In August of 2015, the TP&T team hopped on a plane and flew out for an incredible adventure in California. The visit included visiting several of Southern California’s incredible list of theme parks and learning about the history of the Walt Disney Company. In our visit, we went to The Jim Henson Company, Walt Disney Studios, Imagineering, various Hollywood attractions, and the Disneyland resort as part of the Adventures by Disney Backstage Magic tour. After the five-day tour, we continued our journey as we visited Knott’s Berry Farm, Universal Studios, and Six Flags Magic Mountain before returning home. In this article and several other articles full of photos, we invite you to join us in TP&T’s California Adventure! So sit back, relax, and get ready to journey into the Wonderful World of the entertainment industry!
For those of you first reading this series, welcome! I strongly recommend reading some of the previous articles. Links are below!
Part 1 – Hollywood – We visit several Hollywood destinations as our Backstage Magic tour begins! Enjoy photos and information from Disney Studios and our fantastic visit to Imagineering. You can find the article here!
Part 2 – An Evening in Disneyland – In this trip report, we journeyed through endless traffic on the Los Angeles highways and wound up at the happiest place on earth, Disneyland! This article will take you within the gates of the original theme park as we spend a very exciting evening in the park. You can find the article here!
Part 3 – A Day in the Happiest Place on Earth – With this photo update, you follow us into the original theme park as we venture through a park filled with hidden finds and awesome attractions. Oh yeah, we also went into the Dream Suite (and I have pics)! You can read the trip report here!
Part 4 – Disney California Adventure – We walk up to Disneyland, and for some reason choose to walk through the gate on the right. All of a sudden, we’re in Disney California Adventure. Here’s the link!
Part 5 -The Berry Farm – We visit a theme park full of historic attractions and modern thrills known as Knott’s Berry Farm! Here’s the link!
BONUS – I’ve got a Fantasmic! video up on the YouTube Channel! You can view the video here!
A long, long, time ago (September, I think), in a place not so far away (probably at my desk instead of where I am sitting at this time), I began to write about our trip to California last August. Today, finally, I am concluding the series of posts with part six of “TP&T’s California Adventure.” Unlike books turned into films, which split the final part into two movies, we are combining the final two parts into one Trip Report!!! That’s right, you get to tour TWO parks in one trip report! Those two parks are some of the finest out there. One is just a movie studio with a theme park at it, and the other has a tiny collection of 19 coasters.
Now, let’s get into things! After our visit to Knott’s Berry Farm, it was time for a visit to Universal Studios Hollywood. We left the Sheraton Universal City early in order to avoid being in the heat for too long and the crowds at the park. Previously, we had purchased the park’s front of the line pass. These passes are good to skip the line on each attraction at the park once. Upon arrival, this was definitely worth it. It may have been over 100 degrees outside, but most rides had lines very early in the day.
Although we weren’t able to view any production going on in the back lot, the Studio Tour was a fun attraction overall. The tram driver was very good, and Jimmy Fallon’s presence in the attraction added some extra comedy into it. Some stops on the tour were very fun while others were rather lackluster. In my opinion, the worst two were probably Fast & Furious: Supercharged and King Kong 360. Although they are the two newest stops along the tour, the screen-based attractions didn’t match up to the other stops. Seeing everyone’s favorite shark was fun, and my personal favorite stop was the Earthquake scene. Not only was it cool to see several effects in the ride, but the water in the scene was somewhat relieving after so much time in the heat. After the Studio Tour, there really was not much left to do at the park. We didn’t really have any urge to do WaterWorld, and nobody likes Shrek 4D, so we went back to the hotel.
The next morning, it was time for us to visit the final park in our California trip, Six Flags Magic Mountain. It got up to 102 degrees while we were at Universal, and it was forecasted to be even warmer at Magic Mountain. Still, we woke up early and went to the park with more roller coasters than any other.
After Tatsu, we walked around to X2. I walked up the queue, after having paid extra for a flash pass on the attraction, and as I entered the station they announced the ride had broken down. I was sad that I couldn’t ride X2, but luckily I had the chance to ride Twisted Colossus one last time before we left. The first half of this final ride, we were not dueling. As we went up the second lift hill, we came to a crawl. Suddenly, I noticed another car speeding towards us. We reached the crest of the lift hill right as they caught up to one of the middle cars. We came so close to dueling, but unfortunately, the ride came just short. It was nice to see the park had brought out a third train during the course of the day and was trying to get the ride to duel though.
Six Flags Magic Mountain was overall a fun park. They certainly have a lot of fun coasters, but there were some issues still such as the National Roller Coaster Day miscommunication. Unfortunately, the heat got to us before we could fully experience the park. Nevertheless, we still had a fun visit to the park.
The next day, it was time for us to go home from our awesome California trip. Virgin America was fantastic as always, and so were all of the California theme parks.
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