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The Latest From LEGOLAND®: Lego NINJAGO Days, Castle Hotel Progress & What’s Upcoming in 2018!

The Latest From Legoland

So much is happening at the LEGOLAND® California Resort in Carlsbad that I had to get my sister and photographer, Rholnna, to help capture it all.  Along with Brick or Treat (more information in a future post), here’s the lowdown on what’s happening at LEGOLAND® !


THE LEGO® NINJAGO® MOVIE LEGO NINJAGO Days

To celebrate the new LEGO® NINJAGO® MOVIE , you can Join your favorite ninjas – Lloyd, Jay, Kai, Cole, Zane and Nya – by tapping into YOUR inner Ninja at LEGOLAND Parks LEGOLAND Discovery Centers!

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The LEGO® NINJAGO® Days Schedule

LEGOLAND Parks

LEGOLAND California Resort (Carlsbad, Calif.): Sept. 23-24

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Dates

Arizona: 9/23-9/24, 9/30-10/1,10/7-10/8

Atlanta 10/7-10/9, 10/13-10/15

Boston 9/23-9/24, 9/30-10/1

Chicago 9/22-9/24, 9/30-10/1

Dallas 9/22-9/23, 9/29-10/1, 10/7-10/8

Kansas City 9/23-9/24, 9/30-10/1, 10/7-10/8

Michigan 9/23-9/24, 9/30-10/1

Philadelphia 9/22-9/24, 9/29-10/1

Westchester (Yonkers, N.Y.): 9/22-9/24, 9/29-10/1


CASTLE HOTEL PROGRESS

Earlier this year, Rholnna attended the ground breaking of the new Castle Hotel at LEGOLAND® .  She recently attended the press conference for what’s upcoming in 2018, so below is a combination of pictures from the ground breaking event back in January and the progress so far!

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September 2017

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LEGO® City Deep Sea Adventure

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At the press conference this month, the LEGO® City Deep Sea Adventure was introduced and Rholnna captured a few pictures announcing this exciting new upcoming ride!

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“LEGOLAND® California Resort’s General Manager Peter Ronchetti announced at today’s press conference that 2018 will be a year of enormous growth! In January, a new 4-D movie launches, followed by the opening of LEGOLAND® Castle Hotel in the spring and, just announced, LEGO® City Deep Sea Adventure submarine ride is opening in the summer! LEGO® City Deep Sea Adventure is Merlin Entertainment’s single largest investment in any LEGOLAND® Park and will take passengers aboard a real submarine where they will be submerged underwater and immersed in an ocean habitat.”

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(All photos from the Castle Hotel ground breaking and press conference taken by Rholnna Jiao)

Vocabulary Boutique’s Come Sail Away Event Recap

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At the beginning of August, I attended a fun event by Vocabulary Boutique.  It was a shopping event, with a capsule wardrobe curated by Conni of Art In The Find and Kali of In Spades along with boutique owner, Cecelia, who also celebrated the boutique’s 8th anniversary.  It truly was a unique event because although I have attended a few of their events in the past on location at the boutique, this one was on an Aolani Catamaran where we sipped, snacked and shopped while sailing the San Diego Bay!

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This cake was as delicious as it was beautiful!

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A pretty cocktail next to a cute mini-folding chair (I had to take a picture for perspective)

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I had a fun time shopping on board, and I’ll share the new earrings I bought in a blog post!

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Sharing sunshine and smiles with Kali (photo courtesy of Jenna of Lucky Little Mustardseed)

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With Allison of Fashion Week San Diego, Jenna, Kali and Conni (photos courtesy of Kali and Jenna)

Can You Give Me Directions to Mark Hamill Drive?

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Not long after Comic-Con, Dominic and I attended a truly one-of-a-kind event: Mark Hamill’s street sign dedication!  I heard about the event on KUSI News because news anchor Lisa Remillard mentioned she would be hosting the event.  It was a hot day, which made it a tad bit rough on Dominic, but he stuck it out like a (Storm) trooper and we witnessed a cool bit of Star Wars history.  For those of you who are wondering, “Why San Diego?” Mark Hamill spent some of his childhood in the Clairemont area, where the street sign is located.

We originally had a strange vantage point because we decided to grab some lunch nearby, which meant had lost some prime real estate where we would have had a better view. As a result, we had to stand in an awkward place behind the media staging area.  Luckily for us, my cousin Regi and her son Riley had been in attendance and we moved closer to the action right near the actual stage.  I’ve included a couple of videos below, which was Mark Hamill’s speech, the unveiling of the honorary street sign and declaration of July 30, 2017 as “Mark Hamill Day”.

