6 Things To Experience During Spring At Disneyland!


Celebrating Spring At Disneyland

Spring at Disneyland is extra special with a Springtime Roundup at Big Thunder Ranch, “Egg-stravaganza” Easter Egg Hunts, neat treats, pretty Spring decor, and Disney characters dressed in their seasonal best!

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6 Things To Experience During Spring At Disneyland

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5 Reasons Why The Knott’s Boysenberry Festival Rocks!

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5 Reasons Why Knott’s Boysenberry Festival Rocks!

Knott's Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival ~ www.socalwithkids.com

Beginning on March 28th, and happening through April 12th, 2015, Knott’s Berry Farm will once again host their annual Boysenberry Festival. This yearly Springtime favorite will be held in the Ghost Town area of the theme park, and feature fun photo opportunities, delicious boysenberry-inspired food, entertainment, and so much more!


Reason #1 Why Knott’s Boysenberry Festival Rocks: NEAT DECOR

Gigantic Flowers at Knott's  ~ www.socalwithkids.com

The decor during the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival includes larger-than-life boysenberry decorations, themed cut-outs, “Wanted” posters, and other neat decorations. The special decor, along with the Old-West feel of Ghost Town make for lots of great opportunities for fun photos! Outside of Ghost Town, over in Camp Snoopy, you can find Snoopy dressed as the “Easter Beagle“, and other special Springtime photo opps.


Reason #2 Why Knott’s Boysenberry Festival Rocks: FUN ENTERTAINMENT


Peanuts Party at Knott's

The Knott’s Boysenberry Festival includes fun entertainment including the daytime Peanuts Party in the Park, nighttime dance party called Jammin in the Dark, pie eating contests, a pie walk, dueling fiddlers and banjos, and performances by Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies.


Reason #3 Why Knott’s Boysenberry Festival Rocks: THE FOOD!

Knott's Boysenberry Box

Lots of delicious food, including boysenberry-inspired creations, “Boysenberry Bites“, will be available during the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival. Some of the Boysenberry Bites available for purchase include ribs and chicken with Knott’s Berry Farm’s Boysenberry BBQ Sauce, a fish and chips sandwich with boysenberry tartar sauce, fried cheese curds with boysenberry dipping sauce, Boysenberry Latte and Frappuccino, boysenberry fudge, and Boysenberry ICEE Floats to name a few! Little ones can enjoy boysenberry tart making for a nominal fee, and inside the Wilderness Dance Hall, adults can partake in a Wine and Craft Brew Garden.


Reason #4 Why Knott’s Boysenberry Festival Rocks: THE RIDES AND ATTRACTIONS!


Linus Launcher Ride at Camp Snoopy ~ www.socalwithkids.com

Aside from the great entertainment, food offerings, and special decor during the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival, you also get to experience everything else that makes Knott’s rock! From the newly upgraded Camp Snoopy, to the recently restored Calico Mine Train, to the roller coasters and more, there’s lots to see and do at America’s 1st Theme Park!


Reason #5 Why Knott’s Boysenberry Festival Rocks: THE VALUE!


Knott's Entrance ~ www.socalwithkids.com

Knott’s Berry Farm’s Boysenberry Festival is included in the price of daily admission (or with a Knott’s Season Pass) to the amusement park. You don’t need a special ticket or have to pay an additional fee on top of your daily admission to enjoy the Boysenberry Festival, which makes it a great value!

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

If you enjoy social media, be sure to follow (and use!) the hashtag #KnottsSpring for posts from the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival. We look forward to going with the family, and may just even book a room at the Knott’s Hotel to make our visit a weekend getaway. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

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Disclosure: We do not have a formal relationship with Knott’s Berry Farm. We have a relationship with GigaSavvy, for whom we create original content. Our opinions are our own.

Knott’s For The Cure Promotion To Benefit Susan G. Komen OC


“Pink Tickets” & “Pink” Merchandise Support Knott’s for the Cure


Knott's for the Cure Pink Ticket

Knott’s Berry Farm and Susan G. Komen Orange County, and are collaborating once again by offering Knott’s for the Cure special “Pink Tickets“, and limited edition Knott’s “pink” merchandise to benefit breast cancer awareness and services for Komen OC. This is the 2nd year that Knott’s has collaborated with the organization, which devotes the majority of their funds to local breast health outreach and education.

