Monthly Archives: May 2014

DUPLO Valley Opens – LEGOLAND Florida

2014.05.22_LEGOLANDFLORIDA_DUPLOVALLEY_010LEGOLAND Florida has celebrated the opening of its newest expansion, DUPLO Valley. DUPLO Valley brings the LEGO DUPLO line of preschool building toys to life with new farm-themed attractions, an air-conditioned indoor play area and a water play area all geared to toddlers ages 2 to 5.

“We couldn’t be more excited to officially open DUPLO Valley,” said LEGOLAND Florida General Manager Adrian Jones. “Our newest expansion gives toddlers (and parents) a completely new way to play, adding to our already fantastic lineup of more than 50 rides, shows and attractions here at LEGOLAND Florida.”

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Great Horror Campout 2014 Tour Dates

Returning to Los Angeles on June 6th, 2014, for a second kicking and screaming year, the Great Horror Campout is expanding its uniquely entertaining and immersive horror camp to cities across the nation.

LogoFrom Ten Thirty One Productions, the creators of the incredibly popular Los Angeles Haunted Hayride, the Great Horror Campout is a “choose your own adventure” overnight experience unlike any other in the horror themed events genre. With Mark Cuban recently investing $2 million in the company, the biggest deal in Shark Tank history, this year’s Great Horror Campout will be even more frightening with live scareactors, fog and scent effects, water spray and splash, narrow tunnels, crouch spaces which require you to bend down while walking, sudden loud noises, and much more.

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Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Open May 28

Seven Dwarfs Mine TrainThe lovable world of Sleepy, Doc, Grumpy, Bashful, Sneezy, Happy and Dopey comes excitingly to life May 28, 2014 when the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train takes New Fantasyland guests on a rollicking, musical adventure into the mine “where a million diamonds shine.”

The “crowning jewel” of New Fantasyland, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train represents the completion of the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history. The family-style coaster features first-of-its-kind ride vehicles that swing back and forth during the ride. Adding to the fun, the journey will be accompanied by music from the film classic and scenes filled with Snow White, the Seven Dwarfs and playful forest critters.

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Diagon Alley Vacation Package Announced

New WWoHP Vacation Package Now AvailableUniversal Orlando Resort is announcing an all-new exclusive vacation package giving guests the opportunity to enjoy this year’s most anticipated theme park experience: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley. Travel for the vacation package begins June 29.

The new travel offer starts at $135 per adult, per night, tax inclusive for a four-night stay on-site at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort and includes multi-day Park-to-Park tickets to experience both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. As part of the vacation package, guests will enjoy access to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, plus exclusive benefits like Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and breakfast at the Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade and the Leaky Cauldron in Diagon Alley. They will also receive a specially themed Welcome Parcel delivered to their doorstep.

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Midsummer Night’s Dream – Fairytale Town

Shakespeare’s classic fairy play comes to life at Fairytale Town’s annual ice cream social event: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Crystal Ice Cream Fantasy on Saturday, June 28, from 5 to 9 p.m. The enchanting evening features nonstop entertainment for the whole family, including live music, theatrical performances, fanciful arts and crafts activities, and all the Crystal Creamery ice cream one can eat.

Celtic-rock band 1916 will perform throughout the evening. With influences and sounds comparable to Flogging Molly and Dropkick Murphys, 1916 is steadily carving their niche on the American music scene. Touring predominately in California, Nevada and Washington, they play original tunes, the traditional songs of Ireland and Scotland and rock ‘n’ roll classics with a unique twist.

Different flavors of Crystal Creamery ice cream will be available for sampling during the festive celebration. Plus, families can enjoy a live theater performance of “Pyramus and Thisbe,” a classic scene from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” by Shakespeare Lite. Multiple arts and crafts activities will be stationed throughout the park, and vendors will be on hand to offer their traditional and mystical wares in the Enchanted Marketplace. Costumes for the entire family are encouraged.

