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Old 08-22-2013, 11:13 AM   #16
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If you have time, you may want to see if you can catch a movie at Disney's El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. I don't think the Theatre's released what movie they're showing in November (El Capitan isn't a multiplex), but there's a good chance it'll be Frozen if you're there around Thanksgiving. Tickets are a little bit more expensive than typical theatres ($18 for D23 members), but that includes a snack, and pre-show live entertainment. It's really quite an experience.
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Old 08-22-2013, 12:30 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by spellhex View Post
Fair warning - the California Science Center is right next to a college football stadium, so will be surrounded by 90,000 drunk college football fans on the 16th and 30th of November.
Come on, be fair. I'm sure that no more than 89,900 of them will be drunk!
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Old 08-22-2013, 12:33 PM   #18
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Well I think the TMZ tour is an obvious choice...

Look, I'm not into touristy stuff and most of it around LA can be urine soaked and depressing. Buuuuut why not hit up some of the recently famous restaurants that are constantly on travel and food channel?

Drive around long beach and pretend you're on the set if Dexter.
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Old 08-23-2013, 02:24 AM   #19
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I too have been thinking about our non-park days also, the only difference for us is lack of transport.
(landing LAX, heading straight to DLR by the shuttle, staying on-site for the week, then shuttling straight back to the airport)

On the first & last days we have non-park days, but we’re looking at what to do for non-park days around the resort itself.
Neither me or DH are really “pool” people, so will probably skip those.

At the moment I have DTD & the AMC theater on our list, along with stuff like wandering around and soaking up the atmosphere of the three hotels.

I recall seeing somewhere that Disneyland Hotel has a gallery/museum-type area in some of its towers, so might check those out if it’s true.
Also heard about Hawaiian singers at Trader Sam’s – anyone know if this is true?

Really, we're wondering if there’s anything that shouldn't be missed in the Disneyland area (excluding the parks)?

For example;
  • A hidden-away areas (eg: fire place or garden or something) in one of the hotels worth stopping at?
  • A café which has a great “not to be missed” food or drink item?
  • An area which has amazing live music?

Just little things to add to the magic really, want to be 100% relaxed Disney vibe on our non-park days
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Old 08-23-2013, 08:56 PM   #20
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The corn chowder at Storyteller's in the GCH is amazing!! Our last day is our nonpark day. We are starting with a late character breakfast at Surf's up. Then we will shop a bit at DTD. Finally, a nice, relaxing sit in the GCH lobby looking at the tree and listening to the carolers. Then, boo-hoo, it will be time to head to the airport. Waaaaah! Our trip is over already!
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Old 08-24-2013, 02:01 PM   #21
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Do they charge for parking at Knotts chicken dinner? We arrive late afternoon and this sounds like a good idea. We plan to do Knotts one day but instead of having to stick around for the dinner we can knock that out before hand.
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Old 08-24-2013, 03:33 PM   #22
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Knotts doesn't even charge parking for park admission!
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Old 08-24-2013, 03:58 PM   #23
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Ok thanks...found on the website, free 3 hr parking for chicken dinner...

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