HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA)  —  When visitors and tourists come to Los Angeles, no doubt they make it a point to see the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The glitz, the glamor … the notorious rep?

A new survey calls the iconic Walk the “Worst Tourist Attraction in the World.”

KCAL9’s Hermela Aregawi went to the Walk of Fame to find out why it’s become, well, infamous.

She found people from the world over who said, yes, the walk gets crowded sometimes but the people she spoke to mostly gave it high marks.

“I think it’s super fun and awesome. It reminds you of all the great movies you saw,” says Jamie Figi, visiting from out of state.

The Hollywood Walk of Fame attracts an estimated 10 million people every year, according to the site’s Chamber of Commerce.

But have the stars lost their shine? The new survey — in TripAdvisor — seems to suggest the answer is yes.

The site was given the dubious distinction of “Worst Tourist Attraction in the World” just before Machu Picchu in Peru and Ocean Park, a marine mammal park in Hong Kong.

The Walk had its defenders.

“No, I actually think it’s a good attraction. We come quite often,” said Maria Armenta, who, ironically is hosting family from Peru.

She asks her relative if she likes it. “She loves it,” Armenta says, “she’s been taking pictures of every star.”

According to the survey and TripAdvisor, the Walk’s detractors describe the 15-block Walk of Fame, and its cast of characters and superheroes that come with it, as “completely underwhelming,” “so disappointing” and “unsafe.”

Other comments included “overcrowded,” “like it’s a tourist trap,” and simply “meh.”

A video of Mr. Incredible, Catwoman and Chewbacca in a brawl went viral and helped etch the sometimes-rowdy nature of the boulevard in people’s minds.

“Everybody out here trapping, trying to get some money. You got the CD guys throwing CDs in people’s face. That’s probably part of the thing that’s aggravating to people,” says Khassa Selassie.

“I can see where local people are super annoyed by it,” says Figi.

So the survey said one thing, but the people Aregawi spoke to said another.

“I’m a big Hollywood fan and this is really interesting for me, to see the stars, To see the Chinese Theatre. It’s really amazing,” said Fermi Anonuevo, visiting from the Philippines.

Comments (30)
  1. Thomas Schneck says:

    The math for the survey miscalculated the Walk of Fame. The survey left off the Trip Advisor and Google Review points for the Walk of Fame (notice that they are listed as Zero for Walk of Fame). The WOF actually received 5.59 points.

  2. Robert Gregory Anders says:

    Its a dirty filthy dangerous area as well, Walk of shame is more like it since Hollywood went communist.

  3. alan479 says:

    This is a liberal hit article to defame the “Walk” because they have been unable to impeach Trump’s star.

    1. Big Mama says:

      Correct ..and the area is loaded with bums sleeping in doorways

    2. Richard Davidson says:

      Seems Senator Joseph McCarthy was right after all. Hollyweird IS loaded with communists .!

  4. Keith Panco says:

    Keep voting democrat until the entire state is listed as the worst in the world.

  5. Chuck Shults says:

    The locals can be as annoyed as they want. All those tourists bring money into the local economy.

    1. Jim Wolfson says:

      So do the drug dealers and winos.

  6. When you have to pay for a recognition like a Hollywood Star…what does that tell you?

  7. caffeineator says:

    Drove by three weeks ago. Didn’t stop. Bums, hucksters, dirt. Forget it.

  8. So because some private company called TripAdvisor does a (non-certified survey) it can, god-like, say what is and what is not the best or worst? Lazy reporting, CBS. Do you own survey, or what’s next? Why not just fire your so-called reporters and let the robots take over?

  9. I did the walk of fame last year and loved it. I got lots of new criminal clients (Chewbacca threw the first punch) and even bought some cat poop coffee infused with CBD oil. I did step on a random needle and was attacked for asking where Trump’s star was but other than that it was a great time. Will be going back soon!

  10. Paul Joseph says:

    No mention of the dozens and dozens of drunk and drugged out transients harassing you as you walk by?

  11. Jim Wolfson says:

    President Trump has a star and it’s probably not faagy enough, so The Idiot Left hates it.

  12. Doreen Self says:

    it was a s-hole in the 80’s now it’s a f-ing s-hole

  13. Troy Masters says:

    The whole of hollywood Boulevard area needs a facelift, like every aging Hollywood star. The idea is less relevant in a digital age obsessed with fame of the moment.

  14. Buddy Burke says:

    Maybe it just needs a new name . Like “Panhandlers conquer the World” for instance.

  15. Richard Davidson says:

    Forgive the correction, but its the Hollyweird Walk of Fame now !

  16. It’s boring, all the stars look alike, but the Chinese Theater with the footprints is kind of cool.

  17. Michael D. Strowbridge says:

    I have lived in LA most of my life and raised my kids here. Once, when they were all still kids we went to the Hollywood to see the walk of fame. While we were there, we noticed a day time movie premier for Spy Kids and watched the limos pull up like it happens every day.

  18. Saw this on Drudge. Went to http://www.PressCalifornia.com for more real Hollyweird news.

  19. Michael Metzner says:

    WEST HOLLYWOOD HAS BEEN ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITE PLACES TO VISIT.
    SINCE 1981. SUNSET BLVD HAS ONLY BEEN A WONDERFUL DINING EXPERANCE. THE PEOPLE OF WEST L.A HAVE ONLY BEEN OUTSTANDING. I HAVE BEEN GIVING TOURS OF WEST L.A. FOR YEARS. THE PEOPLE IN L.A. HAVE ONLY GIVEN ME THE RED CARPET.
    I LOVE WEST L.A.

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