Foolish Mortals: How the Haunted Mansion Manifested to Frighten for Fifty Years

Last week Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion, the “delightfully unlivable” southern plantation that is home to 999 happy haunts, turned 50. Patrick and I visited the “happy haunting grounds” to wish it a spooktacular birthday. What few may know about the Haunted Mansion is that the ghosts could have been having their “swinging wake” for much longer.…

A walk in the woods…65 million years ago

Last summer I said goodbye to one of my favorite attractions at Universal Studios, Jurassic Park: The Ride, as it closed to be revamped into Jurassic World to better fall in line with the reboot of the franchise. Well, after much anticipation, the attraction reopened last week! I was thankful that much stayed the same,…

Riding Southern California’s Oldest Rollercoaster at Belmont Park

San Diego really has a lot to offer when it comes to history. Many regard San Diego as the birthplace of California, as it is home to the first Spanish Mission and many more historic locations. It is also home to southern California’s oldest rollercoaster, the Giant Dipper at Belmont Park, built in 1925. I…

Ride with Paul Revere

I hope my fellow Americans had a lovely and safe Independence Day. We spent the evening at home enjoying Disneyland’s fireworks from our front yard, but not before going to Knott’s Berry Farm’s Independence Hall as per my tradition for the last couple of years. While Knott’s Berry Farm’s version of Independence Hall is open…

Vintage Knott’s Berry Farm Postcards

Since summer is my favorite time to visit Knott’s Berry Farm, I thought it would be a great time to share my vintage Knott’s Berry Farm postcard collection! In looking at these images, most of which are over 50 years old now, it’s amazing to see just how little has actually changed. Let’s start with…

The Kitschy Kingdom of Golf N’ Stuff

Mini Golf. It’s a kitsch-tastic thing that I think everyone loves. I mean, really, if you hate mini golf, then there’s something wrong with you. Even if you’re no good at it, like me, it’s still fun to hit a ball at weird concrete sculptures. Which is exactly what Patrick and I did with some…

A Galaxy Far, Far Away…or Just Down the Street

In the summer of 2015, The Walt Disney Company’s CEO, Bob Iger, announced something people have been dreaming about for decades, Guests of Disneyland and Walt Disney World would be able to finally step into the world of Star Wars, as both parks would be opening up a brand new Star Wars themed land. As…

This Summer’s Best Party is at Knott’s Berry Farm

Earlier I wrote about Knott’s Berry Farm‘s summertime unique, interactive experience Ghost Town Alive, well, the fun doesn’t end when the sun goes down at Knott’s. This year they have added a whole new experience with Summer Nights. From now through August 11, Guests can enjoy live music from multiple bands, a live DJ, a…