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ksilver

Pageant of the Masters - Worth the Trip?

by ksilver »

For years I've considered going to check out Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, but I've stopped short of actually planning a trip because I wonder about the cheese factor. Anyone been? Is it worth the trip? What did you love about it? Would appreciate any insights. I do have a soft spot for weird/off beat adventures.

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RE: Pageant of the Masters - Worth the Trip?

by KaraJane »

It sounds hoaky, but it's actually really, really fun. And this is their 80th year, so it should be even better than usual. If you're in the vicinity, I highly recommend going.

 

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For years I've considered going to check out Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, but I've stopped short of actually planning a trip because I wonder about the cheese factor. Anyone been? Is it worth the trip? What did you love about it? Would appreciate any insights. I do have a soft spot for weird/off beat adventures.


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RE: Pageant of the Masters - Worth the Trip?

by Joanna »

I lived in Laguna Beach briefly years ago and that's a good description, the cheese factor.  But as KaraJane says, IF you're in the area give it a try.  I would not, however, spend the money just to go.  It is weird, to be sure, but I'd stop way short of calling it an adventure.  I've never been able to figure out what it is people like about it.  But then I don't much care for those painted guy faux statues either.

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RE: Pageant of the Masters - Worth the Trip?

by phred »

I was prepared to find it cheesy and hokey but ended up really admiring what they do.  I would put this one in the worth-doing column.  However, I would bet it's almost too late to get in -- at least until recently it was sold out every year.  And trying to get nearby lodging was nearly impossible as well.  Sadly the voice of the Pagaent (the guy who did Tony the Tiger) is gone, but if you never heard him then you won't miss him.

One thing to remember -- no matter how hot it may be during the day, chances are it's going to get chilly and damp during the performance.  Same as at the Hollywood Bowl and Greek, people start out in tank tops and shorts and end up huddling under whatever spare clothing or cover they can find and scarfing coffee and hot chocolate.  Be prepared.  And you'll likely be doing a lot of walking to and from your parking lot so also be ready for that.

I think of it like those sound and light shows that some cities do (like inside Notre Dame in Montreal), there's a certain tourist-trap element but it is often overshadowed by awe and respect.

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