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Review: Sheraton Fallsview Indoor Waterpark (Niagara Falls)

Our family has been to our fair share of indoor waterparks, but to celebrate my wife’s birthday and get out of the winter cold, we decided to try out the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark Niagara Falls. How we came about that decision was sort of by accident.

We have been to the big daddy of waterparks, Kalahari Sandusky, a couple of times, though it has been a couple of years since our return. We also have our family’s first time going to a Great Wolf Lodge in a couple of weeks. Then we have also been to Cedar Point’s Castaway Bay and a couple other smaller venues.

When diving into pricing for a Saturday night stay, the prices escalate quickly for a family of five. That being said, when comparison shopping for new waterparks to visit vs others out of our area, there is no such thing as a deal on a weekend. Sticking to our normal $100-150/night budget simply is out of the question at a waterpark.

We basically boiled it down to two properties, the Splash Lagoon waterpark (Erie, PA) or the Fallsview Waterpark (Niagara Falls). Honestly, I had always wanted to go to the Niagara Falls water park over our many visits to the area, but it never was in our favor. So I was naturally leaning towards that property.

In the end, the prices for Splash Lagoon with an overnight stay were not enticing enough to justify a stay when for relatively the same money we could venture up to the falls and have more to do outside the waterpark.

We opted to stay at the Sheraton Fallsview. The property is located closer to the American falls and attached to the waterpark, Casino Niagara, and a host of other facilities. Our family chose a city view room since we were only staying one night. We were fortunate to be placed on the top story with great views of Clifton Hill.

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We were also given the opportunity to peak in on the fallsview rooms.

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The really enticing aspect of staying at the Sheraton Fallsview is the close vicinity to so much. Our family has stayed closer to the Canadian falls many times, and while it is nice to see one of the wonders of the world, it really does not compare to the fun that be had down the road.

Attached to the complex is an arcade as well as the Rainforest Cafe, where we spent one of our meals. While the Rainforest Cafe is not the best food, it is more for the kids who enjoy seeing all of the animals and lightning shows.

In addition, being in such close vicinity of Clifton Hill means lots of entertainment options including haunted houses, Ripley’s properties, and Niagara Skywheel.

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We were in the area mostly to take in the Fallsview Waterpark. From the outside, the place looks huge. However, even though we had a lot of fun, we were a bit underwhelmed when we went inside.

The water park includes a kids area with tipping bucket, slides, etc. I will say though that it was nice to finally have a water park where they let kids go down the slides with their parents, and the kids were not forced to wear life jackets like they are at Kalahari, Castaway Bay, etc. The US counterparts appear to have stricter rules, and while we understand it is about “safety,” it is also a pain.

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The water park also included a wave pool, a variety of slides, and an outdoor pool.

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I think the reason it is hard to compare is when you have been to Kalahari which is so big, they have everything. I was also disappointed to see they did not have a lazy river, which is always a huge crowd favorite.

The good news is not only the water park, but the entire area makes for such a fun weekend. Head downstairs and enjoy the Hershey store (and the best chocolate milkshake we have ever had). Go to the casino if it is your thing. Or just enjoy family time together at the variety of attractions.

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Review: Cedar Point’s Castaway Bay Indoor Waterpark

Our family was invited to spend the night at Castaway Bay, Cedar Point’s Indoor Waterpark, located just outside the causeway to the park. We were provided with our nights stay, waterpark passes, and select meals to accommodate our visit with a group of area bloggers (#BloggingatCP). All opinions are those of our family.

As Ohioans, our state has its fair share of aspects that may not be the most appealing. Our hometown city of Cleveland can not bring home a sports team championship no matter who they bring back from the grave. Pair that with bitter winters, and it is no wonder people flea to the south. However, for the majority of us that are anchored in the north, our Ohio has some great appealing aspects that are far too insignificant to overlook.

Take for example, our state borders on the largest fresh water lake system in the world, with Lake Erie offering us fresh drinking water and access to islands and coastal living without the “Salt Life” or threat of sharks.

The state of Ohio offers tons to do for families along the shores of Lake Erie, and one of the most notable is Cedar Point. Not only is the park packed full of the biggest and fastest roller coasters on the planet, but is also a great family park with many different offerings, regardless of your kids ages.

