Monthly Archives: March 2014

Great Tips for Visiting Disneyland on Spring Break

Spring Break is one of the best times to visit Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure, but it can take a lot of energy out of you and your family. The extended hours, entertainments, events, and attractions offer you a fantastic source of fun and entertainment, but the crowds can be exhausting. In March and April, Spring Break is one of the Resort’s most popular times of the year, so if you’re visiting during that time, make sure to be ready for lots of fun, excitement, and people!

If you’re worried about the crowds, there are a few things you can do to make your trip a little bit easier and more fun! Most of all, don’t worry – your trip to the Happiest Place on Earth can still be loads of fun!

Get there early.

When you arrive early, you can make it through the Security Checkpoint so that you are at the gate when they open. Plan to be at the gate and ready to enter by about half an hour early, as they may let you in a little early.

Get a Fast Pass, especially for Radiator Springs Racers.

The park will be busy, and the wait for popular rides, like Radiator Springs racers in Cars Land, can be at least an hour and a half, if not more. Make sure to grab a Fast Pass so you can avoid the long lines and ride these popular rides later in the day.

With kids, make sure to head to Fantasyland first.

As you can’t use a Fast Pass in Fantastyland, it’s better to head there immediately. And since most of the rides only hold a few people per car, these lines can be extremely long, especially during Spring Break. Try to plan ahead which rides in Fantasyland to make for in the very beginning.

Eat at weird times.

During typical lunch and dinner times, most visitors flock to the restaurants – which makes for busy restaurants and less busy rides. Use this time to head to the rides and have fun, and then eat meals at off-meal times.

See a show or do an indoor activity midday.

Kids might not be pumped about this idea, but it’s great to take a break and let everyone get their energy back. Oftentimes you can cool off indoors or sit and relax for a while. It’s great for the morale and for your feet!

Don’t Miss Jason Derulo in Concert at Six Flags Great America in Jackson, NJ

Head over to Six Flags Great America in Jackson, New Jersey for an awesome Spring Break! While you’re there, make sure to explore the theme park fun areas like Wiggles World, Looney Tunes Seaport, Main Street, and Fantasy Forest for fantastic rides, foods, and fun!

For Spring Break, this Six Flags is open from 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily from April 12 to 21, and you can find more information on their schedule here.

Best of all, you can join Six Flags Great America on April 20 for Jason Derulo in Concert at the Plymouth Rock Assurance Arena. Doors open at 3:15 p.m., and the show begins at 4 p.m. and is free with admission. This is Derulo’s second performance here at Six Flags, and there is no better way to end Spring Break than with the first big-name concert of the year!

Stop by Kings Dominion for Fantastic Spring Festivities

If you’re on your way to DC in the near future, make sure to stop by Doswell, Virginia for an exciting Spring Break opportunity! There, at Kings Dominion, you can have a fantastic experience with the best mid-Atlantic amusement park.

Not only can you visit Kings Dominion during their Spring Break week from April 14 through April 20, but you can also enjoy the park on the weekends of April and mid-May for their Spring Bloom Festival. This festival is their inaugural event from April 5 through May 18 and is also the official kick-off of their 40th Celebration, which will transform International Street into a kaleidoscope of vibrant colors with thousands of blooms. During all of this festival, you can taste the park’s unique spring foods and beverages, enjoy toe-tapping entertainment on Saturdays, and participate in hands-on activities. Each Saturday performance (as listed below) is at 11:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at the Spring Bloom stage near the World’s Greatest Funnel Cake.

Spring Bloom Performances

  • Saturday, April 5 – Gallatin Canyon
  • Saturday, April 12 – Slack Family
  • Saturday, April 19 – Slack Family
  • Saturday, April 26 – Jack Flats
  • Saturday, May 3 – Gallatin Canyon
  • Saturday, May 10 – Jack Flats
  • Saturday, May 17 – Gallatin Canyon

During this time of awesome spring festivities, Kings Dominion is only open on the weekends – except of course their fantastic Spring Break! At that time, from Monday, April 14 to Thursday, April 17, the park is open from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and from Friday, April 18 to Sunday, April 20, the park is open from 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. View Kings Dominion schedule here.

Check out Carowinds in Bloom in Charlotte, NC

In nearby Charlotte, North Carolina, the theme park Carowinds is gearing up for spring with their entirely new festival of flowers, flavors, and fun from April 11 through April 20, 2014. Enjoy the fun every day of the festival Carowinds in Bloom for this unforgettable adventure! And while you’re there, make sure to check out these awesome festival events:

Topiary Tasting Garden – A Taste of the Carolinas

Home to more than 80 crafter breweries and brewpubs, North Carolina gives guests and residents the chance to taste some of the finest craft brews, especially once you step into the Topiary Tasting Garden.