Knott's Berry Farm Entrance ~ www.socalwithkids.com

Knott’s “Pink Tickets” Are Discount Priced!

Knott’s for the Cure special “Pink Tickets” are discount priced at $39 for adults. “Pink Tickets” are $35 for kids age 3-11 (kids under 3 are free), plus seniors age 62+. Discount tickets plus an opportunity to help raise funds for breast cancer awareness! Win-win! The “Pink Ticket” allows the ticket holder to experience all the entertainment and attractions that they would normally experience at the theme park, as well as some special “pink” decor during the duration of the campaign, at a discount price.

Knott's Berry Farm

Knott’s for the Cure Raised Almost $100,000 For Komen OC In 2014!

Knott’s raised almost $100,000 in 2014, their inagural year teaming up with Komen OC. Cedar Fair, the parent company of Knott’s Berry Farm, is very familiar with supporting the Susan G. Komen Foundation. They’ve raised almost one million dollars for Susan G. Komen over the past 5 years!

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Knott’s “Pink Tickets” Can Be Used During Knott’s Berry Farm’s Springtime Festival!

The discounted “Pink Tickets” and Knott’s for the Cure merchandise are available now through March 27th, 2015. “Pink Tickets” are only available online, through the Knott’s Berry Farm website. “Pink Ticketscan be used through April 10th, 2015, which means you can use even use them during the Knott’s Springtime Boysenberry Festival. Just make sure you redeem the tickets by 4/10/15. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

P.S. If you enjoy social media, and visit during Knott’s for the Cure, use the hashtag #KnottsPink to share your updates about the campaign.

Olaf’s Downtown Disney Ice Rink Brings Frozen Fun To SoCal!


Olaf’s FROZEN Ice Rink!


Olaf's Frozen Ice Rink
The Downtown Disney District, at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, offers seasonal fun at Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink! The Downtown Disney Ice Rink is located outdoors, close to the entry to Downtown Disney. It’s a short walk to and from the Disneyland Hotel.

Discounts For AP’s Active Military with ID, & Guest of The Resort Hotels

Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink is open from 3pm-10pm Sunday-Thursday, and 3pm-11pm Friday-Saturday. Disney Annual Passholders, guests of the Disneyland Resort hotels, and Active Military with ID receive discounts on skating. Normal prices are $17 for adults, and $15 for kids age 3-9.

Prices include a designated time on the ice (see below for session times), ice skates, and a mandatory safety helmet. Socks are available for purchase if you forget to bring your own.
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Festive Fun at Merry Farm, Knott’s Berry Farm’s Christmas Celebration!


Knott’s Berry Farm’s Christmas Celebration

Knott's Merry Farm 2014

We’re really excited to once again experience, Knott’s Berry Farm’s Christmas Celebration! We’ve been invited to visit Knott’s the 1st day of their annual event, Merry Farm. Knott’s really gets into the holiday spirit, not only in the Park, but also at their California Marketplace.

Knott's Berry Farm Holiday Decor

Festive Decor, Seasonal Treats, Fun Entertainment, & Unique Gift Shopping

Some of the highlights of Christmastime at Knott’s includes seasonal entertainment and food, incredible festive decor, and the opportunity to shop for unique, one of a kind gifts.

Our personal favorite things to do at Knott’s Berry Farm’s Christmas Celebration is visit with Santa in his Christmas Cabin, ride the festive steam train, and roam the Park while enjoying the festive decor. Of course, our kids LOVE visiting Camp Snoopy!

Knott's Berry Farm Santa

Knott's Merry Farm Entertainment

Knott's Camp Snoopy - Merry Farm

Knott's Berry Farm Seasonal Treats

Holiday Shopping Made Easy!

The Marketplace, which is located just outside the main gates to Knott’s, has some really neat gift shops that go all out with their holiday decor.

Inside Knott’s, at the Christmas Crafts Village, are local artisans selling their original work. You can visit the Christmas Crafts Village for free Monday-Thursday, and is included with daily Park admission.

Of course, a Knott’s Berry Farm 2015 Annual Pass could be the perfect holiday gift for loved ones (or yourself) as well! Some of their annual passes now even include in-park dining, which could be of substantial savings if you eat at the Park often. Passes can be purchased online or at the Park.

