Buena Park – Out of the Shadow of the Mouse!

Buena Park – Out of the Shadow of the Mouse!

20/07/2017 Off By Gayle Dickson

A vacation hot spot, the lively city of Buena Park is located just 10 minutes from Disneyland and 45 minutes from Los Angeles. The city is not only known for its premier location but for its world famous entertainment…including the nation’s first theme park, Knott’s Berry Farm®.Don’t forget to stop by the California Welcome Center (6601 Beach Boulevard) to get your discounted attractions tickets, free maps and travel guides on things to do in California.Buena Park truly is a destination where the whole family can be entertained. From dining experiences, to exhibitions, to theme parks and everything in between. An exciting new development called The Source, is well under construction and when finished will add a new vibe to Buena Park with its multi-faceted shopping, dining and entertainment areas. Make sure you take the kids (big and small) to the world’s most interactive dinner shows – Pirate’s Dinner Adventure and Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament.Looking for a little culture? Don’t miss the new blockbuster exhibits, Titanic The Experience and Bodies…The Exhibition. Located in Ralph B. Clark Regional Park is the Los Coyotes Paleontology Museum, which features ice age fossils and local geology exhibits. Come and experience for yourself why Buena Park draws millions of visitors each year.

TITANIC…THE EXPERIENCE : Do you want interactive and to participate in an exhibition? Then this is a must. Take an adventure back in time…an adventure you might never return from. You are greeted “at the gang plank” by a host(ess) dressed in the style of the day, and given your boarding pass. Yes…that is correct. Each “passenger” who enters the exhibit is treated like he/she was a real passenger on the ill-fated ship when it departed on its maiden (and final) voyage. Your boarding pass contains the name and identification of a real person who was on the Titanic back in April 1912, showing you their occupation, cabin class, and a synopsis on what he/she did. At the end of the exhibition there is a Memorial Gallery with the names of every single person who was on the Titanic…telling you whether they survived or not.I don’t care how old you are, everyone knows the story of the Titanic and it is hard not to get even slightly emotional as you are brought in to the exhibition. You will experience the ship’s construction and what life on board was like – in all cabin classes. What the sky looked like that night, before she hit the iceberg and, what it was like to evacuate in to a lifeboat and watch the vessel sink before your very eyes.

BODIES – THE EXHIBITION : Bodies…The Exhibition offers an intimate and informative view into the human body. Using an innovative preservation process, the Exhibition allows visitors to see the human body’s inner beauty in educational and awe-inspiring ways. The Exhibition features over 200 actual human bodies and specimens meticulously dissected and respectfully displayed, offering an unprecedented and wholly unique view into the amazing body U.S.A. | ANAHEIM/ORANGE COUNTYwww.letstravelmag.com20 The Exhibition takes visitors through galleries providing an up-close look inside the skeletal, muscular, reproductive, respiratory, circulatory and other systems of the human body. Many of the whole body specimens are displayed in vivid athletic poses, allowing the visitor to relate to everyday activities. In addition, authentic human specimens illustrate the damage caused to organs by over-eating and lack of exercise. A healthy lung is featured next to a black lung ravaged by smoking in a vivid comparison more powerful than any textbook image. The Exhibition will change the way you see yourself. It is designed to enlighten, empower, fascinate and inspire.The human body specimens in the exhibition are preserved through a revolutionary technique called polymer preservation. In this process, human tissue is permanently preserved using liquid silicone rubber that is treated and hardened. The end result is a rubberised specimen, preserved to the cellular level, showcasing the complexity of the body’s many bones, muscles, nerves, blood vessels and organs. The full-body specimens can take more than a year to prepare.

THE SOURCE : The Source is a brand new, highly anticipated, retail destination that combines a modern and dynamic urban design, featuring world-class selection of shopping, dining and entertainment. Once completed, it quite literally will be the ‘Source’ for fashion, dining, and entertainment in and around Buena Park. Facts: •The Source will include over 480,995 square feet of retail, office, restaurant and entertainment uses •The site is at one of the most trafficked intersections in Orange County – Beach Boulevard and Orangethorpe Avenue •Currently, entertainment and tourism attraction along the Beach Boulevard Entertainment Zone in Buena Park generates 6.4 million visits annually •The Source site is just over a mile away from the legendary Knott’s Berry Farm amusement park, which attracts over 17,000 visitors daily •Once complete, the City is anticipating an increase in traffic to nearly 11 million visits annually •Currently, the only California Welcome Center in Los Angeles and Orange County is located in Buena Park.
MEDIEVAL TIMES DINNER & TOURNAMENT : Opened in June 1986, Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament brings history to life with a two-hour medieval tournament and a four-course feast, served by “wenches” in the tradition of the day (even your beer comes in a pewter tankard). The 70,000 square foot castle is located on seven acres in the heart of Buena Park’s Entertainment Zone. Offering shows 365 days a year, the European-style castle features a soaring tower, elaborately decorated Hall of Arms, the Knight Club, an outdoor courtyard, an extensive gift shop, Museum of Torture and an indoor stable area where guests can view some of the castle’s horses as they prepare for each evening’s show. The air-conditioned Grand Ceremonial Arena seats 1,110 guests and features state-of-the-art sound, lighting and a special effects system.During the tournament, royal guests (that’s you and me) cheer for one of six Knights as each competes in medieval games, authentic jousting matches and ground battles with sword and shield. The action intensifies as the tournament continues in search of one Knight who will be crowned champion by the King. (Prices range from $35.95 – $57.95)

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