Tuesday, March 30, 2021

New Beachy Hotels to Debut in Oceanside This Year! #visitoceanside


Hot off the press today, some exciting news for staycationing & vacationing in beautiful socal!

Hotel boom also includes major refresh of existing coastal property!

Oceanside, Calif... a vibrant beach destination just 40 minutes north of downtown San Diego, continues to add to its coastal cool with the debut of three upscale new hotels and a newly renovated hotel just in time for the summer season. The hotel boom adds luxe and coastal modern accommodations to its sought-after beach front, as well as a hip historic boutique experience in the heart of its downtown cultural district.

“These new and renovated hotels add to the exciting forward momentum in Oceanside and are a perfect complement to the flourishing local dining scene that has taken off in recent years,” says Leslee Gaul, CEO of Visit Oceanside. “We are thrilled for visitors to have more choices when it comes to where to stay so that they can more easily experience our wealth of unique offerings from arts and cultural programs to outdoor adventure and family-friendly fun.”

The Brick Hotel
Slated to open summer 2021, The Brick Hotel has reimagined a historic 1888 downtown building into a modern boutique hotel with peek ocean views that is ideally located near museums, theaters, restaurants and the popular Thursday-night Sunset market. Owned by a local Oceanside family, the property has been lovingly and diligently restored with much of the original brick fa├žade preserved. With just 10 rooms, The Brick Hotel will cater to a digitally savvy traveler who values modern, self-serve convenience in a more intimate environment. It will also be one of the only dog-friendly hotels in the city with two rooms designated for those traveling with canine companions. The Brick Hotel experience will introduce exciting new venues for both locals and guests that include a rooftop bar with ocean views, first-floor restaurant, local coffee bar and the newly opened Frankie’s Cocktail Lounge, a swanky gathering place serving creative local cocktails. In addition, the hotel has partnered with Stone Tasting Room Oceanside, which is located just behind the property, to create direct access for hotel guests and provide food service to the popular local beer garden. 

Mission Pacific Hotel
Mission Pacific Hotel, a Joie de Vivre hotel, will be the first to open of two hotels that complete Oceanside’s long-awaited beach resort development fronting the picturesque historic pier and beach. Targeting a mid-May opening, Mission Pacific offers guests a laid back and bohemian-chic vibe with 161 guest rooms, a rooftop pool and bar, expansive meeting space and a permanent art collection sourced by the Oceanside Museum of Art. The hotel will be home to Valle, the first stateside restaurant of celebrated Guadalupe Chef Roberto Alcocer. In addition, Oceanside’s historic Top Gun house has also found a permanent home at the property and is undergoing an authentic restoration to debut as a curated outlet for locals and visitors to enjoy.

The Seabird Resort
Mission Pacific’s sister property, The Seabird Resort by Destination Hotels, is also set to open late spring. This classic oceanfront resort boasts a relaxed, estate-by-the-beach vibe with 226 guest rooms— many with balconies and ocean views— an expansive pool with indoor/outdoor living room, and a rejuvenating spa featuring unique custom treatments. Ocean view meeting space, farm-to-table cuisine from Chef Kurtis Habecker and local art curated by the Oceanside Museum of Art round out the breezy seaside experience located just steps from the sand.

SpringHill Suites Oceanside Renovation
To complement the new hotel development, the surf inspired SpringHill Suites Marriott Oceanside is getting a makeover of its own. A nearly $4 million investment has infused common spaces and guests rooms with an elevated and modern beachy vibe using natural textures, wood accents and muted tones of grays and blues. The first-floor game room is being transformed into “The Board House” featuring a variety of recreational items from surfboards to bikes and beach towels that allow guests to experience Oceanside’s beach lifestyle and outdoor fun. Coastal artwork and surf culture vibe will be evident throughout the property, which caters to visitors seeking suite-like accommodations, comfort, value and a prime coastal location. 

For more information on Oceanside, visit www.visitoceanside.org.

