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Nobody Understands Downtown: Charles Phoenix Tour Gets Why It's Exactly Like Disneyland

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Tour guide and "histotainer" Charles Phoenix will lead his annual tour of downtown Los Angeles, which he says is the most misunderstood of all the downtowns. The key to understanding the neighborhood is viewing it through the eyes of Southern California's famous theme park.

The guide will start off at Union Station before you take the "monorail" (aka the Metro) to Chinatown (which is a little bit like "It's A Small World"). The tour will also pass through Olvera Street (where "time is in a blender"), Phillipe's, the Bradbury Building, Carroll Avenue, Angel's Flight, Bob Baker Marionette Theater and Walt Disney Concert Hall (which is like the Disney castle with a heavy dose of Tomorrowland). Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland are also included. Phoenix promises: "You will never see downtown L.A. the same way again!"

We're curious to hear what Phoenix has to say about the new "futuristic Water Garden" on way to the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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The tour is on December 2, and it lasts from 11 am until 5 pm. The journey begins at Union Station at 800 N. Alameda Avenue. The cost is $79, and that doesn't include lunch at Philippe's. Buy your tickets here (and buy them fast, because we're told the event sells out every year).

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