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One of the great aspects of Cedar Point, and their parent company of Cedar Fair, is that they are part of a large network of other parks and attractions. With the majority of the parks being closed during the winter months, it becomes all the more attractive to have a park indoors, and since placing a dome over the Cedar Point peninsula is still technically “in the works,” having a waterpark indoors is the perfect way to enjoy the cold weather.

Castaway Bay is open from mid-December thru October each year offering guests a year round chance to take in the waterpark.

Castaway Bay offers a variety of water attractions to suit everyone in your family. Included in your daily ticket is everything from the traditional wave pool, tipping bucket play area, kid pools, water slides, and even a water coaster.

One of our boys favorite spots in the entire waterpark was the wave pool, offering them a chance to bob up and down for hours while their little brother waded through the shallows trying to plug the foothole fountains.

Another first for our family was the water coaster, Rendezvous Run, launching our two person craft from 35 feet in the air, and through a 520 foot track.

The size of Castaway Bay was really ideal for families. Having been to other large big-box waterparks in the area, it often can be overwhelming, and hard to find the rest of your party when going off to enjoy various attractions. The nice thing about Castaway Bay was I could take my two oldest sons off to an area, and easily be able to see my wife and the toddler to find them at any given time.

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Castaway Bay also offers various dining options within the resort, and we were really impressed with the food. Our family opted to eat at Mango Mike’s for dinner (paid with our own money) and breakfast (comped). After eating the dinner buffet, we made a compliment to our server about just how good all the food was compared to what you might expect at a resort buffet.

The dinner buffet included a nice salad bar with various fixings. The hot buffet included various mixed vegetables, potatoes, steamed tilapia, assorted pasta dishes, and a kids assortment from mini corn dogs, smiley face fries, and chicken finger. There was also a variety of freshly made desserts that were REALLY good.

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Castaway Bay also features a small little snack shop, Ebb & Eddy’s, which features Starbucks coffee and Toft’s ice cream. Big Daddy’s Snack Shop is located inside the waterpark and sells a variety of snacks.

The resort also uses their partnership with Peanuts and Snoopy throughout the property. Guests can see Snoopy and the various characters strolling around the park. Plus there are family activities throughout the day, including a bedtime storytime with Snoopy.

Castaway Bay also offers a variety of hotel rooms to accompany your stay. We were given a Starfish room, with two double beds. The room was nicely appointed with a mini-fridge and microwave, modern flat screen television, balcony overlooking the lake, and updated bathroom.

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150130 Cedar Point's Castaway Bay

150130 Cedar Point's Castaway Bay

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In conclusion, we really had a fun time at Castaway Bay with our family.

One tip we have noticed, is that if you are staying at any of the Cedar Point hotels, expect an offer to visit Castaway Bay during your stay for a very affordable time. The only reason we had never taken advantage of the offer is because you could only use them during your stay in the hotel, and we rather spend our time in Cedar Point then give up a day in the waterpark.

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Thanksgiving Day Delights at Disneyland’s Blue Bayou

When eating at any Disney park, choosing where you want to eat can be a daunting task. At least at Disneyland there are far fewer options that her sister parks at Disney World.

So when our family decided we were going to be spending Thanksgiving at Disneyland, we began making plan on where we wanted to eat as soon as possible. At Disneyland, you can only reserve your dining reservations 60 days out, unlike Disney World, where you have to make a plan 180 days out.

On top of select dining locations, when it comes to restaurants that serve a traditional Thanksgiving meal, the options become slimmer. Some immediately get crossed off the list at their $75+ per person price point. Others just did not seem to appealing.

One place we have dined before, and ultimately elected to go with again was Blue Bayou. Located in the New Orleans Square district of the park, Blue Bayou is one of the most unique restaurants in Disneyland since it is located inside of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.

As you enjoy your meal, guests looking to go on a pirate adventure slowly float by in their boats to look for Pirate Jack Sparrow. Dining at Blue Bayou is quite the experience in such a historic attraction, and that is before the meal is even served.

While the regular menu was available, we elected to order the Thanksgiving day special, which consisted of turkey roulade, truffle-infused chicken giblet stuffing, roasted garlic Boursin mashed potatoes and veggies. Meals were also served with a side salad.

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Like most any food at Disney, the meal was nicely presented and really good.

The boys went with their standard mac and cheese dish, which was served with a side of brocollini and grapes.

The ambiance, the company, the nostalgia. It was all there while dining at Blue Bayou on Thanksgiving.

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