650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, Ca. 92651
(949) 497 - 6582
DescriptionPageant of the Masters is located in the Festival of Arts, at 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California.
Three handicapped parking spaces are located directly in front of the entrance. If unavailable, passengers can be dropped off in the circle and parking can be found in one of the many lots or on the street. If you have to park a distance away, free shuttle buses are available.
This is an open-air venue; no doors or steps to enter the Festival. The entrance to the Pageant is at the back of the Festival.
Orchestra level seating does not require any steps. Seating in the upper levels requires stairs; not steep, but no handrails. Aisles are wide. Wheelchair and companion seating are available in front of the orchestra level and second level.
Multi-stall, handicapped-accessible restrooms are located near the amphitheater entrance. Multi-stall restrooms near the Tivoli Restaurant are not handicapped-accessible.
There are a variety of eating venues from snacks to full dining (Tivoli Terrace). There is plenty of seating while snacking!
- Transportation to venue offered: **
Paths and walkways: concrete
Ramps: incline to seats
Steps and staircases: steps to upper seating, not steep but no handrails
Width of aisles: wide,
Places to sit: lots of seating at Festival
Location of restrooms: near restaurant and near entrance to theater
Type of restroom: both mult-stall, restroom near restaurant not handicapped-accessible
Ease of entry and exit: easy, doors are open
Baby changing station: yes
Available food services: many
Friendliness of staff: everyone is lovely
Notes: *3 handicapped spaces are located directly in front of Festival entrance. Other spaces are available in nearby lots.Easy to drop passengers off in circle in front of entrance.**If you have to park farther away, free shuttle buses are available.
I had been to see the “Pageant of the Masters” sixteen years ago and have never forgotten how much I loved it. I have spoken of it often and tell people not to miss it if they are going to Laguna Beach in the summer. Now I was taking my better half to see it. The website says it is “one of the most unique productions in the entire world…” From early July until late August more than 500 volunteers work to produce this incredible “theatrical illusion of living pictures.” Art literally comes to life, accompanied by a live orchestra and narration of the works presented. Each year has its own theme; this year is “The Pursuit of Happiness, both ancient and modern, through theatrical productions of living pictures.” (website)
It is an amazing production in a gorgeous setting; an amphitheater in the Laguna Canyon, with hills surrounding the lush shrubbery of the theater. On the night we attended, an almost full moon shined down on us as we sat mesmerized by what we were seeing.
The Pageant is located within the Laguna Festival of Arts (see listing) – itself a wonderful place to visit. Handicapped parking is available directly in front of the Festival Entrance. No door (this is southern California), just walk in.
We arrived early and were able to park in one of the many parking lots nearby. There is also metered street parking. The later you arrive the farther away you may have to park, in one of the “”not so close”” lots, and take the free shuttle back. We had arrived early to view the art and have dinner at the Tivoli Terrace Restaurant (see listing), which is within the Festival area.
Entering the amphitheater was easy, only a slight incline to orchestra level seats. If you are sitting in the orchestra section there are no steps to worry about. If you are in one of the upper levels (as we were) you will need to do the steps. They are not steep, they are deep, but have no handrails. Wheelchair and companion seating is available in front of the orchestra and second level.
We were there on a glorious night weather wise. It did not get very cool. My last visit was quite cooler. Many people bring blankets. At the very least, bring a sweater or jacket as the nights tend to get cool. Also, bring binoculars for an “”up close”” look at the people in the art. I was lucky that my husband remembered to bring ours. If you forget, or don’t have any, don’t despair, binoculars and blankets can be rented right there. Then I challenge you to see the “”live art”” move or even breathe!
Multi-stall, handicapped-accessible restrooms are located in the Festival Area, near the theater entrance. Restrooms near the Tivoli Terrace are multi-stall, but not handicapped-accessible. Both are easy to enter and exit, the doors are open.
Besides the Tivoli Terrace, there are a variety of locations to help satisfy your hunger or thirst. Food and drink is readily available, with plenty of chairs and tables to sit and enjoy.
Also, if you arrive in the early evening (or have been there a good part of the day), you will be entertained by live music in this lovely setting. You can sit and relax and even enjoy a picnic dinner, as we saw some folks doing.
I had been very excited about returning here and hoping that I would not be disappointed. All I can say is that I can’t wait to go again!
As always, we at Destination Accessible advise you to check a venue’s website, www.foapom.com/pageant-of-the-masters/, to “know before you go.”