April 13, 2016.
I had the pleasure of taking a day trip to Los Angeles. Although its only a two or so hour drive from Santa Barbara I don’t go there as often as you’d think. Sara, Mia, Chase and I drove down for the day to visit the Hollywood Wax museum, The LA County Museum of Art (LACMA) and anything else that sounded cool to check out.
This weeks blog will be about the Hollywood Wax Museum and next week will be about a different exploration on our LA day, stay tuned…
We left Santa Barbara around 9 am, and reached Calabasas around 10:30 am. We stopped for a potty break and a coffee. While in line at a Starbucks we figured out that the LACMA was closed on Wednesdays, guess what day it was? A Wednesday, bad planning on our part! I was so disappointed because I was extremely excited to visit it, I almost thought my day was ruined. One disappointment wasn’t going to stop me. I turned my bad attitude around and looked at the bright side, we still had an entire day to do what we choose along the way!
Sara’s friends had bragged about how good this semi-chain restaurant called Lemonade was, and we decided if they thought it was so good maybe we would too. Disappointment number two alert. We stopped at the Lemonade closest to the Hollywood Wax Museum and ate there. First of all we had never been there before, so we all had no idea how to order. There were so many people in line, because it was lunch time. Adding to the challenge, Chase and Mia were starting to fall apart due to being hungry. As they were bickering like siblings do and getting on our nerves a bit, Sara and I were trying to figure out what to get to eat. Honestly I still have no idea how you would order there, I only ordered a turkey sandwich which was easy. The food was okay, their poke and turkey sandwich was good but their salads and mac and cheese was very sub par. Bummer.
Let’s get to the fun part! The Hollywood Wax Museum!!
We lucked out with an awesome parking spot on the same street as the museum, we paid the meter (which I wasn’t used to) and walked across the street. We had found the idea to go to the wax museum online where many people left good reviews for it. As you are buying tickets to go inside you are “greeted” by the first wax figure… Katy Perry! Before entering the museum I knew it was going to be awesome.
The Hollywood Wax Museum had so many famous people wax figures, most done very well, and they also had a very cool feature. At many of the figures and the scenes that they were in, they had props like hats, canes, masks, jackets and fake martini glasses to enhance the viewers experience and photos. I thought this was super creative an interactive, way to go wax museum! Here are some of our photos with props:
The wax museum featured movie scenes with the actors and a couple stand alone figures. Some of the figures included: Charlie Chaplin, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Channing Tatum, Johnny Depp, Jennifer Lawrence, Eddy Murphy, Will Ferrell, Sandra Bullock, Obama and many, many more!
The detail and time put into these figures blew me away. As well as their outfits, poses and backgrounds. Who chooses those decisions, why and how?
I felt like a kid in a candy store. So many people to look at, pictures to take and the walk through felt like hours long. My enjoyment was constant throughout the time inside until the end, their Justin Beiber was awful. Didn’t look like him, had a fake tan and wasn’t placed in any scene or such. Disappointment three.
Wait… there’s more! Are you ready for disappointment number five? We thought we had an awesome parking spot across the street, it was a good spot, but within fifteen minutes of our meter running out we were given a parking ticket. Thanks LA.
Although there were five major disappointments of the early afternoon they didn’t slow us down. We worked around them to have a wonderful day.
Although she may or may not see this, and may or may not think its funny. Here’s a small compilation of Sara’s selfies with the wax figures.
Where’s your favorite LA lunch spot? I need ideas for the next time I visit, leave comments!