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Discount Disney Gift Cards: Expert Tips & Tricks for the Best Deals

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably realized that Disney World and Disney vacations can get pretty pricey. Since Disney discounts are few and far between it’s important to find multiple avenues to help you save money on your trip. If you want to maximize savings on your Disney vacation, you’ll want to learn how to …

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Renting a Car When Traveling with Kids: Everything You Need to Know

After a dozen years of traveling with kids, I’ve rented a lot of cars in my family’s travels. My husband and I have tried nearly every major car rental company from Alamo to Hertz to Enterprise. We’ve experimented with bringing our own car seats and boosters as well as with renting them from the car …

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Everything You Need to Know About Flying to Disneyland

Planning to fly to Mickey’s home in Southern California for a vacation? Even though my family lives in Northern California, we fly to Anaheim much more often than we drive. Flying to Disneyland is a totally different ballgame than flying to Walt Disney World in Orlando. Air travel to the Los Angeles area may seem …

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Napa Valley Wine Country with Kids: The Complete Guide

Just about an hour north of San Francisco is one of the greatest wine regions in the world – California’s Napa Valley. Before we had kids, my husband and I enjoyed many a weekend getaway in the region. While our trips may look a little different now, we still travel to the Napa Valley even …

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

The most anticipated Disney attraction of the decade opened nearly a year ago. 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 …

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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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How to Make Disneyland Park Reservations in 2021

After more than a full year of closures, the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California has finally reopened. When the gates swung open on April 30, 2021, however, guests weren’t just able to walk right in with nothing but a ticket in hand. Disneyland now also requires park reservations for all guests. So how does the …

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The Ultimate Travel Guide to Tempe, Arizona with Kids

This post is sponsored by the Tempe Tourism Office. All opinions are my own. Until my family started traveling regularly to the state of Arizona the last few years, Tempe wasn’t really on my travel radar. The huge sprawl of greater Phoenix is actually made up of a number of cities, many of which might …

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7 Iconic US National Park Lodges to Add to Your Travel Bucket List

There are dozens of different ways to explore national parks. From backcountry camping to RVs to families just trying things out on a day trip, so many more people have happily discovered “America’s Greatest Idea” the last few years. For many travelers, one of the draws of a national park vacation is the chance to …

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