Visiting Winterfell – Game of thrones.

Experience Westeros with a visit to Winterfell, located only 40 minutes out of Belfast, Northern Ireland in County Down.

Winterfell - Old Castle Ward
Winterfell – Old Castle Ward

Immerse yourself in the world of Game of Thrones with a visit to Old Castle Ward, the film set of the iconic Winterfell. Castle Ward is the location of Winterfell, the whispering woods and many more iconic scenes. Now that the series is wrapped up, you can live the Game of throne experience, dressing up in Character and walking where the cast walked.

Earlier this year we took a trip to Ireland, and then headed north to Northern Ireland. To visit some of the iconic Game of Thrones locations, and visiting Winterfell was a priority.

Winterfell or Old Castle Ward has gone from a small tourist castle to one of Northern Ireland premier Visitor attractions.

8 things I learned about the Winterfell tour

Winterfell really is an immersive experience, and before I went I didn’t realise how much.

1. Get Involved

There is nothing like dressing up in costume with your own cloak to really immerse yourself in the experience. Wandering down the site of many iconic scenes dressed up as a stark, in your black cloak really puts helps you really feel a part of it.

Winterfell - Costumes

2. Book into the Banquet

If you get a chance to book into the Medieval Banquet night, you won’t be disappointed.

On arrival, guests are greeted by the Grand Maester and escorted to the courtyard to receive their costumes and then the immersive experience begins. Live Band entertainment, amazing food, and Winterfell Ale. The Banquet table is set up with candle lights flickering, bench seats draped with fur skins and Winterfell ale to drink.

Winter ale

3. Try some new sports

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at Axe Throwing, Archery or Sword fighting? Then Winterfell is the place for you.

Axe Throwing

Stand in the spot that Bran, Robb Stark, and the King of the North Jon Snow stood. The Archery range film set is in the same spot it was used for filming. Practice your aim and fire straight.

4 – Old Castle Ward is more than just Winterfell.

A visit to Old Castle Ward is not just about Winterfell, there are so many more amazing places. Stand at the base of the tower that started it all, where Bran fell. Hire a bike and cycle down to the spot that Jamie Lannister was held captive in Robb’s camp. See the tree that Robb secretly marries Talissa at and so many more.

Winterfell Castle tower
Winterfell Castle tower

5 – It might come with unexpected guests

Whether it is an actor from the acclaimed show, many of the staff at Old Castle Ward, were extras in the film, as well as some involved in training the actors in fight scenes. Or a White walker staring you down as you walk around the paths.

6 –  Iron throne

When we went we had the privilege of sitting on the Iron Throne, located in a dark room, with only a small window and candlelight to illuminate us, dressed up in our cloak, you can imagine what it would feel like to be fighting over the throne.

 iron throne

7- Expect to use your imagination

The one thing that surprised me the most was the pure volume of creativity from the film team, so much of what we see as Winterfell is actually CGI. Our guides were amazing who showed us pictures that showed the before and after and it was amazing.

CGI at work

CGI at work

8 – More than just castles, it’s a photographer’s dream.

We only had one day at Old castle Ward, but I will definitely come back and next time I will take advantage of the overnight accommodation, so I can take some photos at night. Old Castle Ward is a photographers delight with so many amazing places to photograph.

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8 Things I learnt when visiting Winterfell in Northern IrelandExperience Westeros with a visit to Winterfell, located only 40 minutes out of Belfast, Northern Ireland in County Down. Immerse yourself in the world of Game of Thrones with a visit to Old Castle Ward, the film set of the iconic Winterfell. Castle Ward is the location of Winterfell, the whispering woods and many more iconic scenes. Now that the series is wrapped up, you can live the Game of throne experience, dressing up in Character and walking where the cast walked.Experience Westeros with a visit to Winterfell, located only 40 minutes out of Belfast, Northern Ireland in County Down. Immerse yourself in the world of Game of Thrones with a visit to Old Castle Ward, the film set of the iconic Winterfell. Castle Ward is the location of Winterfell, the whispering woods and many more iconic scenes. Now that the series is wrapped up, you can live the Game of throne experience, dressing up in Character and walking where the cast walked.