May The Force be With You and Cheers!

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Clockwise from the left: Me, Regi, Riley & Dominic

Images from Comic-Con International 2017

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Each year, whether or not we actually get tickets to go inside, we visit the phenomenon that takes over Downtown San Diego: Comic-Con International.  Here are a few images from this year. Highlights: Meeting Funko Pop founder, Mike Becker, who autographed our Rosie The Robot set and videos from the NBC exhibit one of my new favorite shows, Midnight Texas.  Enjoy!

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Mike Becker, founder of Funko Pop!

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Poway Valley Center is Open During Renovations!

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Back in March, my sister and I had a wonderful lunch at Bongiorno’s New York Pizzeria at Poway Valley Center (original post here).  If you’ve been by there lately, there are some exciting changes happening, with completion planned for this fall.  Although updates are underway, all of the businesses are open during renovations!  My sister took these pictures this week, and even stopped by and picked up her favorites at Bongiorno’s.  We have also made plans to come back and try out Don Pollo, and then get our nails done at Glaze Complete Nail Care.

So if you’re in the area, come on in and visit Poway Valley Center because they are definitely open for business!

Cheers!

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All photos by Rholnna Jiao

Game Masters at The Fleet Science Center!

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Have you read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline yet?  I’m obsessed with everything RP1 because although it’s set in the near future, it heavily features the nostalgia of the 1980’s (not to mention, the audio book is narrated by Wil Wheaton).  In the book, I imagine that the OASIS game creator James Halliday’s collection of video game consoles and arcade games would have looked exactly like this new exhibition at Balboa Park’s Fleet Science Center, GAME MASTERS: The Exhibition.  I first heard about this exhibition on Good Morning San Diego on KUSI News from none other than Brad Perry.  After seeing just the arcade game portion of the segment, I knew I had to take the kids to see it.  I actually finished RP1 after I visited this fantastic exhibition, and I’m so glad I did because I learned so much about the game designers that I recognized exactly who Ernest Cline was referring to in many instances, including when he mentions Dave Theurer, creator of my all time favorite arcade game, Tempest.

GAME MASTERS is separated into three sections.  It starts off with “Arcade Heroes” showcasing arcade games from my childhood.  The “Game Changers” section features games and consoles that took video game playing to the next level.  Finally “Indies” highlights current games very familiar to my son and niece, like Angry Birds and of course, Minecraft.

Video game aficionados and fans of RP1 should definitely take advantage of visiting this amazing exhibition.  GAME MASTERS was developed by ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) and is open now through January 15, 2018.  Information about the Fleet Science Center, including hours and admission can be found here.

Cheers!


ACRADE HEROES

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Mei-Lin attempting to play Space Invaders

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My husband showing Dominic how it’s done! (Playing Elevator Action)

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There, in front of me, at the base of this long pillar of light, stood an old coin-operated arcade game.  I recognized its distinctive, angular cabinet immediately.  Tempest. Atari. 1980.

– Parzival, Ready Player One

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Your’s truly and Mei getting on the board!


GAME CHANGERS

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Dominic playing SIMS

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Mei-Lin…concentrating

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INDIES

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Playing Angry Birds on a touch-screen TV

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Having fun with Castle Crashers

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Not your typical game of “Air Hockey”

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The only other game I’m actually good at:  PaRappa the Rapper

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One of their all-time favorites:  MINECRAFT

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FTC Disclosure:  I received complementary passes to enjoy Game Masters: The Exhibition at The Fleet Science Center.  Although I did receive complementary passes, the opinions in this post are strictly my own.

The Latest From LEGOLAND® – Splash Out to Summer 2017!

It’s getting hot here in San Diego, and what better way than to cool off at LEGOLAND’S® Water Park in Carlsbad!  A couple of months ago, my sister and I got to spend the day there with the kids to kick off their “Splash Out To Summer”.  In addition to the festivities, we also got to see behind the scenes during the construction of their newest attraction, Surfers’ Cove.  We captured all of the fun we had that day, and I’ll be sure to post when Surfers’ Cove officially opens!

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A very early morning at LEGOLAND®!

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While I stayed with the kids at the Water Park, my sister got to tour the area where Surfers’ Cove was being built.

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This area is near where the entrance would be to Surfers’ Cove and the blue platform area will become the Surfers’ Ride.  There will also be a Beach Street Taco stand, and we got the chance to sample what will be offered.  Pictured below is a delicious fish taco!

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A fun little gift pack; I’m excited to finally have a waterproof carrier for my phone!

(Most pictures taken by Rholnna Jiao & Cy Chen, unless otherwise noted)