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USA
(West Coast)
(27 Jul 2012 - 19 Aug 2012)

Day 21

(Part 2/2)

 

Los Angeles (16 Aug 2012)

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Madame Tussaud Hollywood + The Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles, California

After lunch, we proceeded back to Hollywood and Highland Center

(covered in Day 19 of our USA trip)

We had lunch at Baja Fresh Mexican Grill (that’s also available in Singapore)… Ooppss, seems like we ordered a little too much nachos!

The first agenda to cover is to visit Madame Tussauds Hollywood. Madame Tussauds Wax Museum originated from London and since then, it has expanded across the globe. Each location had wax statues based on the local celebrities mixed with some international stars. So every Madame Tussauds Museum is unique from the rest.

Vance: For sure we are expecting a lot more Hollywood Stars here!

Having visited Madame Tussauds Hong Kong which have about 100 wax figures, I must say that I’m really impressed with Madame Tussauds Hollywood, which features the biggest ever wax figure, Shrek which is made using 1,000 pounds of wax!

Vance: Shrek and (Princess) Fiona (?!)

Nicolas Cage

Beyonce

Snoop Dogg

Britney Spears…Hey Vance, what are you looking at??!!

Vance: Errr.. her shoes? :P

Lady Gaga

Vance: There’s “Props” provided ;)

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Aniston

Robert Pattinson

Three stories of wax museum which was perfect for our touristy mentality. Looks and feels like a big tourist trap, but that doesn’t stop us from having a good time here. Make sure your camera’s are fully charged and be prepared to take lots of photos (like us)!

Justin Timberlake

Brad Pitt…

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

Vance: With Penelope Cruz; I think we look pretty compatible??? Heheee

Looking authentic or not, Madame Tussauds Hollywood lets visitors experience how it feels like standing next to a celebrity. Justin Bieber is actually shorter than Vance???!!!

Vance: I think this is when he was (much) younger!

Julia Roberts

Charlie Chaplin…

We like the fact that matching props have been placed behind selected wax figures for visitors to use/play while taking photos.

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” - Audrey Hepburn

Eddie Murphy

Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump… Someone’s going to steal his luggage away!

Titanic??!!

 From what we observed, President Obama is the most popular celebrity in Madame Tussaud Hollywood. Sit behind his desk and have a picture taken!

Rocky KO Vance!

Jim Carrey

Steven Spielberg

 

 

 

Uma Thurman

Cameron Diaz

Vance: We are getting along (pretty) fine *wink*

Leonardo DiCaprio

Elton John

Madonna

MJ

Vance’s coaching Tiger Woods??!!

Tired of posing with wax figures? Entertain yourself like how Vance did!

Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester

Arnold Schwarzenegger appearing as the role that made his career, The Terminator…

Hey Chris Hemsworth (Thor), can you lend me your hammer?

Some wax facts : During a celebrity sitting, 250 measurements are taken of the head and body from every angle. In addition, 180 photographs are also taken with different lenses and lighting to ensure accuracy of the figure.

Jackie Chan is the only Chinese celebrity featured in Madame Tussauds Hollywood. In Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, you would need to fork out extra $$$ just to have a picture with him. So if you are here, do remember to snap a photo with him (since it’s free! :P )

Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr)

Hugh Jackman as Wolverine

Face molds for Hugh Jackman (Right), Nicole Kidman (Center) & Charlton Heston (Left)…

Madame Tussaud herself….

Vance: Here’s Beyoncé.. “The Making of”

Nicole Kidman

Vance: My Fave Actresses of all time!!

Halle Berry

Vance: Seems like she has the best ___ of the wax figures *wink*

That’s the end of our visit to Madame Tussauds Hollywood and we had so much fun! This is basically a must visit museum if you never been there before (unless you do not watch movies or listen to music).

Next, we visited The Dolby Theatre (formerly known as the Kodak Theatre) which is an auditorium located in the Hollywood and Highland shopping mall and entertainment complex. An iconic Hollywood landmark, the Dolby Theatre is home to the biggest night in entertainment, the Academy Awards. Every year (in February), a section of the Hollywood Boulevard Road is closed off and the red carpets are laid. The building will then be transformed into a magical place for this special event. We did the Dolby theatre guided tour today and had the privilege to see the insides of the theatre and learnt about the operation, logistics and history of the Oscars. Guided tours (in small groups) run 7 days from 10:30am – 4:00pm daily and tour departs every half hour and lasts approximately 30 minutes each. The use of cameras or other recording devices during the tour is strictly prohibited hence we have no photos to show here. We got to see an Oscar statuette and visited the Dolby Lounge. The stage is incredibly huge and the auditorium is just as spectacular. It’s like watching Oscar Awards without the actors and the actresses.

From the guided tour, we got to know that no matter how famous the celebrities are, they will not be allowed into the Dolby Theatre if they did not bring their photo ID during the Academy Award ceremony. Also, professional seat fillers were hired to take the seat of celebrities/guests who have left their seats for a short while (e.g. pee/smoke break) so that the theatre will always look filled :P

At the end of the tour, we got this complimentary post cards of the Dolby Theatre as souvenirs. It was really interesting to be walking on the very ground on which celebrities walk on during the Oscars.

That ends our last day in this magical Hollywood. Being in the place where so much film making has been made is simply just too awesome. Farewell Hollywood!



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