My Travel Wish list

“Live with no excuses and travel with no regrets”

Dubai UAE
Dubai UAE

Yesterday I was talking to soletmeexplore about her bucket list, 101 places that are on her bucket list. Many of them that she has already been too and it inspired me to start writing down my own travel wish list, places I want to visit.

For those already a regular on our Facebook page and blog would have heard of our “Travel dream board” that we created with our children, full of places they want to travel, and yes, Disney is a focal point. But there are many places I want to visit that I haven’t added to the board.

As a traveller, and a Photographer some of the places on my travel wish list I have been to in the past, well before I had my DSLR camera, with my Olympus 3MB camera in hand, some I have been to and managed to take photos.

Together with my children, we have created a Travel Wish List, a list of places we want to visit or revisit.

Places around Australia

There is something magical about Australia, it really is a unique place. Australia is the world’s largest island, covering 7.692 million km. It is home to many different climates from the mild temperatures of Tasmania, to the tropical heat of the Daintree. It really is an amazing place to visit. We have been to the most northern tip of Australia’s mainland, Cape York. Travelled the Nullarbor, with the longest straight stretch of road in the country 146.6km without a bend or turn. But there are still so many places left on my list to visit

  • The Kimberleys
  • Theme parks
  • Uluru (Ayers Rock) – ✓
  • Noosa – ✓
  • Swim with turtles at Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia
  • Sydney Opera House – ✓
  • Drive across the Nullarbor – ✓
  • Great Ocean Road – ✓
  • Fraser Island – ✓
  • Daintree Rainforest – ✓
  • Drive a Golf Buggy around Hamilton Island – ✓
  • Be above the clouds on Mount Wellington
  • Visit Paronella Park
  • Three Capes Track – Tasmania
  • Wave Rock
  • The Pinnacles
  • Stand at the Northern tip of Australia’s mainland, Cape York
  • Climb one of the iconic bridges, ie Story Bridge, Sydney Harbour bridge
  • Run on the Bolte Bridge

Places around the United States of America

  • Roadtrip to visit nearly all of U.S National Parks
  • Epic American Roadtrip
  • Yosemite National Park 
  • Zion National Park
  • Bryce Canyon 
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Sequoia National Park
  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • Death Valley National Park
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Mese Verde National Park
  • Monument Valley
  • New York – ✓
  • Alaskan Cruise
  • Las Vegas – ✓
  • Grand Canyon – ✓
  • Hawaii – ✓
  • Big Sur, California
  • Hearst Castle – ✓
  • Washington DC – ✓
  • Broadway
  • Universal Orlando
  • Mount Rushmore
  • See the Statue of Liberty
  • Empire State Building 
  • See the Golden Gate Bridge 
  • Eat a Steak in Texas
  • Bourbon Street. New Orleans
  • Appalachian Trail
  • Visit Chicago
  • Visit NASA in Florida 
  • See an American Football Game
  • Drive Route 66

Canada

    • Rocky Mountaineer
    • Banff National Park– ✓
    • Visit Edmonton Mall– ✓
    • Visit the Yukon and see the Northern Lights
    • Stay at Lake Louise – ✓
    • Maid of the Mist boat – Niagara Falls
    • Niagara Falls – ✓
    • See an Ice Hockey game

Epic Disney

New Zealand

  • Milford Sound
  • Hobbiton
  • Ferry from North to South Island
  • Bay of Islands
  • Glow worm caves at Waitomo

Europe

  • Ireland – ✓
  • Trinity College, see the Book of Kells.
  • Northern Ireland – ✓
  • Visit the set of Game of thrones – ✓
  • Capture the Northern Lights on camera
  • Visit Scotland
  • Paris
  • Head to the Louvre
  • Eiffel Tower
  • London
  • Rome
  • Venice
  • See the Colosseum
  • See the Mona Lisa in the Louvre
  • Tower of Pisa
  • West End
  • Santorini, Greece
  • Athens
  • Colosseum
  • Visit Antarctica
  • Great Wall of China
  • Dubai – ✓
  • African safari
  • Bora Bora
  • Maldives
  • Japan
  • Bahamas

This list is only a snapshot of the places we have been to (Bold and Italics) and the places we want to go to.

