Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Halloween Best Haunted Attractions Southern California

At one time Knott's Berry's Farm was the undisputed king of Southern California Halloween events. This Halloween the competition is fierce for the title of best haunted attraction. The key players this year for older children and adults are Knott"s, Universal Studios and Magic Mountain. Disneyland, Legoland and Seaworld San Diego are hosting haunted events that are suitable for all age groups.
Knott's Berry's Farm
Knott's Berry Farm Haunt is the world’s largest Halloween celebration. Starting September 24 and running for 27 horrifying nights the typically family friendly theme park will transform itself for its willing victims into 160-acres of sheer terror. Knott’s Halloween Haunt continues to be the leader in theme park Halloween events offering a whopping 13 mazes, seven hair-raising shows, three horrific scare zones and 1,000 roaming monsters roaming throughout the entire park. Knott’s Halloween Haunt dates are September 24-26, September 30-Oct. 3, 6-10, 13-17, 20-24, 27-31, 2010. Event hours are 7pm - 1am; Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm-2am.
Universal Studios Hollywood
Halloween Horror Nights® opened its 17-night run today at Universal Studios HollywoodSM with the annual presentation of the Eyegore Awards, honoring the horror genre’s top stars and creative artists. The 2010 "Halloween Horror Nights" event at Universal Studios Hollywood offers spine-chilling new mazes based upon the horror genre’s most compelling characters. Rob Zombie and other top artists collaborated with Universal Studios Hollywood in the creation of new mazes, "scare zones" and backlot experiences. Halloween Horror Nights’ mazes will include "A Nightmare On Elm Street™: Never Sleep Again," "Friday the 13th™: Kill, Jason, Kill!," Rob Zombie’s "House of 1000 Corpses: In 3D Zombievison" plus "Saw: Game On" and "Vampyre: Castle of the Undead." Among the six "Scare Zones" is a new "La Llorona" experience, based upon the timeless Mexican legend.
Magic Mountain
Six Flags Magic Mountain is transformed from a "theme park" to a haunted "scream park" for Fright Fest Presented by SNICKERS® beginning October 8 and running for four frightfully fun weekends through October 31. Fright Fest offers 12 days of terrifying haunted mazes, roaming zombies, the scariest clowns on the planet and new shows ... leaving no tombstone unturned to bring the ultimate sensory overload for every range of fear. For the little monsters, a Trick or Treat Trail Presented by Walgreens, Scaryoke and Crafts in Bugs Bunny World round out the activities.
October 8-10, 15-17, 22-24 and 29-31.
SeaWorld San Diego
Seaworld Halloween Spooktacular where can kids meet some spooky and not-so-spooky animals, pose for pictures with mesmerizing mermaids and trick-or-treat among a sea-inspired atmosphere, which includes friendly sea princesses, octopuses and schools of fish? It’s all part of SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular, where Halloween meets the sea this October. Kids are invited to come in costume and enjoy animal meet and greets, special Halloween shows and colorful costumed characters, from 1 to 6 p.m. the following weekends: Oct. 2–3, Oct. 9–10, Oct. 16–17, Oct. 23–24 and Oct. 30–31, 2010.
Queen Mary Dark Harbor
The ship’s crew have ensured this Long Beach Halloween tradition’s unforgettable and macabre makeover at the hands of fright masters long responsible for some of Southern California’s biggest scare-fests. More than 45,000 scares per hour await, along with 160 monsters and 20-foot tall flames. Three shipboard and two onshore mazes confuse and ensnare visitors, and although visitors will have every opportunity to turn back, the food, drink and entertainment inside will ensure leaving is unthinkable.
18 Nights Oct. 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31
7:00 p.m. through the darkest hour of midnight

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Julian Apple Picking

Julian Bakery
Its apple picking time in Julian California. This years apple harvest gets into full swing from about middle of September to the middle of October. Picking season is rather short due to the popularity of this annual event. U-Pick apple season has become a victim of its success with very limited supplies of these delicious treats. Apples and Art Orchards has U-Pick for groups of ten or more however you must make a reservation. The trip up the mountain is still worth the drive especially if you arrive early. O'Dell's Organic Orchard is open weekends for you pick along with Raven Hill Orchard which is also open on Fridays. While the pickings may be slim you can still fill up on apple pie at Julian Bakery or take a gold mine tour at the Julian Mining Company. Julian California directions: From Los Angeles and Orange County take 5 or 15 south to 76 East to 79, turn right to 78/79 (Santa Ysabel) turn left to Julian, or take 5 or 15 South to 78 east to Julian. From San Diego take I-8 east to highway 67 (toward Ramona). 67 turns into 78 in Ramona, follow to Julian, or take I-8 east to 79 (through the Cuyamaca State Park) to Julian. From the Carlsbad - Vista take 78 east to Julian. You can pick up 78 east from I-15 in Escondido or I-5 in Carlsbad.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Walt Disney Family Museum San Francisco

When The Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio of San Francisco was looking for a way to illustrate the ancestry and family roots of Walt Disney, they turned to an imaginative Bay Area artist and mapmaker named Dave Stevenson.   His work, which will be on exhibit in the Lower Lobby of the Museum from September 15- to January 3, has been seen at the entrance to the Museum’s first gallery by thousands of visitors since the Museum opened.  Stevenson’s colorful map charts the journey of Disney family ancestors from Isigny-sur-Mer, France ( d’Isigny was Anglicized to Disney,) through England, Ireland and Canada to the United States.

Stevenson uses geography, cartography, graphic design, and artistic inspiration to create his maps. These works of art include history and landmarks, people, plants, and animals to communicate an accurate yet romantic, playful, or dramatic view of the places and events that he charts.  Included in the exhibition are maps of Maui, Antarctica, Egypt, and India, as well as the famous map, Treasures of the World, included as an insert in National Geographic Also featured are maps of Antarctica, Egypt, the Galapagos Islands, the Lewis and Clark expedition used in marketing Lindblad Expeditions and maps of the Mediterranean, and India, as well as a dramatic piece that charts the spread of the Black Death. A map of the Presidio of San Francisco drawn especially for this exhibition will also be on display.
                                                                
The Walt Disney Family Museum will screen the film Treasure Island as its film-of-the-month during October, and public programs and gallery experiences during the month will focus on aspects of both the film and map making.

The fascinating and inspiring story of Walt Disney, whose artistry, imagination and vision helped define 20th-century America, has been brought to life at The Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio of San Francisco.  The Museum illuminates Walt Disney’s tremendous successes, disappointments, and unyielding optimism as he worked tirelessly to enhance the art of animation. Explore Walt’s remarkable life through ten interactive galleries that feature early drawings and animation, movies, music, listening stations, a 14-foot model of Disneyland and much more. The Walt Disney Family Museum, L.L.C. is owned and operated by the Walt Disney Family Foundation, a non-profit foundation. Open Wednesday – Monday 10:00am to 6:00pm on the on the Main Post of the Presidio.

The Walt Disney Family Museum
104 Montgomery Street, The Presidio of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA 94129