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Avengers Campus at Disneyland: Complete Guide, Tips, & Strategies

Marvel Comics fans have been waiting a long time to see their favorite characters get a permanent place in the US Disney parks. Finally that moment is here! A brand new land built around Marvel’s Avengers franchise, Avengers Campus, opened June 4, 2021 at Disney California Adventure Park in the Disneyland Resort. After getting a …

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COVID-19 Packing List: Extra Items to Bring for Travel During Coronavirus

When I first published this post in July 2020, little did I know I would still be updating it in January 2022. But COVID-19 is unfortunately still with us at the moment. Thanks, omicron. And that means COVID-19 needs to be on every traveler’s mind while planning and packing for any upcoming trips. The good …

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11 Advanced Strategies & Tips to Maximize Disney Genie+ on a Disneyland Trip

Disneyland’s replacement for FASTPASS and MaxPass, Disney Genie+ is finally here! If you are new to all things Disney Genie+, the new system may seem pretty complex and confusing. So you should start with my Guide to Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lane at Disneyland for all the beginner tips and frequently asked questions. If you’ve …

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Guide to Palm Springs with Young Kids: An Unlikely Destination That Works

Our family’s first trip to Palm Springs was in 2016. When I told friends that my husband and I had planned it as a major stop along Southern California spring break road trip, I must admit I got a few funny looks. While Southern Californians may know Palm Springs as a family-friendly destination, most of …

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Skiing Tahoe with Kids 2022: Comparing the Costs & Kid-Friendly Amenities of Every Tahoe Ski Resort

Since my family lives just three hours away from Lake Tahoe, we head up to the mountains fairly often to ski in the winter. While we have always carefully considered cost with a hobby as expensive as skiing, price is all the more important now that we have two skiing kids. We also love to …

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Disney Genie+ & Lightning Lane at Disneyland: 17 Frequently Asked Questions Answered

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!) has been hit with some big changes. It’s time to learn something new for your next Disneyland vacation. Disney just unveiled the successor to the FASTPASS system – …

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Tips for Driving to Lake Tahoe in Winter

The scene is familiar every Friday afternoon in winter in the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento Valley. Thousands of cars take to the roads with skis and snowboards up top, bound for the many mountain ski resorts of Lake Tahoe. Lake Tahoe is my family’s favorite ski destination, so we’ve made the drive along …

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Lyft and Uber with Kids: Ridesharing Tips for Families in 2022

Ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft have really taken the travel world by storm the last several years. My hometown of San Francisco is the home turf to both companies, so I’ve used ridesharing a lot. While hopping in a Lyft or Uber is easy enough after a night on the town or working late …

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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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Top 11 Attractions in Disney California Adventure Park for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Think Disneyland park is the only park at the Disneyland Resort with things to do with the toddler and preschooler set? Think again! Disney California Adventure has really come into its own in recent years, adding a number of rides, shows, and attractions that appeal to young kids. Once a bit of an afterthought or …

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