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Old 08-05-2011, 09:51 AM   #1
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Question Backstage Magic Arriving Day Early, Touring Suggestions

DH and I will be on the Backstage Magic Tour at the end of October. Since we are from the East Coast, we're flying in on Saturday. We won't be arriving until late Saturday. Which leaves us most of the day on Sunday to explore. Having never been to California before, I'm not really sure how far apart things are and what is truly possible.

I've read some Trip Reports, but it appears that there were a few days of free time in those. I've read some travel books and quite frankly, I've confused myself. I was kind of thinking of visiting Santa Monica Pier, need to see the Pacific Ocean, and maybe Griffith Park(sp?). Is that possible? I was also thinking about calling the Concierge at the Renaissance and see if they have suggestions.

Any thoughts or ideas from those that have done some pre-touring?

Thanks So Much!
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Old 08-05-2011, 11:56 AM   #2
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Where are you staying? If you really want to see the Santa Monica pier, it is actually not that far away from LAX. You can take Lincoln Blvd straight there, it's about 10 miles (although it will probably take you half an hour to drive depending on the traffic).

If you're staying at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, the pier is not too far from there, either. Pretty much a straight shot down Santa Monica Blvd. It's about 12 miles, again, about a half an hour away depending on traffic. So it's totally doable, as long as you don't mind driving in traffic!

I've never been to Griffith Park from Hollywood (again, assuming you're staying there) but according to Google Maps, it's only a 15 minute drive away. So, again, should be very doable.

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Old 08-05-2011, 01:24 PM   #3
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Thank You!

We will be staying at the Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood. We figured it was easier to book the pre-night stay at the same Hotel where we would be staying with ABD.

I'm glad everything seems to be rather close. I'm not worried too much about traffic. Living in the Washington, DC suburbs, I'm used to a lot. When people ask for directions, the first question is what time of day are you going. Under normal circumstances, something could take you a half hour, but during rush hour or other times, it may take an hour and a half. We'll be touring on a Sunday, so I think Rush Hour won't be issue.

This is our first ABD and I'm anxiously awaiting our package. Still a few more days until the 75 day mark. I'm a little concerned that the trip is only 58% full as of yesterday. I hope they don't cancel it.
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Old 08-05-2011, 04:41 PM   #4
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We will be staying at the Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood. We figured it was easier to book the pre-night stay at the same Hotel where we would be staying with ABD.

I'm glad everything seems to be rather close. I'm not worried too much about traffic. Living in the Washington, DC suburbs, I'm used to a lot. When people ask for directions, the first question is what time of day are you going. Under normal circumstances, something could take you a half hour, but during rush hour or other times, it may take an hour and a half. We'll be touring on a Sunday, so I think Rush Hour won't be issue.

This is our first ABD and I'm anxiously awaiting our package. Still a few more days until the 75 day mark. I'm a little concerned that the trip is only 58% full as of yesterday. I hope they don't cancel it.
I've found it easier to do the pre-day at ABD's hotel, also. It's usually OK for one day, but if you're staying more, it gets seriously pricey!

Yep, sounds like you'd be prepared for LA traffic. Although I wouldn't count on Sunday not having a lot of traffic. People are still trying to get everywhere, and traffic can be bad. Just depends.

I'm 28 days out from my ABD, and still haven't gotten my box! I'm thinking it's because it's an exclusive departure (DIS trip), so they had to customize the itinerary. But usually you don't get the boxes until 45-30 days out, so you still have a while to go.

I see that the October trip is an Adults Only, so I wouldn't worry too much about it being canceled at this point. I had an Adults Only trip go with 15 people. I think they know the AO trips don't always fill up, especially the "off-season" ones. Fingers & toes crossed for you.

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Old 08-05-2011, 04:47 PM   #5
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I have done the BSM tour twice, you will love it.

A good local suggestion for Sunday morning is the LA Farmers market.

About a 15 minute drive from the Renaissance, it is a neat place with some history to have breakfast before you head out on your sightseeing.

We even spotted a "celeb" on our last visit while we were having coffee.
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Old 08-05-2011, 07:03 PM   #6
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Backstage Magic is terrific, you will love it!

Last April, a group of us went to the Griffith Observatory (I very highly recommend it) and then we went over to the Farmer's Market and The Grove. It was a great way to spend a Sunday morning/early afternoon...we were back in plenty of time for the welcome dinner.

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