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Free Ride Night at iPlay America

Blogger Night FREE Ride Night at iPlay America Friday, February 28th from 5-8pm only!

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To get in on the fun, you must go to http://www.iplayamerica.com/blogger and register your tickets. You will then be emailed your passes to print and bring with you and each person you bring (everyone needs their own pass although the passes can all be under one persons name and email for ease).

Check out the flyer below. What is your favorite ride at iPlay??

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THE RIDE Celebrates ONE MILLION RIDERS

“Our goal was to create traveling theaters, and currently, the world’s only traveling virtual reality theater.
We can run a Broadway show from our integrated technologies, if we’d like.
You’re with us for an EXPERIENCE.”

-Richard Humphrey
Author/Director/CEO/CCO, The Ride LLC
As told to: Bus & Motorcoach News, April 17, 2019


THE RIDE
Celebrates
ONE MILLION RIDERS

February 25, 2020

1,000,000 RIDERS

(New York City – February 2020)  On Tuesday, February 25, 2020, THE RIDE, the experiential sightseeing theatrical tour/phenomenon, will welcome its one millionth RIDER on its 28,545th performance.

1,000,000 RIDERS.

28,545 performances.

As the iconic audience member boards the 4:45pm RIDE, CEO/CCO/Author/Director, Richard Humphrey, will be there to welcome them into the Times Square and Broadway neighborhood history books.

The 1,000,000th RIDER will receive a customized RIDE for themselves and forty-eight (48) of their chosen friends, relations and/or business associates.

Overseen by Mr. Humphrey, the CUSTOMIZED RIDE will be available to be redeemed for one year by the 1,000,000th RIDER.

Established on October 15, 2010 and re-launched on April 1, 2014, THE RIDE is currently scouting Paris, Tokyo, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Boston, London, Hong Kong, and Dubai as expansive markets.

In the meantime, THE RIDE’S breakthrough Virtual Reality DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE has expanded the parameters of Experiential Entertainment far beyond the wildest dreams of both its fans and its competitors.

Think globally.
Do business in the neighborhood.

Times Square.
The Center of the Universe.
40” Latitude.  73” Longitude.

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Diggerland Black Friday Special

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Diggerland has a HUGE Black Friday – Cyber Monday Special and they asked me to share it with YOU! You may have seen our fun day out at Diggerland over the Summer, but if you missed it, check it out! So much fun for all ages, my kids especially loved driving the machinery themselves (YES Really!).

It’s that time of year again, and we’re excited to announce our LOWEST PRICES yet for our Black Friday Sale! Our ultimate Black Friday sale gifts you with 2 parks for 1 price, with our Water Main Aquatic Park opening in 2020, plus more exciting discounts!

>>> SHOP HERE!<<< for Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals!

We’re so excited for our expansion and all the new fun things coming to Diggerland!

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Grand Opening is targeted for the 2020 Memorial Day weekend

9/12/2019 West Berlin, N.J. – Diggerland USA is ecstatic to announce its newest park expansion: “The Water Main” Aquatic Park. Guests will be able cool off, swim and splash their way around an expansive 2-acre outdoor aquatic park with two multi-zone pools featuring a slide tower, Wibit-brand challenge course, swim vortex, in-pool basketball area, themed splash park plus family and leisure swim zones.  Surrounding the pools are deck chairs and lawn areas for relaxation and sunbathing, walk‑up food and beverage service, and private cabana rentals.

The Water Main grand opening is targeted for the 2020 Memorial Day weekend.  During the remainder of 2019, Diggerland USA will be open weekends and holidays through the Christmas holidays.  Annually, Diggerland USA is open (subject to weather) during weekends, holidays and when schools are generally not in session from mid-March through the December holidays, and The Water Main will be open during those days from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.  Annually, starting in mid‑September, during the park’s “Diggerfest” and “Winterfest” seasons, the park offers seasonal and family entertainment and in‑park events.

Visit DiggerlandUSA.com and subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date with announcements about The Water Main and other aspects of Diggerland USA including our operating schedule and our in‑park entertainment and events.

LSC Extreme Giveaway!

Half day of school on a Friday? That calls for fun! #ExtremeLSC has just the right stuff.

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Enter to win a family pack of 4 tickets for the November 22nd 6-10pm Extreme Event at the Liberty Science Center (a $70 Value!). Great for children ages 2-16!

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Laser tag! Slime! A massive ball pit! Blast off into a brand new adventure for kids at Liberty Science Center: Extreme LSC!

