Event Preview: Dark Harbor at Queen Mary

WHAT:
Dark Harbor, Southern California’s most authentically terrifying haunt, returns to the Queen Mary on select nights Sept. 28 – Nov. 1 with MORE monsters, MORE nights, and MORE mazes than ever before. All-new maze, FEAST, and Dark Harbor’s newest resident spirit, Chef, will make their horrific debuts along with the return of the infamous spirits of Iron Master, Captain, Samuel the Savage, Graceful Gale, Half-Hatch Henry, Scary Mary, Voodoo Priestess, Ringmaster, and hundreds of their bloodcurdling henchmen.

WHEN:
Public Opening: Thursday, Sept. 28, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Dates: Select nights, Sept. 28 through Nov. 1

WHERE:
The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802

NEW EXPERIENCES:
Swelter with fear in FEAST Maze, 4th maze onboard the ship, for a terrifying journey into the legend of Chef
Venture into the frozen depths of Chef’s Meat Locker for a unique 7-degree ice bar experience
Stumble upon the secret hidden sidebar inside one of Dark Harbor’s mazes for a one-of-a-kind experience

NEWLY-INTENSIFIED RETURNING MAZES:

INTREPID: Meet the mastermind, the creator and now the protector of the Queen Mary, Iron Master.
CIRCUS: Step right up as the Ringmaster startles with disorienting illusions, maniacal magic acts, and a cadre of sideshow freaks.
DEADRISE: Captain and the dark vessel’s crew have risen from the deep for a battle against the living.
SOULMATE: Escape the gloves of Graceful Gale as she feverishly searches for her eternal mate.
B340: Descend into the insidious mind of Samuel the Savage to face his worst nightmares.
LULLABY: Hush Hush don’t cry; Scary Mary is just looking for her next playmate

ADDITIONAL ATTRACTIONS:

SIDESHOW: Step ‘backstage”, rub elbows with resident freaks, take in a show or a drink at the secret bar
CREEPY CABANAS: Host a private soiree, order a freak show, enjoy instant access to Sideshow & Swings
R.I.P. LOUNGE: Hover above Dark Harbor at the exclusive ghost-eye-view VIP bar with all-you-can-eat tacos
SINISTER SWINGS: Take a spin on the infamous Neverland Ranch Ride
MAINSTAGE: DJ spins between a variety of nightly entertainment shows, plus special guest performances.

TICKETS:

General admission tickets start at just $24 online. Fast Fright, VIP and the Ultimate Scream Experience are available. Purchase tickets: http://queenmary.com

PARKING:

$40 for Premium Parking located in the Queen Mary parking lot
$15 for all-new Dark Harbor Express, 6pm – 1:30am
Board the Dark Harbor Express boat service (operated by Aqua Link) at Shoreline Village at the Aquarium of the Pacific for your short boat ride over to the Queen Mary. Round-trip fees on the Dark Harbor Express are $8 per person and the parking structure is located at 248 W. Shoreline Drive in Long Beach. Cash only.
$15 for parking at Long Beach Courthouse, 6pm – 1:30am
Board a shuttle bus for your complimentary ride over to the Queen Mary located at 101 Magnolia Avenue in Downtown Long Beach. Cash only.

Below are my thoughts on last year’s Dark Harbor:

Event Review: The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor

 

photo credit: Ace Agency

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I Scream for Ice Cream!

Happy National Ice Cream Day!!

I was very eager to celebrate today.  Me & the Hubby drove to Manhaatan Beach to enjoy the sun & get ice cream from the Manhattan Beach Creamery.  Their flavor are really delicious & unique.  A while back I use to enjoy their Red Velvet ice cream which I wanted today but they didn’t have it.  Bummer.  The Hubbs sampled the Maple Bacon flavor (with real bacon pieces).  I passed on that one.

I celebrated with my go-to favorites Cookies N’ Cream & Pistacio.  Rocky Road & Vanilla are also a bestie.

What’s your favorite?

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Event Review: 5th Annual West Coast BBQ Classic at The Queen Mary

Event Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016

Event Time: 11:00am – 6:00pm

Location: The Queen Mary, Long Beach, CA

It was such a carnivorous pleasure for my husband and me to attend the Queen Mary’s 5th Annual West Coast BBQ Classic.  My Husband is such a BBQ fanatic so he appreciates good BBQ.  He was waaaay more excited than I was LOL.  I, on the other hand, love it, but am very critical of BBQ.  The meat must be cooked to perfection (not underdone, tough, or chewy).  It must be well-seasoned and the sauce MUST catapult the intensity of the meat.  If it doesn’t do that for me, it’s a waste of time.   

To top off the day, the weather was wonderful!  It was a little overcast so it wasn’t too hot. 

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Upon arrival I noticed the lot was nicely sized.  It was large enough to really get you excited about the event but it wasn’t over-whelming.  The price was $25 for admission with (5) tasting tickets, $40 for VIP admission with (5) tasting tickets (VIP allowed you take advantage of attending an hour before general admission & a spectacular lounging area).  If you were like me and needed more tasting tickets, they were $10 for (5) tasting tickets.  With each Pitmaster charging 2 tickets for Ribs & 1 for sides, (5) tickets dispersed quickly. 

When we first entered, we did an entire walk-through to get an idea which we wanted to sample first. 

We were a little dejected as many of the places were already out of ribs when we arrived.  The one’s we did try didn’t give us the WOW factor we came for.  We’re not a fan of pulled pork & candied bacon so we ate brisket.  Our first stop “Rooftop BBQ” we shared a brisket sandwich.  It had caramelized onions mixed with the brisket, on a soft bun, and the BBQ sauce was so lip-smacking good.  I was kind of sad we shared but I didn’t want to “appear” greedy – Although, I did come hungry.

There was live music, a DJ, scheduled games & activities for the kids (although I left mine with their granny). There was face-painting, and a bounce house.  That made the event family very friendly.  

We over-sampled & purchased a delicious Peach-Pecan Cobbler from Heavenly Delights.   It was over-priced for the size but it was deliciously worth it.  We took it home and smothered it with Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream…

 Under the shaded VIP lounge there were sofas for those of us who wanted to relax, listen to the band and or DJ, take in this gorgeous view of Downtown Long Beach…

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And drink a Dos Equis 🙂 It was my first one and really good! 

Check out this corn I got from Smokin Hart’s… 

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We used our (2) People’s Choice Award tickets to choose our favorite Pitmaster of the day, which also turned out to be the PEOPLE’S CHOICE WINNER OF THE DAY! It was none other than *drumroll*…

OUTTA GAS BBQ

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Not because the service was exceptional & they stuffed us with some really good watermelon as we waited line…

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But because EVERYTHING we sampled was beyond enjoyable.   It was borderline sinful!  I undeniably needed an entire plate of their baked beans, mac & cheese, short-rib tacos (oh! the tacos!), and their refreshing apple cobbler something…whatever the name…I was happy about it.  Their ribs were ok. They took home 7th place for their ribs.  Unfortunately, whichever Pitmasters took home 1st – 6th place, I’m sure we didn’t get to try.   

Overall it was a great event.  For anyone thinking they are coming to pig out, think again.  The samples were bite-sized & often left you wanting more.  In the end, with all the tastings, we left full & satisfied.

I give it  ⭐⭐⭐

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Photo Credit: NWR

 

 

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