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10 Signs Telling You to Apply for The Disney Parks Moms Panel This Year

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. 

It’s almost time again! The Disney Parks Moms Panel search will begin this year on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 and if you’re not sure whether to apply or not, you’re not alone. I’m having the same struggle and am still undecided, but it’s like that for me every year. Yes, I’ve applied more than one time before. So far, I’ve only made it to Round 2 in the selection process, which is probably all the more reason I should apply again this year, right?  If you’re not sure what exactly the Disney Parks Moms Panel is, let me fill you in a little bit. The Disney Parks Moms Panel search is an annual selection process, originating back in 2008, where Disney searches for new moms, dads, grandparents and other family members to join this group which serves as an online resource for Disney guests. The panel is hand-picked, diverse and knowledgeable and each member exudes a passion for Disney and has a love of helping others plan the ultimate Disney family vacation of their dreams with helpful tips and heartfelt advice about Disney.  Whether guests have a question about a theme park, restaurant, service, shop, hotel or activity, the Moms Panel is there to help with that planning.
Each of the chosen panelists specializes in one of these categories:

  • Walt Disney World Resort in Florida
  • Disneyland Resort in California
  • runDisney events
  • Disney Vacation Club
  • Disney Cruise Line

Applications for the 2019 Disney Parks Moms Panel search will open at noon EDT on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 and round one closes at noon EDT on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. To read the specific eligibility requirements for this year’s search, please go here.So now we’re back to the original question: Do we apply this year or not? I think the fact that you’re here reading this blog post is already a sign that you should. I’ve met a few of the past and present Disney Parks Moms Panelists and if you ask any of them, they will always tell you to go for it! I mean, what do you have to lose?In case you’re still not sure if you should, I put together a fun list of “10 Signs Telling You to Apply For the Disney Parks Moms Panel This Year”.If you can relate to any (or all) of these things, I think you need to apply this year! Here they are:

  • You love Disney.
  • You see “Hidden Mickeys” everywhere you go
  • When you’re out shopping you spot things, like outfits, that would “be perfect for your next Disney trip”
  • You have a pet with a Disney-inspired name
  • You prefer Mickey-shaped foods.
  • Your friends and family constantly ask you Disney questions and/or for Disney tips.
  • You have a “Disney Bucket List” somewhere.
  • You know what Club 33 is.
  • You own more than 3 pairs of EARs.
  • You’re named after a character in a Disney movie or story.

Personally, I can relate to all of those. How about you? Ok so we’re all going to apply this year, right?  Here’s where you can fill out your application. (starting September 5) Good luck, Everyone! Come back and comment after you apply so we can chEAR each other on!

 

Book a Stay at Great Wolf Lodge For Their Annual Howl-O-Ween Celebrations

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. 

As summer is coming to an end, we are getting excited for the arrival of fall and the start of the holiday season! First up, HALLOWEEN! Are you ready? We are! And so is Great Wolf Lodge! They’ll kick off kick their annual Howl-O-Ween festivities with seasonal celebrations all month long for guests staying at the resort. There’s nothing like 105,000 square feet of water park fun and Halloween-centric activities for the whole family. Throughout October, families can find special complimentary guest programming from a Howl-O-Ween House in the lobby to nightly Howl-O-Ween themed dance parties, Haunted Hustle scavenger hunts, boo bingo and more. How fun is that?

Great Wolf Lodge’s Howl-O-Ween festivities include:

  • Howl-O-Ween House in the lobby
  • Nightly Trick or Treat Trail from 5:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Nightly Howl-O-Ween themed games in the lobby including Witch Hat Ring Toss, Mummy Bowling, Feed the Monster, Boo Bingo, Candy Corn Guessing Game + more.
  • Howl-O-Ween themed dance parties
  • Haunted Hussle Scavenger Hunt and a Spooky Walk, replacing the Wolf Walk
  • An UnBoolieveable Character Meet, Greet & Treat
  • Howl-O-Ween themed Character Breakfasts

This all sounds like a lot of fun! Great Wolf Lodge’s Howl-O-Ween For more information and to book your family’s Howl-o-ween stay, please visit here.

Some images and video are property of Great Wolf Lodge and used with permission. 

