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Beyond the Parks

California Vacation Planning

Epic California Vacation!

We’re going beyond the theme parks today as you follow me and my family on one of our annual summer trips! Our trip consisted of a six-day tour on the coastline of California from San Francisco all the way down to Los Angeles, California.

The itinerary I created for my family allowed us to hit some popular spots and also some unknown areas. We had an absolute blast! I am definitely a Cali girl at heart!

This California vacation catered to our family needs. You can take this itinerary and adjust it based on what works for you.


Don’t Be Fooled by ARTEGON Marketplace: It’s the ANTI-Mall

I’ve found a not so hidden gem right in the heart of Orlando. It’s called the Artegon Marketplace located on the north east end of International Drive.

I say hidden gem because knowing the previous history of the mall that used to be there, Artegon offers so many surprises around each and every corner in contrast to its predecessor. Its anti-mall theme along with its laid back, Hipster vibe can be felt throughout the place.

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4th of July Orlando Fun 2017

Thinking about braving the parks for the 4th of July holiday?

Let me help you navigate through the top celebrations occurring  at the Orlando theme parks and also the local events around town.


From Pharmacist to Theme Park Blogger

I did a fun interview with Natasha for the Adventures in Spirit and Entrepreneurship podcast on my transition from Pharmacist to life as a Theme Park Blogger!


ThemeParkHipster Founder Interviewed by CLP Podcast

CLPThemeParkHipster founder, NikkyJ, was recently interviewed by Podcaster, Curt Worrell. Curt Worrell (Mr. Turn What You Do and Love Into Income) is the founder and owner of Confessions of a Lifestyle Preneur (CLP).

CLP is a website aimed at inspiring everyone to start a lifestyle business in order to create an ever growing economy from the information inside of what you know, do, or love.

Click here to listen to the incredible interview conducted by Mr. Worrell on how NikkyJ was able to go from prescriptions to themeparks!

Be sure to write a review about the episode on iTunes.


Wine Tasting at Whole Foods Market

Wine Tasting Whole Foods Market Carrollwood-Tampa

Disclosure: I was provided free wine and cheese from Whole Foods Market in Carrollwood based on my participation.

Another Tampa Tale is here for this ThemeParkHipster and I am eager to share my wine tasting journey at Whole Foods Market (WFM) in Carrollwood.

What a way to start spring than by having the opportunity to sip my way around the wine regions of Italy –Piedmont Region, Tuscany Region, Veneto Region, and the Umbria Region.

Florida State Fair 2014

Hipster Fun at the Florida State Fair!

Finally I can write a piece on my city of Tampa Bay, the sibling of Orlando. The day was like one of the many perfect weekend days that Florida is known for. It was also a day for me to indulge into the smells of fried food heaven, the hackling Midway gaming men, the sunshine state’s agricultural world, the local art, and the quickly put together rides that are staples of the Florida State Fair.


Radio City Christmas Spectacular Starring The Rockettes comes to Tampa!

A small piece of New York City has landed in the center of the central Florida ThemePark world. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular Starring The Rockettes premiered in Tampa this past Thursday to guests at the Straz Center. The guests were even treated to a grand red carpet event to welcome the lovely ladies, and Santa, as they were escorted down the aisle with Tampa Bay’s finest men in blue.


Free Coffee Today at Dunkin’ Donuts!

Happy National Coffee Day!

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Be sure to stop by Dunkin’ Donuts on your way to ThemeParks today and receive your free coffee!
To redeem your FREE small hot or iced Dunkin’ Donuts coffee at participating DD restaurants simply download the Dunkin’ Mobile® App, which is available for both iPhone® and Android™ mobile devices. You may also purchase a bag of packaged coffee for $5.99 or the K-Cup Packs for $7.99 today only to continue the wonderful coffee celebration.
Happy Coffee Day!

Happy Coffee Day!

While you’re getting your free coffee make sure you try the new fall pumpkin inspired drinks and donuts at any of the Dunkin’ Donut locations. The items this year are the Pumpkin Pie donut, the Glazed Pumpkin Munchkins, the Pumpkin Muffin, the Pumpkin White Chocolate Latte (my personal favorite), the Frozen Coffee Pumpkin Coolatta, and a new breakfast sandwich called the Angus Steak Big N’Toasted.  I had the opportunity to try each item earlier this week and I must say that I was in sweet pumpkin heaven! All I needed was my couch, a comfy blanket, and Charlie Brown in It’s the Great Pumpkin on my TV to complete the moment.
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If you need any information on today’s event be sure to click here or follow them on twitter @DDTampaBay.
Happy Coffee Day!

Happy Coffee Day!

If you’re ever in the Tampa Bay area be sure to stop by one of my favorite Dunkin’ Donut locations, 4012 N Armenia Ave, and the manager, Maria, will provide you with a deliciously exclusive donut available there called the Coconut Guava Donut. A local favorite that is a jelly filled donut with toasted coconut and frosting on top. I’m not a coconut person, but this donut was done very well.
Until next time, have fun today at the ThemeParks will your free pumpkin coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts 🙂











Reminiscing with the Gators

I’m a Florida girl, always and forever. That’s why my first visit to Gatorland this past Sunday reminded me of why I love being a Floridian and why I miss and reminisce about the original Theme Parks of central Florida. Growing up I would see gators all of the time in Lake County. It was as if they were the assumed mascot of my county. Now that I am living as an “adult”, I rarely take the time to appreciate the true natural beauty of Central Florida.

During my stroll around the park the commercial feel of today’s ThemeParks was absent at Gatorland….and I loved it!

Don’t get me wrong about my love for the other major parks in the heart of Florida; I just miss this type of simplified splendor that was the foundation of the earlier parks built in this area. With all the shows, exhibits, and animals that Gatorland had to offer, I loved the Swamp Walk attraction the most.

It appeared as though there was very little human interference which allowed the natural setting to tell its own story. This part of the park put the biggest smile on my face. Memories of walking through mysterious tree bearing trails like this one flooded my mind and made me happy that my partner insisted we stop here on our way to the Food and Wine Festival over at EPCOT.

This trip was definitely a great one! I highly recommend Gatorland for visitors to Florida who want to experience aspects of this great state that you may not see anywhere and also to the locals who may have fell out of touch with the true beauty of central Florida due to the day-to-day demands of life.

For more information visit GATORLAND’s official website.

Click here for pictures from my Gatorland trip.