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Put Some Funderland in Your New Year

Dec31

Wow, 2013 is almost here! Have you been making New Year’s resolutions? Is Funderland on your list of goals for the coming year? How about: “Visit Funderland once a week.” Or something like that. Of course, the most economical way to do that is to purchase a 2013 Season Pass. Aside from unlimited access to the park, there are some other cool perks. Did you know season pass holders get a 10% discount on food and birthday party packages? Plus, there are ‘Bring a Friend for Free’ days as well as special events and discounts. So add some fun and sparkle to the new year by becoming a season pass holder today!

Coming up in January:
Are there any mystery buffs out there? Well, then you might know that Sherlock Holmes’ birthday is January 6th. And in honor of the great man we’re having a Mystery Writing Contest throughout the month of January. It’s for kids 11 years old and under. The only requirement is that the mystery must contain a squirrel (in honor of our mascot, Happy). The winner will get his or her story posted on the website AND a photo opp with Happy when he returns from his trip.

That’s right, Happy the Squirrel is on his way home. You’ve seen pictures of him around the park, but the squirrel himself will be returning in the the spring. So be on the lookout and stay tuned for arrival times and details!

We look forward to seeing you in the new year!

Winter Park Hours*:
January 19
Sat. – Sun.     10 am – 5 pm

February
Fri.                   11 am – 5 pm
Sat. – Sun.     10 – 5 pm

* Weather permitting.

Happy Christmas Eve!

Dec24

Yes, the big day is almost here. Are you still out and about scampering for last minute gifts? Or maybe you’ve played it cool this year, and all the goodies are under the tree. And now there’s nothing left for you to do but nestle in front of the fire, hot cocoa in hand, and listen to Bing Crosby croon White Christmas.

And speaking of … we were running through some of our favorite Christmas movies the other night and bouncing around some of our favorite lines. Here’s a few we came up with; see if you recognize them.

“Remember, George: No man is a failure who has friends.” – Clarence, It’s a Wonderful Life

Ralphie [to department store Santa Claus]: “No! No! I want an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred Shot Range Model Air Rifle!”
Santa Claus: “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.” – A Christmas Story

“Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to.” – Doris Walker, Miracle on 34th Street

“You’re a foul one, Mr. Grinch
You’re a nasty, wasty skunk
Your heart is full of unwashed socks,
Your soul is full of gunk, Mr. Grinch
The three words that best describe you are as follows, and I quote: Stink, stank, stunk!” – How the Grinch Stole Christmas

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” – Elf

Yukon Cornelius: “This fog’s as thick as peanut butter!”
Hermie: “You mean pea soup.”
Yukon Cornelius: “You eat what you like, and I’ll eat what I like!”  – Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer

“God bless us, every one!” – Tiny Tim, A Christmas Carol

What are some of your favorite Christmas movie lines?

** Looking for a gift for the whole family? It’s not too late to take advantage of our 2013 Season Pass Christmas Sale. You can still purchase a season pass for only $64.95!

Behind the Scenes: Earning Our Fun Degrees

Dec17

Did you know that every year Funderland management takes off on an exciting adventure to IAAPA to learn more about the latest and greatest in the amusement park industry?

IAAPA stands for the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, and it is truly a sight to behold. Imagine if you can, a trade show floor filled with all of the fun things that make up amusement parks and fun centers around the country: coasters, 6D experiences, new food concoctions, bowling, arcade games, haunted houses, zip lines, carnival games, laser tag, bounce houses, water rides, you name it.

Now, imagine (if you can), that all of these things are free and unlimited; imagine there are no lines.

Imagine men in business suits drinking ICEE’s and holding meetings on zip lines. Imagine grown women in bounce houses. Imagine an entire arcade of grown-ups hovered over pinball and air hockey for hours while scarfing down Dippin’ Dots and funnel cakes. Imagine yours truly spending 3+ hours perfecting the art of claw machines. If you can imagine all of these things, you’re getting close to the spectacle that is IAAPA.

You know how your entire impression of school changes when someone says “Hogwarts”? Well, IAAPA is sort of the Hogwarts of trade shows. It’s magical.

But we don’t just go to have fun and remember what it’s like to be a kid, we also go to learn from some of the best in the industry: Sea World, Disney, Six Flags, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and others! They all show up to tell us the new things they’re working on and the great success stories we can take back and implement in our own parks. We also get to learn tips and secrets of the trade from other people around the globe who work in amusement parks very similar to our own.

There are sessions on amusement park food, new rules and regulations we’ll need to abide by, being great managers, hiring the right staff, generating buzz, having educational programs, creating integrated marketing campaigns, implementing new technology, and more! In other words, it’s a one-stop-shop to learn about all the new things going on in the industry!

