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.…

Discovering the Hidden Treasures of Sid Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre

Think you’re looking at an ancient Egyptian temple? Well, not quite. This isn’t Egypt, and this wasn’t built thousands of years ago. Try Hollywood, and 1922. This is Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre. Patrick and I have been meaning to take one of the tours offered at the Egyptian for years now, and with the theatre’s future…

The Pacific Cinerama Dome – Hollywood’s Most Uniquely Shaped Theatre

Over the weekend Patrick and I went to see the highly anticipated Quentin Tarantino film Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood, but we chose to see it at the iconic Cinerama Dome, which is used, albeit extremely briefly, in the film. Across the front of the Dome was a banner advertising the film 1969 Krakatoa: East…

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,…

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…

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…

The Stunning Art Deco Theatre Hidden Inside Catalina’s Casino

Our main reason for visiting Catalina was to attend Catalinaland, a presentation by Ambassador of Americana, and personal idol, Charles Phoenix. Phoenix was presenting his slideshow celebrating the island in the iconic Avalon Theatre, which is located within the Catalina Casino. When chewing gum king, William Wrigley Jr. opened his “Casino” on May 29, 1929,…