Los Angeles

Los Angeles – USA

Location: Los Angeles is a city found in California in the United States of America. It has a population of around 3,792,621 making it the biggest city in California.
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I have visited Los Angeles twice. Once flying with Air New Zealand and the other flying with American Airlines from Baltimore. 

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Places to stay in Los Angeles:

Howard Johnson Hotel – This was the first time we had visited Los Angeles (Anaheim), it was for medical reasons. We stayed at Howard Johnson Hotel because they sponsored us to stay there for free. It was awesome! It is rated 4 stars. The rooms were spacious, clean and the service was great.
The location was only a short walk from restaurants and Disneyland.
The hotel has two pools one for young children/toddlers and another for the older children and adults. Other facilities include vending machines, complimentary WiFi, 24hr front desk, games room and right next door is Mimi’s Restaurant. Also some rooms at this hotel have a disneyland theme to them which is cool!
Great place for families to stay. This hotel is wheelchair accessible. Highly recommend staying here.

*Howard Johnson Website*

Carousel Inn and Suites – The second time I went to LA, we stayed at the Carousel Inn and Suites. Located across the street from Disneyland!
It has a pizza restaurant right next door, I’ll talk about the Pizza Press restaurant below. 
The hotel is a 3.4 star rating. This hotel was a nice place to stay, it also has a pool, rooms were very clean and the service was good too! The hotel has WiFi but at an additional charge. This hotel is very wheelchair friendly, on their website they actually have a page talking about their wheelchair accessible rooms.
*Carousel Inn and Suites Hotel Website*


Places to Eat:

Disney’s PCH Grill – You will find this restaurant in the Disneyland Resort Area at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. You don’t have to be staying at this hotel to go here. This is a great place for families that have young children to go as some nights they have the Disney Characters that come and say Hello and sign autographs and have photos taken. The food here is nice and the service is good too.

Pizza Press – Best Pizza’s ever! So delicious and they’re located right next door to the Carousel Inn and Suites.
http://www.thepizzapress.com/menu/

IHOP –  Great place to get snacks from.

Cheesecake Factory – The cheesecake is another great place to go, they have great service, food and cheesecakes!

Bubba Gumps Shrimp Co –  Awesome place to go, delicious food and awesome service. You can also get Bubba Gump souvenirs while waiting for your meal.
I would recommend going here! It’s a great place for families.
Below is a photo of a ‘Run Forrest Run’ sign and you can flick it over and each sign means something so ‘Run Forrest Run’ means you need a waiter to get you something. Very cool restaurant!
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Transportation:

We didn’t really use much transportation in Anaheim as the theme parks and shops were so close but we used tour buses to get to and from Hollywood/Universal Studios.

Taxis – A few times we used taxi’s to get to and from the airport, they were really good and helpful.

Tour buses –  Starline Tours Anaheim got us to Universal Studios and the service was awesome! I would highly recommend this Anaheim Tour Company. Click on the image below for prices of tours!

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Activities:

Disneyland/California Adventure Park – Disneyland well what can I say…It was incredible. It doesn’t matter what age you are, you will have an awesome time at Disneyland. Disneyland is magical. The service is great if you need help with anything. Food is good too and it’s so much fun. I would recommend going to Disneyland and California Adventure Park over a couple of days as you will be rushed if you are trying to go to both in one day. Disneyland rides are really cool, my favourite was the ‘Radiator Springs Racers Ride’ at California Adventure Park. There are wheelchairs and prams available for hire so you can get around both parks easily and they’re both wheelchair accessible. 
Below are some photos, click on the link if you are interested in knowing the prices for the different entry passes. https://disneyland.disney.go.com/
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Downtown Disney District – This is a shopping centre. It is made up of restaurants and shops e.g. Build a Bear, Starbucks, The Rainforest Cafe, Lego Shop, Candy Palace and also the Emporium, just to name a few. It’s about an 8 minute walk from the Disneyland Theme Park. We came here a lot because it was a lovely place to  walk around.

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Photo of the Lego Shop Cartoons

 

 

 

 

 

Universal Studios – Another awesome place to go and spend that day at.
This park is full of things to do. Universal Studios is a film studio park and a theme park. You can go on all the different rides e.g The Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride. They also do a studio tour around all of the film sets which is so awesome, would recommend doing this tour while you are at Universal Studios. You get to go behind the scenes of the world’s largest working movie studio. Honestly this is so cool! Universal Studios is also wheelchair accessible. For prices to enter Universal Studios, click on the link below.
http://www.universalstudioshollywood.com/
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Hollywood Walk of Fame – Walk down the walk of fame and see all of the different celebrity stars, there are little souvenir shops you can go into and get a T-shirt or a Hollywood keyring. This is a great tourist attraction and a must do in Hollywood.
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Tour around Hollywood and Celebrity houses – The first time I went to LA, we decided to do a tour around the Hollywood Hills and around some famous celebrity houses e.g. Michael Jacksons! This was a great tour.

Anaheim Garden Walk Shops – This is a great place to go shopping. It’s right next door to the Cheesecake Factory. Great shops to go and buy clothes from etc. This is also wheelchair accessible.

Accessibility of Los Angeles (Anaheim):

The accessibility of Los Angeles was really good. Both hotels and restaurants were all accessible. This is a great destination for people in wheelchairs to go. There are lots of activities for everyone to do if you’re in a wheelchair or able bodied. I really enjoyed going to LA and would recommend going there. ~

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  13. We used to fly down to the States pretty often (Hawaii, Vegas, LA) back when the currency was still 1:1. Hoping to go back soon and revisit Universal Studios now that Harry Potter World’s open! I’ve only been to the one in Orlando so I wanna see if there’s a difference!

  14. It’s funny that my trip to LA and yours could not have less in common. It really says what a big city Los Angeles is and just how much there is to do there. You probably had a better time, since DTLA certainly has less to offer than the areas around it!

  15. Have you tried Six Flags? It’s located just south of LA, in San Diego. If you enjoyed Disneyland you will LOVE 6 Flags! The Despicable Me (huge fan, by the way) Minion is absolutely adorable! The behind the scenes of movie sets sounds like something I’d be interested in. If budget only allows one of these theme parks, which would you recommend?

    PS: I tried going to your IG profile (in the sidebar) but it says “Page not found”. Just thought I’d let you know

    1. Thanks for letting me know about the Instagram link not working, I have now fixed it! 🙂 It is a bummer that I have only just found out about Six Flags as I went to Los Angeles a while ago! I recommend Disneyland if you have children but Universal Studios would be great if you are going with another adult or yourself as the behind the scenes movie set tour is incredible, they really involve the audience on the tour. All theme parks are amazing though!

  16. Los Angeles might have been romanticized by Hollywood, but it still retains that charm. It’s no wonder a lot of tourists visit it! There is just so much that LA has to offer!

  17. I lived and worked in California in the 1990’s – Anaheim, Orange County (I’m from Scotland). I was there again in 2014 – for a funeral, not so nice! But I love California and still have family and friends there. Enjoyed reading your post. Thanks for sharing.

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