About Oceanside
Perfectly situated between metropolitan San Diego and Los Angeles, Oceanside is a quintessential California coastal escape that includes wide sandy beaches, a quaint New England-style harbor, historic wooden pier and charming bungalow neighborhoods. O’side (as locals affectionately call it) is a destination of discovery where visitors can explore everything from California history at the “King of Missions” to surf culture at the California Surf Museum and awe-inspiring sea life through exciting ocean adventures. This playful and fun destination thrives on taking recreation to the next level and boasts world-class surfing, skateboarding, bike riding, boating and even skydiving. A flourishing farm-to-table food and craft beer, wine and spirit scene reflects Oceanside’s creative and entrepreneurial spirit, as do exciting arts and culture programs that earned Oceanside one of just 14 California Cultural District designations in 2017. Classically charming, eclectic and always genuine, Oceanside is an ideal place to stay and a true O’riginal. www.visitoceanside.org  

Universal Studios is Ready to Welcome Us Back! #UniversalStudios


It’s Official…

Universal Studios Hollywood to Reopen on Friday, April 16!!

We are so excited to say WELCLME BACK Universal Studios. A family favorite theme park with everything from the Clogger at Krusty Burger to our family favorite ride the Tram Tour. It has been challenging for everyone and knowing that the efforts of Universal and staff to open safely have been priority makes us smile.

We can not wait to get back to walk, ride, eat & immerse ourselves into everything Universal Studios Hollywood! 

We hope to bring you more updates as they become avaialble but here is the latest & greatest from the park itself...


Kicking Off with Special Annual and Season Pass Member Bonus Days
Beginning on Thursday, April 15.

Grand Reopening to Introduce Guests to All-New
“The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” Ride and
“Jurassic World—The Ride’s” All-New, Stunningly Realistic Dinosaur, Indominus rex

Initial Tickets will be Available to CA Residents and
Can be Purchased Online Beginning on Thursday, April 8

At long last, Universal Studios Hollywood rolls out the red carpet to resume operations and welcome guests back to the theme park beginning on Friday, April 16. The momentous occasion will commence with a special park preview for Annual and Season Pass Members starting on Thursday, April 15.

While most rides will be operational, some rides and attractions will reopen at a later date as the theme park complies with government restrictions. Universal Studios Hollywood continues to work in partnership with health and government officials to implement new health and safety procedures that include controlled capacity to enforce physical distancing and required face coverings.  In accordance with government guidelines, only California residents may visit the theme park at this time

“We are incredibly thrilled to finally be able to open Universal Studios Hollywood, return team members to work and welcome guests back to enjoy our amazing rides,” said Karen Irwin, President & COO, Universal Studios Hollywood. “It has been a very challenging year and we are overjoyed to have arrived at this moment.”

Tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood will be available to California residents only and can be purchased online beginning on Thursday, April 8. The theme park will also celebrate Annual and Season Pass Members—who will be among the first to visit—with a series of complimentary Bonus Days on select days from Thursday, April 15 through Sunday, May 16; these Bonus Days can be reserved by Annual and Season Pass Members online starting on Monday, April 5.  Annual and Season Pass Members will be able to resume regular use of their passes starting on Monday, May 17.

Due to capacity limits, until further notice, guests with unredeemed tickets purchased prior to April 8, 2021 will need to make an advance reservation at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com for their visit dates.

For more information about Annual and Season Passes, including Pass Members Bonus Days and re-activation of Passes, reservations for previously purchased tickets or to purchase theme park tickets, visit www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com.

After more than a year of closure, Universal Studios Hollywood is ready for its close-up and set to call “action on the all-new “The Secret Life of Pets:  Off the Leash!” and “Jurassic World—The Ride,” which features the spectacularly realistic new dinosaur, Indominus rex.

Here’s what guests can expect:

A stroll along the cleverly themed Pets Place will bring guests to the front of Katie’s NYC apartment building where the innovative “The Secret Life of Pets:  Off the Leash!” ride resides.

This all-new tech-savvy adventure inspired by Illumination’s blockbuster The Secret Life of Pets films, answers the question, “What are your pets really doing when you’re not at home?”

This impressive new ride combines 64 technologically-advanced animated figures with hyper-realistic media and projection mapping designed to take guests on a journey to meet some of their favorite Illumination characters from the movies, including Max, Snowball, Gidget, Chloe and Duke, along with a host of other animal friends, who have all been transformed and transported into the live-action world. From blinking eyes to eyebrow movements, from head tilts to head nods, from moving mouths to smiles, from ear curls to lip curls, from full torso twists to physically walking, the depth of mobility and function programmed within each of these loveable characters creates an experience unlike any other theme park ride. 