Happening every fourth Friday from 6 pm – 10 pm, Extreme LSC is the ultimate way to kick off a weekend of fun. Experience Liberty Science Center’s most exciting adventures only at Extreme LSC! Get discounted advance tickets now for Nov. 22.

All of LSC’s exhibitions will be open, too! Experience all your favorites – the Touch Tunnel, the Infinity Climber, the animals in Eat and Be Eaten – at night with your friends. For an additional cost, you can also experience LSC’s newest premium exhibition: Angry Birds Universe!

The cafe will also be open serving food and snacks throughout the evening. Accompanying adults 21 and over can enjoy a menu of beer and wine.

Get tickets now and take advantage of the limited time online discount: $15 for kids, and $20 for adults. After the discount ends, all tickets will go up $5.

How to Save Money at Six Flags

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Six Flags ticket prices can break the bank and Six Flags Discount tickets can be hard to find.

At least here in NJ at Six Flags Great Adventure. I don’t know about the other popular theme park ticket prices like six flags magic mountain or six flags great america, but I’d imagine all six flags have about the same pricing structure.

#1. Season Passes

The best deal is the annual season pass that has a monthly reoccurring. For gold membership, it’s just $26 a month including tax for 4 passes.  This includes free standard parking, entry to ther park any operating day, and bring a friend discounts. A six flags one day ticket will set you back $80+ if you buy it at the gate.  That’s 11 months of payments if you gave the gold $7 a month plan.  You can cancel any time after the first year, but why would you? You’re locked into that great rate!

This year they introduced diamond and diamond elite passes that offer even more, but your monthly payment will go up for it, so I stick to what works for my family.

#2. Coke Cans

Another way to save is coke cans or the leaflet flyers you can sometimes find at Dunkin Donuts shop counters.  You can also check retailmenot.com or groupon since they’re known for deals and you may just get lucky.

#3. Scouts Days

If you know a boy scout or girl scout, you may just want to hit them up to find out if they plan on attending any scout days. If so, scouts in uniform can bring family members to the park on these days to receive a 50% off pass to enjoy the park with rest of the troops and dens.

Overall, the deals are out there, you just have to look. And with Freight Fest in full swing, the park is sure to be an exciting full morning to night day of fun.

Six Flags NJ Hours vary based on season so click and check ther current calendar.

Six Flags Parking Prices are free for members.

Six Flags Freight Fest is 6pm until close during the fall season leading up until Halloween.

Get the Six Flags free app to have access to coupons, local park info, and maps of the park.

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On the app you’ll have access to bring a friend deals as well which is good for everyone! You get to bring a friend to enjoy the fun, and they get a discounted six flags ticket.

Alot of times they make these weekdays only, but there are the few tossed in for weekends.  Sometimes cheap and someones even FREE! So my advice is get the app.

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PonyCycle Top Holiday Gift 2019

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We’ve all paid the $5.00 or so for our kids to ride around on the new mall craze, the animals. It’s an awesome experience for the kids, and great picture opportunity for parents capturing their child in a pure joy moment. But what if it was possible to have this type of fun at home, affordably!

I am calling it now, this is sure to be a hot hot hot seller this holiday season. Get yours now while prices are still low on Amazon before they sell out!

Meet Pony Cycle, original inventor of the PonyCycle ride on toy—–world’s first simulated walking animal. Through 13 years of development, manufacturing improvement, riding test and safety test, it has arrived!

Adorable and comfortable to ride, it will fulfill your kids’ fantasy and also become their best childhood memory of their own Pony -or Unicorn

Check it out!


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Age recommend: 3-5

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Back to school with Honeysticks Natural Beeswax Crayons – Giveaway Hop over 60 giveaways!

Welcome to the Back to school giveaway hop! Hosted by the kids did it and the mommy island.

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Enter now to win a pack of Hona $10 Amazon gift card to get you started on back to school supplies this 2019/2020 school year

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Honeysticks Crayons are handmade in New Zealand with 100% pure beeswax, so they are safer for children of all ages. This sustainable process causes minimal impact on the environment and gives the crayons a wonderful honey scent. Our unique chubby crayons are easy for small hands to hold, but much harder to break!  Let your little ones express their inner artist with a stunning range of twelve eye catching, non-toxic crayon colours.

Universal Express Pass, is it worth it?

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There is an ongoing debate if the express pass at Universal Studios Orlando is worth the money you’ll need to shell out for it.

My answer is yes, but not by itself.

If you’re traveling from far away and needing to stay at a hotel, you’re better off staying at one of the on-site resorts that include the Unlimited Express pass with your stay.

