A Week In Southern California: Los Angeles

Continuing on with my Cali Dreams, the last half of our week in the Los Angeles area. Traveling to LA with kids is a completely different ball game then traveling there without them. I have gone to LA before I had kids and checked out all the major attractions, the Chinese Theatre, been on The Price Is Right, ate at great restaurants etc. With kids it was Universal Studios and Disneyland and some minor excitement seeing the Hollywood sign.

We spent two days in Disneyland, one day at each park. We stayed at the Best Western Park Place Plus hotel, literally across the street from the entrance to the park. It was about a 7 minute walk down the path past the busses. I knew it was close but not that close! We had a large room to fit the five of us and the hotel included breakfast starting at 6:30 a.m. Other than being a little dated and the breakfast being bagged to-go items (because of the pandemic) the hotel was great. I won’t bore you with the hundreds of Disney pics I took but it was our first time being in Galaxy’s Edge and at the Avenger’s Campus and we were in nerd heaven.

For our third day we drove over an hour north to Universal Studios. I didn’t know it was that far away from Anaheim. Lack of homework on my part there. Learn from me and be well aware of the need to drive in LA commuter traffic if visiting parks other than Disneyland. I also didn’t know Universal closed at 6 p.m. and we’d be heading back in commuter traffic again, yikes. Lots of time in the car for tired folks was a bit hairy.

Universal did not disappoint because we are Harry Potter fans and had never been to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I kept my expectations low and was overjoyed at the vastness and detail of Hogsmead and Hogwart’s.

A high for me on the back lot tour at Universal was seeing The Good Place set! I wish I could have jumped out and taken pictures in there.

The Good Place

It was a fun trip!

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