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Tickets on Sale for Universal Studios Hollywood’s Giant New Year’s Eve Party

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. 
Universal Studios Hollywood invites guests to ring in 2020 with EVE, Hollywood’s biggest party of the year, on Tuesday, December 31, with extended theme park hours to 2:00 a.m. EVE is included in the price of theme park admission, or guest can enhance their celebration with the popular Ultimate EVE package.Guests can visit Universal Studios Hollywood on December 31, 2019 and leave on January 1, 2020 after enjoying a full day and night of fun experiencing the park’s many thrill rides and attractions, including the all-new “Jurassic World—The Ride.”

EVE officially kicks off with a special park-wide celebration at 9:00 p.m., featuring multiple DJs and live music areas, that culminates at midnight with a traditional New Year’s Eve countdown and spectacular fireworks display. Giant, spirited photo op locations add to the festive environment, offering bragging rights to share with friends on social media.

The Ultimate EVE package takes the celebration to a whole new level. Package highlights include theme park admission starting at 6:00 p.m., VIP Lounge access with gourmet buffet dining and cash bars with specialty cocktails, private DJ and dance floor, reserved VIP viewing area for the dazzling fireworks display, a complimentary midnight champagne toast, commemorative 2020 party favors, preferred parking and unlimited Universal Express access to all rides and attractions.

At a glance, EVE begins at 9:00 p.m. with Universal Plaza, Simpsons Plaza located in Springfield™ and an area near “Revenge of the Mummy – The Ride” transformed into three uniquely-themed party areas, featuring a variety of music, from rock ‘n’ roll to electronic dance music to Latin pop, and the celebration will continue with enhanced DJ shows and after-party entertainment until 2:00 a.m.

A selection of food and beverages, including desserts, champagne, beer, wine and cocktails, as well as 2020 memorabilia will be available for purchase.

For more information and to purchase tickets for EVE or the Ultimate EVE package, please go HERE, Annual Pass members can also benefit from a variety of special incentives devised especially for these valued ticket holders.

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Universal Studios Hollywood Presents “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” and “Grinchmas” Beginning 11/28

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. 
The whimsical spirit of the holidays transforms Universal Studios Hollywood into a winter wonderland bringing merriment and cheer to families and friends this festive season as the theme park ushers in seasonal favorites, “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” and “Grinchmas” beginning Thursday, November 28 and running daily through Sunday, December 29, 2019.

An annual family tradition, “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” adds holiday warmth and cheer to this beloved land as the quaint town of Hogsmeade village is enchanted with seasonal décor uniquely themed to each of the individual storefronts and a dazzling light projection spectacular brings the iconic Hogwarts™ castle to life.

As night falls on Hogsmeade village, “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts™ Castle” illuminates Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with colorful imagery and impressive dimensional animations that dance across Hogwarts castle in tandem to a musical arrangement from the Harry Potter movies.

Musical performances from the a cappella Frog Choir, comprised of Hogwarts students and their giant throaty frogs, entertain guests with their harmonized holiday themed songs and fill the land with holiday cheer.

In time for the holiday season, a wide selection of custom-made Christmas ornaments created especially for “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will be available. Collectibles include a decorative Hogwarts castle snow globe, Hogwarts crest and mascot ornaments representing each of the four houses, wizard card ornaments, unique tree topper and house pennant garland.

Holiday-themed fare and hot Butterbeer further complement the overall experience.

An all-new state-of-the-art, topsy-turvy “Grinchmas” tree, twisting and turning over 55 feet in height and adorned with hundreds of ornaments and thousands of white and multi-colored LED lights choreographed to music, brightens the merry “Grinchmas” Who-lebration. Dazzling “Grinchmas” tree lighting ceremonies that take place every evening, accompanied by a snowfall flurry, bring this annual favorite to life, creating a festival of fun fit for The Grinch, his faithful dog Max and a roster of Who-ville Whos.

Spirited holiday décor and festive whimsy will also permeate throughout the theme park, bringing a crew of very merry and mischievous Minions to “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” to gleefully spread Christmas cheer to visitors of all ages.

Universal CityWalk’s spectacular 40-foot tall Christmas tree will once again glisten with 200,000 LED icicles choreographed to the lights and sounds of the season as the magic of the holidays comes to life in the “5 Towers” outdoor plaza along with a slate of free concert performances and an eclectic ensemble of talented street performers.

CityWalk’s iconic, dancing water fountain with over 230 individual power jets will continue to mesmerize guests when it projects streams of choreographed water into the air complemented by red and green LED lights and an array of holiday-themed music.

The holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood is included in the price of theme park admission. With so much to see and do at Universal Studios Hollywood, the California Neighbor Pass makes the perfect holiday gift, providing guests with the opportunity to experience 175 days of fun for $149 when purchased online. Visit http://www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com for more details. Blackout dates and restrictions apply.

Images are property of Universal Studios Hollywood and used with permission.

Jurassic World: The Ride Now OPEN at Universal Studios Hollywood!

I received tickets for my family and I to spend a day in the park in order to faciliate this post. All opinions are my own.

The anticipation for the opening of Jurassic World: The Ride had been building since it closed last spring as the formerly known attraction Jurassic Park. Our family LOVED the film Jurassic World, most likely for all different reasons and so we couldn’t wait to visit and ride this newly imagined ride.

Inspired by the Jurassic World blockbuster films, this spectacular new thrill ride features the film’s stars, Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and BD Wong, who reprise their roles as Owen Grady, Claire Dearing and Dr. Henry Wu, and soars to new heights with the addition of iconic dinosaurs from the movie, including the colossal Indominus rex and the magnificent aquatic Mosasaurus.

Here’s what you can expect to encounter on “Jurassic World—The Ride”: The elaborately themed all-new “Raptor Encounter” where Blue, the beloved Velociraptor from the JURASSIC WORLD movies, engages with guests in daring face-to-face encounters, along with the addition of two new dinosaurs – a Baby Raptor with her Raptor Handler and a life-size Triceratops who greet guests outside the “Jurassic World—The Ride” entrance, further enhance the entire experience.

We had so much fun on the ride and ddin’t know any of this beforehand so it was one big surprise.

Know Before You Go

Here are a cuople of tips that you may find helpful before you visit Universal Studios Hollywood to ride Jurassic World: The Ride. 

  • You WILL get wet! Regardelss of where you sit, you are going to get wet. We weren’t dying to be drenched, just because it was early in the day and we didn’t want to walk around soaking, so we opted for row 4. We still got wet but not too badly. The guests in rows 1 and 2 were definitely drenched after the ride. It just depends on what you’re hoping to gain from the ride.  By the way, every row is a great seat for this adventure! 
  • They sell ponchos! Yes! You can purchase an inexpenisve poncho in the shop adjancent to the attraction, which is called “Jurassic Outfitters”.  There are also complimentary lockers to put your belongings in before you get in line. I also brought a plasitc bag to put my cell phone in during the ride. 
  • Wear sunblock! You may find yourself waiting in line in the direct sunlight. Also, there are parts when you’re on the boat, that you’ll be glad you sprayed beforehand. Don’t forget to spray your scalp and/or your head. 

Don’t forget to check out the new interactive “Dino Play” area , located outside of the attraction, which is designed to inspire children of all ages to explore and excavate giant dinosaur fossils.

While you’re in the Jurassic World area of the park, you’ll want to grab a bite at he Juarassic Cafe.  There you’ll find an extensive menu serving “the taste of Costa Rica” with delicious, freshly made menu items including: Pomegranate Guacamole, Tropical Fruit Salad, Crispy Green Lettuce Rolls with Shrimp, Roasted Chicken Salad, Mahi Mahi with Melon Pico, Slow Roasted Mojo Pork, Mojo Jackfruit, and more.

You can also find refreshing, tropical drink offerings right next to the Jurassic Cafe at the Island Nu-Bar. It’s a great way to cool off and feel the island vibe of Jurassic World! (Just look out for the dinosaurs!)

Jurassic World: The Ride is a definite must-ride this summer so if you haven’t had a chance to get there, what are you waiting for? Luckily we have such great weather in Southern California that this ride is perfect for year-round visits.. For more information about Universal Studios Hollywood, visit their site HERE.

Some images are property of Universal Studios Hollywood and used with permission.

FunBox: The Colorful Pop-Up Museum of Photo Opps

I received media tickets to visit in exchange for coverage. All opinions are 100% my own. 

When you’re the mom of a teen, they are always the first ones to let you know about all of the cool things that come into town! When my daughter showed me FunBox on Instagram and some of the cute photos they had posted on their page, I knew it was a “must-visit” for us this summer.If you haven’t heard of FunBox yet, lean in closely because I have all of the details right here for you. FunBox description reads “Colorful FUN Museum of Toys“. This interactive, pop-up style attraction includes 25 different rooms with unlimited potential for Instagram-worthy photos and videos. Currently located inside of the Westfield Santa Anita Mall, you can find FunBox within the lower level Food Court area.Know Before You Go 
I would definitely advise looking over FunBox’s Instagram page prior to your visit, to get some inspiration and some ideas for what to wear. Although there is no dress code, you might find that certain outfit choices will photograph better than others. You also might want to bring certain accessories along with you such as sunglasses or other small props.Ticket Prices
Pricing for Fun Box is as follows:

  • Adults (age 13+) : $19.00
  • Kids (ages 4-12) : $14.00
  • Ages 0-3 are FREE.

What to Expect on Your Visit 
When you arrive at FunBox, you’ll see an area to get in line. Prior to getting in line, make sure to grab your tickets, because they are for a specific entry time. (You can get your tickets online here before your visit or when you arrive.) An employee is stationed just outside of the line to answer any questions and as your designated entry time nears, they will explain how your visit will go before letting you inside.

***Tip: Consider being towards the end of the line for the group you’re going in with.  Although you’ll need to wait for the people in front of you to take their photos first, you’ll feel less rushed and have less people running through your photos if you’re last or close to last. Once You’re Inside FunBox
One you go into FunBox, there isn’t a specific time limit but there are certain parts where you aren’t allowed to go back. I would allot about an hour, maybe a little more, to get through all of the rooms and areas. I think it can also vary depending on how crowded it is when you visit. I’m assuming weekends are far busier than weekdays.Some of the rooms you’ll visit at FunBox include: 

  • Teddy Bear Tunnel
  • Bubble Party Ball Pit
  • Human Car Wash
  • Rainbow Throne Room
  • Pig Room
  • Saturday Morning Breakfast

FunBox is located inside of the Westfield Santa Anita Mall at
400 S Baldwin Ave,
Arcadia, CA, 91007

(It’s inside the Food Court, next to Dave + Busters & AMC Movie Theatre and they suggest parking near The Cheesecake Factory)Currently, FunBox is only scheduled to be open through the end of August. Their schedule could extend but I wouldn’t recommend putting off your visit, just in case they do close up shop then. It’s a definite must-visit this summer! For more information about FunBox, please visit their site HERE.

 

Celebrate the 14th Annual Pirates Day on June 1 at Ventura Harbor Village

Yo ho, yo ho all ye landlubbers and buccaneers! Ventura Harbor Village is ready to hoist the flag for the 14th annual Pirates Day on Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 11:00am – 4:00pm. Ahoy Me Hearties! is this year’s theme for the Yo Ho! Pirates Day 2019, which will offer guests an unforgettable voyage around the Village featuring pirate characters, entertainment, activities, and photo opportunities around every corner.

Admission for Pirates Day is free. It’s best to arrive early to find free parking in the village, or jump on the complimentary shuttle service from the overflow lot on Harbor Blvd and Schooner Drive, running from 11am to 6pm!

For one day only, venture along the waterfront to find pirates in sword fights by professional Pirates for Hire, mermaids, treasure, exotic birds, live music, rum drinks, and pirate eats. Keep an eye out for Reece Ryan’s on-land Kids Pirate Ship, Captain Jack, Hook, Shmee, & Tink (look-a-likes), and strolling pirate musicians. Games are back and better than ever – take a ride on the bucking shark, jump on the inflatable kracken, kids can enjoy the new Rockin’ Pirate Ship, and more. Visit Port Royal Privateers’ historical encampment and shop at the vendor booths for pirate ware and nautical-themed loot. Hold tropical birds, snap a photo at themed selfie-stations, and stop for face painting or henna body art.

Everyone is encouraged to come dressed in their best pirate garb! Strut in the Pirates Day costume contests held throughout the day for different age brackets. Pirates up to 12 years old partake in the Kids Treasure Hunt ($5) leading to a magical treasure trove and free pirate craft activities provided by Macaroni Kid, Lakeshore Learning, and Ventura County Potters Guild Gallery.

For grog and grub, Village restaurants offer a variety of cuisine for hungry crews; including roasted turkey legs and rum specials. Live entertainment will range from Steel Drummers to the Sword Coast Medieval Fighters Club. Ventura Harbor Pirates Day gives you a chance to get in your best piratical gear and wander by the sea to interact with pirates and gypsies of all ages.

Ventura Harbor Village coastal shops, restaurants, and boutiques will provide a host of creative Pirate themed activities, eats, and drinks at the event. Here’s some of what you’ll find:

Shop:

  • Anja’s Boutique: Piratey-Costumed Customers 10% off with $50 Purchase + Free Scarf!
  • Barefoot Boutique: FREE Pirate Craft for Kids!*Piratey- Costumed Customers 10% off Everything + BOGO 50% on Graphic Tees
  • Casa de Regalos: Newly designed Pirate Tees
  • Lost in Socks: FREE Pirate Tattoo Station + Loot Davy Jones Locker Discount Jar with 2 Purchase Min.
  • Mermaid Gallery: FREE Kid’s Activity Table + Mermaid Coloring Sheets + FREE Starfish with $20 Purchase
  • VC Potters Guild: FREE Kid Pirate Medallion Necklaces to Paint*
  • Ventura Swimwear: FREE Pirate Bracelet with $25 Purchase*

Dine:

  • Boatyard Pub: Arrgghh! Famous Giant Smoked Turkey Legs + Roasted Corn*
  • Copa Cubana: Partake in a Lively Game of Pirate-Themed Corn Hole!
  • The Greek Mediterranean Steak & Seafood: Pancake Breakfast with the Pirates! 9:30 -10:30 AM

Play:

  • Ultimate Escape Rooms: Themed Room Play Tickets $25 with Promo Code: PIRATE19
  • Village Carousel & Arcade: $2 Carousel Rides for Costumed Pirate Customers –

*While supplies last

For a complete list of shopping & dining specials and the entertainment schedule please visit VenturaHarborVillage.com or call (805) 477-0470.

Admission and parking for Pirates Day 2019 are free. Book your overnight stay at the Four Points by Sheraton Ventura Harbor Resort or Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ventura Harbor. Ventura Harbor Village is located 1583 Spinnaker Drive off of Harbor Blvd. Don’t miss out on this treasure-trove of excitement by the sea. Hope to see you there!

Images and logo are property of Ventura Harbor Village and used with permission.

Take the Family to See Mary Poppins Returns at El Capitan Theatre

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

Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre will present a special engagement of Disney’s MARY POPPINS RETURNS from December 19 to January 13, shown in brilliant Dolby VisionTM Laser Projection & Dolby Atmos® Sound Technology. El Capitan Guests will step into Cherry Tree Lane as they enter the theatre.  A holiday experience for the whole family featuring costumes from the movie, interactive Cherry Tree Lane photo ops & the debut of the all-new El Capitan Theatre curtain show with a dazzling crystal curtain!
Disney’s MARY POPPINS RETURNS is an all-new sequel with a fresh sensibility that celebrates the spirit of the original. Mary Poppins is back to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives. Emily Blunt (“The Girl on the Train,” “Into the Woods”) stars as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure and Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton,” “Moana”) plays her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London. Check out the official trailer:

“We are thrilled to offer an unforgettable holiday experience for the whole family with our special engagement of Disney’s MARY POPPINS RETURNS. Guests will be transported to the magical world of Cherry Tree Lane the moment they step into The El Capitan Theatre – it will be a you are there experience – and Guests can also view and admire costumes from the film before and after every screening.” – Ed Collins, General Manager of The El Capitan Theatre

Be among the first to see MARY POPPINS RETURNS at El Capitan on Tuesday, December 18 at 7:00pm (Doors will open at 6:00PM).  Tickets to The Special Opening Night at $35 include a Reserved Seat, Collectible Umbrella Popcorn Container with one refill, 20 oz Bottled Drink, Kite, and limited edition exclusive artwork poster, collectible gold heart Variety Charity pin, & movie soundtrack download, and can be purchased HERE.

Regular showtimes at El Capitan for Disney’s MARY POPPINS RETURNS will take place from December 19 to January 13 daily 9:30AM, 12:55PM, 4:20PM, 7:45PM & 10:55PM (10:55PM on Opening Weekend and Fridays and Saturdays following). Showtimes and dates are subject to change.  Tickets are now on sale at http://www.elcapitantickets.com, by calling 1-800-DISNEY6 and at The El Capitan Theatre box office.
Special group rates for Disney’s MARY POPPINS RETURNS of $12 for parties of 20 or more are available by calling 1-818-845-3110.

HARD ROCK CAFÉ MOVIE & MEAL PACKAGE$40.00 per person.  Each ticket package includes: reserved seat (no concessions) to see the movie at The El Capitan Theatre, and a meal at Hard Rock Café.  Reservations are required in advance (tickets must be booked no later than 24 hrs business days).  This offering is available for all showtimes December 19, 2018 – January 13, 2019.  Guests will choose one entrée from special Hard Rock Cafe menu at the time of their seating.  Tax & gratuity included.  Does not include alcohol – guests can purchase and pay on their own.Join El Capitan Theatre for Tiny Tot Tuesday: The El Capitan Theatre will also host a very special Tiny Tot Tuesday for the first show every Tuesday during the run of Disney’s MARY POPPINS RETURNS. During these special screenings, parents and small children may enjoy the movie in a tot-friendly way—with lights dimmed rather than out and reduced sound levels. It’s such a great option to have for going to a movie.

For more information about El Capitan Theatre please visit their site HERE, Join in on social by using and following along with #ElCapitanTheatre.

Images and logos are property of El Capitan Theatre and used with permission. Poster and trailer are property of Walt Disney Studios and used with permission. 

 

3rd Annual Truck Adventures benefiting Make A Wish Foundation Greater Los Angeles

It’s almost time for the 3rd Annual Truck Adventures benefiting Make A Wish Foundation Greater Los Angeles! This year, the event will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2016, from 9am to 3pm at Santa Anita Racetrack. 3rd-annual-truck-adventures-logoThe event is designed to be a memorable experience that will allow children to see, touch and explore vehicles of all types such as fire trucks, police cars, construction, military vehicles and many other vehicles. 3rd-annual-truck-adventuresThis unique, fun filled event, allows children of all ages to get up close to and even sit in more than 90+ trucks and vehicles that they see on the road everyday. Some of previous year’s participants include Kraft Foods Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, Harley Davidson, LA County Fire Dept Shakey Quakey Van, Nickelodeon’s Sponge Bob Car, Fedex, Hertz, LA Port Authority TransPORTer, City of Hope, Colgate, Time Warner, DirecTV, AAA, City of Arcadia Police, Fire & Public Works depts, Sunstate Equipment, Quinn Rental, Caltrans, Los Angeles Police Department SWAT, DEA, Brinks Armored Trucks, US Forestry, Waste Management, Republic Services, US Navy, Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps, California National Guard, HD Forensic Scientific Investigation and many more. 3rd-annual-truck-adventures-caterpillar

Some of the other fun activities for kids at the event will be provided by Home Depot’s Kids Workshop and Dave & Busters. Food trucks will also be available.

To purchase tickets in advance, click here. Tickets may also be purchased on the day of the event.

Santa Anita Racetrack is located at 285 West Huntington Drive, Arcadia, California. The event will be held next to Westfield Santa Anita Mall. Guests should enter through gate 3.

Connect with Truck Adventures on Facebook and Instagram.

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own. Images and logos are property of Truck Adventures. 

Attend The Ultimate Star Wars New Year’s Eve Event in Hollywood!

Are you looking for something fun to do on New Year’s Eve this year? MouseMingle.com is throwing an ultimate Star Wars New Year’s Eve event in Hollywood and you’re invited! mousemingle-new-years-eveThe event will be hosted along with the El Capitan Theatre and Madame Tussauds Hollywood for Disney fans and Disney-loving singles. This “movie and mixer” is sure to be a blast and will feature the fun of a VIP screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as well as a countdown, food, drinks, dancing and more!
Star Wars at the World Famous El Capitan Theatre mousemingle-star-wars-movieBeginning at 8:30 p.m., attendees will arrive at the legendary El Capitan Theatre. Once inside, the party kicks off with a VIP movie experience that includes:

  • reserved seating for Star Wars:The Force Awakens
  • an all-new Star Wars Laser Lightsaber Curtain Show
  • souvenir tub of popcorn
  • soft drink.

Attendees will also be able to view exclusive props and costumes from the making of the movie.

After-party New Year’s Countdown
The fun doesn’t stop after the movie’s over. You’ll head across the street to Madame Tussauds to dance the night away with a silent disco dance party atop the museum’s breathtaking roof-top deck overlooking historic Hollywood Boulevard. Rooftop Silent Disco Dance Party, hosted by HUSH concerts

In addition, you’ll enjoy two free drinks per person* (must be 21 and over and able to show valid Photo ID to be served alcohol), appetizer and dessert buffets, themed photo opportunities, private viewing of Madame Tussauds Museum and a countdown at midnight cap off the fun! Also in attendance will be everyone’s favorite Disney Legend, Bob Gurr.

Tickets now available
Tickets for this MouseMeet are $100 per person for the general public – but, create a MouseMingle.com profile and you’ll get $25 off the ticket price! MouseMingle.com members can purchase tickets for $75 each by calling 800-DISNEY6 with your MouseMingle.com email address. mousemingle-tickets

This won’t be just another New Year’s Eve party; it will be the way to ring in 2016 for Star Wars and Disney fans looking to meet others with their shared passions. Although this event is hosted by MouseMingle, the most talked about dating site for Disney fans of 2015, it is not just for singles and will be a great night out for couples, as well. For more information about the event, click here. Connect with MouseMingle on Facebook and Twitter!

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own. Images and logo property of MouseMingle and Disney.

You Are Invited to the 2nd Annual Truck Adventures for Kids Benefiting Make-a-Wish For Kids Foundation Los Angeles!

2nd-annualYou are invited to the 2nd Annual Truck Adventures benefiting Make A Wish Foundation Greater Los Angeles on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 9am to 3pm! This unique, fun filled event, allows children of all ages to get up close to and even sit in more than 50 plus trucks and vehicles that they see on the road everyday. Some of last year’s participants include Kraft Foods Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, LA County Fire Dept Shakey Quakey Van, Sponge Bob Car, Fedex, Colgate, Time Warner, DirecTV, AAA, City of Arcadia Police, Fire & Public Works depts, Sunstate Equipment, Quinn Rental, Caltrans, Los Angeles Police Department SWAT, Brinks Armored Trucks, US Forestry, Waste Management, Republic Services, US Navy, Army and Marine Corps, California National Guard, HD Forensic Scientific Investigation and many more.

trucksThere will also be other activities, such as Home Depot’s Kids Workshop and food trucks. Prebuy discounted tickets at http://www.truckadventures.org.

Santa Anita Racetrack is located at 285 West Huntington Drive, Arcadia, 91007. Hope to see you there!