Saturday, September 13, 2014

Halloween Time In The Parks

By Zach Cooper
The Halloween season is fast approaching. Many theme parks near and far are celebrating the season. Here is a list of kid friendly events at some of the theme parks. 





Disneyland Resort: Throughout the resort, the season of Halloween is all around you. The Haunted Mansion attraction becomes the Haunted Mansion Holiday, based off of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas film. Space Mountain turns into Ghost Galaxy. 

Once the sun goes down, Disneyland Park turns into Mickey's Halloween Party with special entertainment, trick-or-treating, fireworks and much more. disneyland.com/mickeyshalloweenparty





LEGOLAND California: Every Saturday night in October (plus Friday's 17th and 24th), the park hosts Brick-or-Treat Party Nights. The evening of fun includes costume contests, trick-or-treating, fireworks and more. Plus some of your favorite rides are open. 





Sea World San Diego and Orlando: On select weekends, the park will be hosting their annual Halloween Spooktacular event. The event includes special shows, trick-or-treating, fun activities and more.
seaworldparks.com/sandiego/halloweenspooktacular

seaworldparks.com/orlando/halloweenspooktacular





Walt Disney World: On select nights, Magic Kingdom Park hosts Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. This nighttime event includes trick-or-treating, special entertainment, a parade, fireworks and of course rides.
disneyworld.disney.go.com/mickeysnotsoscaryhalloweenparty





LEGOLAND Florida: Every Saturday and Sunday in October, the park hosts Brick-or-Treat. The event includes trick-or-treating, LEGO ghost build, scavenger hunt, costume contest and more.
florida.legoland.com/brickortreat




*All videos are courtesy of the parks YouTube channel. Please click on the video to be linked to the channel. 

Hanauma Bay: Review

By Zach Cooper
Hanauma Bay is one historic place! Thousands of years ago, the cove was a volcanic crater. It now features some of the most exotic and beautiful species of fish. This includes turtles, reef triggerfish (or Humuhumunukunukuapua in Hawaii) and lots of other bright fish. Hanauma Bay is a nature preserve protected by the Marine Life Conservation District of Hawaii.  Before snorkeling, you must watch a small video on the history of the bay and also how to keep safe. After, you walk down (or pay to be shuttled) to the beach and enjoy some time in the waters.

I really enjoyed Hanauma Bay, but did not love it as much as Shark's Cove. Still really great experience and would recommend visiting. 

United Airlines: Review

By Zach Cooper
In July, I took a 7-day trip to the island of Oahu, which is apart of the 8 islands of Hawaii. United Airlines flew me there and back. I departed and returned from the Los Angeles Airport. 

The two planes that I flew on carried tons of passengers but had different amenities. The airliner prides themselves on giving passengers a great experience. They bring "technology to new heights" in an incredible way. 

The first plane had a 22-channel "airline radio", where you could hear different songs by many current artists. It also had a number of television's placed above where you could watch movies or TV. This was all included. 

The second plane had a television per seat. To watch movies, you had to pay money. 

I really enjoyed my experience with United Airlines. Their staff is friendly and very helpful. Out of 10, my rating would be an 8. I would consider that high for an airliner. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Shark's Cove: Review


By Zach Cooper
During my trip to the island of Oahu, I stopped at Shark's Cove by the North Shore. This cove includes a crazy amount of fish. There are not sharks though!! This was my favorite snorkel destination on the island. It is so amazing what you see underwater. They also have a few cliffs, that you can jump off of too. Since the cove is so popular, it can get very crowded. I recommend coming early. I would certainly tell a friend about this place, as it is a great experience. You can rent some snorkeling gear across the street, luckily for a fair price.

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Hale Koa Luau: Review

By Zach Cooper
During my trip to the Hawaiian island of Oahu, I was able to spend an evening at the Hale Koa Hotel for its luau. 



The journey begins once you step onto the beautiful tropical garden, full of fun hands on activities for guests. Next everyone gathers for some music, demonstrations and also to watch 'cousin' climb a coconut tree. After you are able to see how the main course dinner is being prepared in the underground oven. 

Finally, you are seated at your table and dinner is served. The food was very good, and they had enough to fill you up. It includes kalua pig, shoyu chicken, teriyaki beef, just to name a few. 



After the sun goes down, the entertainment starts. This includes the show, hosted by Glenn Medeiros, a famous musician and international recording artist. The show includes great musical numbers, songs, band tributes and much more. You also learn much about the Hawaiian culture. Towards the end, they pay tribute to the heroes that keep America's freedom alive. It was an amazing tribute that instantly puts tears into your eyes.

The Hale Koa Luau is amazing. I loved every moment of it from the food to the spectacular show put on by an amazing group of performers. I would recommend attending the luau to anyone on the island. Well worth every penny. 

Purchase your tickets today: http://www.halekoa.com/dining-and-entertainment/entertainment/the-hale-koa-luau.html

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

"Into the Storm" Review

By Zach Cooper
A few days ago, I was able to see the movie "Into The Storm". The movie follows two sides of a story, but eventually collide into one.


1st Side: An Oklahoma high school is holding its graduation ceremony when suddenly all goes wrong. Sirens start blasting, winds pick up. Before they know it, the whole school is left without a roof. Then the vice principal hears that his son is at an old abandoned paper mill, filming a video for his crush.

2nd Side: A group of documentarists have been out for months trying to get footage of a tornado. The season hasn't been too well, as they haven't seen a tornado in months. They then hear about these tornados and are on it, trying to get as close as possible. 

Suddenly, the two sides mix as the vice principal needs help to go find his son. Him and the group go on a wild ride through the town, helping others and saving lives. They encounter death countless times.

In my opinion, this is the best movie of the year. Actually my 2nd favorite movie of all time. There was not one dull moment in this movie. It also has an amazing moral to the story. I would for sure give it a 10/10. Must see!! 

Friday, August 15, 2014

SeaWorld's New "Blue World Project"

By Zach Cooper
Earlier today, SeaWorld announced that they will be investing time and money to create a larger environment and habitat for the killer whales inside all three parks in San Diego, Orlando and San Antonio.  

This new space will let the whales roam more freely than ever, as the space will cover about 1.5 
acres. Whales will also be able to dive deeper than ever, with the distance downward of 50 feet. 


Through glass, guests will be able to have a great viewing location of the majestic creatures. The company believes this will change how guests see whales in a whole new way. 

SeaWorld has also pledged $10 million for killer whale research. 

SeaWorld says this new area will cost hundreds of millions to create this new habitat.  The first Blue World environment will open up at SeaWorld San Diego around 2018. The San Antonio and Orlando park will open theirs after.


Sources:
-Concept art by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment Inc. 
-Information courtesy of blueworldproject.seaworld.com/seaworld-announces-first-of-its-kind-killer-whale-environment/.