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Topic: Who will not be renewing their annual passport?

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TP2000
Fri 11/2/2012 11:22p
Post #18, great examples of the big bold world beyond an amusement park!

Southern California is a wealth of riches and experiences, both natural and man-made. Disneyland is just one of the man-made experiences to be had, but when all you do with your free time is visit theme parks (much less theme parks run by one specific company), it's time to back away from the Kool-Aid.
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Tikiduck
Sun 11/4/2012 9:43p
Funny, I am planning a Southern Cal trip soon, and I am debating going to Disneyland at all.
I have been in a self imposed exile for about three years,(crowds) and seem to have lost some park passion.
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TP2000
Mon 11/5/2012 3:00a
There were several decades of the modern era, post World War I, where Southern California was a HUGE tourist draw even without Disneyland.

Even in the 1950's, people visited SoCal willingly and didn't include Disneyland in their plans. The wildly popular SitCom "I Love Lucy" included more than an entire season (Much of Season 4, and into Season 5) where the Ricardo's and Mertz's drove out to Southern California in a Pontiac convertible and visited there in 1955. And Disneyland, although it was newly opened during the filming and airing of most of the episodes, never was mentioned or thought of during any episode. Yet somehow the I Love Lucy writers were able to create locations and plotlines in Southern California that didn't involve a trip to Disneyland.

There is a big, bold world beyond amusement parks. And in Southern California, that world includes some of the planet's most impressive cultural and natural wonders.

Out in Orlando, however, not so much. It's good for everyone that they have some amusement parks out there in the swamp to help kill the time. With lots of air-conditioned buildings and nice, long air-conditioned theater shows with singing robot bears or dead Presidents who can nod their heads and tap their foot while another dead President says something nice. What else are you going to do out there?

But in SoCal, the local amusement parks are just the cherry on top of the huge and very attractive sundae.
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fkurucz
Mon 11/5/2012 8:09a
>>I have been in a self imposed exile for about three years,(crowds) and seem to have lost some park passion.<<

Four years for us. Add rapidly rising costs to the equation for us.
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hbquikcomjamesl
Mon 11/5/2012 11:05a
"Tikiduck": If you find yourself in Southern California on a Saturday, and not in DL, please consider the International Printing Museum, in Carson (yes, Carson!)
http://www.printmuseum.org

Another place to visit is the Watts Towers (yes, they're in Watts, and yes, as long as it's daylight, and you keep your wits about you, it's safe; it's not like I'm suggesting you visit any real armpits like Hawaiian Gardens). The Towers were the work of one man, an illiterate Italian immigrant tilesetter, working in what, at the time, was his back yard.

"TP2000": Thanks for Post 21. And as to what else there is to do in Central Florida, may I suggest three simple words: Kennedy Space Center. It's easy enough to get bus transportation from WDW to KSC and back; in my trips, I've gone with an outfit called Gator Tours (either directly, or subcontracting for Gray Line). And to paraphrase what one of their bus drivers tells his passengers on the outbound trip, there's no Mickey Mouse, no clowns [at KSC]; this is REAL.

One very specific thing about the introspection that led to my letting the pass lapse: I realized that in my adult life, I had spent more time in museums hundreds, or even thousands of miles away than I had in museums in my own backyard. (Kind of like the Seattle residents who never bothered to take the Bill Speidel Underground Tour until they had out-of-town guests who wanted to see it.)
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TP2000
Mon 11/5/2012 12:57p
OOH! I did the Underground Seattle tour as a resident once in the late 70's. It was excellent.

I also did the Boeing jumbojet factory tour just north of Seattle in Edmonds; once in the early 80's and again a few years ago. It has been polished up and includes slick media and a sparkling Future Of Flight museum now, but in '82 it was a rough and tumble climbing tour that children under 16 weren't allowed on. (Seriously, you had to be 16 to do the Boeing tour back then) It's much safer and more polished now, and a must-see for anyone remotely interested in aviation.

I have yet to do the Kennedy Space Center visit. But with WDW holding less of an allure for me in recent years, I might piece together an Orlando visit that has 2 or 3 days at WDW, 2 days at Universal and Potterland, and a day out to the "Space Coast".

Trips to Orlando up until a few years ago would have been based solely on WDW property, but no longer for me. The parks there are stagnating and tired, and the world beyond Disney property has kept evolving and improving.

I once tried to Google up some art museums or history museums in the Orlando area, and couldn't come up with anything really. I also once contemplated staying downtown in a boutique hotel, as is my want in cities small and large, but again the Orlando offerings were few and the cityscene around the lone boutique hotel was sparse to non-existent. Orlando really is a city offering just theme parks, minigolf, generic outlet shopping, and rubber chicken dinner shows. All with ample parking and freeway close.
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Dabob2
Mon 11/5/2012 1:06p
This is one reason I prefer DLR to WDW. The Kennedy Space Center is indeed a fine way to spend the day, but after that, Central Florida can't come close to offering what SoCal does. As an adult who enjoys Disney parks but also enjoys many things outside of them, I'd rather spend a few days at DLR and then a few more exploring the many things SoCal has to offer than spending a week doing just theme parks. Of course, WDW is fun too, mostly (for me) for EPCOT and DAK.
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SingleParkPassholder
Mon 11/5/2012 1:28p
"The wildly popular SitCom "I Love Lucy" included more than an entire season (Much of Season 4, and into Season 5) where the Ricardo's and Mertz's drove out to Southern California in a Pontiac convertible and visited there in 1955. And Disneyland, although it was newly opened during the filming and airing of most of the episodes, never was mentioned or thought of during any episode. Yet somehow the I Love Lucy writers were able to create locations and plotlines in Southern California that didn't involve a trip to Disneyland."

Who, whoa, whoa. Not everyone comes out here to star in a movie for MGM and have access to any number of A list movie starts to occupy their time, either. Where did they go or what did they do that had nothing to do with the movies or movie stars? Answer: nothing.

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SingleParkPassholder
Mon 11/5/2012 1:34p
One more thing- the Lucy Hollywood episodes were filmed from November 4, 1954 to April 15, 1955, then resumed again September 9, 1955 through September 29, 1955, Only four episodes were filmed after Disneyland opened.

Don't go bringing that Lucy stuff around here without knowing your business, young man.
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Tikiduck
Mon 11/5/2012 6:45p
My favorite Hollywood episode had to be Lucy and Harpo Marx.
Speaking of Hollywood, my trip is going to be centered around there. With the Autry Museum, the Reagan Library showing the Disney Archives stuff, Tar Pits, graveyards, the strutting freakshow of surgically altered faces in Beverly Hills...who has time for Disneyland?

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