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Anaheim as a base for LA

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Anaheim as a base for LA

Planning to visit Disneyland in Feb 2014 with family. I have almost decided to book Ramada Maingate at the Park. We will stay 5-6 nights total in LA area before heading north. Just wondering if Anaheim is a suitable base for exploring others areas of LA (apart from Disneyland) or if we should split our accomodation between Anaheim and another part of LA. Will probably do at least 3 days in Disneyland and something else for 2-3 days.

We won't have a car for this part of the trip so would be using public transport.

I appreciate any input others can offer.

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1. Re: Anaheim as a base for LA

Count your night not days and split; look at 3 nights in Anaheim, 2 nights in the Hollywood & Highland area of Los Angeles.

While Anaheim is in the Greater Los Angeles Area, it is actually in a separate county from LA.

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2. Re: Anaheim as a base for LA

OK, two trains of thought, one is splitting the stay, but then you have to check out of the first location, and somehow get to the other Hotel, and how will you do that, and how much time will it take?

What type of "other things" do you want to do, the two main tour companies in Anaheim are Gray Line Anaheim and Starline Tours, so you can use them for one or two trips.

http://tours.graylineanaheim.com/toursAna.cfm

www.starlinetours.com/anaheim-tours.asp

And there is plenty of non-Disney things to do in the Anaheim area, check out these Top Question in this forum.

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g29092-c168882/Anahei…

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g29092-c168883/Anahei…

www.visittheoc.com

I am one of those that prefers to lessen the times I check in/out, I would just stay in Anaheim for your visit to the Southland.

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And one more thought, if you just stay at one Hotel, you could split up your Disneyland visits, such as a day at the Parks, then a tour somewhere on day 2, back to Disneyland on day3, etc...

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5. Re: Anaheim as a base for LA

Anaheim is at least an hour from LA, and without a car, it's more. I recommend staying in Anaheim only while visiting Disneyland, and then move to LA (Hollywood is a a good base without a car).

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6. Re: Anaheim as a base for LA

Perhaps you need to figure out your itinerary a little more before deciding where to stay and make some plans of where you want to visit in LA area before deciding where to stay. The LA area is vast and takes up quite alot of space with lots to do. I would suggest you may want to post in the LA forum also to get some ideas of what to do, and look on thier forum page which has a list of ideas, and then figure out where you may want to stay to do that.

As said, its a personal preference as to what you may want to do. There are no set answers, some people dont want to move Hotels and so are willing to put up with transfer times in between ect. But obviously you would be missing the flavor of the LA area if you visit from somewhere else, it just depends on what you may want to do.

Keep in mind what was suggested to you in you other post about the Ramada Maingate. You would want to make sure that you received a recently rennovated room when staying there as there are some rooms that are very in need on rennovation. The Premium rooms and the new building that has family suites would be the ones I would look at there if you want to stay there.

Edited: 15 September 2013, 18:18
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7. Re: Anaheim as a base for LA

Without a car Anaheim is a lousy base to explore LA.

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8. Re: Anaheim as a base for LA

But the OP has already stated 5-6 days total, and at least three days in the Disneyland area.

So, IMHO, the OP is using the "LA" term as the Greater Los Angeles Area, aka the Southland, which many tourist use, since they arrive in LAX (Los Angeles County) but head to Orange County, Riverside County, Ventura County, and San Bernardino County. This is how the Media treats the area, so understandable for those visiting to think the term is the larger term, not the narrow term of just the city of Los Angeles.

Disneyland was designed to be in the center of Southern California, as it was designed mainly for locals to begin with (one day visits within driving distance), and turned into such a hit, that folks outside the area wanted to visit, and why the Hotels/Motels got built shortly after park opening.

So if the OP wants to spend at least half their time in Anaheim, and the costs to move to another location would be about $100 or so in something like a private shuttle, and the time it takes to checkout, get the shuttle, the travel in the shuttle, then checking in, and then getting to somewhere other than the Hotel, well, maybe it is better to use a tour bus for one or two days and just stay in Anaheim.

But the options have been given with positives and negatives, so hopefully the OP can make an informed decision.

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9. Re: Anaheim as a base for LA

Anaheim is not the LA area, the time it takes to travel to sights in LA, plus staying in ugly Anaheim, is not a good vacation experience - it is certainly not the vacation one dreams of having, when coming to vacation in LA.

Edited: 15 September 2013, 20:28
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10. Re: Anaheim as a base for LA

Amazing, the Anaheim area, based on attendance numbers is by far the largest tourist area visited in California (San Diego is 2nd, about 40 million a year for the Anaheim area, including the Disneyland Resort, the Anaheim Convention Center, the major sport/concert venues, and many other locations, and 25 million for San Diego) And the area is NOT ugly.

Seems like people keep coming back, so it must be a good vacation experience....

To me, parts of Downtown LA are beautiful, but parts of it are ugly..... And also, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.....