Saturday, January 30, 2021

Stranger Things The Drive Into Experience

Happy New Year!

Sooooo, I failed at keeping up with blogging last year - let's just call it a slow start ;)  I've managed to stay very busy during the pandemic & stay at home orders (I'm in California, so it's been fairly strict here, which, whatever - I'm ok with it).  All of this time at home has been making me nest, so I've gotten lots of things done here around the house: got new patio furtniture, a new BBQ grill, built a sofa table, built an extension for my workbench - I even bought some plants!  I have a black thumb, so that's actually a big deal. lol  I do have plans for more projects, so I’ll be sharing more & hopefully soon!

In the meantime, I want to share about the Stranger Things The Drive Into Experience that I took my niece to back in November!  This special event started at the end of October & is happening thru March 21st in Downtown Los Angeles.  It basically puts you into the Stranger Things world, via your car, and you "drive into" scenes that are happening all around you.  I've attached the link to the event page above, but our tickets were just regular (non-VIP) and it was $97.50 for the 2 of us (cost was per person, not per car & depended on which day of the week you went) and it was about 1 hour long.  It is a little pricey, but with the limited amount of things to do in California and with our love for this TV series, we thought it would be worth it.  Spoiler - we really had a great time!

Speaking of spoilers, I will be sharing some photos I took during the event, so if you plan on going or just don't want to see, this is your warning.

Prior to the event, I received emails with updates, instructions on where to go & when, & a link to a Hawkins High Reunion website.

I can't remember how early we arrived - I think maybe 1/2 hour early. Upon arrival, we went through this entrance & someone checked us in via the Fever mobile app.

Oh look!  The Hawkins High Mascot and cheerleaders were there to greet us!

Hmmm - isn't that Billy's Camaro? 

As we waited for the "reunion" to start, we were given the option to buy some food & snacks at the Starcourt Mall.

We brought our own snacks, so we passed on getting food here, but they had given us the menu upon checking in.  Once you scan the QR code, you place your order via the website and they will bring you your food order to your car!  Very convenient!

They had us tune into a specific radio station at this point. There was a DJ on stage & different characters from the show going through the lines of waiting cars for some pre-show entertainment.

Even though we never got out of the car (although, I wish I would have gone to use their bathroom & taken that time to get better photos! lol), we dressed up to make it more fun.  For Halloween this year, we decided our theme for costumes would be Stranger Things, especially knowing that we would be coming to this event!  Can you guess who we are? 

Yep!  We were Joyce & Robin! Haha  Dressing up ended up being a great move because the Robin character interacted with my niece during one of the scenes and my niece loved that!

Once it was our turn, we followed the line of cars into a parking garage and kept the radio tuned into the station.  Employees did a great job of directing us so that we were parked in the scenes and would have a good view. Sharing some photos from the different scenes.  Again these are spoilers, but at the same time, they do not reveal everything - I do want to leave some things out.

After it was over, we had the option to look and purchase merchandise.  Earlier at check-in, we were given this shopping flyer.

We were directed into a parking spot for the march, where we could see banners with photos of the merch. 

Outside of the driver side window, there was a little stand with a QR code on top.  Just scan it & it will take you to the website to order.  I then got this order confirmation, which I just realized had the wrong date.

We chose the Code Red Bundle & they brought it to us after receiving our order!  And look at that detail - our items came in a Starcourt Mall bag!  

This bundle included 4 items and my niece & I split them.  First up, is a mystery pin (my niece wanted that). 

We also got an air freshener - they had several characters, but we didn't have a choice of which one.  We ended up getting Eleven, which I chose to keep.

This cute mug & the bag behind it were the last 2 items.  I kept the mug & my niece took the bag.

All in all, we had a great time!  Yes it's different and would probably have been better as a walk-through type of event.  But, considering the times we are in right now, it was really great to have something fun like this to do!  We went to this about 2 weeks after Halloween and after having hardly any Halloween events to go to (when we usually go to A LOT), this was a bright spot for us.  My niece absolutely loved it and had a blast and that made it 100% worth it!

Have you gone to this?  What did you think? Do you have any questions?  Let me know if the comments or you can reach me on Instagram!

Friday, October 23, 2020

Knott's Berry Farm's Taste of Fall-O-Ween

 Happy October! It's officially my favorite month of the year!

