Planning Your Child’s First Visit To Disneyland!


Planning Your Child’s First Visit To Disneyland!


Mickey's Toontown at Disneyland
If you’re like me, planning your child’s first visit to Disneyland is so exciting! The memories you have from your own early visits to The Happiest Place On Earth flood into your mind, thinking about the moment you enter the gates, hearing the whistle of the steam train, and feel the excitement on Main Street. At least that’s how it was for me planning our daughter’s first trip to Disneyland!
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5 Things We Love About Knott’s Berry Bloom!


Knott’s Berry Bloom Is Springtastic!


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We loved going to Knott’s last year for Berry Bloom, their Springtime event, and are excited to be invited back to experience it again this year. When we went a year ago we were amazed at how the Park was transformed by the decor. Huge blooming flower decorations, and beautiful floral chalk drawings were found throughout Knott’s. We visit lots of Southern California theme parks, but hadn’t experienced this level of Spring festivities elsewhere.
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Make Your Own Favorite Family Fun Moments With A Pass To Knott’s!


Favorite Family Fun Moments At Knott’s


Family Fun At Knott's
Over the past year and a half we’ve been fortunate to be invited to visit Knott’s Berry Farm, to share information about events, Park renovations, and special offers on tickets and Season Passes. We’ve loved visiting America’s First Theme Park with the family, and look forward to creating new memories there each visit. Some of our favorite family fun moments at Knott’s include the following:


• Knott’s Berry Bloom •


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Knott’s decorates the Park from head to toe in the Spring for Knott’s Berry Bloom. We absolutely loved watching our kids go from station to station, getting their special event cards stamped, while looking for Snoopy. The decor was fun and colorful, and there were so many great opportunities for us to stop and take fun Springtime photos. Lots of memories made!


• Knott’s Soak City •


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Just across the street from Knott’s Berry Farm is their water park, Knott’s Soak City OC. We loved relaxing down the Lazy River, and playing in the water. Seeing the joy on our daughter’s face as she rose up and down with the waves on Tidal Wave Bay was one of those moments I will never forget.


• Camp Spooky •


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Our kids are still young, so we’re all about Cheer, Not Fear, at Halloween. Camp Spooky is held in the Camp Snoopy area of Knott’s, which is perfect for the littles. Camp Spooky is decorated in fun seasonal decor, with ample opportunities for fun photos, and they set up treat stations for the kids to trick-or-treat in a safe and fun environment. Visiting Camp Spooky really got us in the Halloween spirit!



• Knott’s Merry Farm •


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From the holiday music played overhead, to the festive decor, to Santa’s Cabin, many of our favorite family fun moments have been made during Knott’s Merry Farm! We’ve loved seeing Snoopy dressed up in his Santa outfit, taking a picture with Jolly St. Nick, and watching the incredible ice skating show. We’ve always left Merry Farm with that warm, Christmas spirit.


• Knott’s New Year’s Eve •


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We’ve celebrated two New Year’s Eves at Knott’s now, one in the daytime, and once we arrived in the evening, and stayed until Midnight! Knott’s NYE is family-friendly, and we’ve loved the party hats, live entertainment, and riding the rides at night. The fireworks were spectacular, lasting over 10 minutes this past New Year’s Eve!


• The Food •


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From the desserts to Mrs. Knotts’ melt in your mouth biscuits, Knott’s Berry Farm has delicious food! It’s very rare that we leave without buying a Cookiewich, and splitting it amongst the family. They’re our favorite, and very reasonably priced.
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Ring In The New Year At Knott’s!


Ring In The New Year At Knott’s!


Ring In The New Year At Knott's!
It’s amazing that 2013 is already coming to an end. We’re excited to be invited to ring in the New Year at Knott’s Berry Farm! We had a wonderful time celebrating the last day of the year there last year, and look forward to doing so again.
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Camp Spooky Celebrates Halloween Cheer At Knott’s!

Disclosure: We’ve been invited by GigaSavvy to attend a media event at Knott’s Berry Farm to experience Camp Spooky, and share details with our readers. Our opinions are our own.

Camp Spooky at Knott's

Celebrate Halloween Cheer, Rather Than Fear!


Camp Spooky is returning to the Camp Snoopy area of Knott’s Berry Farm, weekends in October! Knott’s is known for it’s history of family fun, and that’s just what they have in mind for Camp Spooky! This daytime, non-scare Halloween celebration is focused on families with kids age 3-11. Best of all, the event is included with the theme park admission!

Halloween Decor & Lots of Activities at Camp Spooky!


There are lots of fun activities planned for the Halloween celebration including:
Charlie Brown’s Spooktacular Show
Snoopy’s Costume Party
Monster’s Factory Maze
Trick-or-Treating
Scary Stories at The Lodge
Creepy Crawly Critter Cave
Kooky Cookie Painting (a small fee applies to this activity)
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Knott’s Berry Farm Boardwalk & Family Summer Fun!

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Summer is here and the Knott’s Berry Farm Boardwalk has just been expanded and reopened for family fun in the sun! We were invited to visit Knott’s to see the improvements first-hand. Additions to the Knott’s Berry Farm Boardwalk include Coast Rider (the kids favorite Boardwalk ride), Surfside Gliders, and Pacific Scrambler.

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The new Knott’s Berry Farm Boardwalk is very colorful and fun! When you enter you hear the sound of the coasters, lively music, laughter and screams from people enjoying the area. The Boardwalk includes games and food aside from the rides and attractions.

