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California Theme Parks

VacationWiser.com Guide to

California Theme Parks

With some assistance from www.visitcalifornia.com

 

From Disneyland Resort classics to behind-the-scenes experiences at SeaWorld San Diego to preschooler-friendly rides at LEGOLAND California, the Golden State’s best-in-class theme parks deliver something for everyone. Take a tram ride to tour movie back lots at Universal Studios Hollywood, or ride on a beachfront carousel in Santa Cruz. Looking for avertigo-inducing roller coaster? You can find them up and down the state. See what’s in store at these family fun-zones, with insider tips on new rides, timeless favorites, and the amazing entertainment.


Disneyland Resort – Anaheim


Discover the magic of Disneyland Park - the original "Happiest Place on Earth" - and the transformed Disney CaliforniaAdventure Park. 


Click here for everything you always wanted to know about the Disneyland Resort


Universal Studios Hollywood

Located North of downtown LA in Universal City, betweenBurbank, Hollywood and Beverly Hills. Universal Studios is 35 miles from Disneyland Park.  Find a full day of action-packedentertainment all in one place: thrilling Theme Park rides and shows, a realworking movie studio, and Los Angeles’ best shops, restaurants, and cinemas atCityWalk. 


Knott’sBerry Farm


Theme Park Tickets
Prices for a 1-day ticket (including the VacationWiserfinancing).  .  Prices may vary by time of year and day of week.

Ticket Type

Weekly Price Weekend (your cost per week to finance 1 ticket for 1 day)

Weekly Price MidWeek (your cost per week to finance 1 ticket for 1 day)

One Day Ticket

$3

$3

Specific Day Ticket + FASTLANE

$6

$6

Specific Day Ticket + Parking

$3

$3

Specific Day Ticket + All Day Dining

$4

$4

Annual Pass – Regular

$5

 

Annual Pass – Gold

$6

 

Annual Pass – Platinum

$8

 


SeaWorld® San Diego


Located 91 miles down the coast from Anaheim. Spread across190 acres on beautiful Mission Bay Park, SeaWorld is known for its amazinganimals, interactive attractions, aquariums, rides, beautiful landscaping, andeducation programs for all ages. Unforgettable experiences begin immediately atSeaWorld's interactive arrival experience, Explorer's Reef. Guests enter underan iconic wave sculpture and are immediately immersed into an underseaadventure where they can touch a shark, interact with a ray and feel tinycleaner fish gently nibble at their hands. Little explorers will be delightedwith our all-new realm, Ocean Explorer, featuring five new children's rides andthree new animal encounters to help unlock the ocean's deepest mysteries.  Park hours are generally 1030am to 5pmweekdays and 10am to 6p on weekends.  Thepark stays open to 7pm on Saturdays in February and 8pm starting March 26.  The closer to spring the longer thehours.  Check here forcurrent theme park hours.


High Thrill Rides

·        TidalTwister (Temporarily Closed) – Thrill on the world's first dueling,horizontal infinity loop coaster ride featuring high-speed turns andupside-down twists

·        ElectricEel – The tallest,faster roller coaster in San Diego, a multi-launch coaster with high-energytwists, electrifying loops and inversions.

·        Journey toAtlantis (closed for maintenance)Inspired by one of the sea’s favoritelegends, this popular flume ride returns with an all-new look and smoother rideexperience!  Explore a lost civilizationand experience an action adventure with splashing thrills!

·        Manta -- Buckleup for a multi-media family launch coaster that lives up to its name. Twothrilling launches send riders soaring and diving in the spirit of world’slargest ray.

·        Emperor– coming in March 2022.  California’sfirst floorless dive coaster.  Soaringmore than 60 mph.  Dangle and drop morethan 150 ft on before plunging 90 degrees into exhilarating loops.


MediumThrill Rides

·        ShipwreckRapids (1/5/22 closed for annual maintenance) -- Cool off on one ofSouthern California’s favorite water rides. A winding river turns to rollingwhitewater rapids before plunging through a waterfall finale.

·        RiptideRescue -- Set out on your own sea turtle rescue mission aboard a boat onthis classic spinner ride. But hold on — like SeaWorld’s actual rescues, it cantake quite a few turns.

 

Kid-friendlyfun rides

SeaWorld® San Diegohas a number of family-friendly rides such as, Tentacle Twirl, Bayside Skyride, and Skytower (1/5/22temporarily closed).  Additionally, thereare rides specifically designed for small children – Abby’s Sea Star Spin, AquaScout, Elmo's Flying Fish, Octarock , Oscar’s Rockin’ Eel, and Sea Dragon Drop


Showsand Presentations

SeaWorld San Diegois well known for its shows and opportunities to interact with theanimals. 

·        Sea Lions Live -- Sea Lions Clyde andSeamore, and their mischievous co-host, OP Otter, are together again to createa family favorite presentation filled with laugh-out-loud and educational fun!

