Posts Tagged ‘character’

Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 31 October 2016

Halloween – Hollywood – Every Day

Not Halloween but just another day on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson and Yoda

Our Private Tour Guests Are Dressed as Tourists

This snapshot captures a moment between lines of Hollywood visitors examining the stars along the Hollywood Walk of Fame so we can clearly see Yoda, Marilyn Monroe and Michael Jackson (and Red Sonja?).  The actors dress up and parade along Hollywood Boulevard every day of the year making a living from the tips proffered by curious folks from all over the world having their pictures taken with these characters.  We do it all the time as a regular part of our Los Angeles private tour service if our guests want to.  The photographs are generally funny and definitely impart a sense of “Hollywood” into their tour photo album.  Of course the kids love it.  There are a couple of other locations around Los Angeles where these costumed characters are evident when it is not Halloween.  As for today, Halloween, expect wild costumes everywhere.  Maybe not as professional or practiced, without the dance moves and the funny accents, but all in good fun.  Happy Trick or Treat, everyone!

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 26 September 2016

Chewbacca for President

Chewbacca campaigns for President on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Our Los Angeles Tour Guests Are Undecided

You might think that a visit to Hollywood‘s historic center would be a good way to avoid the presidential campaign and all the craziness surrounding our upcoming election.  Turns out that is not the case.  Chewbacca is mounting a third party campaign of his own and attracting a good amount of support.  We think the major party nominees should pay attention to this particular dignified and patriotic appeal to potential voters who are staring at the stars on the Walk of Fame or trying on the handprints at Grauman’s Chinese Theater.  Chewbacca is a being of few words but they are always meaningful and heartfelt.  His imposing presence brings comfort and a huge sense of security and well-being to ordinary voters enjoying their time in Tinseltown.  Our private tour group seeing all of Los Angeles and not just Hollywood were photobombed at one point by the publicity seeking Chewbacca whose fur won’t support him wearing his own campaign buttons.

Chewbacca photobombs us as we set up a picture of our private Los Angeles tour guests in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 15 August 2016

Pokémon Go Gone to Hollywood

We found Pikachu on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood

Pikachu Meets Our Private Tour Friends in Hollywood

You don’t always need an app to find a Pokémon character when you get to Hollywood on a private tour of Los Angeles.  These days you are likely to find any number of Pokémon species wandering up and down the most famous sidewalk in the world, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and posing for photographs with visitors.  Of course, you are also likely to see Pokémon hunters staring at their mobile devices as they search the Hollywood landmarks while playing Pokémon Go.  While we have not yet had a tour request specifically for a game of PG we are expecting a custom tour along those lines to happen before summer is over.  Hollywood is a great place to look for the virtual creatures that first appeared on Earth 20 years ago in the form of a Nintendo video game.  After countless books, television shows, videos and further evolved games on other platforms it is now Pokémon Go that is taking over the public’s imagination and putting overly focused pedestrians at risk.  If you are a player then we suggest, for your own safety, that you play the game on a custom luxury tour of Los Angeles with us and then we can keep you from stepping in front of traffic or falling over a railing.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 1 July 2016

Photo Freaks in Hollywood

An Elvis and a Wolverine impersonator on Hollywood Boulevard tune up for a duet

We Challenge Our Private Tour Guests to Name All the Hollywood Characters

No matter how crowded the Hollywood Walk of Fame might get on a warm summer day there are always a good number of impersonators dressed up as familiar (mostly) characters from movies and television or as famous people.  We ran into Elvis and Wolverine in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater recently.  We were not sure if they were preparing to sing a duet or just buy tickets to see Independence Day: Resurgence.  Generally these very interesting street folk are there to pose in photos for visitors to this exciting and historic part of Hollywood because you just might convince your friends and neighbors that you really saw Elvis as you sized up Steven Spielberg‘s hand prints in the courtyard of the famous movie palace.  Believe us, it is always fun and a real adventure being surrounded by these costumed actors and being certain you know who they are supposed to be.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 10 July 2015

