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Hotel Review of The Viv Hotel, Anaheim near Disneyland (formerly Radisson Blu Anaheim)

Guests visiting the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California have always had a large number of area hotels to consider. Until recently, however, there have been very few properties that check all the boxes for travelers who want a more luxurious Disneyland vacation experience. Until now! Several new higher end hotels have opened in the past …

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Hotel Review: Westin Anaheim Resort Near Disneyland

Luxury and off-property Disneyland hotels are not two terms that would have appeared in the same sentence for most of the Disneyland Resort’s 67 year history. Although often conveniently located, off-property hotels were of the motel and motor lodge variety for many decades. Several hotels have opened in the last couple of years, however, that …

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A Review of the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe in Winter

Ski vacations, especially with kids in tow, can involve a lot of inconveniences and logistics. In our travels, my family has found so much value in staying luxury hotels in ski destinations where the amenities and location can really make a difference in improving our travel experience. One of our favorite spots for a winter …

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Best Hotels within Walking Distance of Disneyland for Families (with Map!)

Visiting Disneyland with kids? One of the biggest planning decisions is finding a hotel near Disneyland that works for your family’s travel style and needs. I’ve been to Disneyland dozens and dozens of times and have stayed in so many hotels in the Anaheim, California area. On nearly every trip, my family chooses to stay …

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Review of the Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel & Water Playground Near Disneyland

For many generations of Disneyland vacationers, the Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel & Water Playground has been the go-to hotel. Founded in 1965 – just 10 years after Disneyland itself – the HoJo Anaheim has been part of some serious theme park history. Over five decades later, it is still one of the most popular and …

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17 Not-So-Obvious Ways to Save Money on Hotels

One of the biggest costs for travelers with kids like my family is lodging. Hotel prices have creeped up as the economy has gotten better. As I’ve gotten older, my minimum standards for an acceptable hotel have probably gotten higher too. If you are like me, you are probably always looking for some creative ways …

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Disney’s Grand Floridian Review: Grand Experience or Grand Waste of Money?

I have vivid childhood memories of the early days of the Grand Floridian Resort at Walt Disney World. My family visited Disney World often in the late 1980s. We often stayed just across the lagoon in the Polynesian on several trips and witnessed the building of the resort. I remember being in awe of how luxurious …

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8 Best Family-Friendly Hawaii Resorts

Thanks to Vacatia for sponsoring this post. For a traveling family like mine, being less than a 5 hour flight away from Hawaii is a major benefit of living on the West Coast. Although Hawaii can be a bit pricey, it’s an amazing family travel destination. So many of the activities are kid-friendly, and the beaches are …

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Beyond VRBO: Vacation Rental Sites Worth Knowing About & Using

Vacation rentals are all the rage these days. For family travelers looking for space or some of the amenities and conveniences of home, renting a condo or a vacation home instead of staying in a hotel while traveling often just makes sense. Most travelers have heard of (and perhaps even used) a few of the …

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