31.9 #5802 (DL Qual #3756

Jan 12, 2012 11:06 AM  Disneyland Talk Land
Discovered this morning that we are blocked out on the first day of our trip in Feb and the PP hotel can't slide the res over by a day. Wondering what might a good option on our black out day? We could buy tix but I am thinking this might be an opportunity to show my 8 and 10 yr old something else cool around LA. Suggestions?

Not sure what time you are arriving, but when we got to Disneyland a day early we took that opportunity to eat at goofy's diner and walk around DTD. Made us even more excited for the next day in the park. - CallMeFlower  424.0 #520 11:10AM
We do that too! 😊 - DisneyFanZoe  1249.3 #135 11:15AM
The discovery science museum is a must stop on our dl trips. 5 minutes away and way cool. - jim4far  54.8 #4584 11:26AM
And they currently have a Star Wars exhibit! - SonOfFlynn  214.1 #1818 11:29AM
My son loves that museum, he has such a great time when we go there. - tink08  151.2 #2697 11:29AM
I saw that when it was in Portland! Go!!! It is so worth your while! - SteamboatMinnie  310.6 #851 11:30AM
Very neat exhibit right now! - MarshaMouse  5036.0 #25 12:54PM
One food option is the California Science Center in Exposition Park. It's free admission and many of the exhibits are geared toward children and young adults. They have an IMAX theater there which always has interesting shows. The LA County Natural History is also right next door and is worth a visit. I'm not sure what the admission fee is though. Another good choice is the Griffith Observatory just below the Hollywood sign. They completed a major renovation there about 6 years ago that more than doubled the exhibit space. If you go, be sure to attend a planetarium show. In the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon Theater below ground, they show a movie about the history and renovation of the Observatory. It's very interesting and educational. On a clear day, the view is spectacular. Either way, you won't be sorry with those choices. You can still spend the evening at DTD and have a nice dinner. I hope this helps. - grumpypapa  5469.2 #19 11:35AM
I would suggest maybe something like Hollywood, the La Barea tar pits, Universal (yes, universal studios lol), Santa Monica Pier, but if nothing else, just hang out at Downtown Disney and the hotel - dlmickeymouseCM  2405.8 #62 11:08AM
I'm not from LA, but we went to La Brea tar pits. It was very interesting. I think the LA museum has some type of dinosaur exhibit right now. Most kids love dinosaurs. 😊 - DisneyFanZoe  1249.3 #135 11:10AM
The natural history museum has a giant dinosaur hall thats new. They also have a lot of other cool exhibits - vsalinas15  243.3 #1438 11:37AM
My kids just luv to hang out at the hotel as much as possible when we stay at one of the Disneyland hotels. They luv them. - AdventurelandFam  173.6 #2342 11:13AM
We do that too! 😊 - DisneyFanZoe  1249.3 #135 11:15AM
Try the discovery musuem a few exits south on the 5.their doing a star wars exibit til april. - Jfigg23  257.8 #1276 11:17AM
I forgot about that... Good one! - dlmickeymouseCM  2405.8 #62 11:19AM
Go to the Disney Soda Shop in la and enjoy Hollywood blvd. Griffith Obsevatory is a lot of fun too. - KissDclown  1089.1 #167 11:18AM
I forgot about that... Good one! - dlmickeymouseCM  2405.8 #62 11:19AM
You could easily spend a day walking around the grounds of the hotels and Downtown Disney. Go swimming if the weather is good. Start collecting the pressed pennies, there are many machines outside the parks. My kids love the scavenger hunt part, you can also get a list of where they are do you can point them in the right direction. - Autoalice  161.4 #2545 11:20AM
Knots berry farm is not far away either - edcub  565.6 #359 11:24AM
And they currently have a Star Wars exhibit! - SonOfFlynn  214.1 #1818 11:29AM
My son loves that museum, he has such a great time when we go there. - tink08  151.2 #2697 11:29AM
Are you using a new annual pass? if so correct me if im wrong but can't you go into disneyland on almost any blackout day if its your first day you activated your pass? - JollyRoger5  3851.3 #38 11:30AM
That is true. - Twitterpated  273.0 #1138 11:39AM
No actually this is our last trip on these annual passes and we won't be renewing - lostboy20  31.9 #5802 3:46PM
I saw that when it was in Portland! Go!!! It is so worth your while! - SteamboatMinnie  310.6 #851 11:30AM
It should say good, not food in the first sentence. - grumpypapa  5469.2 #19 11:37AM
The natural history museum has a giant dinosaur hall thats new. They also have a lot of other cool exhibits - vsalinas15  243.3 #1438 11:37AM
That is true. - Twitterpated  273.0 #1138 11:39AM
maybe Legoland, Seaworld, or a cheaper but nice option is the Long Beach Aquaium - JollyRoger5  3851.3 #38 11:52AM
Either walk around DTD and enjoy the hotel. Or hit up the beach. Newport or laguna beach are not that far away I you have transportation. - DisneyBrideΒ°OΒ°  448.9 #490 11:56AM
You plan to spend money, right?  Spend it on Disney (DTD as said earlier).  Make it a magical day anyway.
- IMissDisney  1205.7 #144 11:58AM
I agree with walking around dtd or goofys kitchen whenever we go the first day we love to relax and walk around. - excmdlgurl  325.8 #771 11:59AM
Southern California is a beautiful place! Visit Downtown Disney, Visit the beaches (Newport,Laguna,Huntington..), go to In N out & enjoy the weather =) There is lots to do! - raebell  7.2 #13803 12:02PM
There's the garden walk down the street lots of shops and eating and a movie theater - missteacup  44.7 #5000 12:45PM
Have you taken them to Legoland? It's only an hour away from DLR AND if you get a Lego club magazine (which you can find online, probly for free) they always have a coupon for a free child admission with the purchase of an adult! - Ricko19  818.1 #224 12:50PM
Very neat exhibit right now! - MarshaMouse  5036.0 #25 12:54PM
No actually this is our last trip on these annual passes and we won't be renewing - lostboy20  31.9 #5802 3:46PM
Thanks to all. Great suggestions. Turns out the PP hotel pool will be closed so we have pool privileges at the other hotels. That should be fun. I also like the idea of hitting up Hollywood and giving the kids that experience. Much appeciation. - lostboy20  31.9 #5802 3:50PM

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