Thursday, March 3, 2011

Hooray for Hollywood

Hooray for Hollywood

That screwy ballyhooey Hollywood
Where any office boy or young mechanic can
be a panic
With just a good looking pan
And any barmaid can be a star maid
If she dances with or without a fan

So we visited the town of broken dreams to see the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Grauman's Chinese Theater.

My wife and I have been here before, but it was a first for our kids.
I am not sure how many of the rest of family has been here before, but for
all of us it was an interesting time.

First of all there are the hucksters and ticket hawks who are pushing their bus tours of Hollywood and the homes
of the stars! Not interested. Then there are the costumed characters trying to get you to take a picture of them with
your eager children, for a price of course. Little Mermaid was especially tricky giving stickers out to the little ones.
We felt that if they were going to to charge they should wear better costumes than their underoos.

Nevertheless there were some great highlights. I really enjoyed looking for stars my youngest kids would find fun,
like Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, Shrek, Walt Disney and Winnie the Pooh. We also had fun putting our feet and hands
in some famous characters impressions at Graumans, like R2D2, Donald Duck, Harrison Ford and John Wayne (small feet!).
After climbing some stairs to see the Hollywood sign we all had fun taking turns running through a water fountain (the sign
said we could!!).

But the absolute highlight of the day was visiting the Disney soda Fountain and Studio Store in Hollywood and eating some
yummy ice-cream. I had the most unusual dish, the Gnomeo and Juliet special, which featured a blue pointed cone hat, which
turned my whole mouth blue. It was quite tasty despite the stained teeth. An even trade I'd say.

1 comment:

  1. Fun (and yummy!) We did Hollywood with the kids too, didn't love it, but they wanted to, to say they had. We found a fun hike up closer to the sign, that was better than the city. Missed the ice cream though, bummer!


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