Knott's Berry Farm Holiday Store

Merry Farm Is From 11/22/14-1/4/15

Knott’s Berry Farm’s Christmas Celebration happens November 22, 2014 – January 4, 2015. We’re really looking forward to visiting, especially to see Santa in his Christmas Cabin, and ride the festive steam train! Perhaps we’ll see you there!

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No financial compensation was received for this post. We’ve been invited to experience Knott’s Berry Farm’s Christmas Celebration for the purpose of review. Our opinions are our own.

Tips For Visiting The Downtown Disney District In Anaheim

The Downtown Disney District, located at the Disneyland Resort, in Anaheim, California, is fun to visit! Here are some tips for exploring this unique, family-friendly, shopping and dining area.


Downtown Disney District

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The Downtown Disney District Has Something For Everyone!

The Downtown Disney District is an outdoor promenade comprised of restaurants, shops, a movie theater, and more. It’s a great place to enjoy a snack or meal, do some shopping, or simply enjoy the day while leisurely strolling around the promenade.
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Mickey’s Halloween Party Lights The Night At Disneyland!

Trick-or-treat! Mickey’s Halloween Party, a family-friendly event happens on select dates at Disneyland each Fall. I’ve already purchased a ticket to take our toddler, and can’t wait to go with him! Below are some details about the festivities.


Mickey’s Halloween Party

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A Special Party Requires A Special Ticket

Mickey’s Halloween Party happens during Halloween Time at Disneyland, but is a special nighttime event, requiring a separate ticket. It doesn’t matter if you’re already at Disneyland the day of the event, unless you have a purchased a party ticket, you will have to leave. Those that have purchased a ticket for Mickey’s Halloween Party receive a special wristband upon entry, and believe me, Cast Members DO check, and direct anyone without wristbands out of the Park.

Mickey's Halloween Party Ticket

An Event Ticket Is Less Expensive Than A Single Day Park Ticket

Tickets for Mickey’s Halloween Party are less expensive than a single day Park ticket. Pricing starts at $63, and goes up to $77 for Halloween night. Annual Passholders can receive a discount on tickets for certain nights. If you’re an AP, be sure to inquire about the special pricing. Children under 3 are FREE!

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You Can Enter Disneyland 3 Hours Prior To The Party

Although Mickey’s Halloween Party is a nighttime event, you can enter Disneyland up to 3 hours prior to the start of the party. So, if the event starts at 6pm, you can enter as early as 3pm. This gives you 3 extra hours to explore The Happiest Place On Earth. I highly suggest taking advantage of these extra hours. There are so many incredible seasonal displays to see, and fun areas to take photos during the extra time before the party begins. If you head on over to the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree prior to about 4pm you should be able to take some time to enjoy the Halloween Carnival, which is closed during the evening.

Mickey's Halloween Carnival ~ www.socalwithkids.com

Kids of ALL Ages Can Participate In The Fun!

This event is one in which kids of ALL ages can dress up in costume and trick-or-treat! Part of the fun of the event is seeing all the people dressed up in costume. Some are amazing!

Halloween Time At Disneyland ~ www.socalwithkids.com

The Event Includes Parking

Unlike regular tickets to the Park, tickets to Mickey’s Halloween Party INCLUDE parking. Sweet! You must park in one of the lots designated for the Parks to receive free parking. There are tons of parking spaces designated for the Parks. I’ve been to the Parks hundreds of times and I’ve always been able to park in a designated lot for the Parks. If a lot or structure is full, a Cast Member will direct you to another lot.

Small World at Mickey's Halloween Party ~ www.socalwithkids.com

Trick-Or-Treating, A Parade, Fireworks and More!

Mickey’s Halloween Party includes loads of opportunities for safe trick-or-treating throughout the Park. The event also includes a special parade, dance party, awesome decorative displays, neat lighting, character photo opportunities, and more! Most rides and attractions are also open during the event as well.

Halloween Time at Disneyland ~ www.socalwithkids.com

Be sure to check the official Disneyland website for further details about Mickey’s Halloween Party. I’m really looking forward to taking our son. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

P.S. You might be VERY interested in reading our other related post, Halloween Time At Disneyland!

