Holiday season is here and one of the magical ways to celebrate holidays together as a family is by visiting Disney On Ice “Dare to Dream”. Yes, Disney on Ice is coming to SoCal at Honda Center, Staples Center, Citizen’s Bank Arena and the Long Beach Area this year.
Disney On Ice “Dare to Dream” is skating into the SoCal this holiday season from December 13th-January 6th Featuring Disney’s Moana for the first time in a live production, hosts Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse bring the Disney magic to life and take audiences on an expedition across raging seas and snow-covered mountains in this action-packed extravaganza with the beloved characters from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, Tangled and Cinderella.
Iconic sing-along songs such as “How Far I’ll Go,” “Be Our Guest” and “Let It Go” are paired with powerful skating choreography to instill confidence and embolden audiences to never stop dreaming. Uncover why no goal is too big when we find the strength to shape our own destiny at Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream coming to your hometown!
December 13th, 2018 – January 6th, 2019
Staples Center – Los Angeles: December 13th – 16th
Honda Center – Orange County: December 19th – 23rd
Citizens Business Bank Arena – Ontario: December 26th – 30th
Long Beach Arena – Long Beach: January 3rd – January 6th
Ticket prices start at $25!
Discount Opening Night tickets available for as low as $16 each on select seating(not valid for premium VIP/Front Row seating) Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person at the venue Box Office.(*prices subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply)
Airline Travelling gets challenging when you have kids, and specially the domestic ones as most of them have very less facilities when compared to the international flights.
Last week I got to fly to Orlando from Los Angeles with my 2 year old toddler and only a parent can imagine how hard it is to travel with kids.But thank fully my experience with “United Airlines” was so good and peace full that i couldn’t stop myself sharing this with you. Here, in this blog I will be sharing if it’s worth to spend a little bit more for Economy Plus in United Airlines.
Flight : United 234 (Orlando to Los Angeles)
Class : Economy Plus
Baggage : 1 Carry-on and 1 Personal Item
My Check-in was easy and fast at Orlando International Airport and when the boarding started,we were the first one to enter the flight for the obvious reason as we were with a toddler. I parked my stroller out before boarding my flight and as soon as i boarded,one of the air-hostess welcomed us,asked for our ticket and lead us to our seats.
We were expecting the Economy Plus to be a separate cabin but it was not on United. They are a group of normal coach seats with more legroom and are arranged in the same 3-4-3 layout as regular coach. The good thing is you are seated closer to the exit doors, and can exit the plane easier at your destination and more quickly and after a long haul flight you seriously just want to get off the plane.
We arrived at our seats and I was clearly able to see the difference in a glance. As we settled down, I was surprised to see how comfortable the seats were and specially the Legroom.
My lil one can actually lay down lol
Economy Plus seats feature up to five inches of extra legroom to stretch out with more space to work or relax.I am 5.2 inches and I was able to stretch my legs fully which is rare.
Legroom where am able to stretch fully
First of all , I was happy to see a TV in a domestic airline because some of them which i traveled till now(within the USA) had NO TV. The back of each seat has a 10-inch touchscreen equipped with some of the latest movie releases, TV episodes, Live TV and even games which can keep you & your little ones entertained throughout the journey.
Watching one of my favorite Disney Shows on Live TV
There is also a USB port for charging phones or smaller devices, and each row of three seats has two universal plug outlets for plugging in larger devices.
FREE WIFI :
Who doesn’t like to use a WIFI on a flight? and I was even more happy when i learnt it’s FREE. Yes, I was totally surprised to see a FREE WIFI available for everyone throughout our journey. Of course the speed was low but it was good enough to use my Instagram, Facebook, Whatsapp, Email and other News Websites.
FREE WIFI?? YES,Please !!
30 minutes after our flight took-off, we were offered a snack which had pretzels ,cookies and drinks of our choice. Obviously, there is not much to expect from a 5 hour flight. But my Little one wanted this snack for every one hour lol. The staff were really kind to give him some snacks whenever he asked.
I found the aircraft is smaller in the length wise and it was furnished with pairs of lavatories only in the rear of the Economy cabin.They were well-maintained and also offered changing tables.
Is it worth to spend a little bit more for Economy Plus in United Airlines ?
United’s Economy Plus gives you that extra space that makes an immense difference
Of-course YES and now you know why !!! United’s Economy Plus is perfect for those who travel with kids or may not want to splurge on First or Business class, but need a little extra comfort.I must say we were both very surprised at how much difference an extra 5 inches does.
In my previous post, I shared about the Royal Guest Rooms and in this post i will be sharing the things to to do during your stay in Disney’s Port Orleans Resort.
We stayed here for 6 days and have experienced all the amenities this place has to offer and I am so excited to share our experience with you.
Complimentary Airport Shuttle
Complimentary Shuttle to all Disney Parks and Resorts
Spacious Disney Themed Suites
Kids Play Area
Activities For Kids
Watch Disney Movies
In addition to all of these amazing amenities and services, what I really loved about this resort is it’s Romantic Ambiance.
