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Tips about Disneyland (Anaheim CA)


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…

Full Guide to Enjoying Food and Wine Festival at Disneyland

My very first visit to the Food and Wine Festival at Disneyland was a success! This weekend I found myself in California for a conference and with a little arm-twisting from friends (ok, they didn't actually need to twist my arm), I planned a detour to Disneyland. Our Disneyland trip was planned to take full…

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…

20 Things about Disneyland Halloween Time and Mickey’s Halloween Party

Disneyland Halloween Time, known as Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort, begins on September 15th, 2017, and the first Mickey’s Halloween Party takes place on Friday September 20th, 2017. I’m excited to share 20 things about Disneyland Halloween Time since our family had such a great experience there awhile back. Disneyland during the holidays is something that…

Disney Adds New Fun for Families

Today is a big day in family travel news. The Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California had a grand re-opening of the Disney California Adventure theme park. The park underwent a billion dollar renovation, part of which was the building of an entirely new land, Cars…

Tips about Walt Disney World (Orlando FL)


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…

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…

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!…

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…

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…

How to Make 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. Related…

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…

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