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Checklist: 10 Must-Do Activities at Oogie Boogie Bash Disneyland

I just returned from attending this year's first Oogie Boogie Bash Halloween party at Disneyland and can't wait to share some details! This is an after-hours Halloween party at Disney California Adventure. Since I had such a great time, and I know some of you are likely to attend this frightfully fun event as Halloween…

Top 10 Facts About Disneyland Halloween Time You Need to Know [2021]

If you’re planning to visit Disneyland in October (or September), you need to know some important things about the Disneyland Halloween season. I highly recommend you read over this info and these tips before your visit! From what there is to do around the parks during the Halloween season to how to enjoy the Oogie…

Oogie Boogie Bash Disneyland Halloween Dining Packages – Wine Country Trattoria vs Sonoma Terrace Dessert Party

Are you making plans to visit Disneyland for Halloween and attending one of the Oogie Boogie Bash Halloween parties? Looking for a way to snag a great view of the parade? I went to the very first party and tried out both of the Disneyland Halloween party dining packages in order to report back to…

NEW Disney Genie System w/ Park Itineraries Coming to Disneyland, Walt Disney World – Replacing Fastpass & Maxpass

Big news has just been released by Disney, answering the question of whether Fastpass or MaxPass will come back. And the answer is no. Instead, a new Disney Genie system will roll out to both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. This system will offer a few free conveniences for guests, but it’s mostly all about…

NEW 2021 Disneyland Magic Key Annual Pass [+ Blackout Date Comparison Calendar & Price]

Hey, Disneyland fans -- we just received some big news! After closing out their Annual Pass tickets in January 2021, everyone was curious about when Disneyland would bring back some kind of frequent visitor pass. Well, now we know what to expect with their new Disneyland Magic Key pass program, including the price and blackout…

10 Important Things You Need to Know Before Planning a Trip to Disneyland in 2021

Updated May 27, 2021 After waiting for over a year, the Disneyland theme parks finally reopened on April 30, 2021! But before you plan your vacation, there are some important things you need to know! Disneyland Sleeping Beauty Castle © Stuffed Suitcase This post contains affiliate links. I may earn a commission if you purchase…

What to Expect at New Touch of Disney Disneyland Food Event (+ 5 Tips)

What is the Touch of Disney Event? Disneyland has been closed for a year now, and they're coming up with clever ways to bring workers and visitors back to the resort. I just attended the opening day of the brand new Touch of Disney event. Touch of Disney is a unique food event that is…

Take a Virtual Trip to Disney at Home (Ride Cams, Parades, and Recipes!)

Dreaming of a trip to Disney but stuck at home? Take a virtual trip to Disneyland through these POV ride videos for every ride at Disneyland. Fill in your virtual Disney trip with parades, fireworks, and park snack recipes that will bring Disney magic to your home. You can also plan a Disney Day at…

10 Best Things to Eat at Disney California Food and Wine Festival & What to Skip

Planning a visit to the Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival at Disneyland? Here are my picks for the best food to eat at the festival, plus a few things I would skip! Plus get the full guide to all the delicious food and drinks available at each marketplace booth and throughout the park.…

10 Tips to Know Before Going to the Disneyland Food and Wine Festival 2020

During the Disneyland Food and Wine Festival, you’ll have the chance to taste delicious California food and drinks, plus you can watch live cooking demonstrations, listen to live music, and even buy some unique merchandise. Check out my complete guide to the Food and Wine Festival at Disneyland and read below for the tips you…

2020 Food and Wine Festival at Disneyland Guide

The 2020 Food and Wine Festival at Disney California Adventure Park is underway! 13 marketplace kiosks are open to serve up bite-sized tastes of California specialties. The Food and Wine Festival at Disneyland is one of my favorite times to go to the resort. Here's your guide to the festival, plus some helpful tips to…

How to Score Cheap Disneyland Tickets and How Much Are They? [2020]

Planning a trip to visit Mickey and wondering how much are Disneyland tickets? I'll show you the current ticket prices, what each ticket option means, and share where I buy cheap Disneyland tickets! How Much Are Disneyland Tickets Buying tickets is one of the most expensive parts of the cost of a Disneyland vacation. Expect…

How to Get Up to Speed On Star Wars Before You Visit Galaxy’s Edge

Planning a trip to Disneyland or Walt Disney World will probably come with the plan to visit the brand new Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge land. There are plenty of posts out there talking about the new land, most of them written by avid Star Wars fans. But what's a non-fan to do? This is your…

How Much Does It Cost To Go To Disneyland?

