Planning Your Trip To Disney California Adventure Park


Trip To Disney California Adventure Park

I took my 1st trip to Disney California Adventure Park in February 2002, just a year after it opened. This was a couple of years before I had children of my own. The theme park has grown quite a bit since then, and as a longtime pass holder, I’ve visited countless times with my children since my first visit.

Pluto Hug DCA ~ www.socalwithkids.com

Disney California Adventure is located steps away from Disneyland, in Anaheim, California. If you drive to the Disneyland Resort, you’ll want to park your vehicle at the structure or one of the designated lots for the Parks. You can take the tram to the entrance, or walk to the entrance yourself.

When you visit, you’ll go through security, just as you would if you were to enter Disneyland Park. Disneyland is located to the North, and Disney California Adventure Park is located to the South, past security. The entrance is very visible, so you should have no problem identifying it.

If you have yet to buy tickets, you can’t miss the ticketing area after you pass security. If you have purchased tickets prior to your visit, you can walk right up to the entrance of the Park, and present your ticket(s) at the turn style. Super easy!


Characters and Rides Based On Pixar Films!


Inside Disney California Adventure Park you’ll often see your favorite original Disney characters such as Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and more. Here you’ll also find the characters and rides based on Pixar films such as Toy Story, Cars, and Monsters, Inc. to name a few.


Pixar Play Parade, Live Entertainment, and More!


Like Disneyland, Disney California Adventure Park has a parade, and live entertainment in the form of musical performances. It too has a water and lights show with music, known as World of Color.

My personal favorite things at Disney California Adventure Park are the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail at Grizzly Peak, visiting Cars Land, taking in the sights and sounds of Buena Vista Street., and the Pixar Play Parade.

The kids can be active, and run around the Redwood Creek Challenge. A visit to Cars Land is like walking into Radiator Springs. So awesome! It’s fun to ride the short Red Trolley Car ride at Buena Vista Street, and if you’re lucky, you might catch some live entertainment there as well. I love watching the Pixar Play Parade with little ones. They get so excited seeing their favorite Pixar characters in real life! So fun!
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FREE Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue Activities Plus Film Review!


Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue

My 6 year old son and I enjoyed a pre-screening of Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue, the all-new film preceding Disney Planes. I was a little apprehensive about the film prior to viewing it, as I knew it had only been one short year since the original Planes had been released. I didn’t think one one year would be sufficient enough time for the production to be as good as the original, but I was wrong. We actually enjoyed Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue even more than the original Planes!
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Disney Channel Casting Call 2014 ~ Break A Leg!


Disney Channel Casting Call!


Come one, come all to the Disney Channel casting call! Do your kids dream of being on TV? Do they act out parts of scenes from their favorite Disney Channel shows? If so, they may be just what Disney Channel is looking for!

Mickey's Toontown at Disneyland


~ Looking For Young Talent! ~


Disney Channel representatives are holding an open casting call for YOUNG talent, age 10-17, for consideration for upcoming movies and television shows with Disney Channel and Disney XD on Saturday, July 12, 2014, at Loews Hollywood Hotel (LOCATION INFO), in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles, California.

~ Lights! Camera! Action!!! ~


There’s NO FEE to participate! Applicant registration is from 9am-1pm PST. Those interested in auditioning must bring a photo of themselves; even a snapshot is ok! Everyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

~ Break A Leg! ~


If your kids are outgoing, and want to be on TV, this could be a great opportunity for them to try out. Further details are within the image below. As they say in theatre talk, “break a leg”!
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Knott’s Rocks Summer 2014 With Renovations and New Entertainment!

Knott's Rocks Summer 2014 ~ www.socalwithkids.com


Knott’s ROCKS Summer 2014!

Knott’s rocks Summer 2014 with renovations to Camp Snoopy, the Calico Mine Co. Ride, and the Knott’s Hotel, PLUS they’ve added some new family entertainment! I’ve had the pleasure of seeing the updates first-hand on recent media trips to the Resort, and think all of the renovations and new shows are great! Here are some details of what to expect on a trip to Knott’s during Summer 2014.


Camp Snoopy Celebrates the big 3-0!

Camp Snoopy celebrates 30 years at Knott’s! This area is one of our favorites, with the tall trees, beautiful stream, and fun rides for the little ones. The renovations to this area compliment that which we already love about Camp Snoopy. This area has three new rides, Linus Launcher, Charlie Brown’s Kite Flyer, and Pig Pen’s Mud Buggies, all of which look really fun!