What are some places you think we should add on our list?

Let me know in the comments below.

As a traveller, and a Photographer some of the places on my list I have been to in the past, well before I had my DSLR camera, with my Olympus 3MB camera in hand, some I have been to and managed to take photos. Together with my children we have created a Travel Wish List, a list of places we want to visit, or revisit. As a traveller, and a Photographer some of the places on my list I have been to in the past, well before I had my DSLR camera, with my Olympus 3MB camera in hand, some I have been to and managed to take photos. Together with my children we have created a Travel Wish List, a list of places we want to visit, or revisit.  My Must-See Travel Destinations. As a traveller, and a Photographer some of the places on my list I have been to in the past, well before I had my DSLR camera, with my Olympus 3MB camera in hand, some I have been to and managed to take photos. Together with my children we have created a Travel Wish List, a list of places we want to visit, or revisit. As a traveller, and a Photographer some of the places on my list I have been to in the past, well before I had my DSLR camera, with my Olympus 3MB camera in hand, some I have been to and managed to take photos. Together with my children we have created a Travel Wish List, a list of places we want to visit, or revisit. 

Disney’s California Adventure Park, World of Colour

On our previous trips to Disneyland our first nights always involved booking a Dining Package with a special viewing area at World of Colour.

World of Colour is California Adventure Parks amazing night time celebration.

It uses a combination of water, lights, fire, Colour, music and images to really make the dream of Walt Disney come alive.

We where heartbroken to hear of its extended shutdown after maintenance plans went wrong.

Back in April 2018 it was to be shutdown for six weeks with the theming of Pixar Pier and the incredicoaster. But it’s reopen date came and went…..

It was pushed back to Fall, and that too came and went…

Then it was going to ready by Christmas, but our recent trip came and went and it was still shut down.

There where still amazing things to see at nighttime but we definitely missed our Disney tradition

I was very excited to hear that the World of Colour is back operating tonight.

We might have missed it on our last trip to Disneyland however we enjoyed it and videoed it so like to watch it on YouTube.

Now it is back operational we will make sure we do it next time.

Magic Castle Hotel – Hollywood

If you want to find a little bit of Magic in Hollywood then look no further than the Magic Castle Hotel.

The Magic Castle Hotel is a very popular hotel located within walking distance to popular tourist destinations like Grauman’s chinese theatre, (Mann’s Chinese Theatre), Madame Tassauds wax museum, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Don’t be put off by The Magic Castle Hotel 3 star rating, it’s service is 5 star.

What sets the hotel apart from all the others we have stayed at In Los Angeles are it’s staff, from the minute you arrive the service is amazing.

You are treated with a welcome drink, our children where offered some complimentary snacks.

They organised a booster seat for us so we could go on a Hollywood tour, and even helped us to our room with our bags. Nothing is a problem for them.

Probably the highlight for busy families though is the laundry service. You drop off your dirty washing to reception and they clean, dry and fold it for you free of charge.

They do say to allow 24 hours for it, however we dropped ours off just after lunch on our way to Santa Monica Pier and it was back in our room that night before we returned home.

At the Magic Castle Hotel it is all about the little things, they offer a continental breakfast each morning, free snack foods at reception, complimentary soda (soft drink), a popsicle hotline, where your kids can order a popsicle anytime of the day and will be delivered out to them near the pool.

They have games for the kids out at the table to keep them amused.

When I say they offer complimentary snack foods the list is quite extensive from Potato Chips, Doritos, Cheetos, peanuts, Pretzels, microwave popcorn, Grabola Bars, Kit Kats, Snickers, Sour Patch Kids, Skittles, Reece Cups, Hershey’s Chocolate, Choc chip cookies, the list goes on.

The rooms have been renovated and are very clean and comfortable.

Their is a selection of either single rooms, one bedroom or two bedroom suites.

We stayed in the 2 bedroom suite and it had a King size bed in one room, 2 single beds in the other and a large fold out couch in the lounge room.

