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Washington DC with Teens: Tips & Top Things to Do

Washington, D.C. is a destination that brings history to life, particularly for families with teens. A trip to the nation’s capital gives older kids an opportunity to explore iconic American landmarks, monuments, and museums that they’ve learned about in school. We’ve had Washington, D.C. on our must-visit list for years, and it finally made sense …

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Christmas in San Francisco: 17+ Things to Do with Kids to Celebrate the Holiday Season

My favorite time of year in the San Francisco Bay Area is almost here! The weeks leading up to Christmas in San Francisco are always filled with kid-friendly special events and activities, so it is no surprise that many travelers choose to make their way to my hometown for the holidays. Whether you are a …

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Disney Genie+ & Lightning Lane at Disneyland: Your Questions Answered & What We Still Need to Know

RIP FASTPASS. We hardly knew ye MaxPass. Everything you knew about cutting the lines to ride attractions at Disneyland (and for that matter, Walt Disney World too!) just got hit with some big changes. It’s time to learn something new for your next Disneyland vacation. In August 2021, Disney finally announced the successor to the …

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50 New Things to Do and See at Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary

The 50th Anniversary of the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida is officially underway. Dubbed “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” the event extends into all four parks along with Disney Springs and many of the resort hotels. It will run for approximately 18 months from its launch date on October 1, 2021.  The struggles of …

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Toddler Packing List for Airplane Carry On Bags

The biggest travel parenting mistake I’ve witnessed is parents simply being unprepared for traveling with their tots. If you are traveling with an active toddler on an airplane, you need lots to entertain your little one packed in your carry on bag. And of course you’ll need the essentials to keep a toddler fed, clean, …

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How You Need to Do Disney World Differently in 2021-2022: Tips for 50th Anniversary Visits

The Walt Disney World Resort is now on the eve of its 50th anniversary celebration, launching October 1, 2021. While an anniversary always brings new offerings and major changes, it’s fair to say that the resort has undergone an even larger transformation than in any normal anniversary year. The last two years have brought significant …

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10 Amazing Fall Destinations in California for Families

Tourists traditionally flock to California in summer, but fall in the Golden State is one of the best times of year to visit. We may not quite have the breathtaking fall foliage of New England, but California has fall fun all its own to offer. All the inland locations that are too hot to visit …

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Oogie Boogie Bash 2021: 15 Tips for Disneyland’s New Halloween Party

For many years, Mickey’s Halloween Party was a staple of the Disneyland Halloween Time season. In 2019, however, Disneyland mixed things up by moving its Halloween party over to Disney California Adventure. The event had a brand new name – Oogie Boogie Bash: A Disney Halloween Party – and added quite a few new entertainment …

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How to Ride Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Without the Wait

The most anticipated Disney attraction of the decade – Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance – debuted at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios on December 5, 2019 and in Disneyland on January 17, 2020. Headliner ride openings at Disney parks mean long lines, some times for years to follow. What we didn’t anticipate back in …

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