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Coast Rider

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Coast Rider is the ultimate family coaster! Each car can fit up to 4 people, and takes you 52 ft. in the air for a 2 1/2 minute ride at a speed of 37 mph. It wasn’t too high, fast, or too scary for our 5 year old. Our daughter said she loved it too, although I will admit, by the look on her face, she wasn’t so sure about it for the first few seconds. That initial fear faded quickly!

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Surf Gliders

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Surfside Gliders are two-person aircrafts that zip through the air and allow guests to become pilots of their own gliders. The 1 minute and 50 second ride goes up 28 ft., and rotates at 10 times around per minute.

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Pacific Scrambler

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Pacific Scrambler, a classic midway attraction has been a thrill for families for decades. This ride goes 25 mph, and lasts 90 seconds.

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More To Explore At The Boardwalk

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If you love roller coasters, be sure to check out Boomerang before you head out of the Boardwalk area. Don’t worry, you can’t miss it! None of us had the guts to ride it, but it’s obvious it’s a popular attraction!

Also be sure to take a ride up the Sky Cabin. The view is incredible! It’s a lot of fun to climb high above the Park and get an aerial view of the surrounding area.

Our favorite restaurant in the Boardwalk is Coasters Restaurant. Here you’ll find a fun diner type atmosphere and food. The burgers are good, and the chicken strips rock. The shakes look delicious, and are on our “must-try” list for a future visit. They have both indoor and outdoor seating, and are located next to Coast Rider.

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Timber Mountain Log Ride Renovation

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Aside from the Knott’s Berry Farm Boardwalk expansion, Knott’s just finished a huge renovation on the classic Timber Mountain Log Ride. The upgrades to this family favorite ride include new scenes and additional animatronic characters. We rode it multiple times on our recent visit, and had a blast!

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Summer Is Sweet At Knott’s!

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It’s hard to go to Knott’s without getting a little (or big!) sweet treat! Our family favorite is the Cookiewich. As you can see in the image above, it’s huge, and a great dessert to share! It’s reasonably priced at under $6, and available at Mix-It-Up, close to the Calico Railroad.

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For more info about the expanded Knott’s Berry Farm Boardwalk, and all about Knott’s, click HERE for their official website. We had a super fun time, and are going to try to make it back this Summer for more fun. Perhaps we’ll see you there!


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We received breakfast and complimentary admission to experience the expanded Knott’s Berry Farm Boardwalk. We believe many of our readers would be interested in learning more about the expansion, and our opinions are our own. Thank you, Knott’s for a fun Summer day with the family.

Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Celebration at Knott’s!

No more need to stay in on New Year’s Eve now that you have kids! Ring in the New Year at a family-friendly celebration at Knott’s! This event offers something for everyone, including all-day admission to the park until 1am, PLUS the following:

iceskating_knottsFun NYE Show at the Camp Snoopy Theatre
Watch “Happy New Year Charlie Brown!” at the Camp Snoopy Theatre where Charlie Brown & the Peanuts Gang will ring in the New Year in song & dance, including some audience participation!

Memory Making with the Peanuts Gang
Grab a hug & take a memorable photo with the Peanuts Gang!

Incredible Seasonal Ice Skating Show
Catch a performance of the incredible “It’s Christmas, Snoopy” ice skating show. Believe me, it’s great! Phenominal skating, which we can’t wait to see again!

campsnoopySnoopy’s Magical Night of Lights
See “Snoopy’s Magical Night of Lights” in Camp Snoopy, featuring thousands of beautiful lights and holiday music starting at dusk, and continuing until 1am.

Comedian Magician
Watch a Kenny Metcalf, a family friendly comedian magician and a trip back to the 70’s with Elton John- The Early Years.

Dance The Night Away
Join in the Salsa Dancing at Knott’s Fiesta Plaza, or Country Line Dancing in Knott’s Wilderness Dance Hall. Don’t worry if you’re a beginner, there will be instructors to guide you on how to move those hips!

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See a live performance by the popular band Clueless Remix Featuring DJ Resso!

Fireworks & Celebrations
Countdown to Midnight at Calico Square with an aerial fireworks display, stilt walkers, party hats and horns!

We’re excited to make some great memories at Knott’s family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration. It sounds like it’s going to be a great time, with something for everyone in the family. Click HERE for further details about the event. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

P.S. Knott’s is expanding the park this coming year, including a new California Boardwalk with games, rides, and more. Now, for a limited time, Knott’s 2013 Season Passes are just $66.99, with NO blackout dates, certain discounts at food and merchandise locations, AND include one visit in 2012, which may be used for Knott’s NYE! This is an awesome deal, and could make a great holiday gift, and you even have the option of paying 6 low payments of just $11.16. You can find more info about Knott’s Season Passes HERE.

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Disclosure: We were invited to attend Knott’s Family-Friendly New year’s Eve. We wanted to share info about it with our readers, as we believe many would also enjoy the event with their families. Our opinions are our own. Many thanks to Knott’s, LaLa Castro, and Giga Savvy.

Make Your Trip To The Disneyland Resort Even More Magical!


Tips For Your Trip To The Disneyland Resort!


We’re huge fans of Disney, and are often asked for ideas of how to make a trip to the Disneyland Resort even more special. There are so many ways to make your trip to the Disneyland Resort more unique, memorable, and enjoyable for the whole family! Here are some ideas we came up with to share:
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Disney California Adventure® Park

Disney California Adventure® Park, located at the Disneyland Resort, and adjacent from Disneyland, California Adventure, is fun for the entire family! You can easily spend a few days here. If your family is into PIXAR, you’ll love all there is to see and do at this park. It’s one of of favorites!

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Knotts Berry Farm

Knotts Berry Farm is a theme park located in the Buena Park area of Orange County, California.

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