Camp Snoopy 2014 ~ www.socalwithkids.com

Camp Snoopy has a brand new, super neat PeanutsĀ® Meet and Greet area. The individual character sections are really cute, and the waiting area is shaded. It’s a great addition to to Camp Snoopy!

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Also added to Camp Snoopy is a shaded rest area, with a small play area as well. It’s a great place to sit and have a snack while overlooking Camp Snoopy. Here you’ll also find a large rock with Charlie Brown and Snoopy carved into it. So cute!

Camp Snoopy At Knott's ~ www.socalwithkids.com

The Camp Snoopy Theatre has an all-new show for Summer 2014, Happy Campers! The show has some of your favorite PeanutsĀ® characters, including Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Sally, and Linus, singing and dancing in an upbeat performance. The show happens at select times each day, so be sure to check the Entertainment and Show Guide (available as you enter the Park) to fit it in your visit.

Happy Campers Show at Camp Snoopy ~ www.socalwithkids.com

Here’s a super cute video showcasing the new, fresh, Camp Snoopy. I love that they show the three new rides. Chloe Noelle, the “KidCaster”, did a great job!


Rockin’ New Ice Skating Show, Snoopy Unleashed!

Snoopy Unleashed, an all-new ice skating show is being performed in the Charles M. Schulz Theatre, located in the Boardwalk are of Knott’s. The skating is top notch, the costumes and set are great, and the music is upbeat and fun. It’s a great place to sit and cool off on a hot summer day. Just like the Happy Campers show, Snoopy Unleashed happens at select times, so check the schedule in advance to make sure you have the opportunity to see it. There are no performances of this show on Wednesdays, and it is set to run 6/14-8/24/14.

Snoopy Unleashed Ice Skating Show ~ www.socalwithkids.com


Updates To The Calico Mine Co. Ride

The Calico Mine Ride, located in the Ghost Town area of Knott’s, has been fully renovated is now reopened! It’s the same ride that park guests have loved since 1960, with new, even more realistic animatronic characters, different lighting and some other neat visual features. The renovations were made by Garner Holt Productions, the same company that renovated the Knott’s Log Ride in 2013. If you’ve never been, now would be a great time to check it out!

Knott's Calico Mine Ride ~ www.socalwithkids.com


Boom Town Show On The Calico Stage

A new high-energy acrobatic and juggling show called Boom Town is scheduled to be performed on the Calico Stage, in Ghost Town from 6/14-8/24/14. It’s a great one to check out before or after riding the Calico Mine Ride. As with the other shows, be sure to check the performance times in advance. This show does not run on Mondays or Tuesdays.

Knott's Boom Town ~ www.socalwithkids.com


Lots of Renovations To The Knott’s Hotel

The Knott’s Hotel has recently had lots of renovations as well. Upgrades have been made to the lobby, front desk, meeting and event spaces, and more. I’d never seen the inside of the hotel prior to the recent work, but love how it presently looks. The interior is decorated in neutral tones with pops of color, and has a warm, comforting feel.

Knott's Hotel Lobby ~ www.socalwithkids.com


Summer Contest, Social Media Sharing and More

Aside from the recently renovated areas, Knott’s rocks Summer 2014 with all the usual family fun, including tons of rides, year-round shows like the Wild West Stunt Show, Mystery Lodge, and the Native American Dancer to name a few. If you’re looking for a Splashing Good Time, Knott’s Soak City, their awesome Water Park, is located just across the street from the Amusement Park.

Knott's Berry Farm ~ www.socalwithkids.com

If you enjoy social media like we do, follow and use the hashtag #KnottsSummer. You can also have some fun participating in the Knott’s Best of Summer Contest, with a chance to win a return trip the theme park. Details can be found HERE.

Calico Mine Ride At Knott's ~ www.socalwithkids.com

More information about how Knott’s rocks Summer 2014 can be found on their website. We plan to take the kids to see the renovations this summer as well. Perhaps we’ll see you there!
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Kids Connect With Mother Earth At Suzie’s Farm Camp!


Suzie’s Farm Offers Farm Camps In San Diego!

Suzie's Farm Camp ~ www.socalwithkids.com


Farm Camp On An Actual Working Farm!


Suzie’s Farm, located in the Tijuana River Valley area of San Diego, offers Farm Camp for kids! Suzie’s is an actual working farm on 140 acres of land just a bit southeast of Imperial Beach. We recently took a hosted tour of the Farm, and learned about their Farm Camp options as well as other educational programs they offer.
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Suzie’s Family Friendly Organic Farm Offers Tours, Camps, U-Pick, and More!