Johnson and Wales Cooking Demonstrations

Don’t miss these culinary masters from Charlotte’s own Johnson and Wales University. These student chefs will dazzle you with their expertise and show you a few tricks to take home to your own kitchen. This show is guaranteed to leave you hungry for more!

West End String Band

Feast your ears on the sounds of the West End String Band for some toe-tapping bluegrass music! With an exciting combination of musicians dedicated to playing and performing traditional bluegrass, old country, and roots music with a truly modern appeal, the West End String Band is sure to captivate you and stick a smile on your face!

Kids Flower Planting Zone

Sponsored by Home Depot, this event features two hands-on planting areas for the kids and is a guaranteed good time for the little ones! The Planting Zone will also feature a Kids Scavenger Hunt with great prizes from Home Depot.

A Never-Ending Shower of Spring Celebrations

With a steady stream of springtime celebrities, as well as jugglers, acrobats, magicians, and more, the fun will never stop! Let the kids’ creativity bloom at the Easter Coloring Wall, or help them create the basket of their dreams at the Easter Basket Creation Station. There’s something for everyone at Carowinds in Bloom!

Get Ready for Spring with Six Flags Magic Mountain in Los Angeles!

Spring is in the air, and it’s time for Spring Break! So come on out to Six Flags Magic Mountain in Los Angeles from April 12 to 20. This two-week length makes it easier for school-age children and young adults to take advantage of the awesome hours and warm weather!

At Six Flags Magic Mountain, you can enjoy the most heart-racing, thrill-inducing speed coasters in the world, so head out to the park for Goliath and Full Throttle! While you’re there, enjoy the delicious food and party treats like cotton candy and churros. Pick up some awesome souvenirs from the cool shops, or get your picture taken with your favorite Looney Tunes characters. There is no shortage on fun here at Magic Mountain!

Everyone is invited to share in the springtime fun with special hours every day from April 12 to 20. Open from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and to 8 p.m. on Sundays, Six Flags is ready to give you the Spring Break of a lifetime!

Have a Blast at Six Flags Vallejo for Spring Break!

Get ready for the ultimate Spring Break party at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo! Kicking off Friday, April 11, this awesome Spring Break celebration will last until April 27, giving guests the opportunity to visit whenever they have time off!

Take advantage of the awesome rides available during this time, including the most heart-racing, thrill-inducing speed coasters in the world – and just for Spring Break, you can soar high on the SkyScreamer backwards! And make sure to head over to all of the amazing rides available throughout the park.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to see, touch, and feed a wide variety of animal species in the Kingdom. From marine mammals like bottle-nose dolphins to lions, tigers, giraffes, and so many more, you can meet Six Flags Discover Kingdom‘s diverse animal program.

Most importantly, during Spring Break, Six Flags in Vallejo has special hours every day from April 11 to April 27. Everyone is invited to share in the springtime fun, and for most days during this time period, the park is open from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., giving guests the opportunity to spend as much time as possible in the park.

While you’re in Six Flags, make sure to enjoy the weather with your friends and family, as there is no better place to make memories, share laughs, and take your well-deserved Spring Break than at Six Flags!

Spring into Fun with Busch Gardens Williamsburg

There’s no better way to kick off spring and celebrate being a kid than to visit Busch Gardens in Williamsburg! With an assortment of entertaining shows, animal encounters, and their KIDsiderate attractions, Busch Gardens is ready for spring just as much as you are. The season just began, and they are gearing up for the rest of the season with lots of fun activities and events:

Land of the Dragons 20th Anniversary: Busch Gardens is throwing a party to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Land of the Dragons, so everyone come out on Saturday, April 26 to commemorate the event with games, face-painting, and appearances by some modern-day “dragons.” Busch Gardens is updating the area with fresh paint, new colors, and the addition of a new animal show.

Sesame Street Forest of Fun‘s 5th Birthday Weekend: The Sesame Street Forest of Fun is turning five this April, so join Elmo and his friends this April 4, 5, and 6 for a special birthday celebration! At the Teatro Di San Marco Theatre, you can join the Sesame Street group for a special show, Elmo Rocks, which will perform at the theater daily for the weekend.

Animal Expert Jack Hanna‘s Menagerie: Visiting on April 12 and 13, Into the Wild host and Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Jack Hanna is bringing his animal menagerie to Busch Gardens. You can see Jungle Jack and his animal ambassadors at Treato Di San Marco Theatre as they examine the importance of wildlife conservation.