It has a seperate dining room that had a table for eating dinner on, then a kitchen which had another smaller table that could fit two people.

For those of you who want to cook, they have a full kitchen available, and a supermarket also within walking distance.

As we where only staying for a couple of days and wanted to explore we didn’t make use of the kitchen, however we did appreciate the extra space.

Another great way the Magic Castle goes above and beyond is through their take away service.

Instead of having to order it yourself, you just tell the reception staff what you are after and they will order it for you.

We get like pizza and the girls at the front desk recommended the restaurant Asparagus, and we where impressed with not just the taste, but the size of the pizza’s.

We ordered 2 of their pizzas, and had some left over.

For is the Magic Castle Hotel really was a magical place to stay.

When we head to Hollywood next we will be heading back to the Magic Castle Hotel as it really was a pleasure to stay there.

Dinner at Blue Bayou in Disneyland

On our recent trip to Disneyland, we were very lucky to get a dinner reservation at Blue Bayou. This restaurant has been on my to-do list the last few times we went to Disneyland but it is quite hard to get into and you really need to book in advance.

The Blue Bayou has been open for over 50 years opening back on March 18th, 1967.

The Blue Bayou is located within the same building as the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. Whilst you are seated inside the building, It is themed like you are outside at night out on the bayou.

As you sit overlooking the start of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, you hear crickets, frogs, you see the glow of fireflies in the background and it all adds to the atmosphere.

The menu is themed as well, you can order a Mint Julep or a Louisiana Lemonade. Our children loved the Louisiana Lemonade and would have gone back here every day just to order this lemonade.

The Mint Julep was great however is incredibly strong so only order it if you like a lot of mint.

Blue Bayou Disneyland Blue Bayou Disneyland Blue Bayou Disneyland

Now to make the most of your dining reservation, make sure you request a table by the water. It might mean waiting a few more minutes for your table, but it is well worth the wait.

 

Menu (As of January 2019)

Starters
Fried Calamari – $14.00

Crab Hush Puppies – $12.00

Golden Beet Salad – $12.00

House Salad – $6.00

N’awlins Gumbo – $7.00

Entrées

Surf & Turf – $50.00

Herb-crusted Rack of Lamb – $44.00

Bone-In Rib-Eye – $46.00

Catch of the Day – $39.00

Roasted Chicken Maison – $35.00

Seafood Pasta – $35.00

Bone-In Pork Loin – $35.00

Vegetable Pasta – $30.00

Desserts

Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée – $9.00

8-Layer Chocolate Hazelnut Cake – $10.00

Kids Meals

Served with Seasonal Vegetables and Fruit with a choice of Small Lowfat Milk or Small Dasani® Water

Sustainable Fish – $12.00
Pan-seared and served with Pasta topped with Marinara

Chicken Breast – $10.00
Pan-seared and served with Pasta topped with Marinara

Mickey’s Cheesy Macaroni – $9.00

Chef’s Beef Specialty – $13.00

Non-Alcoholic Specialty Beverage

Louisiana Lemonade – $7.75
Minute Maid® Lemonade, Sprite®, Mango, Raspberry, served with a souvenir glow cube

Mint Julep – $5.00

Mint Julep with Souvenir Glow Cube – $8.00

 

The Blue Bayou really is a must see restaurant at Disneyland the Herb-crusted Rack of Lamb was divine. Probably my favorite meal of the whole trip to Disneyland. (Unfortunately hard to take photos due to the dark nature of the restaurant).

Blue Bayou Disneyland

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On our recent trip to Disneyland, we were very lucky to get a dinner reservation at Blue Bayou. This restaurant has been on my to-do list the last few times we went to Disneyland but it is quite hard to get into and you really need to book in advance. On our recent trip to Disneyland, we were very lucky to get a dinner reservation at Blue Bayou. This restaurant has been on my to-do list the last few times we went to Disneyland but it is quite hard to get into and you really need to book in advance.

Snorkeling at Castaway Cay

Imagine snorkeling out into the clear blue waters of the Bahamas, the water temperature a beautiful 25℃, the water crystal clear, the sand a glistening white color.