Organic Farm Offers Educational Tours, Camps, U-Pick, and More!

Suzie's Organic Farm ~ www.socalwithkids.com


140 Acre Family Friendly Organic Farm!


Suzie’s organic farm offers educational tours, camps, classes, U-Pick organic farm produce, and more! The kids and I visited the farm, which is located in the South Bay area of San Diego, on a media tour. The tour took us through the fields, and across much of their 140 acre organic farm. We loved every minute of it!
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Helen Woodward Animal Center Offers Single Day Camp!


Helen Woodward Animal Center Offers Single Day Camp!


Hands On Interaction At Helen Woodward Animal Center
It’s often challenging to find single day Summer Camp options for kids. The Helen Woodward Animal Center offers single day camp for 9 days (during two different weeks) of their popular Critter Camp for Summer 2104. Critter Camp is for preschool children (age 4 and up), plus kids in Kindergarten through 8th grade, and is held on-site, at their location in the Rancho Santa Fe area of San Diego. Single day camp is a perfect way to have children try out camp to see if it’s the right fit, fill in gaps between daycare, or give a young child a fun first time experience without mom or dad.
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Free Disney Maleficent Movie Printables Plus Film Review!


Disney Maleficent Movie Printables Plus Film Review


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Powerful and dark, yet surprisingly witty and heartwarming at times, Disney’s new movie Maleficent struck me by surprise. I went into my pre-screening thinking it would be a film enjoyed more by some of my readers than myself, but I was mistaken. I absolutely loved it.


Maleficent takes you on a journey into the lives of the characters prior to, during, and after, that which you know from the classic story “Sleeping Beauty“.

Angelina Jolie plays the lead role of Maleficent, and she does an AMAZING job portraying the character. She was absolutely perfect for the role. All of the acting in the film was superb, the set was incredible, and the animated features were just as top notch as you would expect from Disney.
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Knott’s Gold Season Pass Makes Summer Cooler With Entry To Soak City OC!


Knott’s Gold Pass Includes Soak City OC!


Float, Slide, and Play at Soak City OC!
Knott’s Soak City is opening for Summer 2014 in just a few short weeks! We loved visiting last year, and have accepted an invitation to visit again. We’ll also be going to Knott’s Berry Farm, and checking out the newly renovated Knott’s Hotel as well. This will be our first time ever staying at the Knott’s Hotel, and we’re excited to experience how easy it is to bounce back and forth between the Parks and the hotel for a fun staycation.

Family Fun At Knott's


~ Knott’s Gold Season Pass Savings ~


If you’re thinking about visiting Knott’s this summer, you might be interested in the savings offered with the Knott’s Gold Season Pass. This pass includes entry to Knott’s, as well as Soak City at no extra cost for 2014. It also includes discounts to the Knott’s Hotel, as well as discounts on food and merchandise at select locations, early ride times, and more! The Knott’s Gold Season Pass is available to both Southern California residents as well as out of town guests for the same price, and the pricing is not very much more than the standard Knott’s Season Pass.

Knott's Soak City OC


~ Knott’s Hotel Vacation Easy Paying Program ~


To make Summer vacation planning even easier, Knott’s is also offering a Knott’s Hotel Vacation Easy Paying Program. The Easy Pay program allows you to book now, and pay later. The cost is spread over four payments, and you can lock in current rates at the time you book.

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~ Soak City Opens May 17th ~


Knott’s Soak City opens for the 2014 season on May 17th, 2014. We’ll be sharing pics and updates via social media (Twitter, Instagram, etc…) live from the Park that day. Check out #SoakCityOC for posts, and share your own with the hashtag when you visit! Perhaps we’ll see you there!

Knott's Soak City OC

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Disclosure: The opinions in this article are my own. I do not work for, or with, any brand mentioned in this article, nor do I have any official relationship with them. I have a relationship with GigaSavvy, for whom I create original editorial content.

5 Paws Up For The Disneynature BEARS Movie!


Disneynature BEARS ~ Meet The Cubs!


Disneynature BEARS

~ Heartwarming ~


My 9 year old daughter and I were invited to attend an advance screening of the new Disneynature BEARS movie. It’s a heartwarming film about an Alaskan brown bear named Sky, and her 2 cubs, Amber and Scout, as they learn what life is like outside the realm of their Winter den. This movie has real footage of the bears in their natural habitat, and is not animated, like most associated with Disney.
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