Enjoy Spring Break in Legoland

Legoland in Carlsbad, California has over 60 rides, shows, and attractions guaranteed to keep your family entertained during Spring Break! Beginning March 31st, Legoland will be open daily during Spring Break, allowing families to make the most of their vacation!

At the park, adults and children alike will enjoy the countless rides, attractions, shopping, and dining available throughout the park’s 128 acres! Spend the day in prehistoric wonder at the park’s DinoIsland, complete with a 1,100-pound Brachiosaurus or set sail on an incredible, swashbuckling adventure at PirateShores! From the worldly wonders found in the Adventurer’s Club to steering your own boat at SkipperSchool, there is no shortage of fun to be had at Legoland!

For more information about Legoland visit http://www.vacationsmadeeasy.com/SanDiegoCA/activity/LEGOLANDCalifornia.cfm

Longer Hours Equal More Fun at SeaWorld San Diego

Just as Daylight Savings Time provides us with longer days and more opportunities for adventure, SeaWorld’s Spring into Night gives visiting families more time to explore the park with extended hours  and nightly entertainment.

Starting March 31st and lasting until April 20th, Spring into Night at SeaWorld will allow families every possible opportunity to explore the 180-acre park at their leisure, as well as take advantage of some exciting nighttime shows! Families can ride the coasters by day and take in spectacular nighttime animal shows!

At the park, be sure to visit the following rides and attractions!

One Ocean: Journey with Shamu in the awe-inspiring show OneOcean, a multisensory celebration that entertains, educates and inspires.

Pets Rule!: This high-energy show will give you lots of laughs with an unlikely cast of characters that will delight and charm everyone in the family. You’ll see cats, dogs, birds, and even potbellied pigs!

Sea Lions Live: You’ll see SeaWorld’s resident sea lion comedy team of Clyde and Seamore as they put on some funny sketches for you. Sea Lion S.I., Sea Lion Idol, and more await your cheers and laughter.

Shipwreck Rapids: A raft ride that ventures into the shipwrecks of the deep with twist and turns. At one point riders pass through a live turtle exhibit. There is also a point where riders go underneath a waterfall and get extremely wet.

Turtle Reef: Features up to 60 sea turtles in an aquarium with a variety of fish and other creatures.

For more information about SeaWorld San Diego visit http://www.vacationsmadeeasy.com/SanDiegoCA/activity/SeaWorld.cfm

Celebrate the Season with Knott’s Berry Bloom

Springtime is a time for celebration, especially when you visit Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. Known as America’s 1st Theme Park, Knott’s Berry Farm is gearing up for spring like many other sunny California locations, so come celebrate with their yearly event Knott’s Berry Bloom!

From March 23 through April 7, the Farm will be celebrating the coming of spring in a big way! With live entertainment, interactive games, and food and wine events starting March 23, the park will be alive with new activities for the entire family. Better yet, all of these awesome activities are included with admission to the park, which also offers a full day of thrilling coasters and family fun rides! For those of you wanting to stay a little longer and enjoy the fun, the park will have extended hours, so you can be there from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. for a full day of celebration!

During your trip to Knott’s, make sure to check out these awesome activities:

Search for the Easter Beagle – Kids ages 3 to 11 will have fun scurrying across the park to find images of the famous beagle, and any participant who completes the quest will have the opportunity to win some awesome giveaways.

Peanut’s Party in the Park – This new interactive live show will be located in Charleston Circle, and you can join the Peanuts characters for a musical revue that includes some of today’s top ten tunes. The whole family will enjoy singing along!

Big Boardwalk Board Games – If you’re looking for a little friendly competition, you can have fun as everyone becomes oversized game pieces in some of their favorite board games.

Grande 3-D Art Show – You can get into to art, literally, with this show at the Silver Bullet midway. Step into life-size drawings of some of nature’s most beautiful spring scenery for priceless photo opportunities.

Knott’s Towering Topiary Tasting Garden – Located in Wilderness Dance Hall, this activity will draw in guests with its display of sculpted greenery. The tasting garden features wines from around the world, craft beers, and farm fresh food offerings for adults.

Lucy’s Really Big Show – Join the Camp Snoopy Theatre as Lucy Van Pelt is joined by her brother Linus and good friends Charlie Brown and JT in a show that’s sure to delight kids of all ages.

Spring Fling Dance Party – This nighttime dance party in Fiesta Village will provide an opportunity for everyone to take to the floor with some of their favorite dance music.

If you’re looking for more information on Knott’s Berry Bloom, check out this press release!