I had booked the Aventura hotel almost a year in advance of our trip and was happy with my choice.  I had paid it off in 2 payments and was all set including the park tickets for us all.

About a month and a half before our trip, my husband mentioned to me that we should probably look into the express passes since we were going late July which is a busy time (I mean, is there any time that isn’t busy there?). I checked them out and noticed the site says $69.99 for the regular Express pass.

That is until I chose my specific dates. The prices jumped to $189 each for the unlimited Express passes! I couldn’t believe my eyes… I decided to wait and look around. I noticed that the top tier hotels on site, the Hard Rock Orlando and Lowes Pacifica both included free unlimited Express passes for all guests during your stay.

If I purchased the Express passes separately, it would’ve costed my just under $800.

I called to inquire about upgrading my hotel to the Hard Rock and to my surprise it was just $600 more than what I had already paid OR for an additional $800 we would get Rock Royalty Club level at the hotel.

I chose the latter and man am I happy I did.  We had an AMAZING time, and the Hard Rock Club Level is definitely worth the extra money.

We took the path right from the hotel which is a 7 minute walk to City Walk and the entrance to both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. We were able to take our time getting to the parks in the morning, and then leave around 12 to go back to the hotel, take a dip in the amazing pool and hot tub, eat, and head back to the parks.

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It was so care free and leisurely.  Getting to go in the Express lane, even during the peak July month, meant 5-10 minute waits MAX even on the newest rides (make sure the rides you want accept express passes).

Take note of the Express pass which allows one express ride per ride vs. The Express unlimited pass which allows you on the rides as many times as you’d like over and over if you chose.

Overall, YES it is so worth it, especially during the busiest Summer months.  But I suggest you check the on site hotel rates that include them before shelling out the money for the passes themselves.

Did you already book a hotel or driving from local? No worries, you can always decide once you get to the parks If you want to add an Express pass. They’re the same price at the park and Express passes are sold all over in all 3 universal parks.

The following are the rides that accept express passes as of August 2019:

Participating rides and attractions subject to change without notice.

Universal Studios Florida™

  • Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts™
  • Hogwarts™ Express (Park-to-Park admission ticket required)
  • Despicable Me Minion Mayhem™
  • TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D
  • Fast & Furious – Supercharged™
  • MEN IN BLACK™ Alien Attack™
  • Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit™
  • Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon™
  • The Simpsons Ride™
  • Kang & Kodos’ Twirl ‘n’ Hurlv
  • Revenge of the Mummy™
  • E.T. Adventure™
  • Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster™

Universal’s Islands Of Adventure™

  • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™
  • Hogwarts™ Express (Park-to-Park admission ticket required)
  • Flight of the Hippogriff™
  • The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man®
  • The Incredible Hulk Coaster®
  • Storm Force Accelatron®
  • Doctor Doom’s Fearfall®
  • Jurassic Park River Adventure™
  • Skull Island: Reign of Kong™
  • Caro-Seuss-el™
  • The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride!™
  • Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls®
  • Poseidon’s Fury™

Universal’s Volcano Bay™

  • Krakatau™ Aqua Coaster
  • Punga Racers™
  • Maku of Maku Puihi Round Raft Rides™
  • Puihi of Maku Puihi Round Raft Rides™
  • Honu of Honu ika Moana™
  • ika Moana of Honu ika Moana™
  • Taniwha Tubes™

Additional Rides Available with Express PLUS:

  • Kala & Tai Nui Serpentine Body Slides™
  • Ko’okiri Body Plunge™
  • Ohyah of Ohyah & Ohno Drop Slides™
  • Ohno of Ohyah & Ohno Drop Slides™

 

The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium and Savory Feast

Best place to east at Universal?

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Toothsome

One of the biggest topics when visiting City Walk is where to eat with little kids? The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium is a little known gem at Universal’s City Walk on Orlando.

Perfect for children of all ages, this restaurant is whimsical with a feel of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. There are steampunk clocks and confections galore.  If you are staying at a high end resort on site at Universal, you can use your hotel key to get premier fast seating which is great. You can  chose to only visit the store, visit just the milk shake counter (we’ll get to this in a moment) or stay for dinner.

When you first walk in, there is a store filled with truffles and macaroons. Beware as they are extremely expensive to the tune of $20 for a box of 6 tiny truffles and $24 for just 6 macaroons.

With that being said, we got both.  I found it with it for the experience for the kids and I can’t lie, myself too. Thet just looked so tempting and I couldn’t wait to try the hand made truffles. Just look at these displays of goodness…

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We chose the salted caramel, neapolitan, chocolate, caramel corn, and coconut macaroons.  I have to say they were just as good as they look.