You swim around looking at the amazing fish and then you see it heading towards you. A Magnificent Sea turtle. You then spend the next two-three minutes swimming with the majestic sea animal.

This was our experience when we recently went on an amazing Disney Cruise on the Disney Dream and snorkeled at Disney’s Castaway Cay.

Disney’s Castaway Cay is Disney’s own private island, located in the Bahamas, near the Great Aboca Island. Back in 1999, Disney signed a 99-year lease from the Bahamian Government which allows it to be an exclusive port for the Disney Cruise line. And like all things Disney they quickly invested in the island to make it a tropical oasis.

Imagine snorkeling out into the clear blue waters of the Bahamas, the water temperature a beautiful 25℃, the water crystal clear, the sand a glistening white color.

The real advantage of Castaway Cay is the fact that the Cruise ships can dock on the island which makes disembarking a very quick and easy process. In the past, most cruise ships would have to tender off whatever island they are stopping at, and you would have to catch a smaller boat over to the island. But not at Castaway Cay. Instead, you just wander down to the main level and walk off the boat. Using your Drivers license (Or passport) as ID, and your key to the world card.

Disney cruise line - dream Castaway Cay

Castaway is a beautiful island to visit and has so much to do, you can hire a bike, go on waterslides, shop, swim, eat. There are kids clubs for your children and even adult only areas. There is also a huge list of activities you can participate in, including glass bottom boats. So with so much to do, you might decide that snorkeling isn’t high on your list. If that’s the case I suggest you reconsider as it really was a beautiful place to snorkel.

Now you can bring your own snorkeling gear on the Cruise ship, but if space is an issue you can hire it on Castaway Cay, and I have to admit it’s not cheap. But it’s one of those times you think to yourself. I have spent all this money getting here, surely I can pay $34.00 to hire an adult sized mask, a snorkel, a snorkel vest (mandatory) you blow these up to add extra buoyancy and a pair of fins. Kids aged 5-9 can hire children sized ones for only $18.00

Initially, I wasn’t going to head out in the water, the boys were just going to head out whilst I relaxed on the beach, but I am so glad I went out. These experiences, like the Rainbow Reef in Disney Aulani resort, are moments in time that I will remember for a very long time, and now thanks to youtube, you can too.

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Imagine snorkeling out into the clear blue waters of the Bahamas, the water temperature a warm 25℃, the crystal clear water. Imagine snorkeling out into the clear blue waters of the Bahamas, the water temperature a warm 25℃, the crystal clear water.   See why you should go snorkeling at Castaway Cay Imagine snorkeling out into the clear blue waters of the Bahamas, the water temperature a warm 25℃, the crystal clear water.   See why you should go snorkeling at Castaway Cay

Have you ever been snorkeling before?

 

 

All about the Disney Dining Plan

Back in 2005, Walt Disney World introduced something new and exciting in the Park, the Disney Dining Plan.

This allows guests staying at Walt Disney Hotels to prepay for their meals, it is a great way for you to prepay for your trip.

Disney Dining Plan is available for all guests staying at a Walt Disney World Hotel aged 3 and up, however, there are some rules in place.

  • All Members of the reservation must select the Dining Plan.
  • Children are classified between 3-9 years old.
  • Children under 3 (share off their parent’s plate) or you will need to pay OOP (Out of Pocket)
  • Children 10 + will be paying adult prices even if they choose Children’s meals.
  • The credits get loaded onto your complimentary magic band.
  • However most do not include Tips, you will have to pay those OOP.
  • Just like Cinderella, Your credits expire at Midnight on the last day of your reservation.

 

Disney Aulani resort

 

The Disney Dining plan comes in three levels.