Pool Area :
The Resort has 5 pools in total in which 4 of them are the Bigger one for adults and one is for designed for kids with a slide and mini water falls.
There is also a kitten pool for kids under 4 or for kids who doesn’t know how to swim.My little one had a lot of fun in the kitten pool as he haven’t learnt swimming yet.
Complimentary Boat Ride:
There is a Boat Ride to Disney Springs from the Resort for FREE and I would highly suggest you to take this ride as you get to see one of the most beautiful sides of Disney Area which has some breathtaking views.
Complimentary Bus Shuttle :
Every Disney Resort has it’s own theme and the best thing about staying at Disney resorts is you can visit all the Disney Parks and the other Disney resorts for FREE in via buses.
Romantic side of the Resort :
I must say, Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort is more to it’s romantic side as it has some really beautiful views and pathways where you can stroll around with someone special.
Bridge which connects through Sassagoula River
Movie under the Stars :
You can also get to see Disney movies while you are relaxing in the pool or garden area. The movie time is usually at 8pm on selected days of the week. (Don’t forget to take the resort map in the lobby area in which the timings of the Movies are Scheduled for that entire week)
Arcade Room :
There’s also a Arcade/Game room available at the resort for reasonable prices and is open till 11pm. If you don’t want to go out on a Hot sunny day then the Arcade room is the best option to keep yourself or your kids entertained for couple hours.
If tired of strolling around the Resort or came back from the Disney Parks and looking to pamper your feet/back, just head to the Arcade room which is located right beside the Lobby Area as there are Massage chairs available for 2$/5min. This is the best way to pamper yourself or have a “Me Time” while your kids are busy in the arcade room.
There is a Gather ‘round as the sun goes down for old-fashioned family fun as you roast marshmallows by a crackling fire.
Play Area :
There is a Play Area for Kids of all ages right next to the Pool where kids can have some quality time playing outdoors. The best thing is this play area is in shade (between tall trees) so you don’t need to worry about your kids getting affected by the Orlando’s Hot weather.
Horse-Drawn Carriage :
The horse drawn carriage is another beautiful source of transportation to stroll around the resort in a magical(Royal) way. The 30minute ride on this Horse-Drawn Carriage takes you to some delightful scenic landscapes offered by the Resort.
Surrey Bikes :
We rented these surrey bikes for 20$/half hour and were able to go around the resort along the Sassagoula River which gave us some beautiful views to capture.
Golf Cart :
As I said earlier, Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort is Huge in size so don’t hesitate to drive in these Golf Carts form place to place for FREE. You can also ask one to carry your luggage to and fro from your Room.
TV Stations :
There are several Indoor TV Stations to keep your kids entertained , I found two, one in the lobby area and the other in the Dinning Area. And they also have a drawing table setup for kids in the dinning area with coloring pens and papers.
TV station in the Lobby Area
TV station in the Dinning area
There is a definitely something for everyone at Riverside Mill Food Court where you can find a wide variety of options to choose from and the prices are very reasonable
Disney Store (Fulton’s General Store) :
There’s a Disney store located inside the resort which is also a General Store , It sells not only Disney products but also some baby food and medications.
Magic Express is an Airport shuttle service which is available on request . It’s a complimentary transfer from the Orlando airport to the hotel & vice versa. This service also picks up and delivers luggage directly to guestrooms for those arriving between 5 AM – 10 PM.
Magic Band :
The Guests checking in the resort are given a Magic band which is an all in one device to make your trip easy. Using Magic Band, ●You can enter all the Walt Disney World Theme Parks. ●Your Magic band is your key to your Hotel Room. ●You can also make purchases with your Magic Band(including food). ●Even before you enter the theme park, you can reserve your access to selected attractions. So that you can avoid those long waiting lines.
Extra Magic Hours :
Walt Disney World theme park will be open an hour early and three hours later for guests staying at any of the Disney Resorts in Orlando.This is the best time to do your favorite rides.
I would highly recommend this place to everyone of all ages as it has so much to do with in the resort. And the prices of the rooms with all above amenities is very reasonable.
I really THANK the entire team who works here and were there all the time, to help us find the right things/places whenever we needed making our trip truly a MAGICAL one.
I love to share my experiences on Resorts and specially when it’s related to Disney I get even more excited to share the magic with my readers. This review features Royal Guest Room photos and our thoughts on staying in the rooms.
We absolutely loved our stay in the Royal Guest Room at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort and I hope you enjoy this Review.
Last time when we visited Orlando, we stayed at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and we totally fell in love with it as it was Disney Character theme resort designed for Kids. And this time we choose Port Orleans as a more romantic option and this is not to say it isn’t for kids. There are many activities for kids within the resort which keeps them entertained for your entire stay.
We stayed at Royal Guest Rooms with a Garden View and were awed to see the decor which is true to its name ROYAL
One of The Most comfortable mattress I’ve ever come across
The Royal Guest Rooms decor is all about Disney Characters, and has special “ROYAL” touches like decorated beds, Fancy Drapes, Princess portraits, and other minor touches which are shown in the pictures below .