The grand reopening of Universal Studios Hollywood also brings guests face-to-face with “Jurassic World—The Ride’s” all-new, extraordinarily realistic dinosaur, the Indominus rex, who stakes her claim at the ride’s finale in a forceful battle with her arch-rival, the Tyrannosaurus rex.

Breaking new ground with highly complex innovations, this fully-articulated lifelike Indominus injects intense new thrills, excitement and intrigue to the already dynamic ride.  Spanning nearly 55 feet horizontally from head to tail and over 22 feet vertically, the Indominus’ imposing presence will be amplified by the fluidity of her motions and synchronized movements that deliver an unprecedented level of authenticity.  From the subtle blinking of her eyes, the flexing of her arms and claws and clenching of her jaw as she bears her razor-sharp teeth, the colossal Indominus rex will lunge from her hillside setting, stalking guests just before they descend the giant waterfall drop to escape her grasp.

Of course, these new experiences are among the many welcoming attractions and themed environments that await guests upon their return to Universal Studios Hollywood, including “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and the critically-acclaimed rides, “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™”, “Transformers™:  The Ride-3D,” “Revenge of the Mummy:  The Ride,” Despicable Me’s “Super Silly Fun Land,” and “Springfield, U.S.A.,” home of America’s favorite animated family, “The Simpsons.” The theme park’s signature attraction and world-renowned Studio Tour, which takes guests behind-the-scenes of an authentic production movie and television studio and where they can experience such thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” and “King Kong 360 3D,” will also open.

Because the safety and well-being of guests and team members is a top priority for Universal Studios Hollywood, the following guidelines outline the theme park’s new health and safety protocols, also highlighted in this video and detailed on the Universal Studios Hollywood website.

·     Temperature checks for all Guests upon arrival. If temperatures exceed 100.4° Fahrenheit / 38° Celsius or greater, Guests will not be permitted to enter.

·     Face coverings required for all Guests throughout their visit. Face coverings also will be available for purchase.

·     Controlled capacity within the theme park, and limited occupancy at all CityWalk venues to help enforce physical distancing. Some areas and programs may remain temporarily closed.

·     Rigorous cleaning and disinfecting at all food locations, restrooms, and all other high touch points.

·     Physical distancing practices at all locations throughout the park and at rides and attractions.

·     Eating and drinking permitted only in designated dining areas.

·     Contactless payment options wherever possible.

More information about Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Regular updates can be found on Universal Studios Hollywood’s Twitter @UniStudiosFacebook-Universal Studios Hollywood and Instagram @UniStudios.

Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk Health and Safety Guidelines
All Universal guests are urged to follow CDC guidelines and conduct temperature checks prior to their arrival.  Guests should evaluate their own risk before they visit, and it is not recommended that older adults or individuals at high-risk with serious underlying medical conditions visit.  People who are asymptomatic can still spread COVID-19 if they are infected.  Any interaction with the general public poses an elevated risk of being exposed to COVID-19 and Universal cannot guarantee guests will not be exposed during their visit. For information on CDC guidelines, click here. Due to the evolving nature of this situation, details are subject to change without notice.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Free Guacamole & Chips From Rubio's Coastal Grill - So Good! #free #rubios #rubiosfishtaco #rubioscoastalgrill

Rubio’s Offers Free Chips & Guacamole for National Chip & Dip Day: March 22 & 23

We love Rubio's !!! From sit down to taking it to the beach the meals are delish, fresh & full of flavor variety. We love their family packs, can't go wrong with taco kits or burritos!

We also love their guac! 

Rubio’s Coastal Grill is giving away free, freshly made chips and guacamole, with any order, in celebration of National Chip and Dip Day. On two days this year, Monday, March 22 and Tuesday, March 23, simply order online at Rubios.com, or through the app, and enter coupon code MKTG1067 at checkout, or scan the QR code on the coupon (https://www.rubios.com/coupons/national-chip-dip-day) in restaurants.