Disney Quick service Plan

2 quick service meals per night of your stay

  • 1 Entree (Main meal)
  • 1 Non-alcoholic beverage for people under 21 (Milkshakes, Smoothies, Premium hot chocolates, Soda (Soft drink for Australians) Coffee or Tea
  • 1 Alcoholic (or non-alcoholic) for people over 21 (Includes Beer, Cider, Wine, Sangria, Mixed drinks, Speciality Cocktails)

2 Snacks per night of your stay

1 refillable mug per stay (only refillable in the resorts)

Disney Dining Plan

1 quick service meal per night of your stay which includes

  • 1 Entree (Main meal)
  • 1 Non-alcoholic beverage for people under 21
  • 1 Alcoholic (or non-alcoholic) for people over 21

1 Table service meal per night of your stay

  • 1 Entree (Main meal) (Or a Full Buffet or Family Style meal)
  • 1 Desert (Available for Lunch and Dinner)
  • 1 Non-alcoholic beverage for people under 21
  • 1 Alcoholic (or non-alcoholic) for people over 21

2 Snacks per day

1 refillable mug per stay (only refillable in the resorts)

Disney Deluxe Dining Plan

3 Meals (can be either Quick service or Table service)

– If table service this also includes an appetiser.

2 Snacks per day

1 refillable mug per stay (only refillable in the resorts)

There are more than 100 restaurants, that accept the Disney Dining plan. This includes a huge variety of styles, from traditional sit-down, Buffet or family service.

They also include a variety of special dining.

Character Dining

A great opportunity for your children to not only dine with their favorite characters but also get autographs without a huge line.

Walt Disney World has so many different character dining, from Princesses, Villians, Winnie the Pooh, Mickey and friends, Lilo and Stitch, Alice and Wonderland and even Playhouse Disney characters.

These are located in the parks and in the resorts.

Walt Disney World

Signature Dining (Take 2 Dining credits)

Walt Disney world has a great variety of Signature Dining experiences, these restaurants are restaurants that are normally more expensive when paying OOP, or extremely hard to get into.

These include Steakhouses like Le Cellier and Boathouse. To California Grill which overlooks the Magic Kingdom.

Dine in a Castle (Two Table service dining credits)

* Breakfast and Lunch is Quick Service for Be our guest.

You can make a reservation in both of the Disney Castles. Cinderella’s and the beasts.

Cinderella’s Royal table (Gratuities are Included)

You can eat Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner inside Cinderella’s castle. As you enter you meet Cinderella then as you dine, other Princesses come to join you at your table.

Cinderella’s royal table includes an appetiser, entree (main meal) and a dessert and a beverage.

Be our guest. (Prix Fixe menu)

Whilst it is traditionally thought as a Character dining experience, it actually isn’t classified as one.

Guests can dine in Beast castle, in either the Grand Ballroom, The West Wing or the Castle Gallery.

On most nights (Dinner only) you meet beast in his Library after you have finished your meal.

Guests booked for Breakfast and Lunch also get to Dine in the Castle, however, the Beast will not be present.

Dinner shows (Two Table service dining credits) (Tips are included)

Walt Disney World has a variety of dinner shows that you can book to use with your Dining credits, from the Hoop De Doo Revue ( located at the Fort Wilderness resort).

The Spirit of Aloha (Polynesian Resort). Mickey’s Backyard BBQ, at Fort Wilderness.

Private In-room dining (Two Table service dining credits) (Tips are included)

At some resorts, you can order private in-room dining and they will be charged at two dining credits. You will receive

– 1 Entree (Main meal) (Or a Full Buffet or Family Style meal)

– 1 Desert (Available for Lunch and Dinner)

– 1 Non-alcoholic beverage for people under 21

– 1 Alcoholic (or non-alcoholic) for people over 21

Pizza Delivery (Two Table service dining credits) (Tips are included)

– 1 Pizza Entree item (Main Meal)

– 2 Non-alcoholic beverage for people under 21 or Alcoholic (or non-alcoholic) for people over 21

– 2 Desserts

Cost – 2019

Disney Quick Service Plan

Adult $52.50

Children $23.78

Disney Dining Plan

Adult $75.49

Children $27.98

Disney Deluxe Dining Plan

Adult $116.25

Children $43.49

Once you have included your Disney Dining Plan on your reservation then the fun starts, Walt Disney World allows you to book your ADR, or Advance dining reservations 180 days out for your trip. We had such fun choosing our favorite restaurants to visit.

Your Fastpasses are booked 60 days out (When staying on property) so we then had fun again rescheduling a couple to make sure we got the prized Avatar flights of passage Fastpass.

