlights of Citywalk for me were always Howl at the Moon, Saddle Ranch, the IMAX etc. Now with most of that being closed it’s mostly restaurants. These days just going to WoD and hearing the esplanade music would probably place DtD above USH’s Citywalk for me. I will say the neon and lights make Citywalk look more vibrant at night.

Oh hell yea! And I can be there in 10 minutes flat. I went to elementary school in Sherman Oaks and my dads office was there for 20 years so it’s a bit of a mini stomping grounds for me. Tony’s Liquor had the best burgers in the back! Also you can always count on a Van Eaton Disney gallery/ auction going on. Casa Vega, (the valleys El Coyote is also down the street).

Anyway thanks for the recommendation. It looks great and makes the one I had at Bubba Gump look like a joke.

I feel like the quality of Bubba Gump’s has gone downhill at Citywalk at least, to the point where I kind of miss Gladstone’s.

Honestly that strip of Ventura Blvd may have some of the best quality afternoon outings in the Valley (and all of LA). Van Eaton’s selection never disappoints plus in addition to Casa Vega, you’ve got Boneyard Bistro’s Tri Tip and the One Up bar literally right down the block.
 

Nirya

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Anyone know where I can find a good shrimp po boy in LA? I’m ashamed that I tried to kill my craving at Bubba Gumps but they are rare around here.

Little Jewel of New Orleans in Chinatown (trust me). Though upgrade to the oyster po'boy for a really good sandwich.
 

raven24

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Thanks for the recommendation! Never heard of that place.

Well that’s my point. I was at DTD a couple weeks ago and it just felt better with more life. The Disney music and the walk past the mini jungle outside the Disney Hotel is nice. Seeing my kid excited I’m sure has something to do with it too. We stocked up on lollipops from World of Disney. DTD has all of the water features and more planters too. I’m not sure if you can find a solitary tree at Citi Walk. You re right they can both use makeovers. I’d like it if more of DTD felt like the new Naples makeover or that side of DTD in general. The Starbucks with that living wall is also pretty cool.

I forgot to mention Orleans and York! Also another great place for po boys and sandwiches in general.

There are trees at CityWalk lol. I’m just not impressed with DtD at all. The best thing it’s got going for itself is World of Disney. I will give it that, Universal’s stores are awful. I honestly think all of DtD should be done over, especially the area near the Disneyland Hotel.
 

mickEblu

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The highlights of Citywalk for me were always Howl at the Moon, Saddle Ranch, the IMAX etc. Now with most of that being closed it’s mostly restaurants. These days just going to WoD and hearing the esplanade music would probably place DtD above USH’s Citywalk for me. I will say the neon and lights make Citywalk look more vibrant at night.



I feel like the quality of Bubba Gump’s has gone downhill at Citywalk at least, to the point where I kind of miss Gladstone’s.

Honestly that strip of Ventura Blvd may have some of the best quality afternoon outings in the Valley (and all of LA). Van Eaton’s selection never disappoints plus in addition to Casa Vega, you’ve got Boneyard Bistro’s Tri Tip and the One Up bar literally right down the block.


My wife and I just noticed they got rid of Saddle Ranch formerly known as Country Star. Why? I think it’s just AstroTurf now. I agree. Their used to be a lot of energy at CitiWalk at night. Right now apples to apples DTD is much more pleasant during the day.

I also love that “little” stretch of Ventura Blvd from Woodman to Coldwater. Lots of great (non chain) restaurants and cool shops. I went to Dixie Canyon elementary from 4th through 6th and my dads office was on Sunny slope and Ventura for 20 years so I know the area well. Tony’s Liquor had the best char burgers. They didn’t even advertise the fact they had a grill back there. Now it’s a little more official. Not sure if it’s still any good or not. You also have the Great Greek and Mistral which is great. Also some weird mom and pop shops. Closer to Coldwater they opened up a Philz coffee next to the Suzys cupcakes and il Tramezzino. Philz has a iced mint mojito coffee that’s pretty damn good. Haven’t been to One up but Boneyard is great.
 

TP2000

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Even @TP2000 would pardon a neck beard in this case.

Great head of hair though.

I'll take this on, as graciously as possible. 🧐

As a fellow member of the older generation, I long ago realized that what Mr. Lucas was doing with his beard was trying to establish a jawline where no such jawline really existed. Even in his youth, when he was slimmer and a mans facial features are naturally stronger and tauter, he never had much of a jawline. Also, he has a weak chin.

