Wizarding World Of Harry Potter – Universal Studios Orlando

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
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Our trip to Universal Studios is always filled with fun and excitement, but out last trip was especially wonderful because of our new venture, visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
I feel especially connected to the whole Harry Potter craze, since my 19 year old son grew up on Harry Potter books. It seemed inevitable that we would have to visit the WWHP and see what it had it store for us!

Universal Studios really outdid themselves with the new addition to the park. The entrance to Hogsmeade was breathtaking! Everyone around us just stopped in their tracks to take it all in.
The Hogwart’s Express to the left, shops to the right, snow on the rooftops, it was just overwhelming and well worth the trip already. As we walked down the crowded cobblestone path my family had to make a stop for some butterbeer in a take home mug! Wow! Everyone agreed it was perfect!

Of course the highlight of the trip was a visit to Hogwarts! Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey was not a ride to miss. It was well worth the line and there was plenty to talk about and look at while we were waiting. If you want to reride, be sure to ask for the single rider line to make a much quicker second trip! We spent time at the WWHP at the beginning of the day, but we only had a one day pass, we also went back to the area to revisit about an hour before the park closed. At that time we were able to just “enter” any shop with no line to wait in, including the “Ollivander’s” the wand shop, where you can choose the wand that is right for you. Don’t miss it, althought you will have a hard time choosing! I hope if you get the chance to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, you enjoy it as much as our family. I’m sure you will! Have a wonderful trip! 

Sesame Place Offers Off Season Parties!!

Sesame Place Offers Off Season Birthday Parties!

Anyone that knows me, knows that I love Sesame Place! I mean with three children, the oldest turning 20 next month,one in the middle and little one just turning 4, I have been going to Sesame Place forever! 

I was thrilled to find out that Sesame Place in Langhorne, Pa offers some great party opportunities during their off season. As you may already know, you can book a birthday http://www.sesameplace.com/sesame2/plan.aspx?id=birthday-parties-may—october/graduation http://www.sesameplace.com/sesame2/plan.aspx?id=graduation party at Sesame Place during the season (May-October), but I had no idea you could have your child’s birthday party there when the park was not in full swing.

During the months of November through March you can enjoy a family and friends birthday party right inside of Sesame Place. The party is held indoors along with access to an indoor show! How excited would any child be to have this as their birthday party? The party even includes a meet and greet with a character and a private character 20 minute interactive show! Wow! It makes me wish I had an “off season” baby!
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Cake Boss- A Visit To Carlo’s Bakery

Cake Boss-A Visit To Carlo’s Bakery

By now, almost everyone has heard of Buddy, The Cake Boss, or has had the chance to see his show on TLC. Since we are not far from the actual bakery, our family decided to take a trip, the first of many trips to Carlo’s Bakery-located in Hoboken, NJ.

It’s tough to go to Carlo’s without waiting in a line, but if you can get there during the week it’s not too bad. Expect to stand in a line that wraps around the corner if you visit on the weekend(of course it’s worth the wait).

Once you are inside of Carlo’s Bakery, do not worry about being rushed. The people inside could not be nicer. It is good to have an idea of what you want before you enter though, because all the delicious choices are endless! 

Personally, our family went in to buy a cake and ended up with the cake, cookies, coffee cake, bread, coffee and other goodies. The scent of fresh cake and cookies is very overwhelming, so be prepared.

If you are there to order a specialty cake for a wedding, birthday, shower or any other occasion, there is a special area to sit at(same one they use in the show) and a book with endless examples of cakes for every occasion. Emily looked through the book a few times and was ready to put her order in for ten different cakes! I’m sure we will be back in the future to order a special occasion cake from Carlo’s Bakery.

Another fun thing about visiting Carlo’s Bakery is that since it is family run, you will always see someone from the show working there. In the times we have gone, we have met a few of Buddy’s sisters, Little Buddy, Buddy’s mom, Frankie and his brother! They are great about photos and

always greet you with a smile!

There is also merchandise from the show available for purchase right inside the bakery.
If you are visiting the NYC area, or NJ you are in the Carlo’s Bakery area. Don’t miss your 

chance to meet the Cake Boss gang and sample some of the yummies that Buddy has to offer! 

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“Driving Miss Daisy”Announces Date For Special Performance To Benefit The Actors Fund

“Driving Miss Daisy” Announces Date For Special Performance To Benefit The Actors   Fund

Stars Vanessa Redgrave, James Earl Jones and Boyd Gaines donate their time and talent to raise funds for entertainment charity.

01.12.2011– The Broadway company of Driving Miss Daisy has announced that they will add a ninth performance to their already scheduled eight-show week in order to perform a benefit performance on Monday, February 7 at 8pm. All proceeds will go toThe Actors Fund, a national human services organization that helps those working in performing arts and entertainment.

Starring James Earl Jones, Vanessa Redgrave and Boyd Gaines, Driving Miss Daisytells the affecting story of the decades-long relationship between a stubborn Southern matriarch and her compassionate chauffeur. Variety said, “Redgrave and Jones are masters of their craft,” and The New York Post called it, “a driving force of nature.”

The performance will be held at the Golden Theatre, 252 West 45th Street in New York City. Premium seating is available for $225.50 and regular seats from $66.50 to $126.50.

To purchase tickets, visit www.store.actorsfund.org, call 212-221-7300 ext. 133, or email tickets@actorsfund.org. Tickets can also be purchased through the Golden Theatre box office.

About The Actors Fund

The Actors Fund is a non-profit that serves professionals in film, theatre, television, music, opera, radio and dance, helping nearly 12,000 people directly each year, and hundreds of thousands online. The Fund’s programs include social services and emergency assistance, health care and insurance, housing, and employment and training services. With offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, The Actors Fund has – for over 125 years – been a safety net for those in need, crisis or transition. Visit www.actorsfund.org for more information. 

About Special Performances

Special Performances are among the most thrilling theatrical experiences, and the hottest tickets in town. Broadway companies generously give their time and talent by adding these special shows to their already rigorous schedules, and perform for audiences full of their peers from the entertainment community. Proceeds from all Special Performances benefit The Actors Fund.
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Great Wolf Lodge Poconos Stay-N-Tube Camelback

Stay-N-Tube Camelback

Great Wolf Lodge Poconos Stay-N-Tube Camelback

Every winter my family loves to devote one day to snowtubing. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Great Wolf Lodge Poconos combined with Camelback Ski Resort and offer a snowtubing amd ski package. The morning of our trip we swung by the GWL and picked up our tickets for snowtubing. We headed over to Camelback Ski Resort which was about 2 miles away from the lodge. Exchanging the tickets for our 3 hours snowtubing passes went on without a hitch and before you knew it the kids were in tubes and slip-sliding down the snowy mountain. 

After snowtubing for 3 hours we warmed up with some nice hot cocoa as we sat around the fire pit. There is also a convenient cafe/bathroom right next to the snowtubing lanes for easy access.
It wasn’t long before we were back in our Kid’s Cabin Suite at the Great Wolf Lodge and getting ready for the waterpark. Snowtubing and Waterpark in one day! What else could you ask for?

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