Thursday, June 30, 2011

The One with Using Groupons: Madame Tussauds

Ever since I found out about Groupon (decades after the rest of the world haha) I've enjoyed sifting through my daily email to see if there are any good deals. We've purchased a few Groupons over the past few months so I'm going to blog about our Groupon adventures over the next few days. Capiche?

Yesterday morning Chris didn't have school and I decided to work later in the day so we headed over to Hollywood (that still is soooo weird for me to say and fathom that we live next door to Hollywood!) to go to Madame Tussauds. We had a Groupon for 2 tickets for $20. Pretty good deal when regular tickets are $25 a pop!
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We arrived around 9:30am so we had a half hour to kill before it opened at 10am, which was easy to do.
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Across the street from Madame Tussauds is the Roosevelt Hotel. I don't know much about it and I'm crunched for time to look it up, but I do know that it's a cool looking building!
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Next door to Madame Tussauds is Grauman's Chinese Theater.
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All over the pavement in front of the theater, stars have imprinted their hands and feet and a message.
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"Hundreds of thousands of Hollywood’s most elite have graced the halls of The Chinese Theatre at movie premieres and ceremonies. But only a select few have been invited to join the exclusive society known as the Forecourt to the Stars. From Marilyn Monroe to Tom Hanks, Betty Grable’s legs to Jimmy Durante’s nose, Sid Grauman helped Hollywood leave its impression on not only Los Angeles but on the world."

I stumbled across the Harry Potter stars' impressions. Sooo excited for the final movie to come out in a couple weeks!
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Random Spidey....
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The Walk of Fame stretches for miles.
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Kermit the Frog? Really? They're just giving these things away! Where's the Chris and Paige and Fox star? Holler to Walt Disney, Mickey Mouse, Michael Jackson, Christopher Reeve (that one's for you Dald!), and the random star someone personalized themselves - genius :)
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We combined the Michael J. Fox star and someone with the last name Evans to make our own stars :)
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Lotsa kiddies waiting for the Disney Soda Fountain & Studio Store across the street to open. Magical.
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Every other store along Hollywood Blvd is a tacky gift shop with fake Oscars and LA paraphernalia and what not.
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The Kodak Theater where the Academy Awards are held is right next to Grauman's Chinese Theater. I'd like to go on a tour through it some day.
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At 10am we walked back to Madame Tussauds.
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Shrek was at the entrance to greet us.
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Once the elevator opened to let us out on the 3rd floor there was this wax figure right in front of us and literally, I kid you not, I thought it was a real person. Then it didn't move for over 10 seconds and I realized it was fake. I was beguiled!
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I took over 80 pictures of the wax figures, which I'm not going to post individually, so Picasa collages will do! Pretty much these wax figures are AMAZING. They look so real it's creepy!

I spy with my little eye: Jennifer Aniston + me, (high-pitched) Eee eee eee eee (that's supposed to be Psycho), Chris as James Dean, All the Single Ladies lady, Brad Pitt and a crazy fan, the best James Bond ever (aka Daniel Craig), Snoop Dogs, Fox with Forrest waiting to eat a box of chocolates, Lance Armstrong (for you Dald!), Captain Jack Sparrow, Claaaariiiiice, All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy dude, Sue Sylvester, Jim Carrey (for you Eric!), Chris putting with Tiger, Chris doing the Moonwalk with the King of Pop, and lots lots more.
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Wax figure trivia:
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Mr. Fox sitting in a big chair on the 2nd floor.
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On our way to lunch at Pink's Hot Dogs (another post for another day!) we drove past Capitol Records. Another cool building.
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I heart Groupon!

8 comments:

Melissa R. said...

I've only recently discovered Groupon as well. I'm on the outskirts of LA so many of them don't interest me. I love big chairs...although Fox doesn't look too excited by it! Enjoy!

Tedi said...

Love Groupon! You should also check out screamindailydeals.com. Pretty sweet. I've been to the Madame Tussauds in Las Vegas with Chase before we were married. Pretty cool. We had a lot of fun there. Was Fox scared the entire time? :(

amytangerine said...

how fun! when my dad was in town in november we went there on a whim and it was so enjoyable! love that pic of fox in that chair. so dern cute.

SupaFlowaPowa said...

fun!!! u should also check out living social and redpkum and dailycandy. and next time u go... just swing by 25 degrees for burgers in roosevelt hotel. i love how you are making the most out of living in the la area... i think i take it for granted since i grew up in the suburbs. magic castle? my friend works there ... could get u in!! club 33 is expensive and we're cheap but maybe we can work out something to go and split a ticket of $35? we'll figure it out! would be a great blog post!!!

Chris said...

The picture of Fox and Forrest is awesome!

Dassow Mommy said...

Chris stole my comment.

Mr. Taylor and his Lady said...

this makes me want to move to california right now!!
Xo

JenniferSanborn said...

Those wax figures are amazing. I love the picture of Fox w/ Forrest Gump!