What to expect
- Participate in a thrilling, competitive tour around Los Angeles that involves both sightseeing and a scavenger hunt
- Feel like you're in Amazing Race as you race around the city
- See famous tourist attractions like Grauman's Chinese Theatre and the Hollywood Walk of Fame
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About this Activity
Meet up with your teammates at a central location in Hollywood, and receive your first set of tricky clues to set off on your own Amazing Race. Like the TV show, each clue will lead you to a new location and a new clue. The team that solves all the clues and crosses the finish line in the least amount of time is crowned the winner!
Enjoy city sights on this Hollywood experience, where you'll pass some of the most popular sights in Hollywood and downtown LA, such as Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Walt Disney Concert Hall.
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|Rating||10 positive reviews|
Denis S.Amazing Los Angeles Race: Tour and Scavenger Hunt June 7, 2017
I've done several scavenger hunts around LA and this one was by far the most intense and covered the most ground. Taking you from Hollywood to Downtown and back in the span of a few hours, you accomplish more in that time than it takes most people to commute to work.
The clues were not particularly difficult, but they were fun to solve and made everyone work together. We had a group of eight (which is the largest group you can have) but there were as few as 2 people in a group. For this race I would recommend at least 4 people as some of the clues are time intensive and are finished more quickly by splitting up.
Great for all ages, though you should be pretty healthy if you want to be competitive as we ended up running all over town and my legs were definitely sore the next day.
Christine L.Amazing Los Angeles Race: Tour and Scavenger Hunt June 7, 2017
Super fun race! We had a blast figuring out the clues. I highly recommend it to anyone local or visiting Los Angeles.
Anissa S.Amazing Los Angeles Race: Tour and Scavenger Hunt June 7, 2017
My husband and I created a team of four with another couple friend of ours. We did not know what to expect, but we were hoping it would be like the show, which we love!! The first clue took forever to find! We just kept missing it. We were the last ones to leave the first location, but we ended up getting second place!
We could not have had a better time! I don't give anything away, but we were taken to some typical L.A./Hollywood places and some not so typical places. The clues were challenging, but not impossible. Note that if you want to be competitive, you want to wear comfortable shoes and be ready to run! We can't wait to try out their other races!!!
Ellenphant L.Amazing Los Angeles Race: Tour and Scavenger Hunt June 7, 2017
It's rare that I end up disappointed when things have such good reviews, but such was the case for this.
I wouldn't say that I regret doing it, but there were several instances where I felt like things could have been better organized. You can find the premise of the event from other reviewers.
The biggest miss of all: At one of the landmarks where we had to solve a puzzle, a wedding was going on so we were unable to access the area where the clue was to be solved. Because you have such little information, and these landmarks are unfamiliar, we weren't sure whether the clue was supposed to be solvable without accessing the garden or not. At the end, the organizer Susan said that every team called since they couldn't figure it out, and because the area was blocked off, there wasn't the 15 minute penalty for her to tell us the next location. She said that it was still fair because all the teams called, because the organizers "could not possibly have known that the area was blocked." However, I disagree. I do think that the race organizers could have *easily* called in advance to make sure that the area was not blocked off that day. The wedding reception was most likely booked months in advance, and a phone call could have easily been made to make sure the race went without hiccups. Secondly, some teams called a lot sooner than others ... we did not call immediately because we thought they had to know, as organizers who have been doing this every week that this area can be booked for weddings. I was almost positive that we were still supposed to be able to solve it, so we hung around for 30+ minutes at this location, trying to access the clue from different areas of the property. Finally, with no other choice, we called...still prepared to take the penalty when Susan just told us the next location without any penalty. My beef is this: when the FIRST team called saying the area was blocked off, why did Susan not call ALL the teams letting them know that the puzzle was unsolvable?? She had a contact number for every team. This would have made the race a LOT more fair, rather than penalizing teams that did not want to give up. Trying our hardest to solve a clue that in the end was not able to be solved ended up breaking our team's spirit. I really did almost feel like giving up once we saw every other team leave this location, thinking that they had actually "solved" something that we were still working on. Disappointing. From this point on, it was hard for my team and I to get as pumped as we initially were. Because we knew how far behind we were, we sort of phoned it in the rest of the way. It was 85 degrees out, and there was not even a chance at the 1st 3 places after spending so long at the one location. Amazing Race LA: If the solution to a puzzle is unable to be accessed, please call all the teams instead of waiting for THEM to call.