·        Dolphin Days -- Get introduced to ourfamily of high-flying Bottlenose Dolphins and the amazing team that care forthem as they show off their incredible athleticism and celebrate life.

·        Orca Encounter -- Connect in a whole newway with the ocean's most powerful predator.

·        Otter Presentation at Otter Outlook -- Learnabout the physical and behavioral characteristics of Southern Otters, and theimportant role they play in our ecosystem

·        AnimalViewing – get up close with Killer Whales, Dolphins, Walruses, BelugaWhales, Penguins, Sea Lions, Sharks, Otters and Turtles.  Visit the Aquariums, Explorer Reef and OceanExplorer Animals

·        Tours– a chance to interact directly with the animals.  Prices below are quoted are per person withoutfinancing and would be slightly higher if you choose to finance throughVacationWiser.com. 

 Beluga InteractionProgram ($199), Beluga Encounter ($89), Family Adventure Tour to Explorer’sReef (1/5/22 temporarily unavailable), Flamingo Encounter ($19), Orca Up-CloseTour ( $59). Penguins Up-Close Tour (($69), Sea Otter Encounter ($70), Seal andSea Lion Encounter ($50), Sloth Encounter ($79), Dolphin Interaction Program ($169),Dolphin Encounter ($70), Walrus Encounter ($65).

 

Theme Park Tickets

 Prices for a 1-dayticket (including the VacationWiser financing) for 1 adult.  Prices vary by time of year and day of week.

 

Ticket Type

Weekly Price (your cost per week to finance 1 ticket for 1 day)

 

 

Specific Day Ticket

$3

Ticket + All-Day Dining Bundle

$4

2 Day Ticket

$4

Unlimited visits in 2022

$4

 

 

 

 

 

 



LegolandCalifornia




Located 65 miles southof Anaheim and 26 miles north of San Diego, in Carlsbad.  Legoland is 3 separate parks – LegolandCalifornia, Legoland Water Park and Sea Life Aquarium.  Legoland California is open from 10am to 5mmost weekdays and 10am to 6pm on weekends through the end of March .  Weekday hours expand to 6pm for the 1sttwo weeks of April starting April 1 and again starting Memorial Dayweekend.  Hours expand to 8pm throughoutthe summer. The park is closed Tuesday and Wednesday from January 1 to February16. The Water Park is open 7 days a week from March 26 through April 15 andthen weekends only from April 16 to May 29. It is open daily until August 29 when it returns to weekends onlythrough October 30.  Most hours are1030am to 530pm. 


LegolandCalifornia Park

Awesome Awaits atLEGOLAND California Resort! The park is filled with more than 60 kid-powered,kid-tastic rides, shows and attractions spread over 10 “Lands” -- TheBeginning; LEGO® Ninjago® World; Imagination Zone; Land of Adventure; Castle Hill;Pirate shores; Miniland USA; Fun Town; Explorer Island and the LEGO MOVIE World(opening Spring 2020). Some of the highlights are:

·        AquazoneWave Racers – Race the waves and show your skill as you dodge water blasts

·        CaptainCranky’s Challenge – test your seaworthiness as this ride rocks back andforth

·        Coastersaurus-- a coaster ride through a prehistoric jungle of LEGO brick dinosaurs

·        DrivingSchool – drive your LEGO car through the city streets of LEGOLAND.

·        KnightsTournament -- a robot arm whizzes you past a giant dragon and over a moat

·        LEGO®Ninjago® The Ride – You control the Fireballs! Lightning! Shockwaves! AndIce

·        LegoTechnic Coaster -- LEGO TECHNIC comes to life on this twisting and turningroller coaster. 

·        LostKingdom Adventure -- Battle mummies, skeletons, snakes armed with laserblasters.

·        PirateReef -- Choose your ship and fire water cannons across the ships' bows

·        SafariTrek -- A safari ride in a Jeep brings you up close with the wildest LEGOanimals!

·        SkipperSchool -- Captain your own boat like you're on the high seas.

·        Sky Patrol-- Go for a spin in your own helicopter, you control the movements.

·        The Dragon-- Enter the LEGOLAND Castle and come out soaring on this indoor/outdoorcoaster.

LEGO City Deep Sea Adventure – climb into a real submarine toexplore a colorful underwater habitat filled with real sea life and hiddentreasures.


Theme Park Tickets

 

Prices for a 1-dayticket (including the VacationWiser financing) for 1 adult.  Prices vary by time of year and day of week.

 

Ticket Type

Weekly Price Weekend (your cost per week to finance 1 ticket for 1 day)

Weekly Price Midweek (your cost per week to finance 1 ticket for 1 day)

Specific Day Ticket

$4

$4

1 Day + Aquarium

$5

$4

Annual Pass Legoland Only

$7

$7

Annual Pass + Aquarium + Water Park

$9

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