So, now you know a little bit more about we do behind the scenes to stay on top of changes in our industry as we continue to improve our little world of fun here in Sacramento, CA.

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Of Cocoa and Carousels

Dec10

This morning I’m starting the day with a frothy cup of hot cocoa. There’s nothing like nursing a hot cup on cold mornings. Today I topped it off with peppermint shavings in honor of the season. And I’ve been doing a little holiday decorating as well. It’s always such a joy to get out those traditional little keepsakes. So many good memories of people and times gone by.

I know it may seem late to some of you, but I’m beginning my gift hunting this week too. I know, I know, I have friends that have already finished. So if you’re in that camp, congratulations! I always have good intentions, but you know how that goes.

So at some point this week, we’ll be hitting Arden Fair Mall. And, aside from shopping, a trip to the mall means a stop at the Carousel. Did you know Funderland operates and manages the carousel in Arden Fair? Indeed, we do.

Carousels have a long and colorful history, and I believe the first one to appear in the United States was in the early 1800’s. They’ve developed over the years, of course, with state of the art technology, but they still thrill young and old alike. The carousel in Arden Fair Mall is a custom-made Barrango built in San Francisco in 1992. At the time, it cost a whopping $250,000! Marcy Friedman, one of the owners of Arden Fair Mall, was instrumental in the design and painting of the animals. It’s a beautiful little piece, hand-painted and brightly colored. Just the sort of thing to bring the imagination to life! So if you’re in the mall this season, be sure to stop by with the kids and take a spin. It’s a perfect break from the frenetic mall pace!

Oh, and if you’re still looking for the perfect family gift, why not purchase a 2013 Season Pass? During the month of December, you can get $15 off the regular price! Plus, it’s a gift that lasts all year long. How’s that for some holiday magic?!

* Photo Credit: Peter V. Hernandez (Creative Commons)

December Delights

Dec03

We love December, a month flowing with grace and gifts. Full of bright lights, cool nights, and warm kitchens. Not to mention good food and fellowship as we celebrate with family and friends. It warms our hearts and tickles our toes just to think about it. Yeah, it makes us a little silly too!

So what’s going on in our wide, wintry world? Or more specifically, what’s going on in our little neck of the woods this season?

Well, the park is closed this month, the weather being too cold and unpredictable. But we continue to work behind the scenes planning, building, and improving. We hope to have some great events and surprises for you in 2013, so stay tuned!

And in case you’re wondering what to get the little ones, you can make their whole next year merry and bright by buying them a 2013 Season Pass. That’s right, even though we’re closed this month, you can still purchase a 2013 Season Pass online. And at a discounted price–only $64.95! So why not give a gift that’s fun for the whole family and lasts all year long? Fah who foraze, as they say down in Whoville!

And, of course, there’s a plethora of holiday activities and festivities going on around town this month. Here are a few staples of the season guaranteed to cheer your heart.

Looking for more fun activities? Check out our friends at Sacramento365 and Sacramento Sidetracks. They highlight enough family fun for everyone. So get out there and deck those halls!

 

Change is in the Air

Nov27

As November draws to a close, our thoughts turn to Christmas and the fast approaching new year. So much fun and food on the way and so many festivities in store! And while the park is closed for the month of December, we’re still working behind the scenes and making plans for Spring. And that’s where we’d like a little help from you.

We’ve been hosting birthday parties at the park for longer than we can remember, and we love doing it. Currently, we offer three different party packages and a variety of add-on options. But we think it’s time to evaluate, and perhaps change our packages, and that’s where you come in. We’d like your feedback first. We want to know what you think!

So with that in mind, we’ve developed a very short Birthday Party Survey. (Really, it’s short and simple).

We value your opinion and would appreciate your input as we try to improve our Birthday Party services. So please take a minute and tell us how we can best meet your birthday party needs in the future.

Thanks so much for your participation!

Giving Thanks

Nov19

Perhaps this week more than any other, we all focus on giving thanks. And here at Funderland we’re reminded how healthy it is to actually voice our thankfulness. While we are thankful for our customers and employees all year long, we wanted to stop and take this opportunity to say it loud and clear: Thank you! Thanks for spending time with us and supporting us. We appreciate each and every one of you!

We’d also like to take a moment and share some of the thankful thoughts from the people behind the scenes and behind the rides, our fantastic employees. They’re a great group of people–silly, serious, and steadfast–and here’s what they had to say.