{Giveaway} Tickets on Sale for Adventure City’s BOO-tastic Halloween Party

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Have you been to Adventure City before? It’s known as “The Little Theme Park That’s Big on Family Fun” and we had a great time there last summer. Since October is right around the corner, families looking for something fun to do to celebrate Halloween should check out Adventure City’s BOO-TASTIC Halloween Party! This year, Adventure City will be hosting 2 kid-friendly parties on Friday nights in October, the 19th and the 26th, which will be held from 5:30-9:30 p.m. In addition to Adventure City’s 11 thrilling rides, guests at the party will be able to:

  • Walk through “Trick or Treat Street” to get candy and trinkets
  • Experience an all-new Vortex Tunnel for a dizzying delight
  • Go on a fun, Halloween Scavenger Hunt aboard the Express Train
  • Be a part of the Spooktacular Dance Party
  • Meet the Mad Scientist Magician for some astonishing tricks

Guests are also encouraged to show their Halloween spirit and wear a costume to the party. *Please see costume guidelines below! Tickets for Adventure City’s BOO-TASTIC Halloween Party are just $24.95 per person and are only going to be sold up until a limited quantity to help keep ride wait times at a minimum. You can purchase your tickets here.

I’m also hosting a giveaway for one (1) of my readers to win a family 4-pack of tickets to their choice of party, either Friday, October 19 or Friday, October 26. To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter below. Good luck everyone! Who else is excited for Halloween?
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*Kid friendly costumes only (don’t be scary). Ages 1 and up require a ticket. We will provide the trick-or-treat candy bags. Small toys can be substituted for candy upon request. One Trick-or-Treat Street entry per person per night. No coupons, discounts, daily general admission tickets or complimentary tickets accepted for this special event. We strongly recommend purchasing tickets online to guarantee entry. Remaining tickets may be purchased at the main gate on the night of the event based on availability. Rides and Attractions availability subject to unscheduled closure. The event takes place regardless of weather conditions. No refunds for this special event. Some rides have height, size and weight limits. Rules subject to change without notice. Management reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone wearing an outfit or costume it deems to be inappropriate. Additional park rules apply. For a list of these rules, please visit our website. 

*Some images are property of Adventure City and used with permission.

{Giveaway} Irvine Park Railroad’s 13th Annual Pumpkin Patch Opens 9/15

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. 

Who’s ready for Halloween? I know it’s still summer but I get so giddy just thinking about pumpkins and Halloween fun! One of our favorite things to do each fall is visit Irvine Park Railroad’s Pumpkin Patch  and this year, they’ll be opening their 13th Annual Pumpkin Patch on September 15th! Yay!The Pumpkin Patch will be open daily, starting September 15th and running through October 31st. If you haven’t visited before, you’ll want to make a trip out. It’s fun for both children and adults! Irvine Park Railroad is located inside of Irvine Regional Park in the foothills of Orange, California. The Pumpkin Patch is located in Locomotive Loop and Miners Meadow just behind the train station.

Thousands of pumpkins, in all shapes and sizes, fill the areas behind the train station. All visitors are sure to find the perfect pumpkin. In addition to the pumpkin patch, there are a bunch of activities there too. (Prices for pumpkin patch activities vary.)This year’s Pumpkin Patch activities include:

  • Train rides
  • Hay rides
  • Panning for gold
  • A child-friendly haunted house
  • A hay maze
  • A moon bounce
  • Pumpkin ring toss
  • Carnival games
  • Cookie decorating
  • John Deere tractor racers
  • Face painting
  • Picture stands

There’s also great food at the Pumpkin Patch and a lot more!Irvine Park Railroad will also host its 3rd annual “Great Pumpkin WeighOff” on Saturday, September 22nd, starting at 10:00 am. Visitors can come see if pumpkin growers have what it takes to grow the biggest pumpkin. Cash prizes will be awarded and KTLA Channel 5 weatherman Henry DiCarlo will host this event. Admission into the Pumpkin Patch is free. Please visit www.IrvineParkRailroad.com for additional information and ticket costs.The Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch is open daily from September 15th through October 31st and the hours are as follows: 

  • Weekdays 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Weekends 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

*Starting October 1st, Irvine Park Railroad will open at 8:00 am on weekends.The parking fee for Irvine Regional Park is $3.00 per vehicle on weekdays and $5.00 per vehicle on weekends. Important parking information: As Halloween nears, we encourage visitors to plan to arrive early to help avoid crowds, particularly on the weekend. Visit this page on our web site for special event parking information.While you’re in the park, visit Irvine Regional Park’s other activities including Wheel Fun Rentals® at Irvine Park. These fun and unique bike rentals that can be enjoyed by single riders or an entire family. Also enjoy paddle boat rentals, the Orange County Zoo and pony rides. Bike and paddle boat rentals are open daily at 10:00 am. Visit http://www.IrvineParkRailroad.com For full details including hours of operation and costs of these activities, please go here. 

I’m also hosting a giveaway for one(1) of my readers to win a prize pack of tickets which includes 8 activity for the pumpkin patch, 1 Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park Double Surrey Bike Rental and 1 Paddle boat rental. The value of the prize is $100.00. To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter below. Please note: this giveaway is not open to bloggers. Good luck everyone!

