I have read many reports on this forum recommending the gold line as the best form of transportation to the Rose Bowl parade from downtown LA.
Here is my situation. We have purchased Rose Bowl packages that include a downtown LA hotel and bus transportation to the parade. After reading this forum I am still debating in my mind forgetting about the "free" bus ride and taking the metro gold line.
My initial itinerary indicates buses will depart for the parade at 5 am. How early do you think we would have to leave if we take the gold line? We have reserved grandstand seats near the corner of Orange Grove and Colorado at the beginning of the parade route.
I am not underestimating the magnitude of the crowds and congestion, but even given those factors, why do all the experts advise getting to your reserved seat by 7 am? I can see if you don't have a reserved spot you want to get there early to get a view, but with a reserved seat I don't understand the need.