The Stockton day trips last week of 2014 consists of local getaway articles that made headlines at the end of year. The write-ups center on four local getaway topics: 1.) The 2015 Top Safety Picks and Top Safety Picks+ vehicle winners; 2.) New Year’s snow in Las Vegas; 3.) The Hobbit 3 tops the box office with $41.1 million; and 4.) Ideas on where to go when Disneyland is at capacity. Readers may click on each title to read the full article or read the rundown of articles below for a quick review.
2015 Top Safety Picks and Top Safety Picks+
A total of seventy-one automobiles–domestic along with imports–were identified as the 2015 Top Safety Picks and Top Safety Picks+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in an announcement made in December. Thirty-eight vehicles met the criteria for the Top Safety Picks category while thirty-three makes of cars earned the Top Safety Picks+ group. The winning vehicles were sorted into two groups as a result of vehicle tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Per the institute, to qualify for the Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, as well as a good or acceptable rating in the small overlap front test. In order to qualify as a Top Safety Pick+ vehicle, the car must meet the first category standards in addition to having a basic, advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention.
All bets on New Year’s snow in Las Vegas
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch for the Las Vegas, Nevada beginning New Year’s Eve throughout New Year’s Day. Travelers planning to drive to or around Las Vegas for the New Year’s holiday may expect a flurry of surprises as forecasters call for snow in the region. The winter storm is expected to affect temperature forecasts drastically. The National Weather Service says travel conditions could be difficult–if not impossible–on area roads including routes to Las Vegas from Southern California, far Southern Nevada, Northern Arizona and Southwest Utah.
The Hobbit 3 wins second straight weekend in box office battle
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies won the battle at the silver screens and upheld the top box office sales honor for the second straight weekend since its release on Dec. 17. According to Box Office Mojo, the fantasy genre flick grossed $41.4 million over the Dec. 26-28 weekend. On opening weekend, Dec. 19-21, the Warner Bros. film grossed $54.7 million. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is the third motion picture adaptation of the 1937 J.R.R. Tolkien novel The Hobbit. The first big screen adaptation of the classic novel was The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (20120 followed by The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013. The current movie’s box office earnings for Dec. 26-28 were $41.1 million.
Where to go when Disneyland is at capacity
Disneyland Park closed its gates to visitors temporarily on Dec. 25, 26, and 27 due to reaching capacity limits according to the Disney Fan Attics Facebook page. A photo of the notice regarding the temporary closure advising guests to visit Disney’s California Adventure in the short-term and to call the Guest Information Office for updates was also posted by on the fan page. When Disneyland is at capacity and temporarily closes its gates to guests, there are several Disney themed places that are relatively close to the park where visitors can go to spend time until the park re-opens. Depending on the time of day each of the Disneyland Resort Hotels offer several dining, recreation, and shopping opportunities where visitors can go to spend time if and/or until the park re-opens.