Another thing... I wish the metro rides were not as long as they were. You spend close to 20-25 minutes on the metro each way, and a good deal of time waiting as well, since it's not NYC - they're not running every 5 minutes. For something that's timed and a "race", if 1 team catches the metro before you do, they have a very large advantage since they're only running every 15ish minutes.
You will pretty much ALWAYS see other teams at every location. Everyone has the same puzzles in the same order.
Overall, I give it 3 stars. It's something fun if you have nothing else to do... but I wouldn't go out of your way to do it. There are events that are more well-organized than this. If you haven't done "Accomplice", I'd recommend it before this one.
Definitely buy your tickets from gold star. Had I paid full price for this, I would have probably given this 1 or 2 stars. seeing that there is very little "cost" for them. The race basically runs itself other than encountering a few "workers" along the way for less than 1 minute each.
We did not need to bring hand sanitizer, or a grease pen. Definitely wear shorts and tennis shoes like others suggested. If you want to be competitive, don't have anyone on your team who cannot walk/run at least 2-3+ miles throughout the race in warm weather.
Dave J. .Amazing Los Angeles Race: Tour and Scavenger Hunt June 7, 2017
I had participated in a "scavenger hunt" with a different company before. It was a "beer scavenger hunt" in Santa Monica. It was stupid. I thought we would have to solve clues to find certain bars and try certain beers... wrong. We had to have someone take a picture of us holding a sign "Will work for beer." We had to find a random person to pretend to be drunk with us. Stupid.
The Fantastic Race was everything I wanted that other scavenger hunt to be. The puzzles were extremely clever. Some involved simply finding things, some involved performing physical (not difficult, but "move in a certain way") tasks, some involved prior knowledge or having to do research, but some involved really figuring things out.
My team and I were really impressed with the level of thought that went into making these puzzles smart and challenging, yet do-able. Bob warned us at the beginning of the race that it would be frustrating. I didn't think it was. It was challenging. It was nice not having the tasks dumbed down for us.
Without ruining anything, the basic race was: we were given 10 non-linear puzzles to complete in different areas of the park (they could have made the race a couple hours longer if they wanted to, by making us figure out where to complete the puzzles via more clues). We had to locate items, figure out locker combinations, find clue "helpers," stand in exact places to find certain clues, go on a couple rides and pay attention to characters or numbers, follow a path via YouTube video... and when we completed the 10 puzzles, there were still 2 more "puzzles" before we could complete the race.
I was worried we were going to be running (walking ONLY!) around the park doing stupid tasks and doing odd things. Couldn't be further from the truth. The Fantastic Race was GREAT. Plus, I ended up in places I had never been in the park and will probably never go to again. It was a good way to learn about DCA.
Kudos to Bob and his crew. If this is what all of these races are like, we'll be back again and again!
Emily P. .Amazing Los Angeles Race: Tour and Scavenger Hunt June 7, 2017
My husband and I did their first ever California Adventure race and LOVED it! Some other Disneyland races we've done had about 50 puzzles/clues with average difficult. This race had about 10 really difficult puzzles/clues and wasn't at all linear. Both formats are great for different reasons. It's especially fun for people who have spent a lot of time in California Adventure because it focuses on tiny details in the park that you've never noticed before. I'll be honest... over half the teams dropped out of the race because it was so hard. But if you know that going into it, you'd probably still enjoy it. Really hoping they'll run their Disneyland race again so we can do that one. Top notch company and top notch experience. Highly highly highly recommend!
