Category Archives: Anaheim

Walk with the Walking Dead

The scariest, most intense Halloween event in Anaheim this season is taking place at Universal Studios Hollywood.  Leave it to the sick and twisted minds that create the most frightening films and television series, to present the most horrifying Halloween scare mazes, ever.

Halloween Horror Nights 2014 will invade the Universal Studios Park weekends in October, from 7pm to 2am. And with 80-years of terrifying movies under their belts, Universal Studios knows how to do terror. Walk into your most blood-curdling nightmares in this year’s More Dead Than Ever!

Universal Studios HollywoodYou’ll experience seven hair-raising mazes featuring the creepiest characters from The Walking Dead, Alien vs. Predator, From Dusk Till Dawn and other horrifying productions. Ride the Terror Train: Invaded by the Walking Dead. Plus they’ve created five scare zones featuring Dark Christmas, Mask-a-Raid, and of course the Walking Dead. The Universal Studios backlot will be alive (or dead?) with urban movie sets serving as the backdrop for more grisly mazes than ever.

If you are looking for a thrillingly macabre way to celebrate Halloween this fall, you won’t find a more authentic gruesome scene than this one. The park limits this chilling experience to those 13 and up, because its that ghoulish. Regular park admission does not include the Horror Nights experience.

The Queen Mary

One of the most iconic images of Long Beach California is the luxury liner, The Queen Mary, which has called Long Beach home since 1967.  The historic ship has a long and fascinating history, and you can tour her decks and learn more about her when you visit. It makes a fun and convenient beach day-trip from Anaheim, and you can book tickets that include admission to the Aquarium of the Pacific along with the Queen Mary Tour.

The story of the Queen Mary goes back to Scotland in 1930 when construction began on what was to be a ship in a class all her own. Despite delays due to the Great Depression, she was finally launched by King George V in 1936. The ship’s builders intended to continue with their tradition of naming their ships with names ending in ‘ia.’ They went to King George for his blessing on their choice to name the ship Queen Victoria, after the King’s Grandmother, stating, “We’ve decided to name our ship after England’s greatest Queen.” It is said that the King replied, “My wife (Queen Mary) will be delighted you are naming your ship after her.”

The Queen MaryFor three years The Queen Mary was the grandest ocean liner in the world, carrying celebrities and royalty. But she was destined to serve in WWII. Stripped of her luxuries, Queen Mary became the largest and fastest of troopships. Upon the end of the war, she was restored to her former glory.

Today, the Queen Mary is a floating hotel, attraction and museum. Her decks are home to restaurants, bars, shopping and historic exhibits. Take time to tour this amazing piece of history while you are in Anaheim, and get admission to the The Aquarium of the Pacific, where you’ll see a collection of over 11,000 animals representing over 500 different species. You’ll get to see several galleries and exhibits tailored to specific regions including the Southern California and Baja Gallery, Northern Pacific Gallery, Tropical Fish Gallery, Shark Lagoon, Lorikeet Forest, and more.

Experience Hollywood

One of the fun things about visiting Anaheim is the chance to get a glimpse of some of your favorite celebrities who live in and around Hollywood, or taking a tour past the expansive mansions where they live.

You can join a narrated tour to see the homes of some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, like Madonna, Keanu Reeves, Jackie Chan and more.  You will trek past dozens of celebrity mansions including those of Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie, plus cruise the famous Rodeo Drive, Bel Air, Sunset Strip and Beverly Hills.

Then its off to a shopping spree of unbelievable deals at the Citadel Outlets.  You’ll find dozens of stores to shop for bargains and pamper yourself like a movie star!

Get ready for some glamour with the complete Hollywood experience of the Movie Stars Homes and Shopping Tour from Anaheim.

Medieval Times in Anaheim

If you find yourself needing to escape the ordinary spend a weekend in Anaheim and take a trip back to the days of knights on glorious steeds, castles, princesses and royal feasts.

The Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament packs it all into a two-hour show complete with clashing swords, Spanish War Horses, and an inspiring romantic story as six bold knights compete in a tournament to win favor with the beautiful Princess Catalina.

Medieval TimesYou’ll enter the Spanish Castle set amidst the swaying palm trees in the California sun, tour the Hall of Arms, and be seated in your color-coded section, so you know which knight to route for once the tournament of jousting, sword-fighting, and feats of strength begins.  Your four-course royal feast is served as you enjoy the show, which includes equestrian stunts and a demonstration by the royal falconer and his trained hawks and falcons.

Vacations Made Easy’s Anaheim Weekend Getaway Package includes admission to the dinner and tournament, and two nights lodging at your choice from 56 hotels.  Spend your second day enjoying the many sights and attractions in Anaheim, like the nearby Disneyland and California Adventure theme park.

Save Some for the Whales

Take a short, scenic drive from Anaheim to Newport Beach, and be rewarded with the opportunity to climb aboard a 65 foot whale watching ship and head out into the open water for a life-enriching experience.

The Newport Bay area is a healthy ecosystem which provides perfect habitat for abundant marine life.  Recognized internationally as one of the top whale watching sites in the world, and easily accessible for your enjoyment.

Anahiem Whale WatchingOn your marine adventure you can encounter Giant Blue Whales, the largest species of whale, which can reach a length of 98 feet; Finback Whales, a long and slender Baleen Whale, second in size to the Giant Blue; Minke, the smallest of the Baleen Whales; Humpback Whales, the acrobats of the ocean, known to slap the water surface with their tails and pectoral fins; and Killer Whales, also known as Orcas they are actually the largest members of the Dolphin Family.

Speaking of Dolphins… you will likely be visited by several species on your expedition.  Risso’s Dolphin make regular appearances as well as the playful Common Dolphin.  You may even encounter huge pods of Bottlenose Dolphins.