Meet a Minion on a Hollywood Tour

The Minions movie is out and they are running around on Hollywood Boulevard

Our Custom Hollywood Tour Guests

Learn to Speak Minion

The kids aboard pick up the lingo the fastest but one of our guides is quite good and even knows a few Minion songs (so he tells us).  He also speaks Klingon.  What is important to know is that when we travel on a private Los Angeles tour through Hollywood and make a stop on Hollywood Boulevard to see the world famous Grauman’s Chinese Theater we will have the opportunity to talk to and photograph any number of movie characters walking up and down the boulevard….including a Minion.  Kids love to interact with these strange creatures.  Dads are more inclined to be photographed with Batwoman or Marilyn Monroe.  For moms there is Thor or Superman.  Whatever you prefer we promise there is some costumed character that will stand with you for the perfect photograph to add to your tour album.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 11 August 2014

Important Smokey Bear Message – Happy Birthday!


Smokey the Bear is important in Los Angeles

70 Years Old and Still Important for a Private Tour Message

Smokey Bear‘s initial advertising campaign to urge national park visitors to exercise caution with their campfires and cigarettes began on August 9, 1944.  Before that a campaign employing Walt Disney Production‘s characters from the animated motion picture Bambi served the U.S. Forest Service in their public service announcements targeting fire prevention.  But the Disney characters were only on loan for a year so a new character was developed.  The bear character was named in honor of “Smokey” Joe Martin, a heroic New York City fireman injured in a courageous rescue in 1922.  Over the years Smokey Bear has become a national icon seen in forests and woodlands everywhere around the country.  The Angeles National Forest occupies 700,000 acres bordering the city to the north and we travel in those mountains regularly on our private Los Angeles tour heading up to Mt. Wilson above Pasadena.  Throughout California woodlands will burn during our “fire season,” fires generally caused by lightning strikes.  However, Smokey’s message is still needed to reduce the number of other fires set accidentally by people.  Celebrating the exact same birthday as Smokey Bear is Sam Elliott who has also been the voice of Smokey since 2008.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 18 April 2014

Walking the Baby in Hollywood

An unusual character in Hollywood

Our Los Angeles Tour Guests are Uncertain if He is a Costumed Character or Not

Readers of our Los Angeles tour blog know that we photograph our guests and their surroundings every day as we sightsee through Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills and along the beaches.  Our readers also know, as does anyone who has visited Hollywood, that along the Walk of Fame you will see super heroes, cartoon and movie characters and street performers.  And then there are the characters.  Like Jesus.  In the case of the above gentleman our guests got into a lively discussion.  Was it Zach Galifianakis or just a lookalike?  Was it an actor working for tips or someone with an odd sense of humor roaming Hollywood Boulevard?  It is a mystery. We have not seen him since this day.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 23 December 2013

The Hollywood Walk of Fame Is Safe

Protecting the Walk of FamePrivate Tour Guests Immobilize Walk of Fame Invaders

Everyone is an actor when they come to Hollywood, even our young Los Angeles tour guests visiting the Hollywood Walk of Fame for the first time.  It can be difficult to tell the good guys from the bad guys from among all the costumed characters along the famous sidewalk but we believe these uniformed space travelers were nefarious and that our noble young men sussed that out and quickly reversed a dire situation.  Pedestrians can now move along without concern. In fact, we take these photos regularly with willing guests.  We’ve got the camera and the photos to prove it.  No actors were harmed in the staging of this photograph.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 4 August 2013

Mickey Can Call But Can He Text?

Photo of Mickey Mouse character on his cellphone

Private Hollywood Tour Calling Mickey Mouse

Another true life photo taken with our private Los Angeles tour guests when visiting Hollywood Boulevard and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Right in the vicinity of the El Capitan Theatre and the Disney Soda Fountain and Studio Store this Mickey Mouse raised his head to take a call, probably from his agent.  You would think in this modern day and age these character costumes would have a cell phone built in to the costume…OK, maybe not.  He’s lucky he has pockets.  He’s lucky he has five fingers on each hand.

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