Everyone dreams of that perfect vacation to the Happiest Place on Earth! But we all know that spending money can quickly cause stress. Since I’ve been to Disneyland A LOT, I know exactly what expenses to account for when figuring out your Disneyland vacation cost. How much are things like tickets, hotels, food; here’s the…

Disneyland Christmas Holidays Best Food and Things to Do

Are you ready for a trip to the happiest place on earth for the holidays? If you're busy planning your Disneyland Christmas vacation, you don't want to miss any of the special food, decorations, rides, and events that are happening at the resort. From the Season of Wonder at Disneyland Park to the Festival of…

Disney MaxPass Secrets and Best Disneyland FASTPASS Tips

A visit to the most magical place on earth is something many families save for and dream about. We all have fanciful imaginings of skipping through the parks and smiling big at characters. And yes, that can be real life, and Disneyland can be magical. But you can get much more out of your trip…

Best Day Trips in Southern California near Disneyland

Many west coaster childhoods include a visit to Disneyland. Sleeping Beauty's Castle, Mickey's Fun Wheel, and Dole Whips delight adults and kids alike at the resort. Our own family has spent many vacations hopping back and forth from Disneyland and the Disney California Adventure Park. One of the reasons I love Disneyland is because you…

Disney Scavenger Hunt – Awesome Vacation Surprise for Kids [Printable Clues]

Our family is planning a trip to Disney World and I've considered surprising them with the trip! I've heard of families doing this, so I decided to put together another one of my fun scavenger hunts. This Disney scavenger hunt has clues that will lead kids around to a final announcement of a Disney vacation!…

Sunny Fun One Week Southern California Itinerary + Disneyland

I admit that I love the west coast. From Washington to California, it's full of fun. One of my favorite things about Disneyland is it's close proximity to so many other activities. When you head to Southern California for vacation, you can do more than just theme parks! Here are my thoughts on how to…

Ultimate Disneyland Guide – My Best Disneyland Tips

Since I'm a west coaster, Disneyland has been our family's theme park of choice when planning a Disney vacation. Between trips with the kids, and a couple of runDisney races, I've been in the parks about ten times now. Recently I had a friend ask for some tips and I realized that I needed to share…

5 Most Interactive Disney Characters for Kids & Where to Find Them at Disneyland

Our family has visited Disneyland quite a few times and those trips gave us so many wonderful memories. I especially like to look back on our vacation photos and remember when our girls were young. We've met our fair share of characters while in the parks, which is why I'm excited to welcome Danielle, who…

Best Seattle – California Road Trip From Redwoods to Teacups

You could say our Seattle - California road trip adventure began at the end of a weekly workday when we set out from north Seattle to head to Portland for the night, but that wouldn't be totally true. When you head out on a trip, the adventure should begin on the first day but ours had…

Disneyland Checklist for Planning your Disney Vacation Days

While visiting Disneyland can be a magical experience, it also requires some unique additional planning. Dining reservations, ticket options, hotels by Disneyland, fastpass tickets, and show times can all add to your vacation planning tasks. To help you keep it all together, I've created this Disneyland checklist for you to record and note your disney…

Hotels by Disneyland: How to Choose Where to Stay

Perhaps you have a huge Disney fan in the family, or maybe you feel it's a childhood right of passage, whatever your reasoning there is a chance you're planning to visit Disneyland. Especially if you're reading this! My Disneyland story began in the summer of 1989 with my first visit to Disneyland. My mother took…

Tips about Walt Disney World (Orlando FL)


How Much Does It Cost To Go to Disney World? [Budget Worksheet]

You've probably heard all the buzz about taking a Disney vacation but the main question always ends up being, "How much does it cost to go to Disney World?" This is certainly a question worth asking up front because there are many costs with a Walt Disney World vacation. Between buying tickets, where you're sleeping,…

Perks of the Disney Riviera Resort (Guide & Review)

Our family stayed three nights at the new Disney Riviera Resort at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Here's my guide to the Riviera Resort hotel plus my review for what it's like staying at this WDW deluxe resort. The Riviera Resort at Walt Disney World is supposed to feel reminiscent of Europe, a place…