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For the truffles, I can’t recall what flavors we choose but they look so pretty.  The box they come in is so cute too with a little bow.  I guess for three price they better come in a cute box… the one I tried wasn’t as great as I’d hoped.  If I can do it again, I’d skip getting the high priced truffles, thet weren’t worth it.

The place is known for their outrageous milk shakes.  For kids, this is a dream come true. Take a look at all of the options!

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I’m drooling just looking at the options on the menu again. And boy are they fantastic! Check out the birthday cake with a full piece of cake on top and the cookie jar shake with a cookie and bits of every best cookie!

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The rest of the menu is great too. It’s a fancy restaurant made fun. A little secret, it is actually cheaper than many of the other restaurant’s in the area, so way worth it in my opinion, especially if you have children. They have burgers, chicken tenders, salads, and many more.

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If you can request a specific seat, ask for upstairs by the window.  The view of city walk is great.

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Roadtrip from New Jersey to Florida, with kids.

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This year my family and I took a vacation from our home state of New Jersey to Florida. We’ve done the drive previous years, and it’s always worked well so I thought, why not share with others the easiest way to travel to Florida with children?

Well, the first rule is always take the westerly route.  I-95 is the better known way, and sometimes thought to be the only way by those who do not travel often by car.  I-81 is a much better route and although on Google maps is longer, it’ll be a smoother, traffic-free ride. Usually, you can get a cheaper hotel rate as well since it isn’t where all of the main traffic traveling down south comes from.

If you want fool proof, I’ll give you the hotel’s we frequent on the way down south and if you use these in your gps, you’ll be good to go! Not to mention, this makes the ride down a part of the vacation rather than dreaded driving time.

First up is the Quality inn in Troutville, VA.

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Address:
3139 Lee Hwy South,
Troutville, VA 24175

It’ll be a 6 to 6 1/2 hour ride from central NJ. We like to leave early morning and do 4 straight hours.  This way, the kids sleep and it usually gets us right to the point of needing to get gas. Then break for some eat in lunch at one of the easy on-off exits and it’ll be only another 2 hours left of the ride until the hotel. There is a Cracker Barrel restaurant right in the parking lot of the Troutville, VA Quality Inn that you can walk to for dinner and they have an outdoor pool that’s perfect for kids (3ft- 5.5ft) and open until it gets dark out.

 

From the Troutville hotel, we head to Savannah, GA which is another 6 hour drive from the previous hotel, and again, we break it up into 4 hours, stop for lunch, and then 2 hours.  Our favorite hotel there is the Doubletree.

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Address:
50 Yvette J Hagins Drive,
Savannah, GA 31408

 

It’s so nice and classy and has a pull out bed sofa which is perfect for the kids.  They have their own tv as well so we can all lounge and watch what we want after yet another long drive. The pool at the Doubletree is indoors and open 24/7 which is nice.  The heated pool is so refreshing and helps to refresh muscles after sitting in a car for so long.

The area is highly populated with stores including fast food, Tanger Outlets, and a super Walmart all within short driving distance. Not to mention it’s a highly sought after area since its close to downtown historic district of Savannah. The Doubletree is a bit pricey, but there are many hotels within the same area for less.

After this, you’re almost there. Just an hour or so to enter into Jacksonville, Florida! And 4 hours from Orlando. By now, the trip has placed you on I-95, but it’s a lot smoother since you’re past the tri-state traffic sections.

It helps to use the Waze app during your travels since it alerts you of construction, hazards on road, and even police waiting to catch speeding vehicles.  We find it very helpful.

It really is much better to break up the trip this way with children, it makes it a journey rather than a dreaded ride in the car. My kids love visiting the hotels and using the pools since they’re all different.  It’s nice to have long rests in between if you have the time.

Note: If visiting Universal Studios Orlando, I highly recommend staying on site at the Hard Rock.

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I’ve done both ways (staying at a cheap local hotel vs on site) and there’s no comparison. If you stay at the Hard Rock, you get free Expess Unlimited Passes and this saves SO much time.  It was ther best choice we made on our entire trip to stay at Hard Rock Orlando. We upgraded and stayed on Rock Royalty Club Level which was an added perk to our trip since it allows you access to the club lounge for free drinks and snacks all day which you are encouraged to take to the parks.

It’s only a 10 minute walk to city walk through an amazingly aesthetically pleasing path with views of the water or you can take the water taxi’s. And if you get the chance, check out the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium!

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Let me know if you use my trip tips and any comments or suggestions!