“I’m thankful for warm opportunities in this chilly weather and spending time with family and friends. It has a cool way of driving us all together.” –John

“I’m thankful for my family.” –Rachel

“I’m thankful for basically everything that’s good in life.” –Kirk

“I’m thankful for my daughter Scarlett. And I love my wife. Those are the two biggest things in my life right now.” –Trey

“I’m thankful there is no zombie apocalypse … yet.” –Beatriz

“I’m thankful for my family, plain and simple. I come from a big family.” –Lizette

“I’m thankful for the smile on customers’ faces.” –Brian

“I’m thankful for being alive.” –Alicia

“I’m thankful to have this job for which I get to make people smile every day. I get to be part of their magical memories. I’m thankful for great bosses, great employees, and my family.” –Maria

“I’m really thankful that they hired me here at Funderland.” –Johnny

“I’m totally thankful for my mom and my sister. And for my friends for sure.” –Marie

“I’m thankful for peace, love, and happiness.” –Francesca

“I’m thankful most for my family who support me and motivate me to do well. And my friends to goof around with. During the year all that gets lost, and the holidays remind us that a lot of us are lucky.” –Wendy

And with that, from our family here at Funderland to yours, we wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving! (And we look forward to seeing you this weekend!)

How to Celebrate Small Business Saturday

Nov12

Did you know Saturday November 24th is called Small Business Saturday? Why? Well, the idea is to encourage and financially support small, local businesses during one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year. These businesses often get eclipsed by big box retail and e-commerce on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. So Saturday is a day to go local.

In honor of the day, we’re running our own special. When you check into Funderland Park on Facebook on November 24th, you’ll get two free tickets! So we hope you come out to the park, dodge a little of the mall chaos, and take a spin (or two or three…) on some of our fabulous rides.

And, not to be outdone by the “big boys,” we’re featuring a Black Friday Special too! When you come to the park on Friday November 23rd and purchase a 2013 Season Pass, you’ll get a free cup of hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and sprinkles!

Oh, FYI, our friends next door at Fairytale Town have a Black Friday special as well. They’re offering free admission on November 23rd to families who bring in a canned food item. For more information, click here.

And the Food & Toy Drive will be in full swing over at our other neighbors, the Sacramento Zoo. They’re giving $1 off on Zoo admission when you bring in a non-perishable food item or a new and unwrapped toy. More details here.

So a cornucopia of delights awaits you! Why not make a weekend of it? We hope you come on out and go local Thanksgiving weekend. And bring your family and friends!

 

Early Thanksgiving Thoughts

Nov05

With the beginning of November, our thoughts turn to thanksgiving, the holiday and the act. While things slow down a little at the park, we’re thankful for the gorgeous Fall weather that allows us to be open this month. In fact, we love the crisp, clean sunny days. All you need is a sweater and perhaps a stylish scarf, and you’re ready to ride the Red Baron!

So, as the weather permits, we’ll be open Friday–Sunday throughout November. We hope you take advantage of the beautiful weekends that come along and come out to ride and walk around the park.

Plus, we have a few perks awaiting you this month. To add a little sweetness to your Thanksgiving celebration, we’re running a Black Friday special. When you come to the park Friday November 23rd and buy a 2013 Season Pass, you’ll get a free cup of hot chocolate, complete with whipped cream and sprinkles! And you can start using your pass that very day. So why fight your way through the mall when you could be sauntering through the park sipping hot chocolate and watching the kids work off all that excess energy?

And if that’s not enough, we’ve also got a Small Business Saturday special. When you come on Saturday November 24th and check into Funderland Park on Facebook, you’ll get two free tickets! Wowzer! What’s not to like about free?

So we hope you make us a part of your Thanksgiving festivities this year.

Our hours in November:
Friday                          11 am – 5 pm
Saturday – Sunday   10 am – 5 pm

And don’t forget our 2013 Season Pass Presale is in full swing. You can purchase your Season Pass now and save $20!

 

The Much Anticipated 2013 Season Pass Presale

Nov01

It’s finally here! We welcome November with our 2013 Season Pass Presale. This is the best deal of the year. For the whole month of November you can purchase the 2013 Season Pass for only $59.95–that’s $20 off the regular price! And on top of that, you can start using the new pass on the day of purchase!

Each Season Pass holder receives unlimited riding for the entire 2013 riding season, not to mention other super special perks that you can read more about here. Plus, Season Pass holders receive exclusive invitations, discounts, and specials not available to the general public.

So why wait? You can purchase your 2013 Season Pass online today here.

Other cool deals coming in November:

Black Friday – November 23rd
Get a free cup of hot chocolate (topped with whipped cream and sprinkles) when you purchase a 2013 Season Pass on Friday Nov. 23rd. And you can start using the pass right away!

Small Business Saturday – November 24th
Check into Funderland Park on Facebook on November 24th, and get two free tickets!

So plan to join us in November for steals and deals and kid-sized peals of laughter! Our November hours are 11 am–5 pm Fridays and 10 am–5 pm Saturdays and Sundays (weather permitting).

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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