The opinions in this post are our own. We do not work for any brand mentioned, nor do we have any official relationship with them. We were long time Disneyland Annual Passholders, and been to Disneyland at Halloween Time many times.

5 Reasons We Love Halloween Time At Disneyland!

Halloween Time at Disneyland is so fun, that we think it’s fabulous! As Disneyland Annual Passholders for many years, we’ve experienced this yearly event on many occasions. If you haven’t been to the Disneyland Resort at this time of year, you haven’t truly experienced Halloween in Southern California! Below are some of the reasons why we love visiting Disneyland during Fall.


Halloween Time At Disneyland!

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Decor, Decor, Decor… Need I Say More?

Disney goes ALL out with neat seasonal decor. From the moment you enter the Disneyland Resort, you can’t help but notice all the beautiful Autumn-themed decor at Halloween Time at Disneyland! The entrance to Disneyland is decked out with gigantic, cute character pumpkin heads. At the beginning of Main Street USA you’re greeted by a gigantic Mickey pumpkin, perfect for taking a fun picture. The entire area is filled with festive banners, pumpkins, and more.

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Pumpkin, Spice, and Everything Nice

Halloween Time at Disneyland means pumpkin, spice, and everything nice. Who doesn’t love tasty seasonal treats?!? Some of the seasonal treats that have been offered throughout the years are pumpkin lattes, pumpkin muffins, and pumpkin cheesecake. Delicious!

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Characters Dressed For The Occasion!

Inside the Park, you’ll often find your favorite Disney characters dressed in special seasonal outfits at Halloween Time at Disneyland. There are plenty of character photo opportunities inside Big Thunder Ranch.

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Carnival With Games, Crafts, and Entertainment Included

Along with seasonally dressed characters, you’ll also find a Halloween Carnival within the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree area of the Park, during Halloween Time at Disneyland. This area has carnival-style games, crafts, and even some fun entertainment.

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The crafts we’ve done in the past have been simple for all ages, including coloring with crayons on paper masks. We love visiting this area, playing the games, enjoying the live entertainment, and having special opportunities with some of our favorite characters.

Mickey's Halloween Carnival ~ www.socalwithkids.com

Here you might also see some pumpkin carvers working on some incredible, unique carved pumpkins! Their creations are true works of art!

Disney Carved Pumpkin ~ www.socalwithkids.com

Special Attractions and Tours

Some of the attractions are seasonally transformed during Halloween Time at Disneyland. The Haunted Mansion is changed to The Haunted Holiday Mansion, inspired by Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. I love this attraction, and I’m not even a huge Tim Burton fan. Space Mountain also boasts some seasonal changes, but since I’ve always visited with at least one little one too short (or too scared) to go on it, I haven’t experienced it first-hand.

Halloween Time at Disneyland ~ www.socalwithkids.com

Disneyland also offers a tour called Happy Haunts, which takes you to different areas in both Parks at the Resort. The Happy Haunts tour requires an additional fee.

The Park also has a fun, family-friendly event on select nights, called Mickey’s Halloween Party. This event requires a separate ticket, and often sells out prior to the event dates. If you’re interested in attending, you should look into purchasing your ticket(s) far in advance. You can read our post about Mickey’s Halloween Party HERE.

World of Disney at Halloween ~ www.socalwithkids.com

If there’s anything that gets me in the mood for Fall, it’s Halloween Time at Disneyland! Halloween Time at Disneyland runs from 9/12/14-10/31/14. Be sure to visit the Park’s official website for details about pricing, hours, and further . Perhaps we’ll see you there!

P.S. You might also enjoy reading our other post, Planning Your Child’s 1st Visit To Disneyland.

The opinions in this post are our own. We do not work for any brand mentioned, nor do we have any official relationship with them. We were long time Disneyland Annual Pass holders, and been to Halloween Time at Disneyland many times.

Using FASTPASS At Disneyland and Disney California Adventure


How To Use A Disney FASTPASS

A girlfriend of mine was recently planning a trip to the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, and questioned me about FASTPASS. She’d never used one, and was wondering how to obtain and use a FASTPASS at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park.
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Best Ways To Beat The Heat At Disney California Adventure


Beat The Heat At Disney California Adventure

We’re super lucky to have really great weather almost 365 days a year in Southern California. It makes for pretty easy planning when visiting local theme parks. Certain days can be warmer than others, and some summer days are down right HOT. Sometimes we even have odd heat waves at unexpected times of the year. When visiting the Disneyland Resort, we love going to California Adventure. Our favorite ways to beat the heat at Disney California Adventure are below.