Anahiem Whale WatchingThe Captain and crew of the spacious, comfortable ship all have backgrounds in Marine Biology and are happy to entertain all your questions.  It promises to be a learning experience and an salty adventure the whole family will love.  So while you’re in Anaheim, save time for the whales.

Anaheim Family Vacation

Nothing compares to the excitement of the family summer vacation.  It is the highlight of the summer, the highlight of your year.

Make this summer’s vacation the highlight of summer vacations, when you take your family to Anaheim.  Vacations Made Easy is inviting you to spend four nights at the hotel you prefer of more than 50 choices, and spend a day exploring the 160 acres of Knott’s Berry Farm.

You’ll be picked up from your hotel and driven to the park where your family will indulge in world-class thrill rides, family entertainment, shopping, dining and fascinating attractions.  See your favorite Peanuts Characters and get your fill of roller coasters at America’s first theme park!

Pirate’s Dinner AdventureOur Anaheim Family Vacation Package also includes admission to Pirate’s Dinner Adventure in Buena Park.  While you enjoy your mouthwatering feast you are treated to a swashbuckling Broadway-style musical full action, romance and comedy.

Even after all this fun and adventure, you’ll still have some time for other family activities.  Maybe your family will vote for Deep Sea Fishing, or a trip to Catalina Island.  Whatever you choose, it will be perfect for your family, and the highlight of your summer.

Catch Some Fun Deep Sea Fishing

While you’re spending time in Anaheim, plan to spend a day on the water deep-sea fishing and reel in some bragging rights.

Avid fishermen will love the chance to land some trophy-worthy Sand Bass, Tuna or Halibut. But even the inexperienced will be fishing like pros in no time with the help from your captain and crew from Davey’s Locker.

The crew knows the waters, and will take you where the fish are biting. Maybe Catalina Island, San Clemente Island, or offshore. This Anaheim Deep Sea Fishing Charter provides all the proper gear, and as much help as you require to catch a boat-load of Red Snapper, Yellowtail, and Calico Bass. If you plan to keep your haul, the expert crew will clean and filet your fish for a fee. Or if you’re just in it for sport, you can catch-and-release to your heart’s content.

From the novice to the experienced angler, everyone will have a great day at sea, and catch loads of memories.

New Rides at Knott’s Berry Farm


Knott’s Berry Farm
is proud to re-open some favorite and famous attractions after a bit of a make-over.

A much loved attraction at the park is the ‘Calico Mine Ride’ which just re-opened June 14, after a complete refurbishing and some modern embellishment.  The original ride opened in 1960 as the first of its kind ‘dark ride’ to give riders the experience of traveling through a gold mine.  Designers worked tirelessly to make the ride authentic, visiting dozens of actual mines and visiting with the miners who bravely made their living in the dangerous mining world.  The full restoration of the ride began in January and includes the addition of animatronic figures and special effects.

Camp Snoopy, the Knott’s Berry Farmpark’s ‘kids’ zone’ is celebrating 30 years at Knott’s Berry Farm.  You’ll find a fresh new look and three new family friendly rides.  Parents will love that they can ride with their youngsters on these new additions to Camp Snoopy: Charlie Brown’s Kite Flyer, Pig Pen’s Mud Buggies and Linus’ Launcher!

The Anaheim park features great live entertainment shows for summer, including a special Fourth of July presentation by the Mountain Fife & Drum Corps.  You’ll enjoy patriotic music and authentic costumes reminiscent of our nation’s birth, concluding with a spectacular fireworks display.Knott’s Berry Farm

Its a great time to see what’s new at Knott’s Berry Farm!

Anaheim & Catalina Island Summer Vacation Ideas

DisneylandI say Anaheim, you say Disneyland. Or Universal Studios, or Knott’s Berry Farm. And you are right.

Of course you’re going to spend a day at Disney, it is a magical fantasyland, after all. And you should probably stop in at Bubba Gump’s Shrimp Co. while you’re there. Universal Studios special effects take your experience beyond just a thrill ride, transporting you to the worlds of your favorite movies. As one America’s oldest theme parks, Knott’s Berry Farm features great rides from classic to modern, with America’s favorite dog and the whole Peanuts gang waiting for you at Camp Snoopy.

While you’re in Anaheim, do yourself a favor and include a Catalina Island Day Trip. Just 22 miles from the California coastline, and an hour of smooth sailing aboard the Catalina Express, you’ll find Santa Catalina Island, and the beautiful city of Avalon.

Discover the rich history of this beautiful island as you tour the many landmarks that dot the countryside. Once owned by William Wrigley Jr., of chewing gum fame, Catalina was the filming location for many early Hollywood films. In the early 1920’s some buffalo were brought in for film extras, and their descendants remain on the island today.

Relax on the beach while you dream of the seafood that awaits for your dinner, or for an adventure filled day, the island offers many exciting activities:Disneyland

  • Snorkel
  • Scuba Dive
  • Kayak
  • Safari Bus
  • High Adventure Hummer Tour
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tours
  • Flying Fish Boat Trip
  • Parasail
  • Shopping
  • Dining
  • Day Spas
  • Golf

In addition to the land, air and sea adventures you’ll enjoy on Catalina Island, are some special events for this summer.

  • Family Friendly Free Concerts next to the Bay on Wrigley Plaza Stage every other Saturday throughout the summer.
  • Fifty years of Beatlemania. Visit the Catalina Island Museum exhibit of the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles arrival in the U.S. The Art Deco masterpiece, Avalon Theater, a vision of splendor, will play the Beatles movie Hard Days Night on July 6.

When you think of Catalina Island, two things probably come to mind. First is Catalina’s Flying Fish. They are real. Come see for yourself. Second is the Catalina Wine Mixer. Sorry….