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What to do if we don't got to Disney?

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What to do if we don't got to Disney?


We will have 1-2 days with our kids (7,11) in the UCIrvine area. If we are not going to Disney as we did the FL a year ago. What are the attraction that are worth seeing/doing if we stay in Irvine?


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1. Re: What to do if we don't got to Disney?

If you like Theme Parks, Knott's Berry Farm is nearby in Buena Park.

Also in Buena Park are two Dinner Theaters and exhibts featuring the Titanic and Bodies

In Santa Ana, there are a copy of good kids Museums with the Discovery Science Center and Bowers Kidseum.

Maybe head to the Balboa Pier area of Newport Beach, check out the ocean, beach and ExplorOcean.

Head to Long Beach and the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Visit Mission San Juan Capristrano south of Irvine.

Plenty of options.


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2. Re: What to do if we don't got to Disney?

You can take a balloon ride at the Irvine Great Park http://www.ocgp.org/visit/balloon/

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3. Re: What to do if we don't got to Disney?

Note you'd also be able to take advantage of the Amtrak / Metrolink trains from Irvine, which you could use to head south to San Clemente, Oceanside / Carlsbad, or San Diego, or north to places like downtown LA (with easy transit links to other parts of LA like Pasadena or Hollywood) or Santa Barbara.

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4. Re: What to do if we don't got to Disney?

There is lots to do besides theme parks, but just because you've been to WDW I wouldn't assume there is no value in going to Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure. The parks are very different from WDW and are especially good with younger kids because the parks are so much more compact. They also have a number of attractions not found in WDW or are better versions.

If you go up one level to the Orange County Forum. There are all kinds on Top Questions about what else you can do, including beaches, museums, parks, zoos, hiking trails, tidepools, etc.


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