Rubio’s guacamole is made daily in their kitchens using rich Hass avocados, cilantro, garlic, lime juice and natural sea salt. Rubio’s uses responsibly sourced seafood and features bold, unique flavors in dishes including their latest menu items, the Smoky Oaxacan Shrimp Bowl, the Smoky Oaxacan Shrimp Two Taco Plate and the Puerto Nuevo Burrito with wild-caught Langostino Lobster, now available for a limited time only.

Rubio’s outdoor patios are now open. Guests may also order online, or through the app, for contact-free curbside or express pickup, or delivery for just $1.99. For more information about Rubio’s Coastal Grill and to view the menu, visit Rubio’s, Facebook and Instagram.

Friday, March 19, 2021


Hot Off The LEGOLAND CA Press... Have You Heard the Bricktastic News?!

LEGOLAND® California Resort is excited to offer Park Preview Days with access to select rides and attractions beginning April 1, 2021, under California’s reopening health and safety guidelines with official reopening on April 15, 2021.  After closing its gates one year ago, the theme park built for kids is offering priority access to Hotel guests, pass holders and existing ticket holders impacted by COVID-19 Park closure, for the month of April.   


Park Preview Days offers access to select rides including Driving School, LEGO® TECHNIC™ Coaster, Fairy Tale Brook and Coastersaurus.  Kids and families can also enjoy socially distant character meet and greets, live entertainment, a wide variety of food options and Miniland U.S.A. 


The Resort officially reopens April 15, offering access to SEA LIFE® aquarium and LEGO® CHIMA™ Water Park. Guests will once again be immersed into the creative world of LEGO® and some of the Park’s more than 60 rides, shows and attractions.


Guests are required to purchase tickets and make hotel bookings online in advance to reserve access for their desired dates to visit.  Guests wanting to book hotel reservations can do so now. The Park reservation system will be made available soon. 


“It’s been a long and challenging year for all of us and we are extremely excited to be able to start reopening our Resort not only to our guests so they can build family memories, but for our staff who have been patiently waiting to return to work, “ said LEGOLAND California Resort President Kurt Stocks. 


To further prepare for reopening, LEGOLAND is hiring for multiple positions within Attractions, Water Park, Food and Beverage, Retail and Hotel.  Individuals interested in joining the LEGOLAND team can visit: www.legolandjobs.com


To ensure a safe and healthy experience for its guests, the Resort is implementing safety guidelines which include reduced capacity, cashless payments, social distancing practices and enhanced cleaning regimes. Face coverings will be required for all guests two years of age and up as well as all staff members and temperatures will be taken upon check in.  For more information, Park and Water Park guidelines, health and safety guidelines and to purchase tickets, visit: www.legoland.com/california.

Monday, March 1, 2021

Knott's Berry Farm is Hiring!! #knottsberryfarm #jobfair #hiringfair

Knott’s Berry Farm Announces Plan to Hire 1,700 Associates for 2021 Season

Have you hear the Berrytastic news?! I'm not sure what this means for rides and re opening the entire park but im staying positive!

Knott’s Berry Farm, one of the region’s top theme parks, today announced plans to hire approximately 1,700 associates for the 2021 season. As part of its ramp-up to reopening, Knott’s Berry Farm will be hosting a virtual National Hiring Day event on Saturday, March 13, 2021. Candidates can register online at https://bit.ly/2YXOGJF.

Job opportunities are available in all park operating areas, including Food and Beverage Associates, Cooks, Ride Operators, Merchandise, Lifeguards, Housekeeping, Parks Services, and more. The virtual hiring day will offer information about available jobs and individual interviews with hiring teams. The park is also offering contact-free onboarding and virtual orientation to help hires prepare to start work.  


“As our community slowly reopens we’re excited to introduce a virtual hiring day which offers a safe and informative way to connect new prospects with our hiring teams now,” said Jon Storbeck, Knott’s Berry Farm General Manager.

Knott’s Berry Farm offers flexible schedules and many perks for its associates, including discounts, reward and recognition programs, and exclusive events.

Knott’s Berry Farm is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), one of the largest regional amusement-resort operators in the world. Cedar Fair anticipates hiring approximately 45,000 seasonal associates across its U.S. parks during 2021.

Hope to be riding your thrills soon Knott’s, thanks for proving jobs, you rock!