Understanding the Disney Fastpass System: The New Fastpass+

Our recent visit to Walt Disney World brought a new learning curve to our Disney family travel plans. While I had a great understanding of the old Disney fastpass system because of our numerous trips to Disneyland, the new Fastpass+ system was not the same. I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce you to…

Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa – Orlando, FL

Is your family headed to Orlando soon and you're looking for a great spot to stay? Today I'm sharing about our recent stay at the Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa, and why it works for families headed to Florida. Lots of Space One of the reasons we loved…

Tips to Get the Most out of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Anyone heading to Walt Disney World in the fall will want to consider buying a ticket for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. But the tickets aren't cheap! How can you make the most out of the event? Here are my best tips for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World. My…

2019 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Guide for Disney World

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party has officially kicked off and will take over Disney World until early November at the Magic Kingdom between the hours of 7 p.m. to midnight on certain dates. Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Disney World Magic Kingdom Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2019 Dates: August 16th, 20th, 23rd, 27th, 30thSeptember…

How to Get Up to Speed On Star Wars Before You Visit Galaxy’s Edge

Planning a trip to Disneyland or Walt Disney World will probably come with the plan to visit the brand new Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge land. There are plenty of posts out there talking about the new land, most of them written by avid Star Wars fans. But what's a non-fan to do? This is your…

Disney Cares! Allergy-Friendly Treats Offered at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

This allergy mom is jumping up and down at something I discovered last night at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World! I've previously attended Mickey's Halloween Party in Disneyland Halloween Time, but this year Disney showed that they care about families managing food allergies. Our own experience handling our daughter's nut allergies is…

Disney World Hotel Planning Worksheet + Resort Perks and Where to Stay at WDW: Value, Moderate, Deluxe

I've stayed at a few different properties at Walt Disney World, some in each category. For new visitors it can be hard to understand all the options. After my latest stay at WDW I fell in love with a new resort, The Beach Club. Get my best Disney World tips about hotel perks, plus a…

Disney Scavenger Hunt – Awesome Vacation Surprise for Kids [Printable Clues]

Our family is planning a trip to Disney World and I've considered surprising them with the trip! I've heard of families doing this, so I decided to put together another one of my fun scavenger hunts. This Disney scavenger hunt has clues that will lead kids around to a final announcement of a Disney vacation!…

Toy Story Land Ride Secrets and Tips at Disney World Hollywood Studios

The brand new land in Walt Disney World Hollywood Studios, Toy Story Land, is now open! Here's your guide for info and tips about the rides, food, and merchandise. Read up on what you need to know to make the most of your visit. I'm currently sitting in the Orlando airport after spending the last…

Family Fun at the Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin Hotel Resort

Located in the heart of the Epcot area of the Walt Disney World Resort is the award-winning Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin Hotel. This resort offers deluxe accommodations and dining, as well has being located in a prime area for touring the Walt Disney World parks. Let me start by saying this hotel is grand!…

Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa – A Downtown Disney Hotel

We love hotels! When you think about it, your hotel becomes your home away from home while traveling, so it can be one of the most important choices to make when booking a vacation. During our long vacation to Orlando one of the hotels we stayed at was the Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa,…

Things to do in Orlando – Our Family Vacation

I'm so excited to start sharing about our recent Orlando family vacation and sharing ideas for things to do in Orlando! To start things off, I'm posting our 10-day itinerary details and then will be posting more specific posts about our experiences. I have three hotels to share with you (Buena Vista Palace, Doubletree Suites…

Disney World Dining Healthy Food Options

Vacation dining usually means receiving huge plates of extremely generous portions of food, and often of the greasy variety. It may look and smell wonderful, but it can cost a small fortune, and you’ll feel obligated to eat every bite (as well as what the kids don’t finish). Delicious as they are going in, large…

Embarking on a #DopeyChallenge!

Wish me luck because I'm about to take the #DopeyChallenge! Wondering what craziness I'm embarking on? Starting today I will be running four races in four days to complete the Dopey Challenge by runDisney. And while this isn't my first runDisney destination race, it's certainly the most challenging event I've ever participated in. My adventure…

Secret Backstage Entrance for Disney World Park Hopper – Express Transportation

*** UPDATED 09/05/2017: Unfortunately this service is being / has been discontinued. :( *** I'm currently in Walt Disney World and discovered a new transportation secret that can save people with park hoppers a lot of time. With the new Express Transportation service, it's like getting a secret backstage entrance into the parks at Disney…