The Disney dining plan is only available at Walt Disney World, one of a few key differences between the parks. You can find out more key differences on my article, Disneyworld vs Disneyland

So this is all the important information about the Disney Dining plan, now to work out which Dining plan suits you.

What is your experience with the Disney Dining plan? Did it work for you? Do you think it was worth it?

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List of Films and Tv Shows filmed at Kualoa Ranch.

A visit to Oahu wouldn’t be complete without dropping into Kualoa Ranch to see some of the amazing props and locations of over 50 movies and TV Shows.

Kualoa Ranch is a 4000-acre site and has a varied terrain, from Landscapes, valleys, beaches, cliff faces and large mountains.

We had an amazing time recently going on a tour of the movie sites, as well as visiting the Film Memorabilia museum, we have put together a list of some of the TV and films that were shot there. It is great when you watch a movie and can recognise some of the sites.

Some of the extensive List of films and TV shows filmed at Kualoa Ranch

Jurassic Park

  • Pearl Harbour
  • Mighty Joe young
  • Kong – Skull Island
  • Wind Talkers
  • Tears of the sun
  • Godzilla
  • Pearl Harbour
  • You, me and Dupree
  • 50 First Dates
  • Karate Kid II
  • Snakes on a plane
  • Battleship
  • Journey to the Centre of the earth
  • Jurassic World
  • Jumanji
  • Jumanji – Welcome to the Jungle
  • George of the Jungle
  • Mike and Dave need wedding dates
  • Hunger Games

  • TV – Hawaii Five-0
  • TV – Lost
  • TV – Amazing Race
  • TV – Magnum P.I
  • TV – E.R.
  • TV- National Geographic

There are so many more Tv episodes and Movies filmed there and will be many more in the future. So if you are heading to Hawaii, make sure you pop into Kualoa Ranch you won’t be disappointed.

Have you been to Kualoa Ranch before?

What is your favourite movie filmed at Kualoa Ranch?

 

A visit to Oahu wouldn’t be complete without dropping into Kualoa Ranch to see some of the amazing props and locations of over 50 movies and TV Shows.
A visit to Oahu wouldn’t be complete without dropping into Kualoa Ranch to see some of the amazing props and locations of over 50 movies and TV Shows.
A visit to Oahu wouldn’t be complete without dropping into Kualoa Ranch to see some of the amazing props and locations of over 50 movies and TV Shows.

 

Kualoa Ranch – Hawaii’s Hollywood link.

Kualoa Ranch is a 4000-acre cattle ranch located in Oahu, Hawaii. Whilst a working cattle ranch, its claim to fame is it’s a popular tourist attraction due to the fantastic list of films and tv shows filmed within its three valleys. Kaaawa Valley, Kualoa Valley and Hakipuu Valley.

Due to its size and location it’s terrain is so varied, from Mountains, Valleys, Rainforests, beaches. So many of the locations are so familiar. As you look around you begin saying to yourself, I think this was in Jumanji, this hill was definitely in lost. I am sure I saw this part in an episode of Hawaii Five-O.

Kualoa Ranch

Kualoa Ranch has been in the same family since 1850 when it was purchased of King Kamehameha III. Over that time it has had an interesting history from cattle to sugar cane, to The military taking control during World War 2 and turning it into Kualoa airfield, and creating military bunkers on the land. To rock festivals, to its most famous claim to fame so far, the film site of the Jurassic Park films, lost, Pearl Harbour, Godzilla, Hawaii Five-O episodes and many more.

Kualoa Ranch - Lost TV

If you head to Kualoa Ranch, you can do a vast variety of tours from ATV, horse riding, jungle cruise and the movie tour.

We participated in the movie tour, and it was great to see some of the landmark sites from some of our favourite movies.

We stopped to have a look at one of the military bunkers which have now become a film memorabilia museum.

Kualoa Ranch

At the time I was keen to keep moving to the movie sites, but looking back the museum was probably the highlight of the tour, there was more time to read about the movies, and to see all about the film and tv shows filmed there.