Somehow, he convinced himself that he could create a jawline with a well-trimmed beard. It kind of works when you are younger, but once you hit a certain age it just stops working. Mr. Lucas reached that age some time ago. But I imagine his well-paid barber and his various close associates don't dare mention this to him, and when he turns in the mirror and holds his head at just the right angle it kind of works in his eyes.

In his defense, he always looks well groomed. And at least many of his movies are good.

And as a reminder, five months ago today - March 13th, Disneyland closed. As of tomorrow, Disneyland Resort will begin its sixth month of closure with no known reopening date and no information yet released by Sacramento on when Disneyland and all other California theme parks may reopen.
 
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TP2000

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Theme parks cannot remotely be considered essential businesses. No one will live or die based on their ability to go to a theme park.

I agree with you. Some might find this shocking to hear from a big fan like me, but...

Theme parks like Disneyland are not only non-essential, they are the epitome of decadence and wasteful luxury. They have no redeeming social quality, other than to entertain an affluent and already pampered audience.

When you look at Earth from 500 miles out in space at the 7 Billion people on this planet, anyone who can afford a ticket to Disneyland is in the top 2% of human comfort. Anyone who can afford a ticket to Disneyland arrives in Anaheim at the top of the human heap with not only modern shelter, food, clothing and security, they have access to safe transportation (private and/or public), at least 12 years of government funded education, a high protein & high calorie diet, a stable electricity supply, effective sewerage and clean water, and their homes have all major appliances (at least central heating, stove, fridge, TV, radio, phone, Internet - plus small appliances and potential luxuries like a dishwasher, microwave, clothes washer/dryer, air conditioning, freezer, etc.).

In short, the 75,000 people per day who willingly show up and pay an entrance fee to the Disneyland Resort are at the very top of the human food chain on this planet. They have leisure time and leisure dollars to spend. They are often quite literally fat and happy.

When considered from a global perspective and weighed against the often miserable lives of 7 Billion humans here, Disneyland is the self-indulgent epitome of Non-Essential. And as we have seen for the last five months there is no truly important reason why Disneyland needs to exist for the human race.

Disneyland simply isn't that important, and it's not essential.
 
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TP2000

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Depends on if they had a Club 33 membership or not 😉

I was once told by a member that you could count on one hand the number of CM's who had access to a Club 33 membership. It almost always involves a child of a longtime member who gets a job as a CM in college or something like that, and yet is still officially a dependent family member listed on the membership.

Perhaps there's an exception or two somewhere out there in CM history, but it doesn't appear to be easy to find.
 

Askimosita

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I was once told by a member that you could count on one hand the number of CM's who had access to a Club 33 membership. It almost always involves a child of a longtime member who gets a job as a CM in college or something like that, and yet is still officially a dependent family member listed on the membership.

Perhaps there's an exception or two somewhere out there in CM history, but it doesn't appear to be easy to find.

That makes sense, given the wait list and ridiculous pricing. Still, I wouldn’t be mad if my friend had a Club 33 membership. 😄 I’d only be mad if they never took me 😂
 

Disney Irish

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I was once told by a member that you could count on one hand the number of CM's who had access to a Club 33 membership. It almost always involves a child of a longtime member who gets a job as a CM in college or something like that, and yet is still officially a dependent family member listed on the membership.

Perhaps there's an exception or two somewhere out there in CM history, but it doesn't appear to be easy to find.
TP, how long have you been on the wait list?
 

George Lucas on a Bench

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Just remember, they messed up the buildings in NOS including a giant offset window that would cause OCD people to jump off the Guardians of the Galaxy Building in horror and closed access to a courtyard, all because it was apparently necessary for modernizing and expanding Club 33 for that tiny percentage of wealthy people who look down on all the schmucks in the park from on high while sipping their drinks.
 

TP2000

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TP, how long have you been on the wait list?

Zero years, zero days. 🤣

I've been to Club 33 a few times (and 1901 Lounge once) as a guest of members, since I moved back to SoCal in the 1990's.

Club 33 is nice, and I'm glad it's there for those who enjoy it. At least the Disneyland version of it and its facilities; the very limited WDW version they have makes absolutely no sense to me whatsoever. But the three second long cost/benefit analysis in my brain of Disneyland's Club 33 has never penciled out for me personally. Especially after I had my first meal there in the 90's, and the Disneyland geek deep within was satisfied to have seen it.

My cost/benefit analysis isn't helped by being a bachelor. I think for a family with kids or grandkids, Club 33 membership would make more sense.
 
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