I will have a Legoland soon in Florida.
Sea World San Diego must be the same thing.
Universal looks similar with the exception of the studio tour (is it worth paying the expensive park entrance just for the tour?) Maybe when UH gets transformers will make the park more attractive.
What about a day trip to San Diego? Is the zoo worth it?
I already have been to the Chinese Theater, so that attraction is checked :) I loved what Robin Williams wrote on the pavement "carpe diem" I loved that movie.
SeaWorld San Diego: Shipwreck Rapids ride. Free Skytower and Bayside Skyride. Much better Cirque de la Mer. Sea otters.
Knott's Berry Farm: Your standard Cedar Fair iron park. Wait a couple years to see what Matt Ouimet can do with it.
California Adventure: Must see, especially once Cars Land opens. Tower of Terror is different (most say not as good), but Midway Mania is even better when it is on, well, a midway. World of Color and Aladdin are can't miss. Also exclusive here and worth doing: Monsters, Inc: Mike and Sulley to the Rescue. California Screamin'. Mickey's Silly Symphony Swings.
Disneyland: Indiana Jones. Original Tiki Room. Better Pirates. Better Fantasmic! Sailing Ship Columbia. Matterhorn. Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. Storybook Land. Better Small World. Roger Rabbit's Car-Toon Spin. Better Space Mountain. Finding Nemo. Monte Cristo sandwich. The only Disney park Walt ever walked through.
Universal Studios Hollywood: The Studio Tour, especially King Kong 360/3D. Wetter Jurassic Park. Universal's House of Horrors (a year-round Horror Nights-style haunted house.) Next year: Transformers.
Six Flags Magic Mountain: Coaster Mecca. Tatsu, X2, Apocalypse, Superman and The Riddler's Revenge are the best of the bunch, IMHO.
Thank you very much for the detailed recommendations (even better than Frommers) but you ignored some of what I said like "I don't do coasters" which would pretty much eliminate Magic Mountain from my to do list. Also I said that I'm in a wheelchair so there are rides that are impossible for me to get in like Finding Nemo or too difficult to transfer like the rapids at Sea World.
By the way, thanks for the sandwich tip. I would have never realize that it even exists had you not told me. I googled it and I'm drooling.
And you don't even need Cars Land as a reason to go to the best single theme park on earth (Disneyland), but it sure helps.
I would catch Disneyland just because its the first! As for Disneyland, I am not sure how you feel about accesability on attractions, but Indy is good (if you can do Dinosaur, you can do this) and Pirates of the Carribean is good too.
I feel Knotts is a must do also. I don't like roller coasters either, and Knotts is packed with them. But just walking through is a nice experience, there are cute shops and eateries, especially the chicken dinner restaurant, which you don't need to pay admission for.
Consider going to one or both of the Getty museums. They are so well done, and beautiful. No admission price, only pay for parking (which I think you still need to make reservations for).
If you are going to Universal in the summertime, be prepared for very hot temps. The valley (where I'm from) is much hotter than Los Angeles or the beach areas in the summer.
Also, try to get to the Farmer's Market, the original one in West Hollywood. And if possible, try to take a studio tour. Not sure which studio is better for that. Venice beach is fun for people watching, there is a nice walking path that is accessible. Do some ethnic restaurants, there are fabulous eateries from all over the world. If you want to shop or feel the need for a mall, Century City is pretty and open air, with a great food court.
Oh, how I miss Los Angeles. But not the traffic. Did I mention the traffic? You are better off doing all of your driving at 2 a.m. if you want to avoid it.
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