It was also great to see the sites once we moved into the valley where many of the Jurassic Park movies were filmed. There were some film sites where there wasn’t anything left there except a plaque showing you what they shot but no other real props. Obviously, they can’t keep much there as they continue to film in the area. However, there are some fantastic sites that are iconic from some favourite movies, the log from Jurassic Park, the footprint from Godzilla and the skull area from Skull Island.

Kualoa Ranch

Kualoa Ranch

Kualoa Ranch is well worth a visit when you head to Hawaii.

Kualoa Ranch is a great day trip whether you are staying in Honolulu, Ko Olina Bay or anywhere else on the Island of Oahu.

 

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A visit to Oahu wouldn't be complete without dropping in to Kualoa Ranch to see some of the amazing props and locations of over 50 movies and TV Shows. Kualoa ranch is a 4000 acre site and has a varied terrain, from Landscapes, valleys, beaches, cliff faces and large mountains. We had an amazing ...

A visit to Oahu wouldn't be complete without dropping in to Kualoa Ranch to see some of the amazing props and locations of over 50 movies and TV Shows. Kualoa ranch is a 4000 acre site and has a varied terrain, from Landscapes, valleys, beaches, cliff faces and large mountains. We had an amazing ...

A visit to Oahu wouldn't be complete without dropping in to Kualoa Ranch to see some of the amazing props and locations of over 50 movies and TV Shows. Kualoa ranch is a 4000 acre site and has a varied terrain, from Landscapes, valleys, beaches, cliff faces and large mountains. We had an amazing ...

 

Top five things to do in Downtown Disney.

Downtown Disney

When we first went to Disneyland we never realised how amazing the shopping precinct at Downtown Disney is. There are over twenty shops and countless dining opportunities just outside the entrance of the Disneyland park.

Our children (and us) loved downtown Disney, we often grabbed breakfast in the bakery, we had dinner at rainforest cafe, we bought replacement flip-flops from Sanuk, got coffee from Starbucks.

Most mornings we walked to the entrance of Disneyland from our hotel through Downtown Disney, and we have put together our top five things to do in Downtown Disney.

Find the Hidden Mickeys in Downtown Disney

The Disney parks are full of hidden Mickeys, located in the furnishings of the hotels, the parks and Downtown Disney. We had great fun searching for Hidden Mickeys.

Our children were very excited when they found one hidden in the brickwork.

Check out the Lego store

There is something amazing about walking into the second largest Lego shop in America. (Orlando is the largest). The Lego store is an amazing shop with so many different LEGO sets to buy, you can select specific LEGO bricks. There is an interactive play space, there are large models all around the shop.

Build a bear in Downtown Disney

Take a wander into Build a bear and create your own Bear. There are some limited edition Disney designs that you won’t find in a normal Build a bear shop.

This is also a great activity to keep the kids amused when you want a break from the park.

Mickey mouse Build a bear

Have a smoothie at Rainforest Cafe

Every time we head to Disneyland we have multiple smoothies, dinners, and late night snacks at the Rainforest Cafe. Whilst we were excited to hear about the new hotel that will be opening. We were heartbroken to hear that the Rainforest cafe would be closing down to make room for it.

I strongly recommend visiting before it closes to see the huge fish tank, giant animatronic animals, and have one of their amazing smoothies.

Rainforest Cafe - Disneyland Rainforest Cafe - Disneyland

Visit Marceline’s Confectionery

The first thing that hits you as you Walk past Marcelines Confectionery is the amazing smell of fresh confectionery, chocolates, candy apples, flavoured popcorn.

Marceline’s confectionery is the perfect place to pick up a sweet treat for morning tea, afternoon tea or just because.

 

What are your favourite places in Downtown Disney?

Most mornings we walked to the entrance of Disneyland from our hotel through Downtown Disney, and we have put together our top five things to do in Downtown Disney.
Most mornings we walked to the entrance of Disneyland from our hotel through Downtown Disney, and we have put together our top five things to do in Downtown Disney.
Most mornings we walked to the entrance of Disneyland from our hotel through Downtown Disney, and we have put together our top five things to do in Downtown Disney.