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Irvine Park Railroad’s annual events include the Anniversary Celebration, Easter Eggstravaganza, 4th Grade California History Education Program, Pumpkin Patch, and Christmas TrainFor pricing, park directions, and complete details, please visit their site here: Irvine Park Railroad.

Great Wolf Lodge Announces Star-Studded Junior Chef Council

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One of our favorite resorts to stay at, Great Wolf Lodge, just announced some exciting news!  They’ve formed of a Junior Chef Council, a panel comprised of the country’s top kid chefs and culinary tastemakers, who will come together to advise on and help develop a new kids’ menu for Great Wolf Lodge’s 17 indoor waterpark resorts!

“The idea of a Junior Chef Council is something we have been discussing internally for the past year. We’ve really enriched the culinary offerings for parents, and thought it would be fun to create a menu for kids, by kids. These are no ordinary kids, these are true junior chefs who have been around the culinary arts for years and will help create a kids menu unlike any other in the country.” – John Suley, Great Wolf’s Vice President of Food & Beverage

After an extensive search to identify youthful and passionate culinary talent who will bring a unique perspective to Great Wolf Lodge’s ever-evolving and innovative food and beverage program, the Junior Chef Council was formed. The six-person Junior Chef Council brings a diverse culinary background to Great Wolf, and will work together on developing a completely new kids menu.
Great Wolf Lodge’s Junior Chef Council members include:

  • MasterChef Junior Season 2 winner, Logan Guleff (15)
  • MasterChef Junior Season 5 winner, Jasmine Stewart (13)
  • Jonas Cora Ehrlich (12) and Gavin Cora Ehrlich (10), sons of Iron Chef Cat Cora and wife, Nicole Cora Ehrlich
  • Madeline Zakarian (11) and Anna Zakarian (9), daughters of Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian;
  • Conrad Elliot (8) and Jed Elliot (6), sons of Chef Graham Elliot.

The talent level of the council is impressive. Logan and Jasmine each won a rigorous TV cooking competition, while the other members of the Junior Chef Council bring a different degree of culinary experience to the group, being children of some of the world’s most talented chefs. While Conrad is an official member of the Council, Jed will serve as the Council’s official taster, ensuring his brother and other members are delivering on the culinary goods.Great Wolf Lodge has placed a tremendous emphasis on expanding and enhancing the culinary offerings found at its family-friendly resorts over the past two years. With the launch of its Colorado Springs resort 18-months ago, the company introduced an elevated farm-to-fork dining experience called Barnwood that has now expanded to three additional resorts; and it recently established a food hall style Tex-Mex restaurant called Timbers Tacos which debuted at new resorts in Georgia and Illinois. The new kids’ menu will initially be featured exclusively at full-service restaurants at Great Wolf Lodges across North America.The Junior Chef Council will get together as a group later this summer at one of Great Wolf’s world-class resorts in order to collaborate on their menu with the resort’s executive culinary team, with plans to roll-out the menu nationwide later this fall. For more information about the Junior Chef Council and Great Wolf Lodge partnership, please go here.

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Support CHOC Walk by Attending Ambassadors’ Rock’N Luau at Splitsville + a Giveaway

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The CHOC Walk in the Park, held every year at The Disneyland Resort, is just around the corner. This wonderful , fundraising event will take place this year on Sunday, August 25. Have you already registered to particpate? Hopefully so.Another fun event to join in on is the CHOC Walk Ambassadors’ Rock’N Luau, which will take place the night before the CHOC Walk at Splitsville Luxury Lanes in Downtown Disney®. Join in on the luau festivities Saturday, August 25, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. It’s going to be a fun-filled afternoon for the entire family.The CHOC Walk Ambassadors’ Rock’N Luau is hosted by the CHOC Walk Ambassadors, who are grateful CHOC patients and their families who team up to coordinate this incredible fundraiser! These courageous kids represent the children we “Luau” for, past, present, and future. This entire event is to help raise awareness and funds to support CHOC Children’s Hospital.This “1950s Polynesian” themed event will feature:

  • activities for kids (and kids at heart)
  • a Rock’N raffle
  • a bowlin’ buffet
  • mini-bowling tournament
  • authentic Polynesian entertainment

Guests are encouraged to rock their favorite vintage Hawaiian shirts or fabulous 50’s gear.
For more information or to purchase your tickets for this year’s CHOC Walk Ambassadors’ Rock’N Luau, please go here.

