Last weekend we made our annual trek to Las Vegas for the Holidays and of course, lots of amazing fun, food, a show and drinking.
The casinos were all decked out for the holidays and it was a rather calm weekend in Vegas, probably due to the proximity to Christmas. All around it was a very awesome trip.
Written by Gregg Condon
Snow on the mountains as we made our trip through the desert
View from our room at NY/NY
It was our first time staying here, and it won't be our last. We just love all the casinos in this area of the strip.
We were quite prepared for our weekend
Fun to look at, but no winners. :(
This one however, the bonus game just kept going and going. It wasn't a very exciting bonus game, but hey, I'll take $125 in pennies!!
Did you know Vegas has a Chocolate World too?
A tradition, checking out the conservatory at The Bellagio
And the next morning too
Our Friday Night dinner was at Noodles, it was most excellent.
We had leftovers. Lol
We followed up dinner with some Gelato
Saturday morning we headed to Flamingo for their champagne brunch
There is Golden Knights stuff EVERYWHERE. EVERY-WHERE!!!
It's awesome to see the town so enthusiastic about Hockey.
However, it's going to be REALLY annoying when the Raiders come to town.
We hadn't been inside the Forum Shops at Caesars in awhile
The best part was the spiral escalators
Nice to see the fountains still there
We had to check out The Atlantis Show. Hasn't changed in, well, however long it's been there.
We also of course had to check out the Bellagio Fountain show
After a quick nap it was time to head to Luxor for Blue Man Group.
We couldn't find the sky-bridge for some reason, so we ended up on the back-side of Excalibur. Lol.
An Egyptian Christmas
Still fascinated by this hotel
My wife has been trying to shut me up for 23 years, Blue Man Group finally did it
The show was AMAZING. So much fun and definitely family friendly. So feel free to take the kids.
Our last morning in Vegas we headed over to MGM
And on the way home stopped at Seven Magic Mountains
They were painted rocks. And that's pretty much all you need to know. =)
We had an AMAZING time in Vegas, we'll be back in a few months for our sons 21st birthday (how is that even a thing) and we'll have more "theme parky" stuff that trip since he hasn't been to Vegas since he was about 5 and needs all the credits (other than Miner Mike).
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Looking for a review or information for a 2018 Holiday event? Well look no further. Below you will find reviews of Holiday events we have attended and a list of all of the other events that we've received information for.
We will be updating this as we receive information about additional events.
Opening Night of Knott's Merry Farm 2018
Holiday In The Park 2018 at Six Flags Magic Mountain
Christmas Celebration 2018 at SeaWorld San Diego
Grinchmas 2018 at Universal Studios Hollywood
Knott's Merry Farm and Calico River Rapids Update
Click links to see event information
Well, it's finally here. The end of the Haunt Season.
Sad Face ...
As a site, this was our fifth year covering Halloween and we've had an absolute blast.
Below are our site awards for 2018!! Some of these events still have some nights coming up this weekend so be sure to check them out if you haven't already.
If you missed ANY of our Halloween Updates be sure to check them out.
Also this year, we opened up the voting to you, our loyal Park Journey readers. So you'll not only see our staff picks, but yours as well.
Best Theme Park Haunt
Staff Pick - Knott's Scary Farm
With the addition of new mazes and the freshening up of some previous years mazes it was another banner year for the amazing Knott's Scary Farm.
Reader Pick - Knott's Scary Farm
It was a clean sweep for the original Halloween Event, although Halloween Horror Nights Orlando and Six Flags Magic Mountain's Fright Fest did gather a tying second place vote.
Check out our Knott's Scary Farm 2018 Review
Best Non Theme Park Haunt
Staff Pick - Queen Mary's Dark Harbor
This was a tough category as there were so many amazing Non Theme Park Events that could have claimed this spot. Very close second would be ... see below.