I know I'm supposed to be making an effort on posting more on here and I'm slowly, but surely working on it - I swear!  (Really! I have a couple of drafts that I'm working on).  Ultimately, I have no excuse - it's mostly just taking me time to get back into the routine of blogging again since it's been such a long time.

I'll get into those projects another time, but for now I wanted to share about Knott's Berry Farm's Taste of Fall-O-Ween. This experience is an "...outdoor dining & retail experience celebrating the Halloween season and the flavors of Fall..." starting September 25 through November 1 on Fridays through Sundays (they have since added Columbus Day October 12 and select Wednesdays & Thursdays) . Knott's has opened their entire park (sans rides) and completely decorated for Halloween.  Included in the adult ticket ($35 plus tax) includes a tasting card for 5 tastings, while the children's ticket ($20 plus tax) is for a tasting card for 3 tastings plus the Camp Snoopy trick-or-treat trail.  Adults may also participate in the trick-or-treat trail for an extra fee of $8. Guests of ALL ages are allowed to wear costumes (please see their website for their costume guidelines). Parking is currently free, which was awesome.  Unfortunately, if you were thinking of going to the event & don't already have tickets, all dates are already SOLD OUT.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

DIY Medal Sign Display

I'm back with another project!  It's been a couple of months since my last post, but I haven't forgotten that I'm making an effort to post over here on the Blog more often.  I've actually been very busy with DIY & projects - just a little slow with getting back into the habit of writing and getting the posts back together.

Today, I'm sharing a project that is super easy, but one to also be very proud of!

Monday, May 11, 2020

Copycat Dole Whip (just like at Disneyland)!

I'm back!  See - told you I am trying this time.  haha
Today, I'm sharing a Copycat Dole Whip recipe, similar to the famous Dole Whips at Disneyland!  It's actually more of a smoothie that soft serve, but tastes a lot like the real deal.  Also, it was super easy to make!

Friday, May 8, 2020

Hello, Again!

Hello!  Long time, no post!

It's been about 3 1/2 years since I last posted and that year I only posted a few times.  I had taken a break from doing DIY projects and life got busy, so blogging took a back seat.  I often missed writing and doing projects, but lacked motivation when I had any down time.

Now, with this pandemic & "stay at home" orders happening, I've had a bit more time.  Fortunately, I'm still working full time.  I've been working from home for 4 years now, so that is not new for me.  But, staying home all weekend is. There have been some projects that I've been wanting to do for awhile now, but was lacking the time.  Now that I'm home a lot more, I figured this would be a good time to get started on some of them and get back to sharing here!

We've been sheltering in place for about 7 weeks.  I've had bursts of energy & motivation, so I'm glad to say that I've managed to get quite a few things done.  I've also had some bad days and you know what? It's ok to take a mental break and just relax and press the reset button.

I will be making an effort to post here more often whether it be about DIY, crafts, Disney, and (once we're back to a new "normal") travel and other fun things going on.  I am active on Instagram, so if you'd like to follow along over there, just click here: Adventures in DIY Shop.

In the meantime, how are you all doing?  I hope you've all been doing well in the last few years and especially lately with these crazy times we live in.  Drop me a comment and let me know how you've been and what you've been up to - I'd love to hear it!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Mickey Snowman Faux Snowglobe

I've made a few of these faux snow globes in the past - they are just so darn cute!  My latest version happens to be Disney related.  Shocking, I know.
Photo credit:  Brenda at Chatting Over Chocolate

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Adventures in DIY Has a Shop!

Hey there!
I'm hoping to get back to DIY'ing & blogging on a more regular basis soon, but in the meantime, I wanted to share some exciting news.  I have opened up a shop on Etsy:  Adventures in DIY Shop!  It's something that I've been wanting to do for a few years now and it's finally up and running!

If you've been reading for awhile, you know that I'm a big Disney fan.  Actually, to be precise, I'm a big Disney parks fan.  Being a Disneyland annual passholder, I go quite often.  I started making mouse ear headbands to wear to the parks and decided to start selling them as well!  I have some ideas for other items to sell also, but until those ideas go through development, I'll be selling just ears. for now.

Please feel free to check out my shop at the link above.  My shop's main social media account is on Instagram (I post more frequently there), but the shop is also on Facebook.  I also share pictures of my Disney adventures on Instagram.