Monday, June 29, 2015

Hollywood Walk of Fame

Universal Studios Hollywood

This is the only working theme park and studio in the world that is completely authentic. This is one of the can’t-miss destinations for any visitor in Southern California. It has lots of world famous thrilling rides as well as other attractions that are family friendly to give rise to a real magical feel for the entire park.

45 minute Studio Tour

Krustyland Simpson Ride

Despicable me minion mayhem this was inspired by Despicable me, a blockbuster animated movie. It has a 3D motion simulator ride and an outdoor play zone for family, known as Super Silly Fun Land.

Jurassic park ride
This exhilarating ride makes the visitors to face prehistoric dinosaurs like Tyrannosaurus Rex, followed by an 84 feet plunge down. You cannot avoid getting drenched on this ride, so dress accordingly.

Transformers ride-3D
This next generation ride reduces the distinction between reality and fiction. It has high definition 3D flight and media simulation technology that will give you an experience that you cannot even imagine of. It is based on Transformers, a popular movie and puts you right in the middle of a war zone.

Revenge of the mummy- the ride
It is a catapulting coaster that launches the riders at a speed of 45 miles/hour in a semi darkness after which it reverses and takes them backwards to cover the entire route length. The walls are etched with Egyptians hieroglyphics, all of which are authentic. There are also actual props derived from the movies, scarab beetle attack and worrier mummies that makes the ride an unforgettable encounter experience.

With many other entertainment options such as shopping stores, nightclubs, live entertainment and a movie theatre all around the park, it makes it quite an amazing destination for any one up for a great fun time.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sunday Travel Photo #46: Disney World

Disney parade.  Walt Disney World.  Florida.  July 2011.

Overview of Walt Disney World, Florida

Since its opening in 1971, Walt Disney World, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., has undergone hundreds of changes as the popular family resort has grown exponentially, both adjusting to the demands of its tens of thousands of annual visitors, and adapting to different eras of entertainment and technology. Restaurants, live shows, and other rides are constantly in flux, and while many of these attractions are a distant memory, other discontinued attractions remain a welcome grip on a nostalgic visit to the Disney theme parks.
Walt Disney World is both the largest vacation resort in the world and most visited theme park resort in the world. At over 25,000 acres, the massive property features four world-renowned theme parks, twenty-four on-site resorts, two water parks, four mini-golf courses in two locations, an interactive/video game park, a shopping and nighttime entertainment area, and 5 professional golf courses and outdoor recreation.  Given all that there's to do, becoming familiar with all your options will make for a smoother trip!

Attractions at Walt Disney World, Florida

Magic Kingdom:   The Magic Kingdom is Walt Disney World's original park that opened on October 1, 1971. The park covers 107 acres and has seven themed "lands."  It is based on the original Disney park, Disneyland in Anaheim, California. The park is famous for its iconic Cinderella Castle which is the most photographed building in the world.

Epcot:  Epcot is divided into two unique sections - Future World and World Showcase.  Future World consists of pavilions dedicated to the environment, imagination, energy, space, technology, and the automotive industry.  World Showcase is made up of pavilions representing 11 nations along with food, entertainment, architecture, and attractions. The park is most recognizable for it's massive iconic geosphere known as Spaceship Earth. The park is also home to the famous night-time show; Illuminations: Reflections of the Earth, a firework and laser show that takes place on World Showcase Lagoon every night.

Disney's Hollywood Studios:  (Formerly Disney-MGM Studios) A movie inspired theme park with shows, attractions and two of the most popular thrill rides at Walt Disney World. New attractions include Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show and Toy Story Mania in a new area themed after Pixar movies.

Disney's Animal Kingdom:  An animal-based theme park/safari park, complete with realistic settings, interactive rides, and static displays.   The highlights are the Kilimangaro safari ride through live animal habitats and the roller coaster "Expedition Everest". Some animals are also there like the elephant and the lion.The park is recognized by the iconic Tree of Life.

Water Parks
Blizzard Beach:  a Florida ski resort where the snow has melted!  This park has more thrill type slides than Typhoon Lagoon.
Typhoon Lagoon:   a tropical beach setting created by a fictional typhoon.  Home of gentle slides, a giant surf wave pool, and a tropical snorkeling experience complete with sharks.

How to Get to Walt Disney World, Florida
If you’re going to visit Walt Disney World, you can get there by all available vehicles.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Local Hidden Treasures - Japanese Tea Garden

This Japanese Garden is a hidden gem in downtown San Mateo, California.  There's no fee to get in but they open just a few hours a week.  I'll go back in early Spring to see the Cherry Blossoms.

Koi Fish in the pond