Monday, October 12, 2015

10/12/15: Roger Williams Park Zoo Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular The People's Choice

Last night we went to the Roger Williams Park Zoo Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular with the theme The People's Choice.  We go every year and I am always in amazement what they come up with.
 When we arrived we walked along a path to the Harvest Buffet and saw the largest pumpkin we ever saw.  After eating we went over to see the elephants and a minion.
On weekends there is a Harvest Buffet.  You go in at 5 pm and get VIP entry to the Spectacular.  You can find more information here on the Harvest Buffet.  It runs on Friday-Sundays through October 30th.  The food was good with options of hot dogs, cheeseburgers, turkey, pulled pork and sides.  Everyone found something they liked.  Plus there were many drink options and apple crisp or a brownie for dessert.
If you can't go to the Harvest Buffet I highly suggest you go on a weekday.  Attendance is much lighter during the week and the quality is the same as daily they are fixing any pumpkins that need fixing.  When we left last night on a Sunday of the holiday weekend at 7:15 the line was about two hours long.  Roger Williams Park Zoo was posting updates on their Facebook page so tune in there for updates.  We started on the path in light but then it darkened as we went on.
“The People’s Choice” theme featured subjects the public especially loved throughout the past 27 years of shows.
They had some wonderful pumpkin carvings as always.
 I love the themed areas.  Here was this cool undersea area.
This was one of my favorites!  Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!
Here is a sampling of more awesome carvings.
 I loved the Sleepy Hollow area also with Jack-O-Lanterns hanging from the trees.

 Gorgeous reflection of carved Jack-O-Lanterns.
Loved this area also.
My favorite part is always the Laughing Tree.  It is the most amazing sight and is so hard to capture with pictures.  I have some video at the end of the post also.
Totally gorgeous!
There was lots of smoke coming from this big Jack-O-Lantern.  Plus he changed colors.
Here are some more details:
The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is open 6pm - 11pm, with the last admission at 10pm.
On Saturdays, admission will be extended an hour, with the last admission at 11pm, and the trail closing at 12am.
Monday - Thursday are $14 adults, $12 seniors and $11 for children ages 3 – 12, with children under three admitted for free.
Admission prices on Friday - Sunday are $16 adults, $14 seniors and $13 children ages 3 – 12; children two and under are admitted for free.
 This is an absolute must see!
Here is some video of the Laughing Tree:

 It continues till November 1st!
 Check them out on Facebook: 
Disclosure: I was provided tickets to the Harvest Buffet for my family and I in exchange for promotional review.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

9/28/15: Evan in Disney's Hollywood Studios Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show

We recently went to Walt Disney World and had a wonderful time as always.  This visit was a little bit more magical as Evan was selected to be in the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show.  This was a once in a lifetime experience and one that he was very lucky to be selected for.
Every time we go to Disney's Hollywood Studios we make sure to check the schedule for Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show as it only happens a couple times a day.  This is Evan's favorite show at Disney's Hollywood Studios.  We headed over to the show about a half hour early to make sure we got a good seat.
We had awesome seats.  We were up maybe 6 rows and right in the middle of the stadium.  Honestly we were just lucky to get the seats we got.  When you enter Cast Members direct you to which entrance you will go in through.  We were directed to the middle.  This was the first time we went in through the middle.  It is a huge stadium that fills up for each show.
We love the show and we were well aware that they call one child up from the audience to be in the show.  Our seats were in line with a row that had a small door and said Cast Members only and we were on the left of the door when looking at the stands.  When the video person started aiming the camera around our row I made sure to point to Evan and Evan stood up and raised his hands.  We couldn't believe he got picked!  I am not sure if this is always the section they take a volunteer from, but for us we were in the exact row that the camera man was aiming at when picking someone.
This is the part of the show where a child gets to drive a real car via remote control.
Here they are describing to Evan what he will do.
Now Evan is using the remote control to control the car.
The coolest thing is that you get a special pin that only can be obtained by being the guest driver in this show.
So cool that he is up on the big screen.
Here is a close up of the pin.
Evan being brought back to his seat.
He was so excited and people were even coming up to him in the park that recognized him from the show.  He felt like a celebrity.
Here is Evan with one of the guys from the show.
Here is some video.
Here is the Finale, I think the flames look like a Mickey Mouse head.  So cool!  Another Hidden Mickey!
What an amazing experience and an absolutely magical day!

Monday, September 28, 2015

9/28/15: Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales Show Giveaway

Our family loves all things Disney.  We just returned from a week in Walt Disney World and I was very excited to be invited to Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales at the Tsongas Center on November 14th.  It is a way to enjoy some Disney Magic at home.  Plus I am giving you a chance to win  tickets to the show.  Read on and enter below.
More about the show:
Prepare to step into a world of wonder where wishing is only the beginning and dreams really do come true in Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt.  Join Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy as they bring the timeless fairytale adventures of Cinderella, Beauty and The Beast, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to life right in your hometown. 
This live show features dynamic storytelling, award winning music, stunning costumes and glittering special effects, audiences will be captivated by the humor, fun and adventure of these spellbinding stories.  Dream with the princesses, cheer for the heroes as they conquer evil villains, and marvel as these classic tales are brought to life in a theatrical experience that’s pure magic.
 We love Cinderella, Snow White and Beauty and the Beast.
 This looks like a fantastic show!
The show is on November 16th and playing at 12, 3 and 6 pm.  Tickets are available here. Enter below to win 4 tickets to a show of your choice.
Here is a video trailer.
Disclosure:  I was provided with 4 tickets for my family and tickets for giveaway.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Monday, September 21, 2015

9/21/15: Win 2 Tickets to Edaville USA for any Date in October

I have another giveaway for family fun at Edaville USA.  Enter below to win 2 tickets to see Thomas Land and Pumpkins Aglow.  You can chose any open date in October!
 We have always loved going to Edaville USA and now with the new Thomas Land there is so much more fun!  You can read my full post here on Thomas Land.
 Here you can see the rides.  Any Thomas and Friends fan will love it.
You can see all the rides here.
Make sure to see Sir Topham Hatt!
 Of course make sure to take a train ride with Thomas chugging along.
With rides, a train ride, Dino Land, and Thomas Land there is so much to see!
Plus in October you can check out their Pumpkins Aglow display.
Tickets can be purchased online by visiting or at the park entrance.  Enter below to win 2 tickets to be used any date in October that Edaville USA is open.

Disclosure:  I was invited by Mattel to attend the Media Grand Opening of Thomas Land at Edaville USA.  I was also provided with tickets to giveaway.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.
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