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The Disney Animation Building

Our absolute favorite place to beat the heat at Disney California Adventure is the The Disney Animation Building. It’s air conditioned throughout, and you can sit in the lobby and be entertained by illustrations and short videos set to music and recharge. There have been times we’ve spent an hour or more here with one of our little ones sleeping in the jogger, and the rest of us enjoying the atmosphere.

Inside this building you can attend the Animation Academy’s interactive drawing sessions known as The Secrets of Drawing. Each participant receives a pencil and paper, and you have the opportunity to follow along with a Disney artist as they teach you how to draw familiar character. It’s fun, and gives you the opportunity to give yourself a shot at drawing. The session is free, and is short enough for most children to enjoy as well. Even really young ones!

Also within the Animation Building is Turtle Talk with Crush, The Sorcerer’s Workshop, and Character Close-Up. We’ve always enjoyed Turtle Talk with Crush, which is an interactive show with the turtle, Crush. The Sorcerer’s Workshop is fun to walk through, and has some neat hands-on, interactive features. It’s neat to take a few minutes to check out the Character Close-Up while waiting for a Secrets of Drawing session, or before you leave the building.

Disney Junior Live On Stage

Disney Junior Live On Stage is indoors, and lasts about 20 minutes or so. It’s great for younger children, especially those that love the characters from Disney Junior!

Princess Dot Puddle Park

Don’t let the name fool you, boys will love this area too! Located in Bugs Land, the Princess Dot Puddle Park is a great little water park for little kids to get wet! Bring your child’s bathing suit, water proof shoes, and a towel to dry off. We’ve spend hours here playing.

Muppet Vision*3D

Muppet Vision 3D is an indoor show featuring the beloved Muppets! Sometimes there’s a bit of a wait for the show, but once inside, you get to sit in a large waiting area with great air conditioning! I think the performance itself is about 20 minutes, so even if you walk straight into the show you’ll get a nice amount of time to sit in cool air.

It’s Tough to be a Bug

It’s Tough to be a Bug is an interactive show in an air conditioned building within Bug’s Land. Like Muppet Vision*3D, this show may have a little wait in an cool, indoor waiting area. Be forewarned, this show can be a little scary for some young kids.

Indoor Rides

Indoor rides are always a great place to beat the heat. Indoor rides at Disney California Adventure include Toy Story Midway Mania, Soarin’ Over California, Monster’s Inc, The Little Mermaid, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (which I’ve admittedly never ridden!),

The Boudin Bakery Tour

Although it only takes a few minutes to do so, the Boudin Bakery Tour is a nice place to enjoy cool air. It’s pretty educational too! I highly recommend going through it at least one time if you’ve never experienced it.

Indoor Dining

Stopping for a bite to eat inside an air conditioned restaurant is always a great way to recharge. Our personal favorites inside Disney California Adventure are Flo’s V8 Cafe, located in Cars Land, Taste Pilots Grill, located at Condor Flats, and The Ghiradelli Soda Fountain, located at Pacfic Wharf, but there are other indoor dining options as well.

Browsing Gift Shops

Browsing through the gift shops is also a nice way to escape the heat. The gift shops used to be one of my go-to places if both of my first born kids fell asleep in the jogger at the same time. I could easily walk around and browse the shops in the AC while they got their beauty sleep; a bonus for each of us!

Other Stay-Cool Ideas

Other places I would think would be great to cool down would be the indoor show, Disney’s Alladin – A Musical Spectacular. I would think the Grizzly River Run water ride would be refreshing as well. For whatever reason, we’ve never done either, so I cannot give my personal insights, but I’m pretty certain both would be great to beat the heat!

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Check out the Park’s official website for more information about the places we’ve mentioned. Where are your favorite spots to beat the heat at Disney California Adventure? Perhaps we’ll see you there!

P.S. You might also enjoy reading our other related post, Planning Your Trip To The Disney California Adventure Park.

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The opinions in this article are our own. We do not work for, or with, any brand mentioned in this post, nor do we have any official relationship with them. We’re Disney fans and were pass holders for many years.