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Long Weekend in the Los Angeles Area II

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An August 2006 trip to Los Angeles by kwasiak

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Quote: Here are my reviews of the places we visited during our weekend in LA including Disneyland, the Arboretum, and the Zoo.

Long Weekend in the Los Angeles Area II

Overview

Real Desert Flower Photo, Los Angeles, California
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For our last weekend of summer we decided to head to Los Angeles for a long weekend to enjoy our favorite place, Disneyland, and some places we had never visited even though we lived in the area for seven years, such as the Los Angeles Arboretum. We had a fun time spending a day at Disneyland, walking through the different nature areas in the Arboretum, locating some of our favorite famous people’s names on the Hollywood Stars, and seeing the white alligator at the Los Angeles Zoo.Quick Tips: It can be hot and humid (at least it was to me coming from Arizona where we have pretty much no humidity) during the summer here. We found that visiting the zoo and arboretum was unbearable after a few h...Read More

Los Angeles Zoo

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Los Angeles Zoo Photo, Los Angeles, California
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We visited the zoo on a Sunday, which was not the best idea, as it was very crowded. It was also a hot day, but there was plenty of shade to escape the sun in most of the park. Overall the zoo was worth seeing, but it only took us a few hours to get through it. One major annoyance for us was that at 11:30am the only place food place open was the ice cream stand, so we ended up leaving having seen almost everything and wanting something more than that for lunch.When you first enter the zoo you find yourself right in front of the Sea Lion area (providing you notice it behind all the people crowded around it, especially when the zoo first opens). Unless you really want to see them first you ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 25, 2006

Los Angeles Zoo
5333 Zoo Drive
Los Angeles, California 90027
(323) 644-4200

Hollywood Boulevard & Walk of Fame

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Attraction | "Walking on Hollywood Boulevard"

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There is much to see on Hollywood Boulevard, but we were content to just spend the afternoon walking the Boulevard and reading the stars. We also could not resist stopping at the Disney Soda Fountain and Store, and having a giant Sorcerer Mickey Sundae.One of the major things to walk through and look at is the footprints of famous stars that are in front of the Grauman’s Chinese Theater. Here you will find the footprints of stars such as John Wayne and Roy Rogers. You can take a short tour of the theater for $5 or see a movie here if you want to see the inside. Another option for seeing a movie is the El Capitan, which was recently restored by Disney.Of course, the other major ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 25, 2006

Hollywood Boulevard & Walk of Fame
Hollywood Boulevard & Walk of Fame
Los Angeles, California
(323) 469-8311

Arboretum of Los Angeles County

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Arboretum of Los Angeles County Photo, Los Angeles, California
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We visited the Los Angeles Arboretum on a Saturday and still found it to be an entirely uncrowded place. Part of that has to do with its large size, but there were still probably less than 50 in the whole place including the staff. The biggest group we ran into was a small group celebrating a quinceanera. The place was the most enjoyable place we visited in Los Angeles because we could truly enjoy it without a crowd of people ruining it. I will admit the hot humid weather made it unenjoyable in some areas, such as the rose garden and desert garden areas, which had no shade, but it was an overall wonderfully relaxing experience. If only it did not close early because of an event it was holding. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 25, 2006

Arboretum of Los Angeles County
301 North Baldwin Ave
Los Angeles, California 91007
(626) 821-3222

Disneyland Park

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Attraction | "One Day at Disneyland"

Disneyland Park Photo, Anaheim, California
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Being a Disney fan I could not pass up visiting the park at least one day while visiting the LA area. Since we were only here one day we decided not to upgrade to the one-day park hopper, although in the end we probably should have. If you just go to Disneyland for one day with someone in a wheelchair it can get boring because you easily get on every ride you want and have you list done by noon. The only ride that we waited forever was Pirates of the Caribbean, which recently reopened with Jack Sparrow animatronics. That wheelchair line took us almost two hours, but it was worth it and I have no problem waiting the same amount of time every one in the regular line was waiting.The first thi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 25, 2006

Disneyland Park
1313 South Harbor Blvd.
Anaheim, California 92802
(714) 781-4000