Eric H.Amazing Los Angeles Race: Tour and Scavenger Hunt June 7, 2017
We did the Fantastic Race L.A. 2 and it was a blast! Our team was my wife, 2 daughters (13 and 9) and I. We competed against 4 other teams, and WON! The event is very well organized and our host Mitch brought a lot of great energy to the race. He did a great job reviewing the rules and setting the tone for fun. I wasn't sure what to expect, especially doing this event with 2 kids. My daughters were really into it and enjoyed contributing to solving the puzzles. The puzzles were challenging enough to be not super easy but also not terribly difficult. It was a good balance for sure. You can tell that they have tweaked this event after years of doing it into a really fine tuned machine. I was just really impressed at how organized and well thought out it all was. If you have a spontaneous and adventurous spirit I think you will enjoy this activity.
Yi Z.Amazing Los Angeles Race: Tour and Scavenger Hunt June 7, 2017
Attempting to park at Hollywood & Highland cost us a chance at 1st place but we were quite excited that we received our bronze medals. I've done other "scavenger hunts" before but none of them rival the Amazing LA Race. Some scavenger hunts require you to gather (or buy) silly things that you'll never need or want again. Others ask questions that are Google-able so the advantage goes to those who are quick on their fancy phones.
The Amazing LA Race is a super fun way to spend 4 hours of your day. Although the activity is advertised as a "sightseeing" race/tour, I think it's necessary to have at least one person on your team who is familiar with LA in order to be truly successful.
Although we lost almost 30 minutes to parking, we were able to catch up to most teams by the third location. All of the clues are unique and cleverly written and none of them had questions that you could find the answers to online. I found the clues to be fun to figure out but not so challenging that you would get frustrated. It got very intense at the end. With one clue to go, three teams simultaneously arrived at the metro station. Although the two other teams dashed out in front of us, we were more prepared for the clue and beat both of those teams by a sizeable margin.
Even though we weren't first, we felt like winners. I had set the bar very low. After all, our team name was "We don't want to be last."
Chelsey S.Amazing Los Angeles Race: Tour and Scavenger Hunt June 7, 2017
A group of friends and I found this event on Goldstar and it was a BLAST!! The clues were fun and definitely took some thinking. The puzzles took us all around DTLA and Hollywood and we had a blast figuring it all out. They also provided us with a metro pass too. At the end you get some beer and appetizers. This was a great experience and we will try another race again!!
Scott H.Amazing Los Angeles Race: Tour and Scavenger Hunt June 7, 2017
We did the Fantastic LA Race 1, which apparently was their first and most difficult race. This was our first foray into these outdoor scavenger/mystery solving races, and we all had great fun. The puzzles are not as difficult as those found in the ever popular escape rooms, but the race did a great job of having you explore parts of Los Angeles and seeing what Los Angeles has to offer. Our host, Mitch, did a great job and helped with a couple of hiccups along the way. The only warning for this race is that it does involve taking the Metro Red Line, so if you are sensitive to motion sickness, I would avoid this race. We had to take the Metro twice, and I almost threw up both times because of motion sickness and the frequent stops. Even with this, I would still highly recommend it with the caveat that you should take some medication prior to starting the race if you are prone to motion sickness.
Fantastic LA Race 1 has you exploring the Hollywood area and even going downtown Los Angeles via the Metro Red Line. The passes for the Metro were covered as part of the entrance fee for the race, so there are no additional fees along the way. There were a couple of hitches along the way where we couldn't get access to all the clues because of events going on at the same time, but Mitch kindly helped us with these. We had been to most of the areas covered by the race, but this race would serve as a great introduction to these areas for people who live in the greater Los Angeles area who haven't had a chance to explore these areas. It was also a great way to combine fun with exercise, as we were out for about 4 hours exploring these areas and trying to solve the puzzles.