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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. Several years have now followed, with …

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Complete Guide to Train Rides & Attractions in Northern California (with Map)

Few places have a richer railroad legacy than the San Francisco Bay Area and greater Northern California. Trains were a vital part of the development of the state, from their role in logging in the redwoods to moving goods and people as the state boomed after the Gold Rush. Railroad tycoons like the Big 4 …

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Complete Guide to Holidays at Disneyland 2021

The Halloween decorations are about to be packed away and the holiday decor will soon be unveiled at the Happiest Place on Earth. As much as I adore Halloween Time at Disneyland, the Christmas holiday season is perhaps even more magical. My family has been able to make many trips to experience the Disneyland Holidays …

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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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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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