Splitsville Luxury Lanes is located in the Downtown Disney District
at
1530 S. Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, Ca. 92802

Guests in attendance at this event will receive 5 Hours Downtown Disney Parking lot with validation.

I’m also hosting a giveaway for one (1) of my readers to win 4 Dave & Buster’s gift cards with 32 credits on each! To enter this giveaway, just fill out the Rafflecopter at the very bottom of this post! Good luck, everyone!

If you still need to register for the CHOC Walk in the Park, you can do so here.
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Pacific Sales Presents the Pacific Wine and Food Classic August 18 & 19

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own .

It’s almost time for this year’s Pacific Wine & Food Classic, presented by Pacific Sales. Come celebrate Summer and the bounty of Southern California at this amazing annual event which will take place on August 18 & 19, 2018. at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort. This irresistible event offers guests more than 100 experiences including: the best local chefs serving vibrant summer inspired cuisine, wineries, cold beer and delicious crafty cocktails.The Pacific Wine & Food Classic is an all-inclusive event that is designed for guests to enjoy food and wine in a beautiful setting. Soak up the beautiful soft sand, blue waters and sweet summer air. Tickets are limited to ensure an absolute quality experience for you! ​​​

Here’s a video showing some of the fun from last year’s event:

For more information about this year’s Pacific Wine & Food Festival and to purchase tickets, please go here.

Images and video are property of Pacific Wine and Food Festival and used with permission.

Back to School with the HP Envy x360 Laptop from Best Buy

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With the new school year on the horizon, we are in need of a new laptop for my daughter to utilize for both classwork and homework. It’s hard to believe that laptops have taken the place of paper and pen but it’s the reality of this day and age.We are an HP loving family so heading over to Best Buy to upgrade to the HP Envy x360 Laptop is something we plan on doing before school starts. Did you know….HP Envy x360 laptops are 2-in-1 devices that can transfer from a laptop to a tablet in seconds? Versatility is key and being able to change from a laptop to a tablet is a great feature. 

These come with a full HD touch screen. The 1920 x 1080 resolution boasts impressive color and clarity and the natural finger-touch navigation makes the most of Windows 10. It’s also energy efficient with WLED backlight!

HP Envy x360 touch screen laptops also come with Windows Ink capabilities and a Windows operating system so you can write on the screen with your stylus. This is helpful for things like note taking and art class.

Their AMD processors make them fast and thin so you can take them with you anywhere you go! This is definitely convenient if your son or daughter already has a lot to carry around at school.

Here are the product specs:

  • Windows 10 operating system – Windows 10 brings back the Start Menu from Windows 7 and introduces new features, like the Edge Web browser that lets you markup Web pages on your screen. Learn more ›
  • Built for Windows Ink – Quickly jot down notes and ideas with ease.
  • Full HD touch screen – The 1920 x 1080 resolution boasts impressive color and clarity. Natural finger-touch navigation makes the most of Windows 10. IPS technology for wide viewing angles. Energy-efficient WLED backlight.
  • 8GB system memory for advanced multitasking – Substantial high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run your games and photo- and video-editing applications, as well as multiple programs and browser tabs all at once.
  • 360° flip-and-fold design – Offers versatile functionality with laptop, audience, tabletop, presentation and tablet modes.

Have you considered upgrading to the HP Envy x360 Laptop? It’s perfect for the student in your life. Both the HP Envy 13 and HP Envy 15 are available at Best Buy either in-store or online. Now through 7/28, grab an HP Envy laptop for $100 off, too! That’s a great deal!

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Mrs. Knott’s Express Bakery Now Open

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. 

There was exciting news out of Knott’s yesterday! As soon as I saw the first post online about the opening of Mrs. Knott’s Express Bakery now being open in the California Marketplace, which is located just outside the park, I knew I needed to investigate further!Anything food-related is going to grab my attention, especially when it’s at Knott’s. Bonus points if it’s “boysenberry” (and some of the items actually are) This was the tweet that caught my eye:

I mean, how could I ignore this tweet? Mrs. Knott’s Express Bakery looks like a great place to grab some delicious looking donuts! Plus, they offer coffee, tea, juice, soda and one of my favorites from last year’s Boysenberry Festival: Knott’s Boysenberry Boba Tea! Oh my goodness! We fell in absolute love with this drink and were sad to see the festival end, knowing we’d have to wait an entire year to get our hands on another one. Now you can grab one any time though!


But getting back to those donuts…. which one of these cronut-style donuts would you try first: Fruity Pebbles, Bacon or Chocolate Explosion? This picture from Clementine County looks like a good start! I can’t wait for my next visit to Knott’s!

For more information about Knott’s, please go here.

Some photos are property of Knott’s Berry Farm and Clementine County blog.