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Knott's Berry Farm honors its heritage by revamping / refreshing Calico Mine Train & Camp Snoopy
On the heels of its highly successful redo of that theme park's iconic Timber Mountain Log Ride , Knott's Berry Farm is doubling down for the Summer of 2014. This time around, two elements of this Southern California favorite are receiving some much needed TLC: The Calico Mine Train (which first...
19 Apr 2014
SeaWorld San Diego's new Explorer's Reef area allows guests to have a hands-on animal experience as soon as they enter this theme park
It's been said that "You only get one chance to make to make a first impression." Copyright SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. All rights reserved And given that visitors to SeaWorld San Diego have been entering that theme park by strolling past the same old, boring, blocky set of ticket...
23 Mar 2014
Tripping the light fantastic at Knott's Berry Farm's New Year Eve celebration
Having already explored Knott's Merry Farm during the day , I thought that I'd make another trip over to Buena Park and see what the holiday version of America's First Theme Park looked like after dark. Though -- in hindsight -- it might not have been my brightest idea to schedule my return...
1 Jan 2014
All aboard for all sorts of seasonal surprises at this year's edition of Knott's Merry Farm
Can it really only be a couple of weeks since the buildings in Calico Square were covered with cobwebs? Photo by Jim Hill These days, if you drop by America's First Theme Park , you'll find that Knott's Scary Farm has given way to Knott's Merry Farm ... Photo by Noe Valladolid And all...
9 Dec 2013
How did Brian Morrow sell SeaWorld executives on building "Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin" in Orlando? It started with some cardboard & glue
Do you remember how you used to do those projects in grade school? Where you'd sit at the kitchen table with a pair of safety scissors, a pile of cardboard, a bottle of Elmer's Glue and a shoebox? And then -- after an hour or so of cutting & gluing (and a little help from Mom) -- you'd...
31 Jul 2013
A temporary logjam is Knott enough to spoil the opening festivities for this theme park's Boardwalk expansion & its newly enhanced Timber Mountain Log Ride
So how did yesterday's media event at Knott's Berry Farm go? Well, that kind of depends on whether you're an optimist or a pessimist. Are you the type of person who sees the glass half-empty or half-full? Or -- in this particular case -- the Timber Mountain Log Ride flume as half-empty or...
31 May 2013
Watching the moon set & the sun rise inside of the Magic Kingdom during WDW's Monstrous Summer! All Nighter
Seeing as Jim has already covered what the Disneyland Resort version of the Monstrous Summer! All Nighter was like, I thought that I'd share Angela Ragno & myself's experience at the WDW version of this 24 hour-long party . Photo by Nancy Stadler In the spirit of full disclosure here, I guess...
27 May 2013
A close-up look at what makes Universal Orlando's Mardi Gras celebration the biggest bash this side of the Bayou
This past Saturday night, I got to do something very fun. As part of the press event for the kick-off of this year's Mardi Gras celebration at the Universal Orlando Resort ... Copyright 2013 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved I got to go backstage at Universal Studios Florida to see the...
11 Feb 2013
Disneyland's Three Kings Day celebration offers Limited Time look at Southern California's Mexican culture
I know that it's usually not cool to peek at your Christmas presents. But given that Ephinany comes at the very tail end of the holiday season ... Well, I'm hoping that it'll be okay if I reveal what Disneyland Park has planned for this weekend's three day-long Three Kings' Day celebration...
4 Jan 2013
Buena Vista Street adds some much-needed charm & heart to Disney California Adventure Park
By now, you've no doubt seen some of the photos which came out of this past weekend's preview events at Disney California Adventure Park . Photo by Noe Valladolid If you look around the Web, 90% of the images that have been posted focus on Cars Land ... Photo by Noe Valladolid ... which is understandable...
11 Jun 2012
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