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Closer To Home: Theme Parks in Southern California

Closer To Home: Theme Parks in Southern California

[lightgrey_box]Presenting Closer To Home, a series on destinations closer to Los Angeles if you’re in the mood for little day trips instead. For our first feature, we visited three main theme parks in Southern California – Universal Studios, Disneyland, and Knott’s Berry Farm. They’re all fantastic, of course, but each has its own special something that caters to your specific level of courage. How much cash do I need? Not a whole lot if you’re practical. We always recommend buying park tickets ahead of time. Parking will cost you at least $15 and lunch for two will be around $25. Also, bring bottles of water and snacks to help you get through the inevitable line-waiting for most of the rides. Try to be there before 11 in the morning. Expect to run into small children much braver than you. Thank you to the press relations at Universal Studios, Disneyland, and Knott’s Berry Farm for welcoming us![/lightgrey_box]

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Universal studios

[blue_box]The closest of the three, Universal Studios is a film and TV fan’s dream with its truly unique world famous studio tour. But that’s not the only thing to do. If you’re patient or strategic enough, you could easily ride everything in one day. The best rides will certainly have long lines anytime you’re at the park, but prioritizing is key. Try to do the Studio Tour first because the line for it just gets longer and longer throughout the day.[/blue_box]Favorites: Transformers™: The Ride-3D, The Simpsons Ride™, Revenge of the Mummy? – The Ride, and King Kong 360 3-D (part of the Studio Tour).
Food Recommendation: Doc Brown’s Fancy Chicken
[button link=”http://www.universalstudioshollywood.com/tickets/type/special-offers-socal/” color=”blue”]Tickets $69[/button][/one_half_last]


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Disneyland

[yellow_box]No one can really argue that Disneyland is just for kids anymore, what with the awesomeness that is California Adventure. But nevertheless, so what? It’s fun being a kid all over again. Once you set foot in the theme park, everything else follows smoothly. As in everything. Disneyland is all about consistency and well thought of details. Cast members don’t even break character so don’t be surprised if they look at you menacingly while in line for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Grab Fast Passes as soon as you get there because they will save you a ton of time and energy![/yellow_box]
Favorites: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, California Screamin’, Star Tours – The Adventure Continues, World Of Color (do not miss this show because it will change your life).

Food Recommendation: Plaza Inn is great for not so pricey food and a view of the parade.
[button link=”http://disneyland.disney.go.com/tickets” color=”yellow”]Tickets $137[/button][/one_half_last]


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Knott’s Berry Farm

[red_box]Perhaps the most terrifying of the three because of its many thrill rides, Knott’s Berry Farm is pretty straight to the point. They’ve got the most affordable season pass that’s below $100 each and they’ve got Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner. You will probably never see a more absurd line for fried chicken, but if you head on over to the “To Go” line, you cut your waiting time by more than an hour at least. Bring your roller coaster loving friend! It just opened its Boardwalk section this month with exciting new rides.[/red_box]
Favorites: GhostRider (the best), Xcelerator (the scariest), Supreme Scream, and Silver Bullet.
Food Reccomendation: Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant
[button link=”https://www.knotts.com/tickets?” color=”red”]Tickets $37.99[/button][/one_half_last]


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