Monthly Archives: January 2017

Visiting the House of the Mouse

“I only hope we don’t lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.”
(Walt Disney)

I first visited Disneyland after the obligatory teenage Contiki tour when I was in my early 20s. As with many memories when you get to my age, I often wished I could go back again and truly appreciate the experience (and take bloody great photos because,

ALOHA from paradise

When booking our trip to the USA I decided to break up the long flight to LA by flying via Honolulu. So we stopped over in Honolulu for one night on the way to LA and again on the way back to Brisbane.

I have visited Honolulu twice before, the last visit approximately 8 years ago, so I was keen to show Olivia some of my favourite places, even if it was just for a short visit.

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LA – the City of Angels

 

“Los Angeles is just New York lying down.” (Quentin Crisp, Writer)

After our visit to Disneyland, Olivia and I headed to LA, roughly 60 mins drive from Anaheim.

Los Angeles in Spanish translates to ‘The Angels’ and is therefore nicknamed ‘The City of Angels’. It is huge, even bigger than what it looks like on a map. Situated in Southern California, LA is surrounded on three sides by mountains.

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hollywood

There was much excitement in our Muggle house when we realised Universal Studios in Hollywood was opening a Harry Potter attraction just before we were due to visit in November.

We visited Universal Studios as part of their VIP Experience. You can read about our day here. Unfortunately I fell ill at the tail end of our VIP day so I didn’t get to fully experience Harry Potter as that was the last stop on the tour,

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Universal Studios Hollywood

GET THE VIP TREATMENT

Recently my daughter and I spent the day as VIPs at Universal Studios in Hollywood.

When I read online that it was impossible to see the entire park including the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter in one day, I decided to investigate the ticket pricing further. Unfortunately we really only had one day available to see the park and I wanted to maximise our time there without killing our sanity and our feet in the process.

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