Wednesday, 9 November 2011
Hollywood Walk of Fame
In this case, getting there was indeed half the fun. Hollywood Boulevard is an interesting place. If you follow it off to the west, you'll end up in a beautiful part of Hollywood, with palm lined streets and multi-million dollar mansions. If you go east however, you end up in one of those scenes that they use in movies to represent "the hood". The route we took to get to the Walk of Fame, brought us in from the east, bringing us past drug dealers, prostitutes, and one guy who seemed to be protesting the presence of the lamp post he was leaning against.
There's plenty of parking available for a small fee around the Kodak Theater area (although that didn't stop me from missing it numerous times) and if you park in the mall lot you come out right in the middle of the action. This is the focal point of the walk of fame, as you are mere steps away from the Kodak Theater, Mann's Chinese Theater, Disney's El Capitan Theater, and about a hundred people dressed up in random costumes, begging you to come get your picture taken with them. There was a Batman, a Spiderman, a Transformer, and a couple of Marilyn Monroe's, one of whom was actually a man. There's a conversation that'll perk up an otherwise boring afternoon of sightseeing. I think it's safe to say that if Hollywood is the center of the world for movies, then Hollywood Boulevard is the center of the world for crazy.
We turned to Mann's Chinese Theater with the hand and footprints of the stars in the cement. I found this a little more intriguing, partly because I soon discovered that I have bigger hands and feet than most celebrities (which I won't comment on here as my daughter reads this), but mainly because I recognized most of the names. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hugh Jackman, and Robert Downey Jr. are big enough names that I thought my kids might be interested. Alas, the portion of the sidewalk with these impressions in them has almost no shade, is very crowded, and seems to be the main location for tour wholesalers. We got about ten minutes of looking around in before we decided that there had to be somewhere around here that would better hold our kids attention.
I know I said that the Hollywood Walk of Fame is one of those places that you feel like you have to see once, but if you can manage to make the trip when your kids aren't with you, you'll probably enjoy it a whole lot more. If you have to take your kids, try to explain to them who the people in the stars are in advance. If that doesn't work, try to explain to them that you'll take them for ice cream at the Disney Soda store. Or if that doesn't work, try to explain to them why there's a guy dressed like Marilyn Monroe out on the street corner protesting against lamp posts. Let me know how that one goes for you.
Hollywood Walk of Fame