All posts tagged: theme park

How to Make the Most of Your Disneyland Getaway

While it may not be as big as Orlando’s Disney World, the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim is just as packed with rides and attractions for both the young and the young-at-heart. Before you go, expect that you won’t be able to see the entire park, let alone go on every single ride there, in a day. However, you would want to get your money’s worth and experience as much of what the park has to offer. Here are our ten tried and tested tips on how families with kids can make the most of their Disneyland getaway:   Come Early. Depending on the season, both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure usually open around 9 or 10 am Monday thru Thursday, and Disneyland opens around 8 am Friday thru Sunday. One great way to make the most of your visit is simply to come early – not only will you have more hours to spend there, you’d also beat the crowds to the ride lines! Jungle Cruise is one of the many attractions at the park …

Hotel Review: Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Why Go: Go back in time and find out what it was like living in the 60s at Universal Resort Orlando’s family-friendly Cabana Bay Beach Resort, where the retro cool style of Mad Men meets the fun, futuristic utopia of The Jetsons. The latest onsite hotel addition to one of the most popular theme park resorts in the world is perfect for families with a penchant for bright colors and vintage design. And as Universal Orlando’s first value-to-moderate hotel, Cabana Bay Beach Resort treats guests, young and old, to pretty, candy-colored aesthetics, great kid-friendly pools, plush beddings and easy access to the theme parks at super affordable rates. Cabana Bay Beach Resort (Courtesy Universal Orlando) Getting There: Situated next to Interstate 4, Cabana Bay Beach Resort is easily accessible whether you’re driving from another city or taking the shuttle from the Orlando International Airport 20 minutes away. A complimentary shuttle is available to and from the theme parks. Getting Oriented: The retro-themed hotel sits on the Southwestern corner of the Universal Orlando complex, with Universal’s …

Insider’s Guide: Universal Orlando Resort

Orlando, Florida, theme park capital of the world, has over 10 amusement parks catering to theme park lovers and Florida vacationers in its huge metropolitan limits. But none of these are more centered on the magic and adventure of the motion pictures than Universal Orlando Resort and its two theme parks. Less than 10 miles from Downtown Orlando, the family-friendly theme park resort, currently celebrating its 25th anniversary, gives visitors unique opportunities to relive their favorite movies and TV shows, and has rightly earned a top spot as a vacation destination for families and movie lovers everywhere, attracting millions from all over the globe each year. From Jurassic Park island and the Revenge of the Mummy adventure to the two Wizarding Worlds of Harry Potter and the Minion Mayhem ride, the resort certainly lives up to its catchphrase, “Ride the Movies.”   Sleep Whether you are on the budget, planning to splurge or traveling with a large group, Universal Orlando is more than ready to accommodate your family with its four onsite hotels, three of …

Things We Enjoyed at This Year’s Knott’s Scary Farm

Monsters lurk in dark corners, awaiting unsuspecting guests as they enter the usually very wholesome theme park. For 24 nights a year from now through October 31, 2015, Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, CA transforms into Knott’s Scary Farm, a spookfest for folks who enjoy a good scare. But fear not! You’ll will be happy to know that the separate-ticket event isn’t too scary for the not so brave. Here are five of the things we enjoyed at Knott’s Scary Farm:   Paranormal, Inc. Debuting this year, this new ghost-hunting maze will take you to a “filmed” paranormal investigation of an abandoned and haunted hospital that hides a morbid past. If you think this is too intense for you, don’t worry – the investigative team will be with you to guide you through the fiend fest. But do keep an eye out for those demons from hell, and don’t panic when the lights go out! The Dead of Winter Ever wondered how Jon Snow felt, facing an army of icy monsters descending down on him and the Free …

Things We Love Most About Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland

One of the many things that we can all agree on is this: that Disney knows how to throw a party. It’s practically an irrefutable truth – Disney is a genius when it comes to showing everyone a good time, and Disney knows how to leave its guests feeling just a tad happier. This year’s Mickey’s Halloween Party is no different. And Mickey-shaped pumpkins, festive decorations and scarecrows engaging passers-by are just the beginning. Dive in to see the things we love most about this year’s kid-favorite Halloween spectacular at Disneyland Anaheim. “Halloween Screams” Fireworks The good guys take a break this Halloween and let our favorite Disney villains take center stage for once. Mischief over Sleeping Beauty’s Castle abounds during this Mickey’s Halloween Party exclusive, and the castle itself joins in, lighting up for the spooky festivities. Led by Jack Skellington, Maleficent, Ursula, Cruella DeVille and many others cause ruckus and mayhem as fireworks dance in the full moon-illuminated sky to the greatest Disney villain songs. Keep an eye out for a ghostly apparition. …

Four Reasons to Take the Kids to Disneyland This Summer

When the days are longer and the temperatures are higher, many families make that journey out west to Southern California where the weather is always perfect, the beaches are glorious, and there’s unforgettable, assorted fun to be had everywhere you turn. This summer, spend a day or two at the Disneyland Resort with the kids during your family vacation to complete the experience. Here are a few great reasons why. 1) The Fun Doesn’t Stop at Nightfall Just because the sun has set, it doesn’t mean the fun has to end. In fact, at Disneyland, family fun’s only beginning. After spending the entire day running around from ride to ride, it’s time to set-up shop on Main Street U.S.A. (or in front of the Ferris Wheel at California Adventure) to see the three new spectaculars that will dazzle both kids and adults. Paint the Night. Disneyland lights up with a river of some 1.5 million LED lights streaming down Main Street U.S.A from the new Paint the Night Parade. As part of the park’s 60th …

“Fast & Furious – Supercharged” Sets Universal Studios Hollywood Ablaze

Sizzling celebrities. High speeds. Explosions. A car flying in the air and through a billboard. Universal Studios Hollywood certainly welcomed the latest family-friendly addition to Los Angeles’ favorite theme park with a bang! Tuesday, June 23, saw the launch of the new Universal Studios ride, “Fast & Furious – Supercharged,” and fans of the movies as well as families with kids are in for the ride of their lives. The high-octane but very kid-friendly adventure is an exciting hydraulic motion-based ride pumped with adrenaline, state-of-the-art 3D audio and 3D-HD imagery systems, other sensory special effects, and the world’s longest and most expansive 360-degree screen. The ride features some of the stars from one of the biggest movie franchises in history, including Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, and Tyrese Gibson, who all reprise their roles to fight the bad guys in an exhilarating car chase! Expect rockets, debris, bullets flying and explosions as you get caught in the midst of all the action. And get ready to get a little wet. The best part? Dwayne Johnson, who plays DSS …

First Look at Disneyland’s “Paint the Night” Parade

Colors, lights, and sparkling Disney characters abound, reveling in an magnificent soundtrack featuring Tangled, Little Mermaid and Frozen (to name a few). It was a magical night, from the beautiful premiere party that offered a lovely dinner, plenty of drinks, wonderful Southern music and a Pirates of the Caribbean ride that did not entail waiting in line to the dazzling previews of Disneyland’s new “Paint the Night” parade and “Disneyland Forever” fireworks. It was an endlessly dazzling and unforgettable night. Here’s a sneak peek of the original Disney park’s first LED parade: