Downtown Disney District Reopens

The Downtown Disney District, including Buena Vista Street, is open with select retail and dining locations. Ongoing updates on additional restaurant and food and beverage location openings can be viewed here.

Everyone must wear a mask

To reopen, Disney has implemented new health and safety measures based on guidance from health authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and appropriate government agencies.

Soon a limited-time, ticketed experience will be opening at Disney California Adventure Park, focusing on the world-class food and beverage. Also, 1,000 Cast Members are being rehired.

Right now you can enter and explore without a timed ticket.

Good signage for parking and entering Downtown Disney District

There are 6 key things to expect when visiting the Downtown Disney District:

  • Park at the Simba Lot only right now. There are cones and closures clearly defined for guests to enter the Downtown Disney District. Parking is $10 per car. There is no refund or validation.
  • Guests receive a temperature screening prior to entry and walk through a tent with two sniffing dogs with their handlers, before a bag check and walking through a metal detector.
  • Face coverings are required for guests ages 2 and older. There is a vending machine that sells masks for $2 for those without one.
Forget your mask? No worries they have a vending machine with $2 masks
  • Physical distancing measures, including physically-distanced queues and seating, and physical barriers at select locations.
Benches are marked with safe distance seating
  • Temporary operations modifications, including reduced hours at select locations and the suspension of entertainment offerings and high-touch interactive areas.
The park has hand washing stations and hand sanitizer machines

An increased focus on cleaning and sanitation, including the addition of hand-washing stations and hand sanitizers are located in key areas. The day I visited there seemed to be more Disney cast members than guests, as the district was getting ready to reopen more outdoor dining venues.

Disney “Cast Members” are keeping the parks clean

The Downtown Disney District has begun a phased reopening, including an expansion onto Disney California Adventure’s Buena Vista Street. The brand new Star Wars Trading Post was a popular store that had a line of fans to enter. The stores are allowing a certain number of people inside, and have a social distance line and umbrella to keep guests safe and comfortable.

New Star Wars store in Downtown Disney

There is no entrance fee of ticket to stroll into Disney CA Adventure along some of Los Angeles’ most popular neighborhoods. Many of designs are inspired from where a young Walt Disney lived and worked after arriving in Southern California in 1923. Find the plaque next to Walt Disney and his friend Mickey Mouse statue that states, “It was July 1923. I packed all of my worldly goods – a pair of trousers, a checkered coat, a lot of drawing materials and the last of the fairy tale reels we had made – in a kind of frayed cardboard suitcase. And with that wonderful audacity of youth, I went to Hollywood, arriving there with just $40. It was a big day the day I got on that Santa Fe California Limited. I was just free and happy!”

Walt Disney’s dream came true
  • Downtown Disney District, including Buena Vista Street, parts of Hollywood Land and Grizzly Peak are open as of February 4, 2021. Certain retail and dining locations are also reopening. View Open Dining Locations for ongoing updates.
  • Starting Friday, Feb. 5, guests can once again make a reservation at Carthay Circle Lounge – Alfresco Dining, with its seasonal menu and unique dining environment on Buena Vista Street. Also beginning Feb. 5, mobile app order offers a contactless way to order corn dogs and soft drinks at Award Wieners, or bacon cheeseburgers, chicken tenders, onion rings, waffle fries, kids’ meals, and vanilla and chocolate shakes at  Smokejumpers Grill. Guests should place their mobile order once they are already on Buena Vista Street.
The park is reopening slowly and safely

Hours: I recommend arriving early when it opens at 10 a.m., before the lunch hour. Weekdays aren’t as crowded as weekends. During the week, it closes down by 8 p.m., and on the weekend at 9 p.m. Visiting Downtown Disney District awakens your senses. Listening to Disney music plays throughout the open areas, while smelling the pleasing aromas of creative Disney snacks, and colorful and appealing window displays and beautiful floral gardens.

Disneyland is not open yet, hopefully soon

Leaving Disney’s California Adventure to walk back through Downtown Disney District back to my car, I was drawn to the entrance of Disneyland. It was sad to see the gates all closed, yet the slope below the Train Depot continues to have a floral design of Mickey Mouse, giving hope that one day soon it will reopen safely again.

Hopefully Disneyland Hotels will open in 2021

The Hotels of the Disneyland Resort, Disneyland Park and all of Disney California Adventure Park remain closed and will reopen at a later date, pending state and local government approvals. I’ve heard possibly the theme parks will partially open more areas by March, 2021.

Universal CityWalk Hollywood reopens

Universal CityWalk Hollywood has excitedly reopened the about 40% of their dining venues and shops. Guest parking is complimentary right now, and each visitor will enter the Jurassic Park parking garage to have their temperature taken. Guests are required to wear face coverings throughout their visit.
A friendly staff member with an EXTECH non-contact forehead InfraRed Thermometer allows guests without a temperature to enter. Guests with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or greater will not be admitted.
IMG_9103The staff have been trained to aggressively cleaning and disinfection procedures and will be frequently cleaning all of the high touch services. All team members undergo temperature checks and wear face coverings and gloves.
IMG_9102 2Social distancing floor markers are placed throughout the area. Visitors are asked to stand on the floor markings until the group in front moves forward. Health and safety signage and audio recorded messages are broadcasted frequently throughout the area. 
IMG_9099Buca di Beppo just in time for Father’s Day on June 21, celebrate the World Greatest Dad in your life by ordering two great Buca di Beppo packages starting at only $12 per person. 
IMG_9132-2Each package comes with our fresh baked house bread, choice of salad, choice of pasta or entrées (depending on the package) and chocolate chip cannoli. Dad will also get a Sweet Treat & a “World’s Greatest Dad” Koozie. 
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The Portland based Voodoo Doughnut is now open at Universal CityWalk offering sinfully delicious, unconventional delectables such as their classic Bacon Maple Bar, Grape Ape and Voodoo Doll doughnuts. Wedding ceremonies are performed here. Guests wait outside and are welcomed in for social distancing ordering to order and take home an iconic pink box. 

Other dining establishments include Johnny Rockets, Blaze Pizza, Starbucks Coffee, Crepe’ Cafe, KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut. Stores that have reopened include Shoe Palace, Skechers and Guess Accessories. More to reopen soon.

IMG_9138Guests are encouraged to wash their hands with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds. Hand sanitizing machines are strategically placed around CityWalk.City Walk is open daily from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Check back for updated hours. 
Universal Studios Hollywood theme Park remains temporarily closed as they enhance sanitization procedures and implemented additional measures for distance spacing and screening. Click here to check on reopening dates.

LEGOLAND® California Resort Honors Frontline Heroes

To say “thank you” to all of the essential workers on the frontline during this difficult time, the Master Model Builder at LEGOLAND® California Resort, used 640 LEGO® bricks to build such a message of gratitude.

The white mosaic with black script and a yellow ribbon, was built by Model Builder Tim Sams. It spans more than three-feet long and is nearly two-feet tall.

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This message and others are being shared at Attractions of Merlin Entertainments, including LEGOLAND Resorts and LEGOLAND Discovery Centers across the globe.

These messages of hope and gratitude hopefully will bringing some smiles and fun to families until it is safe to open these attractions once again.

Click on these sites to watch a variety of content, along with the thank you LEGO mosaic,  on a dedicated YouTube and Facebook page for “Making Magic With Merlin.”

Merlin Entertainments plc is a global leader in location based, family entertainment. As Europe’s number one and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates more than 120 attractions, 18 hotels and 6 holiday villages in 25 countries and across 4 continents. The company aims to deliver memorable experiences to more than 65 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its 29,000 employees (peak season).

2020 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival

Now through April 21, 2020 visitors at Disney California Adventure can enjoy the best of California in food and wine with a purchase of a Sip and Savor Pass. Explore your way through a variety of creative fare and beverages, classes, tastings and dinners.

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FESTIVAL MERCHANDISE: Stores and kiosks offer food theme related attire, cooking accessories, drink bottles and cookbooks.

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CULINARY EXPERIENCES: At Hollywood Backlot Stage kids ages 3 to 11 have the opportunity to whip up creative treats and stir up some fun with Chef Goofy. On the weekends Top Chefs including Brian Malarkey from Herb & Wood, and Cathay Circle Restaurant – Chef de Cuisine Alex Flores will lead outdoor culinary demonstrations and cooking exhibitions. Other visiting chefs include Nyesha Arrington, Richard Blais, Jet Tila, Amy Benson.

MEET A FARMER: Also on weekends, guests can meet farmers, ranchers and growers who grow the food we eat. They will provide guests a mini cooking demonstration using their own ingredients.

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FESTIVAL MARKETPLACE KIOSKS: Purchase a Sip and Savor Pass with 8 food tabs for $56, including tax. Passes are available at the Sip and Savor Cart, Seaside Souvenirs, Elias & Co., Kingswell Camera Shop, Rushin’ River Outfitters, Studio Store and each Festival Marketplace. The cleverly named eateries include Nuts About Cheese, One in a Melon, Peppers Cali-Ente, LA Style, Avocado Time, Off the Cob, I ❤️Artichokes, Cluck -A-Doodle-Moo, Berry Patch and Garlic Kissed.

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UNCORK CALIFORNIA: Enjoy flights and cheese plates on the Sonoma Terrace at Golden Vine Winery. During the weekends beer, wine and mixology classes and tasting seminars are $25 per guest 21+. Over at Carthay Circle they are offering Winemaker Receptions for $100 per person. Starting at 7 pm, enjoy an intimate evening tasting a variety of wine and hors d’ oeuvres. Tom Johnson from Skywalker Vineyard will pour end enlighten ticket holders on Friday, March 20. Ashley Parker Snider from Fess Parker Winery will be pouring on March 27, and Jonathan Emmerich of Silverado Vineyards will pour on April 10.

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On Wednesdays and Thursdays starting at 1:30 pm, journey backstage into a kitchen to learn about the the sweet and savory secret stories behind the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival.

 

What’s new at Disneyland Resort in 2020

Disneyland Resort in Anaheim is kicking off 2020 with exciting new experiences and special vacation values. For a limited time, park tickets and three hotels in Southern California are offering a Special Ticket Offer for Southern California Residents.

Southern California residents can redeem their tickets on any three separate days through May 21, 2020. Disneyland Resort theme park tickets start at $67 per day with the purchase of a three-day, one-park per day ticket. Park Hopper options also are available. Eligible guests may purchase up to five tickets per person, per day, and prices are the same for adults and children. This special ticket also includes one Magic Morning, which gives admission to select attractions on select days at Disneyland park one hour before the park opens to the general public. These special tickets may be purchased at https://disneyland.disney.go.com/3-day-southern-california-ticket-offer/  or through a travel agent. For families visiting from outside of Southern California, there is a Special Ticket Offer for Kids Everywhere. 

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Guests may use their park admission to enjoy thrilling and distinctly Disney experiences including the Lunar New Year through February 9, 2020. This multicultural festively decorated celebration includes Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession, live holiday entertainment, Sip & Savor Pass with Festival marketplaces, special appearances by Mickey and Minnie dressed in colorful costumes, innovative menus celebrating Asian delights, commemorative clothing, merchandise and souvenirs, kid-friendly crafts and activities.

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The groundbreaking new Disney attraction, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, opened on Friday, Jan. 17 adding immersive adventures to guests inside the largest theme 14-acre expansion land Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge that opened in May 2019.

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Guests join the climactic battle between the Resistance and the First Order in Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and take control of the most famous ship in the galaxy aboard Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, and encounter some of their favorite Star Wars characters, including the resourceful and loyal astromech droid R2-D2.

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While exploring this expansive new land, visitors can also sample galactic food and drink, and enter an intriguing collection of merchant shops.

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Disneyland Resort will debut its all-new “Magic Happens” parade at Disneyland Park on Feb. 28, 2020. The daytime spectacular celebrates the magic of so many Disney stories. This new parade, led by Mickey Mouse and his pals, celebrates the magic from Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios films with stunning floats, colorful costumes and an energetic musical score of beloved Disney tunes. Highlights include “The Sword in the Stone,” “Cinderella” and “Sleeping Beauty,” “Frozen 2,” “Moana,” “The Princess and the Frog,” as well as Disney and Pixar’s “Coco.”

More to come later in 2020 at both Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure theme parks.

LEGOLAND California Celebrate 20 years

Today, May 20th LEGOLAND turns 20! Kicking off a year full of celebration, LEGOLAND is festively decorated with colorful balloons, streamers and decorations throughout the park. Everyone knows that birthdays are one of the best times of the year.

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Checking into the LEGOLAND Hotel and walking to my Adventure theme room number 3010, I noticed six different room doors displaying Happy Birthday banners. These guests purchased a “Celebrate your birthday package” that includes your choice of themed room or suite, and special gifts for the birthday guest of honor. Upon check in, those celebrating receive a LEGO birthday button, LEGO birthday card, LEGO themed birthday cake, a LEGO gift and a special birthday dinner at Bricks Buffet Restaurant. The cost for this package is $150.

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Opening my Adventure room on the third floor, I enjoyed the colorfully decorated theme suite. Near the door is a kid’s sleeping area with bunk beds with a pull out trundle bed. There is an entertainment unit with a high-definition panel TV. On a shelf is a LEGO container filled with LEGO bricks for kids to build and create while in the room. 

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The comfortable King size bed has extra soft sheets and a high-definition flat panel TV. This Junior suite sleeps up to 5 guests comfortably. Near the mini-fridge and coffee maker are complimentary refreshments that include bottled water, juice, coffee and hot cocoa. 

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There is an in-room safe and more than ten LEGO decor and model creations that included a monkey, scorpion, and a parrot wearing an Adventure hat. This one-of-a-kind theme room offers guests a fully immersive experience. 

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Other themes rooms include Kingdom, LEGO NINJAGO and LEGO Friends on the first floor, and Pirate on the second floor. Be sure to take the elevator up to each floor. Not only will you smile once the doors close, but you may sing and dance too.

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The next morning we enjoyed a complimentary breakfast buffet before entering LEGOLAND earlier than non-hotel guests. At the entrance is a seven-foot tall LEGO cake constructed out of more than 51,000 LEGO bricks, showcasing all of the attractions that have been added to the park over the years. 

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What started with 12 rides and Miniland U.S.A., has grown to over 60 rides, the SEA LIFE aquarium and LEGOLAND Water Park.

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The popular DUPLO Playtown is now relocated to The Ridge, of of the most scenic areas of the Park. Kids slide, hide, and ride throughout the interactive play area and board a mini-locomotive for a fun-filled ride. 

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Another new area at LEGOLAND is the LEGO City Deep Sea Adventure. Guests climb into a submarine with touchscreens near a porthole that passengers can push when they see hidden treasure, LEGO model creations and over 2000 different types of sea creatures, including rays and sharks.

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From May 20 through September 1 there is daily birthday themed entertainment, culinary specials and children under 12 receive free admission on their birthday. The offer is valid for admission from January 1 – December 31, 2019.

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Click here to make a hotel reservation and purchase tickets to LEGOLAND California

 

Hogwarts Castle illuminates this summer at Universal Studios

During Spring, I attended a preview of “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle” inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood. The illuminating projection show during the summer is a little darker and even more spectacular than their traditional Christmas projection show.

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Now through August 11 on selected nights, Hogsmeade village is open for guests to explore shops, see the multi-media show and experience the land’s signature rides, “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff.”

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Enjoy hearty Scottish fare, Butterbeer and Gilly Water, as well as Sticky Toffee Pudding.

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Tickets are available at Universal Studios Hollywood.

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What to See, Do & Eat at Knott’s Berry Farm

Every Season is a fun season at Knott’s Berry Farm. During autumn the staff at Knott’s decorate the park to appeal to all ages. It’s spooky fun for smaller guests before Halloween. Little ones under 11 years old can come dressed in their favorite costume on the weekends. At the entrance, they will receive a bag to hold open at various Trick or Treat stations throughout Ghost Town, and interact with an array of spooky but friendly Shopkeepers handing out candy and treats.

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Here’s 10 different things to see, do and eat while exploring one of the oldest amusement parks in California. What started as a berry farm, inspired Walter and Cordelia Knott to sell they sweet boysenberries in the 1920s. They also sold berry preserves and pies from a roadside stand along State Route 39. Ten years later the Knott family opened a tea room and sold fried chicken dinners. It became so popular, that they opened “Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant.”

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  1. Visit Knott’s Ghost Town.  Walter Knott constructed a replica Ghost Town in the 1940s. This is one of the most fascinating spots in the park with bandits, cowboys, and robbers, roaming around the beloved town of Calico. Kids like the authentic western architecture and adventurous live shows. The Bottle House was made in 1944 with 3,082 wine and whiskey bottles. Liquor bottles were always plentiful in the Old West. This house at Knott’s Berry Farm is similar to a bottle house built in Rhyolite, Nevada.

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2. Be sure to talk to Sad Eye Joe, the beloved character and sole occupant at Knott’s Berry Farm Jail. He’s been a favorite since 1941. Look through the bars and ask him a question. He can speak, call you by name and read your mind (especially if you write down some information at the Sheriff’s window).

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3. Take a Calico Railroad train ride from Calico station. Just be careful, because robbers have been known to hop on the Denver and Rio Grande Narrow Gauge train and demand “this is a stick-up” to guests riding around the park.

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4. Where else can you take a Stagecoach ride? It’s been a tradition at the park since 1949. Ride on top or inside an authentic stagecoach with four live horses pulling the carriage around the park.

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5. For a sweet treat, be sure to order a Boysenberry soft serve ice cream. It’s unique and delicious. The Ice Cream Stand near Calico Station also offers an enormous cookiewich with chocolate chip cookies, vanilla ice cream and chocolate chips.

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6. Over in Fiesta Village is an interactive, non-scary, educational celebration of the season. The themed area offers a walk through Fiesta Village filled with photo ops, educational activities and face paintings at a nominal fee.

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7. Across the street from Knott’s Berry Farm, along a paved path is Knott’s Independence Hall. It’s a So Cal fifth grade field trip experience, and open to the public every day. The building is  an exact, brick-by-brick replica of the original Independence Hall in Philadelphia that Walter Knott’s built as a free-admission facility. Inside is a replica of the Liberty Bell, presidential artifacts and audio show of forefathers discussing the Declaration of Independence.

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8. Be sure to go on the old and newer rides. Our favorites include Voyage to the Iron Reef over in Boardwalk. It’s the ultimate interactive video ride. The Calico Mine Ride is one of the oldest and filled with realistic looking audio-animatronic miners.

9. Children under 12 enjoy Camp Snoopy rides and activities. Teens and adults enjoy the terrifying Knott’s Scary Farm with 13 uniquely haunted mazes and attractions, sinister shows and more than 1,000 horrifying creatures lurking in the fog and hiding in every corner of the park from September 21 – October 31.

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10. Before you leave, be sure to visit Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner restaurant or take a Chicken Dinner home. The chicken, biscuits, mashed potatoes and corn are delicious. Be sure to order additional biscuits and Boysenberry butter to spread on top.

IMG_3298For more information, go to https://www.knotts.com.

Hollywood Welcomes the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

(Photo by Jill Weinlein)
(Photo by Jill Weinlein)

First there was a Hogwarts at Universal Studios in Orlando, FL, then Osaka, Japan and now Hollywood, CA officially opens The Wizarding World of Harry Potter on April 7, 2016.

Inspired by the best-selling author J.K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters in her books and Warner Bros. films, it’s an ideal multi generation activity that everyone will enjoy.

(Photo by Jill Weinlein)
(Photo by Jill Weinlein)

Walking into Hogsmeade Village looks exactly like a 1000 year old Scottish Village. Alan Gilmore, the supervising art director for the Harry Potter movie series worked on the new themed land to bring the magical film set to life in Hollywood. The buildings look settled into their foundation. There is moss and soot on the castle walls, snow-capped rooftops, and crooked chimneys throughout. The movie’s soundtrack streams out from hidden speakers to enhance the experience.

(Photo by Jill Weinlein)
(Photo by Jill Weinlein)

Be sure to buy your Harry Potter fans an interactive wand for $47.95. The Makers of Fine Wands since 382 BC, Ollivanders™ is one of the wizarding world’s premier wand shops, with a variety of shapes and sizes. Stand on a gold medallion, in front of 11 different interactive windows along Diagon Alley to perform “magic” with a flick of the wrist, while casting out, “Wingardium Leviosa.” Lanterns light up, water squirts from a frog’s mouth, and music plays from a treasure box.

Another fun activity is stepping into the train station for an interactive photo opportunity of riding a replica of the Hogwarts Express train. Scarves hang on hooks for guests to drape around their neck, before sitting in a train seat. The fabric colors on the seats, and the luggage racks above the train compartment are the same ones used in the movie. Pretend you are leaving from King’s Cross Station in London to his magical wizarding school.

(Photo by Jill Weinlein)
(Photo by Jill Weinlein)

Actual props from the movies are seen throughout the park. You will see many while waiting to ride the “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” attraction located within Hogwarts Castle. Guests enjoy the experience of riding a broomstick, while wearing Quidditch-inspired goggles. While traveling by Floo powder, you will and soar high alongside Harry, Ron and Hermione, above Hogwarts. Not only will you partake in a Quidditch match, you will feel heat as you narrowly escape a dragon attack, and have a close encounter with the Whomping Willow. This hyper-realistic 3D and HD journey is not only thrilling, but a white knuckle whirl at times. Even if the line is long, there is such impeccable attention to detail in every area in the castle as you visit many of the iconic locations, such as Dumbledore’s office, the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom, the Gryffindor™ common room, and the Room of Requirement to entertain guests throughout the journey.

(Photo by Jill Weinlein)
(Photo by Jill Weinlein)

Just as much fun, but not as scary, is the enchanting family coaster, “Flight of the Hippogriff.” It’s Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor coaster ride. Guests see an animatronics Hippogriff sitting on a nest, vocally greeting guests while turning its head. Swoop down and swirl around a pumpkin patch setting.

When hunger hits, this is one of the best dining experiences in Universal Studios. Chefs prepare authentic Scottish food that includes Beef Sunday roast with Yorkshire pudding, bangers and mash, fish and chips; beef, lamb and Guinness stew inside the Three Broomsticks dining hall. Adults over 21 years can enjoy a beverage or libation at Hog’s Head pub next to Three Broomsticks. They serve White Rat Whiskey, Ocky Rot and kegs of Butterbeer. Non alcoholic beverages include pumpkin juice.

(Photo by Jill Weinlein)
(Photo by Jill Weinlein)

Looking for a sweet souvenir? Honeydukes™ offers shelves stacked with colorful sweets, including Pink Coconut Ice creamy coconut confection, Jelly Slugs, Candy in a Can, Cocoballs, Clippy’s Clip Joint Clippings, Exploding BonBons, Peppermint Toads, and Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans. The Chocolate Frogs contain a wizard trading card in each box.

(Photo by Jill Weinlein)
(Photo by Jill Weinlein)

Another fun spot to pursue is Dervish and Banges™ for magical Sneakoscopes, Spectrespecs, Omnioculars, and The Monster Book of Monsters. You can purchase school uniforms and Quidditch™ needs that include T-shirts, robes, sweatshirts.

(Photo by Jill Weinlein
(Photo by Jill Weinlein

Before leaving, walk into the Owl Post and get a special Hogsmeade Owl Post postmark stamped on an envelope or postcard. Be sure to look up and notice the animatronics owls. They hoot, and turn their life-like heads.

For those seeking overnight accommodations, The nearby Garland hotel is a hip, retro-cool 1970s style boutique resort within blocks of Universal Studios. Take a ride on their complimentary trolley to the amusement park. Named after the legendary Hollywood actress, Beverly Garland, the property was acquired by her son, James, who took over the property and expanded The Garland into a sophisticated hotel with a new restaurant, The Front Yard.

For more information about Universal Studios www.universalstudioshollywood.com

To learn about The Garland call (800) 238-3759. 4222 Vineland Avenue North Hollywood, California 91602 http://www.thegarland.com.

This article was published in the April 2016 issue of NOT BORN YESTERDAY.

10 Reasons to Visit Disneyland’s Halloween Celebration

With Disneyland Resort’s Diamond Celebration the Halloween season runs through Nov. 1, 2015 with festive Fall decorations throughout the park, plus spooky transformations of Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain. Stay late to see the parades, fireworks or buy a ticket to trick-or-treat.

Here are 10 must see and do experiences during October at Disneyland:

  1. Main Street Disneyland has been transformed with more than 300 pumpkins and a 16-foot-tall Mickey Jack-o’-lantern.
  2. Ride the Haunted Mansion in New Orleans Square to experience a collision between Halloween and Christmas with Jack Skellington from the Walt Disney Pictures classic “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.” See the recently rejoined Hatbox Ghost.

    (Photo by Jill Weinlein)
    (Photo by Jill Weinlein)
  3. Ride Space Mountain’s Ghost Galaxy in Tomorrowland. Space Mountain vehicles speed into a ghostly galaxy among eerie screams, sound effects and music. Spooky spirits pop out of the darkness, appearing to reach out and scare space travelers.
  4. Dia de los Muertos in Frontierland is a traditional Mexican celebration with a skeleton display near Rancho del Zocalo restaurant.

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  5. Attend the “Paint the Night” parade –  A river of color down Main Street, U.S.A., with spectacular special effects, floats, energetic performances and toe-tapping music.
  6. Some of the Halloween treats sold around the park include Mickey Mouse cookies, candy corn colored cotton candy and flavored popcorn.

    (Photo by Jill Weinlein)
    (Photo by Jill Weinlein)
  7. Buy a separate-ticket to attend Mickey’s Halloween Party. Come in costume and trick-or-treat throughout Disneyland Park on selected nights. Enjoy the exclusive “Monsters U Dance Party” at the Tomorrowland Terrace. Tickets for Mickey’s Halloween Party* may be purchased online and on mobile devices at Disneyland.com/party, as well as at the Disneyland Resort main gate and by phone at 714-781-4400. Guests may check online for availability for the following nights: Wednesday, Oct. 7; Friday, Oct. 9; Monday, Oct. 12: Wednesday, Oct. 14; Friday, Oct. 16; Monday, Oct. 19; Thursday, Oct. 22; Friday, Oct. 23; Sunday, Oct. 25; Tuesday, Oct. 27; and Thursday, Oct. 29. Online and mobile purchases are not available the day of the event. ickets purchased on the day of the event are $77 each. All tickets to Mickey’s Halloween Party on Thursday, Oct. 29, are $84 each.
  8. Be sure to notice the sparkling enhancements on Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland and take an interactive tour of Sleeping Beauty’s story.

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    (Photo courtesy of Disneyland Resort)
  9. In Disney California Adventure, stay after dark for the Diamond Celebration water show that comes alive in “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney.” It’s filled with film, lasers, music and special effects honoring the man who created Disneyland and so many beloved characters.
  10. Mingle with the ghosts in The Twilight Zone™ Tower of Terror and dance the night away in the after-dark Diamond Mad T Party.

For more information about Halloween at the Disneyland Resort, see www.Disneyland.com/Halloween.