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SEA LIFE® Aquarium at LEGOLAND® California Resort Opens Two New Exhibits

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Guests of SEA LIFE® Aquarium at LEGOLAND® California Resort can now take a splash in the ocean without ever getting wet and become a shark explorer! SEA LIFE® Aquarium has 2 new exhibits: Sea at Night and Shark Mission! Open just in time for spring break, both exhibits allow guests to learn about marine life in a fun and interactive way.sea-life-aquarium-new-exhibit-1Sea at Night invites guests to jump, leap and “splash” into simulated bioluminescent waves that react to their footsteps. The reaction created by the guests’ movements demonstrates the effect of a glowing tide similar to ones often seen along the Pacific coastline.

Shark Mission allows kids to come face to fin with six different species of sharks and rays on three giant touch screens. Young explorers can learn about anatomy, conservation and other cool facts through interactive activities and games. Guests can also hold a shark’s tooth, learn about shark skin and eggs, plus step into a shark cage.

SeaLife Aquarium exhibits.(Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Legoland)

sea-life-aquarium-3Sea at Night and Shark Mission are open now for guests to explore at SEA LIFE aquarium. For more information, visit LEGOLAND.com/California.

Images and video are property of  LEGOLAND® California Resort and used with permission. 


LEGOLAND® Castle Hotel at LEGOLAND® California Resort Set to Open April 27 + Now Taking Reservations

This is not a sponsored post.All opinions are my own.


If you haven’t heard the latest exciting news to come out of LEGOLAND® California Resort, they broke ground last year on North America’s first LEGOLAND® Castle Hotel! It’s like every LEGO-loving kid’s dream come true! The all-new premium themed hotel,  located right at the main entrance of LEGOLAND California, is officially set to open on April 27!legoland-castle-hotel-opening-april-27

The LEGOLAND Castle Hotel will include will feature 250 premium LEGO Castle themed rooms with your choice of Knights & Dragons, Royal Princess or Magic Wizard, including 20 suites, and will completely immerse guests into a castle experience from the moment they enter the grand hall. Hotel guests will experience dining in an amazing sit- down royal restaurant and engage in courtyard entertainment by the pool.legoland-castle-hotel-courtyard-grand-mapHere’s a short video showing a brief hardhat tour of the LEGOLAND Castle Hotel:

Upon entering LEGOLAND Castle Hotel, guests will first step into a grand hall where they are met by a LEGO wizard before taking a magical levitating lift (elevator) that will take them to one of three different floors where adventures await.legoland-castle-hotel-dragon-knight-room

legoland-castle-hotel-dragon-knight-bathroomIn the Knight rooms, guests are surrounded by dragons and knights as they prepare to go into battle to defend the king’s castle and protect the king’s treasure. In the Princess rooms, woodland animals such as butterflies, squirrels, owls and song birds all made of LEGO, of course, are found. In the Wizard rooms, guests discover how magic is used to protect the king’s treasure with the use of giggling potions and spells. Guests will find LEGO Castle décor throughout. legoland-castle-hotel-courtyard-overview

The Royal Courtyard outside is designed to immerse children in a fairy tale of their own creation with a DUPLO play area for the younger kids, larger play structures for the older kids, giant movie screen for nighttime movies and a stage for live plays and shows.legoland-courtyard-poolThe pool area will feature fountains and other interactive water features a gradual incline pool and hot tub. The pool bar and grill will offer smoothies, sandwiches and salads prepared fresh to order.legoland-courtyard-juice-barOther unique, fun features at the hotel include a slide that will connect the lobby to the first floor and a knock knock door created to entertain guests. More than 2,100 LEGO models made out of more than three million LEGO bricks that will be featured inside the rooms and throughout the Hotel.

The all-new themed restaurant, Dragon’s Den Restaurant & Bar, will be LEGOLAND California Resort’s only full-service sit down restaurant and will include an open kitchen for guests to watch chefs preparing their food, LEGO models, entertainers and locally-sourced food creating a unique dining experience. Breakfast will be included with each guest’s stay and includes made-to-order items along with a buffet.

LEGOLAND California Resort is accepting reservations for the LEGOLAND Castle Hotel. For more information on booking hotel reservations, please visit: http://www.LEGOLAND.com/castlehotel

Images and video are property of LEGOLAND California Resort and used with permission. 




Dine With Orcas® Dining Experience at SeaWorld San Diego

We received media entry in order to share about our experience. All opinions are my own. 


