My company has a tiny record label with an office in LA, and at the end of January I got to go along with my boss and the CEO to help gather some info for a few days. At his insistence, we added a day at Disneyland. That part was cool, although the park was smaller than I thought it would be. Once I wrapped my head around it though, it was pretty great. I even went on all the rides that the guys did and was served orange soda from a metal jug. The highlight may have been the real orange trees that grow in front of Tomorrowland. Yes, I am still a food geek.
Hollywood was far less glamourous than I expected though. It was kind of bleh and dirty and not terribly interesting. I did check out a music showcase at the W hotel on our last night though. It was a cool experience and slightly more swanky (even though the show was in a makeshift tent just outside the lobby).
I think I’d go back to LA, but maybe check out some different areas around the city next time. I’d also plan to attend some show tapings or something. Still: a very worthwhile experience. It was nice to have it feel like proper summer in the middle of winter. 20 months ago