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1. Posted by smith77 (Budding Member 11 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


Going to Los Angeles for 5 days and not quite sure what to do? Is it worth going to Disney, Universal Studios and Knotts Berry Farm and have keep hearing mixed reports? Any other advise would be helpful too?


2. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 318 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Universal Studios is definitely worth your while. Make sure you alot an entire day for Universal Studios. Hope this helps.


3. Posted by jla (Budding Member 23 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I would skip Knotts Berry Farm - for the cost of entry it is not worth it, especially if you plan to blow money at Disney and Universal Studio. I believe ticket price to Disney is over $50 now and closer to the $60 range. I'm not sure what type of traveling you like to do, but I enjoy hanging out at Santa Monica Promenade. Also, beaches in the surrounding LA areas are popular like Redondo Beach, Newport Beach, Venice Beach, etc.

4. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2003 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

To try and cut down on the cost of going to Universal Studios, Disneyland, and Knotts Berry Farm (and even Sea World in San Diego), visit your HR department at your work (or contact some friends of yours living in southern California and ask them to do the same) to get discount coupons. These coupons can save you major bucks on these attractions--15 to 20% at least--which is a lot considering how much they charge at these places nowadays.

P.S. What's with Disney and Universal anyway? Why do they have to keep jacking up the cost of entry to $60, $70, and even $75 a person for one day at the park. They must think they are competing with the NFL.

5. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I love Los Angeles!

I haven't been to Knotts Berry, but I've been to Disneyland and Universal Studios, and I think Universal is the better of the two. Having said that, if you have the money and the time go to both.

I've been to Disneyland twice. The first time was amazing, but the second time was really disappointing for some reason. As you will know, if you're staying in downtown LA then Disneyland is quite a hike.

There's also another attraction that I didn't go to, but I hear it's good. It's some sort of "gladiator" theme thing, where they stage mock fights, etc and you watch it whilst having dinner. It sounds quie bizarre, and I never went myself, but a few friends have told me it was fun.

I have stayed in Anaheim and downtown (West Hollywood - didn't know it was a gay area) and downtown is better if you have 5 days.

P.S. The farmer's markets are good!

6. Posted by friscokid (Full Member 122 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

do you have kids? if not, go to 6 flags if you are also into thrill rides.

i think universal studios is unappealing to me because there are zero thrill rides. this tourist destination is basically a tour with lame special effects... my opinion.

disney is for children plain and simple. all rides and attraction are built to child scale size. it is meant for childrent to have a good time and for adults to see there children having a good time.

i believe knotts berry farm has more thrill rides as well as disney's sister location across the shuttle lot from disneyland. all hotels in the area have shuttle buses to all them parks including knotts bery farm.

the beach is also close by (venice, santa monica)and the Getty is a must for intellectuals. take an adventurous drive down mullholland dr near universal studios, west hollywood, beverly hills, hollywood. the distance between hollywood and disney is around 50 miles or so, but with los angeles traffic its a bitch of wait in traffic.

7. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2003 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

The "Gladiator" thing James is referring to above is "Medieval Times". It's located in Buena Park, just north of Knott's Berry Farm. There is also one in New Jersey, just 10 miles west of Manhattan (it's near the Meadowlands Sports Complex).