Our family loves to go on new adventures and experience all there is to do here in Southern California. We recently took a drive down south for the day to visit SeaWorld San Diego. It’s just about an hour drive from Orange County, where we reside.dine-with-orcas-family-photoI love the fact that you have so many options of things to do at SeaWorld. Not only do they offer a large selection of educational exhibits and shows in the park but there are also a bunch of thrilling attractions to check out. (Manta, the attraction, is a must!)dine-with-orcas-mantaOn our visit, which included tweens, we found that there’s something for everyone in your family to enjoy in the park and on this visit, we were invited to an extra special experience. dine-with-orcas-sign“Dine With Orcas®” is a special ticketed event is an hour long experience where guests get to enjoy a delicious chef-crafted meal, on a private poolside patio, next to Orca whales. It’s an immersive and memorable family dining experience that allows you to discover what makes killer whales so unique from a presentation given by SeaWorld’s behaviorists.dining-with-orcas-behavioristThe meal is set up buffet-style, with gourmet offerings for both adults and children. I was elated to have so many wonderful food choices. The culinary team at SeaWorld goes above and beyond with the food. The menu can change seasonally and we got to try the Fall/Winter menu which includes:

  • Oven Roasted Turkey – Gravy, Cornbread Stuffing, Cranberry Aioli
  • Grown Up Mac and Cheese Bar – With Bacon, Chives & Parmesan Cheesedine-with-orcas-grown-up-mac-and-cheese
  • Pork Spare Ribs  with a Chipotle BBQ Sauce
  • Sustainable Salmon  made with Lemon Dill Butter Sauce & Tomatoesdine-with-orcas-lunch-plate
  • Chicken Tikka  with Curry Sauce
  • Creamy Polenta with Roasted Corn and Feta
  • Oven Roasted Fingerling Potatoesdine-with-orcas-vegetables
  • Local Fall & Winter Vegetables
  • Charcuterie Display – Salami, Local and Imported Cheeses, Cornichons, Grain Mustard, Breadsdining-with-orcas-charcuterie
  • Crisp Romaine Caesar – Croutons, Traditional Dressing & Aged Parmesandine-with-orcas-caesar-salad
  • Greek Kale Salad – Romaine, Kalamata Olives, Pickled Red Onion, Pepperoncini, Tomato, Feta, tossed in a Red Wine Oregano Vinaigrette
  • Asparagus with a Pomegranate Orange Vinaigrettedining-with-orcas-asparagus

The Kids Menu offerings include:

  • Chicken Nuggets with organic ketchup
  • Sweet Peas & Carrots
  • Cavatappi Pasta
  • Meatball Marinaradine-with-orcas-kids-choices

There was also a Dessert Bar that featured:

  • An Ultimate Homemade Cheesecake Display
  • Fresh Local Fruit
  • Flourless Chocolate Bouchons
  • Chocolate Covered Shamu Shortbreadsdine-with-orcas-dessert
  • Vanilla Cupcakes
  • Flandine-with-orcas-flan
  • Chocolate Pudding
  • Mini Donut Holesdining-with-orcas-fresh-fruit

Dine With Orcas® dining experience features menu items that are sustainable, organic and locally sourced. From fresh California salad greens to locally-grown vegetables, in-season produce is selected straight from regional farmers to ensure that guests are getting the freshest produce available.dine-with-orcas-whale-2dine-with-orcas-table-by-the-whalesThere is something fascinating about getting to sit up-close to the Orcas and having the opportunity to learn more about them. What beautiful animals! Our family enjoyed this experience immensely and I’d say it’s a definite “must-do” to add to your day at SeaWorld San Diego.dine-with-orcas-whaleDine With Orcas is open 7 days a week. and advance reservations are highly recommended, because some seatings tend to sell out quickly. However, if space is available, “day of” reservations can be made at the ticket booths or Guest Services just inside the park.Book now; this is an exclusive, up close, experience you won’t want to miss!dine-with-orcas-friendsHere are a couple of “Know Before You Go” tips for you:

  • I suggest recommend arriving 15-30 minutes prior to your time to get in line. This may you have the best chance of getting a table closest to the window.
  • You can get $5 off the price of an adult ticket for “Dine With Orcas” when you purchase yours online here before your visit.
  • The price of your meal includes non-alcoholic drink options. However, beer and wine are available for purchase as well. dining-with-orcas-beer-and-wine-available
  • Gratuity is not included in the price of your meal so remember to bring cash tip your server. (Ours worked so hard)

dining-with-orcas-tableHave you visited SeaWorld San Diego before? If so, share your favorite memory with me in the comments!

For more information about the Dine With Orcas Dining Experience or to plan your own visit to the park, please visit https://seaworld.com/san-diego/.

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