Reader Pick - Tie: WB Horror Made Here and Queen Mary's Dark Harbor
In just it's second year, WB's Horror Made Here managed to tie one of the best and biggest events around, and for good reason. If it weren't for the readers calling this a tie, we may well have in our Staff Pick above. Congrats to WB and Dark Harbor. We hope you continue to duke it out for years to come. =)
Check out our Queen Mary's Dark Harbor 2018 Review
Check out our WB Horror Made Here 2018 Review
Best Independent Halloween Event
Staff Pick - Ghost Train
Reader Pick - Ghost Train
Another clean sweep in our Independent Haunt Category!! Congrats to the Ghost Train which manages to not only be fun for all ages, but thrilling for even the most extreme Haunt fan. Coming in second place in our Readers pick was The 17th Door, which continues to grow each year.
Best Year-to-Year upgrade of a maze location
Sewer of Lost Souls - Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain
We thought about opening this category up for the Reader Vote, but weren't quite sure how to word it. Basically, the maze that has been in this location the past few years, let's face it, kind of sucked. But not this year!! Totally revamped, no more black walls or vines everywhere, a truly unique and innovative maze was to be found.
Best Family Friendly Halloween Event
Staff Pick - Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom
Reader Pick - Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom
It's really hard to top Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, and for good reason. Unlike most family events, Magic Kingdom gets to use their park at night for their Family Halloween event vs having nights reserved for scary stuff.
Check out our Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2018 Review
Best Home Haunt
Staff Pick - Beware The Dark Realm
This was our second year visiting this haunt near Magic Mountain, and it won't be our last. Truly ambitious and thrilling, the team at this Haunt puts on a great event, for a great cause.
Reader Pick - Backwoods
So let's say you go to some imaginary "Haunt Graveyard" and get animatronics and sets that basically tells the history of Southern California Scary Events and put them all in your house. And then it all works in an amazing way. That's what Backwoods is and it's amazing. It's no wonder our Reader's picked this as their winner.
Staff Pick - Universal Monsters at Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights
Truly the toughest category we had to figure out, this could have gone to any number of 5 or 6 mazes at 4 or 6 different events. But for thrills, fun, effects and talent, none was better than Universal Monsters
Reader Pick - Stranger Things at Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights
This was easily the most popular maze at two different parks 2500 miles away. Stranger Things is truly epic in every way and it's not hard to see why fans loved this maze.
Best New Maze
Tie: The Depths at Knott's Scary Farm and Sewer of Lost Souls at Six Flags Magic Mountain's Fright Fest
We typically exclude Halloween Horror Nights from this category as they don't tend to repeat mazes, but that's not to take away anything from these two amazing mazes. One (The Depths) a fantastic idea with a mix of great talent, technology and fun and the other (Sewer of Lost Souls) a true upgrade for Six Flags Magic Mountain's Fright Fest.
Staff Pick - Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain
The staff at Fright Fest has been together for years, has the freedom to hone their craft and create their own characters. And it shows. Despite some truly busy nights at the park this year, the staff was on top of their game all season.
Reader Pick - Knott's Scary Farm
Ghost Town, Carnevil, The Hollows ... names synonymous with amazing scares. Throw in the all new Forsaken Lake and 9 mazes and it's not hard to see why the talent of this event always gets high marks.
Best Scare Zone
Vamp 85 at Halloween Horror Nights Orlando
We all agreed, this was the scare zone to beat this year, and it's not very hard to see why. Great talent, great atmosphere and a killer soundtrack.
Special Runner Up to Holidayz in Hell at Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood, which we hope comes back as a fully realized maze in 2019. Especially the Thanksgiving part.
Check out our Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando 2018 Review
Best Year to Year upgrade of an existing maze
Staff Pick - Paranormal Inc at Knott's Scary Farm
Reader Pick - Paranormal Inc at Knott's Scary Farm
This one wasn't even close, almost a clean sweep for Paranormal Inc. The new ending breathed new life into the maze and it's better than ever. Even with huge upgrades to some other mazes, none came close to having the impact of Paranormal Inc.
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