Mellisa Paul, News 10’s community liaison and Sacramento & Company’s hostess, will kick off the event and greet guests as the evening’s host and honorary queen. Mix 96’s Jennifer Wood will emcee the event.

“The Shakespeare-inspired festivities combined with Fairytale Town’s playful storybook park makes A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Crystal Ice Cream Fantasy an evening that adults and children will enjoy,” said Kathy Fleming, executive director of Fairytale Town.

Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 2-12. Day-of tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 2-12. Children ages 1 and under are free. Tickets are available for purchase at

The title sponsor of the event is Crystal Creamery. Additional sponsors include Mix 96, KVIE Public Television, Monterey Bay Aquarium and Barefoot Wine and Bubbly. For more information, visit or call (916) 808-7462.

Event Details
What: A Midsummer Night’s Dream & Crystal Ice Cream Fantasy
When: Saturday, June 28, 2014
Time: 5 – 9 p.m.
Cost: Advance Tickets: $15 for adults, $5 for children (ages 2-12), free for children 1 & under
Day-of Tickets: $20 for adults, $10 for children (ages 2-12), free for children 1 & under
Where: Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento CA 95822
Phone: (916) 808-7462

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Big Thunder Strikes at Disneyland!

3_14_DL_00266Hold onto your hats and glasses! The wildest ride in the wilderness is up and running with an upgraded track, restoration of the historic Rainbow Ridge Mining Town, new paint on portions of the mountain and updates to the train vehicles. Guests taking a ride on this runaway mine train will discover some new surprises, too.

  • Along with the new track, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad reopened in March, 2014, with an enhanced audio system that sharpens the sounds heard by guests as they ride through the caverns and buildings. Even the wildlife at Big Thunder can be heard more distinctly.

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Bahooka Drama Continues: WHERE is Rufus?

bahooka22Talk about a whale of a tale! In March of 2013, Bahooka, one of Southern California’s oldest and most beloved kooky tiki restaurant/bar establishments closed its doors for business, sending sentimental shockwaves throughout the fan community across the U.S. and beyond. While the details of what transpired between family members remain vague, there is one certainty – those left with control over Bahooka simply didn’t want it anymore, and so, the property was sold.

Shortly after the sale, word came that a new owner would be renovating Bahooka as a Chinese Restaurant, which prompted tiki fans far and wide to ask exactly what would happen to the establishment’s most famous resident – Rufus, a huge, carrot-eating, nearly 40 year-old Pacu that had became a celebrity over a period of decades at the location.

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Knott’s Offers FREE Admission to Military on Memorial Weekend

image008Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak City water park are pleased to announce that they will be offering FREE admission to active and retired United States Military personnel Saturday through Monday of Memorial Day weekend (May 24-26).

A tribute to the Knott’s Berry Farm Armed Forces Program all active Military, Retired Military, Department of Defense personnel are eligible for free admission. A valid military ID must be presented to receive free admission.

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‘Rock Your Disney Side’ as Disney Parks Kicks Off Summer Vacation!

Splash-Mountain-Wide_5_14_DL_025571Disney Parks will kick off the summer travel season with a 24-hour, coast-to-coast celebration that invites guests to “Rock Your Disney Side” at three Disney theme parks ­­- Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park at the Disneyland Resort in California, and Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

From 6 a.m. Friday, May 23, to 6 a.m. Saturday, May 24, 2014*, on each coast, guests will spend 24 hours laughing, screaming, dancing and embracing their own Disney Side – that fun, playful side that emerges as they enter a Disney park.

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Santa’s Village in Skyforest to Reopen?

sv32In 1955, a theme park opened in Southern California where families could go and spend a fun-filled day together riding unique attractions, eating delicious baked goods and food, and loading up on whimsical souvenirs including a photo with the big guy himself! We’re not talking Disneyland however – we’re talking about Santa’s Village, in Skyforest, California!

For decades, so many SoCal residents grew up visiting that magical place in the San Bernardino National Forest – and since the park’s closure in 1998, so many of us have looked back on Santa’s Village with utmost fondness and growing nostalgia.

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