New Year’s resolution: Experience Universal Studios Hollywood as many times as possible this year — and at a discount! The Annual Pass is now available online and, through April 7, a discount of up to $50 is available.
For families looking to make some unique memories in 2022 and for those who love the adrenaline rush of thrill rides or the magic of movies coming to life, Universal Studios Hollywood offers plenty to excite. “Jurassic World—The Ride” brings you face to face with a stunningly realistic Indominus rex, while “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash” ride allows you and the kiddos to become one of the adopted stray pups. Of course there’s also the magical “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” or the cartoonish “The Simpsons Ride.” Go behind the scenes on the “Studio Tour” and learn more about animated worlds on “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem.”
That’s just a taste of what awaits, and Annual Pass members receive even more in the way of exclusive incentives, including discounts on general admission tickets for friends and family; admission to seasonal events like “Halloween Horror Nights”; and sweepstakes opportunities and discounts at select CityWalk locations.
If your family travel brings you to the greater New York City region, opt for a taste of nostalgia (or the grown-ups and fun and imagination for the kids at American Dream’s Nickelodeon Universe. Since I don’t have children, I recruited my best friend and her 6-year-old twins, Declan and Delaney, to help me check out the Nickelodeon-themed theme park and all the ways it brings to life favorite characters from cartoons both past and present, like Rugrats!, which I watched as a child, and Spongebob Square Pants, which is more Declan’s speed.
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Blue Mountain Resort, located in the Pennsylvania Pocono Mountains, offers plenty of activities for family travel. This past weekend, Blue Mountain Bike Park officially opened for summer. The park offers Pennsylvania’s highest vertical and largest bike park where all mountain bikers, from beginners to experts, can navigate 29 thrilling bike trails.
Family travelers, there’s a new attraction coming to Saudi Arabia, as it prepares to welcome the country’s first and the region’s largest water theme park, currently under development at Qiddiya, the future Capital of Entertainment, Sports and Culture. Qiddiya will sit outside the capital of Riyadh. Falcon’s Creative Group is behind the park’s master plan.
United Airlines officially became the only major U.S. airline to own a flight training school with the opening of United Aviate Academy on Jan. 27. The moment was made even more historic with its inaugural class, which is 80 percent women and people of color.
The island of Lanzarote, in Spain’s Canary Islands, endured a series of devastating volcanic eruptions in the mid-1700s. More than half the island was covered in several feet of molten lava and ash before hardening into impenetrable stone. Vast areas of this stone still cover Lanzarote in an otherworldly landscape of solidified lava. But all Lanzarote’s volcanoes are not dead, and the most active of them is a good place to begin your family travel on Lanzarote.