Charles Phoenix's Downtown LA Tour of Disneyland photos

I recently went on a strange and wonderful tour led by a strange and wonderful man, Charles Phoenix. To explain this tour I'll just grab the text from his website...

Join Charles on this 6-hr walking & school bus tour beginning ending at Union Station - See Old Chinatown - Olvera Street - Clifton’s Cafeteria - The Bradbury Building - Carroll Avenue - Bob Baker Marionette Theater - Walt Disney Concert Hall and SO much more!

Experience the charm of MAIN STREET USA, exotica of ADVENTURELAND, wilderness of FRONTIERLAND, magic of FANTASYLAND, and future of TOMORROWLAND – all in the heart and soul of our city.

You will never see downtown LA the same way again! It’s just like a big theme park! The similarities between Downtown Los Angeles and Disneyland are staggering!”


And it was a ton of fun and it, in fact, made me fall in love with my city all over again.

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We all met up at Union Station and started the tour there.

Downtown LA tour of Disneyland with Charles Phoenix

Downtown LA tour of Disneyland with Charles Phoenix

Downtown LA tour of Disneyland with Charles Phoenix

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They opened up the "Ghost Restaurant of Union Station: Harvey House" for us so that we could see these cool parrot tiles and Charles likened to the Tiki Room.

Downtown LA tour of Disneyland with Charles Phoenix
I love Union Station!

Downtown LA tour of Disneyland with Charles Phoenix

Downtown LA tour of Disneyland with Charles Phoenix
Oh by the way, this lovely lady was my tour pal -- Debbie!

Downtown LA tour of Disneyland
We took this bus all around downtown.

Downtown LA tour of Disneyland with Charles Phoenix
Then we headed to China Town.

Downtown LA tour of Disneyland with Charles Phoenix

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Downtown LA tour of Disneyland with Charles Phoenix

Downtown LA tour of Disneyland with Charles Phoenix
Taken through the window of the office of the first Chinese lawyer in California.

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Then he took us to Olvera St where we saw the first firehouse, the oldest house in LA and Charles bought us all taquitos.

Clifton's Cafeteria
Then it was lunch at Clifton's Cafeteria. I actually put my camera down to eat so these pics are all taken with my iphone.

Clifton's Cafeteria
This guy was there. This guy was awesome.

Clifton's Cafeteria
Btw, if you ever go to Clifton's, check out the sidewalk, it's seriously the best sidewalk in LA.

Downtown LA tour of Disneyland with Charles Phoenix
Wandering around downtown drawing weird looks wherever we went.

Downtown LA tour of Disneyland
Cool theatre.

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Downtown LA tour of Disneyland

Downtown LA tour of Disneyland
Bradbury Building. Did you know that this was the one and only building that this guy designed? I was unawares.

Downtown LA tour of Disneyland
The group in the building.

Downtown LA tour of Disneyland
And WHOAMYGOD! Angels Flight is up and running again!

Downtown LA tour of Disneyland with Charles Phoenix
And I got to ride it before it officially opened!!!

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Look how excited I am!

Downtown LA tour of Disneyland
Then we went and checked out this crazy old marionette theatre. It was both creepy and adorable.

Downtown LA tour of Disneyland
Carroll Ave.

Downtown LA tour of Disneyland

Downtown LA tour of Disneyland
Charles said from design to color scheme, this is CLASSIC Disneyland.

Downtown LA tour of Disneyland
We concluded the tour at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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Downtown LA tour of Disneyland

Downtown LA tour of Disneyland

Downtown LA tour of Disneyland

Downtown LA tour of Disneyland


And there ya go, that was our fabulous tour of wonderful LA landmarks led by an awesome guy in a Mickey Mouse ears.

2 comments:

Debbie said...

WOW! This looks exactly like the kind of thing I would love to do!!! I love city tours, wherever we go.
Was it expensive?
I've been to the Baker Marionette Theater when we home schooled, for a performance, but I love all the history of LA and you never think to take a tour of your own city.
You look adorable, btw.... Love, auntie :)

megan said...

Hey Aunt Debbie! Thanks for commenting! Yeah, it was expensive, well, for me at least. Like $80 a person. But it was SO worth it. I loved it. You would have gotten a total kick out of it. And I would have told SO many more people to join us if I had known it was going to be the last one! :( Now I'm at the point of feeling guilty for not forcing more people to come along.