We totally loved our stay in Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort and are so so thankful for the staff working here for providing us with great hospitality and making our vacation truly magical.We will definitely recommend this place to everyone who are looking for a romantic and family friendly resorts in Orlando.
This is just the Royal Guest Room review of the Resort ,there is lot more to share about this place which I will be doing in my next Blog.
Madame Tussauds is a great addition to the Hollywood Boulevard and this may be your best opportunity in Los Angeles to get a picture with your favorite celebrity even if it’s just a convincing wax figure.
I remember going to Madame Tussauds 3 Years back when Aareeb(My lil one) was not even born then and we roughly spent 2 hours here and now when we went back with our 2 year old son,we had so much fun than we’ve ever imagined.
Madame Tussauds is a three-story building where a elevator takes you to the 3rd floor, and leads you through the galleries down the stairs. And in this Blog I will be sharing the Highlights of the Museum.
Highlights of the Museum:
Wax Figures :
I guess I don’t need to say much about this as Madame Tussauds is all about Wax Figures which you can touch , feel and take numerous number of pictures with them.
These Wax Figures look so real that i actually bumped into one and said sorry but later realized it was a wax structure and also went to touch a lady thinking that she is one amongst the wax figures lol
You are welcome to take your own photographs throughout the museum but there are several stations where you can have a souvenir photo taken by museum staff.
Virtual Reality Game :
This is the thing which made us visit Madame Tussauds again and we are glad that we did it.
It is a Virtual reality Game which and There should be at least 2 players to play this game and We were actually placed in two different VR rooms but were able to see each other in the game and also communicate via micro phone.We played two games, One was the Mission on the Moon and the other was fighting with Dinosaurs . We enjoyed both the games but my favorite was the dinosaur one as it scared me a bit.
4D Movie :
It is a Marvel Superhero 4D Experience and according to my 2 year old , it was his best part of the Museum as he Loves Superheros. It had the best Multi Sensory Fun we’ve ever had by far here in Los Angeles.
Your own Wax :
You can also have your own wax Hand made in the first floor (near the exit). Which is a super cool thing to do if you want to have a personalized souvenir. Don’t forget to check the behind the scenes while you wait for your wax Hand.
Gift Shop :
There is a Gift shop which has lots of souvenir related to Hollywood and California available and you can see my husband buying an Oscar for himself lol
6933 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028
20$/person – General Admission and 12$/person for the VR
Natural History Museum is one of those places which is loved by the people of all the ages in Los Angeles.There are several exhibits at the Museum , some are permanent and some are temporary. Here in this blog I will be sharing some highlights of this Museum.
Real Skeleton of a Blue Whale
Here are some of the Highlights of the Museum which definitely make you plan your trip.
Dinosaur Hall :
This was my first time seeing the real bones of a dinosaur and i was totally mind blown. As soon as we entered, we saw a real skeleton of a blue whale and i was so shocked to see how big it was in real. Not just the fossils, There were so much to see and learn for everyone about our ancient period.
The Realistic Dioramas :
There are dozens of magnificent and fascinating creatures showcasing a range of habitats like the wildlife of North America and Africa in realistic dioramas.I was shocked to see how realistic these animals looked.
Watch a Living Dinosaur Perform :
This was one of Aareeb’s favorite as kids get to see a friendly dinosaur (of course a puppet) perform for them and keep kids entertained for a whole 20 minutes.
#mypozerboy looking surprised when this dino said ‘Hi’
Engage your kids at Discovery Center :
There is so much to do for kids at Discovery Center which is a hands on exhibit where visitors of all ages can touch and explore everything from furs to shells. Let them also peep through the Binoculars, Magnifying glasses, Microscopes which allow kids to learn how they work,This can keep them busy for a while for Free.
Fossil Dig Pit where kids can discover Fossils-
There’s a Table top Dinosaur puzzle too
Birds from all around the World :
This is a wonderful exhibit to teach kids about the different types of birds from all over the world including over 400 species of birds from Southern California.
Here you will find a range of different trees,plants and herbs and each one of them is planted to attract some beautiful creatures like butterflies,snails,squirrels etc. There is also a Get Dirty Zone, where kids can fave fun in the sand or see how plants grow.
Butterfly Pavilion :
I have been to so many butterfly gardens and I must admit I have never seen so many colorful butterflies at one place in my life so far. This was a temporary seasonal exhibit
Adult – 14$
Seniors (62+): 11$
Students (13-17 or college with valid ID): 11$
Children (3-12): $6
Under 3: Free
If you’re an LA resident, then you get in free between 3-5 Monday – Friday
Additionally, every Tuesday in September is a free Museum Admission Day. The first Tuesday of each month are also free Admission Days
900 Exposition Blvd,Los Angeles, CA 90007
Parking is available for a fee of $12 (Cash only). If you want to avoid the parking ,Travel by the metro,as it stops right in front of the museum.
We found this to be just as interesting to us as it was to our 2 year old son. If you have kids and haven’t been here, be sure to make a trip! If you don’t have kids and are looking for something awesome to do in LA for a couple of hours, this would be your place to visit.