10 Favorite Spring Break Destinations for Families

10 Favorite Spring Break Destinations for Families

Arizona, By State, California, Disney Parks, Disney World, Disneyland, Florida, Hawaii, Mexico, National Parks, New York, Utah, Washington D.C.
Spring Break is a challenge. Do you stay at home and force the kids to go play with friends, or do you head out on a family vacation? I prefer to head out on a family vacation - although it doesn't always happen that way. We enjoy a day trip to a national park or an adventure to California and the Happiest Place on Earth. Either way, we look to go someplace warm if we decide to leave the comfort of our own home. There's a little something for everyone in the list of favorite Spring Break destinations for family outlined below. What will you choose? Disneyland: The Happiest Place on Earth One of the biggest worries people have about timing their Disneyland vacation is: Will it be too busy?…
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Best Rides at Disneyland

Best Rides at Disneyland

By State, California, Disney Parks, Disneyland
The original Disneyland theme park has nearly 30 rides. They range from Splash Mountain to Dumbo the Flying Elephant. I've been to Disneyland numerous times, either as a couple spending some adult time away, or as parents working to enjoy the Happiest Place on Earth with the kids. After some long discussions with the family, here's a list of what we've determined are the best rides at Disneyland (listed in no particular order). Plus what you need to know about each ride to Enjoy More. Learn ways to Travel Smarter and make a Disneyland family vacation more affordable. NOTE: The rides in California Adventure are not counted in this list. Indiana Jones Adventure I asked my kids which of rides at Disneyland should I list at the top. It was…
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Disneyland Christmas: Tips for a Magical Visit

Disneyland Christmas: Tips for a Magical Visit

By State, California, Disney Parks, Disneyland
Disneyland is the 'Happiest Place on Earth." During the holidays, you'll find magical parades, festive rides and decor that'll put you in the holiday spirit. But here are a few tips to help you make the most out of your Disneyland Christmas. Plan Things Out in Advance Disneyland is AMAZING during the holidays. But sadly, everyone else always has the same great idea to visit the park in December. Although the park is likely to be busy, that shouldn't stop you from scheduling a vacation that works for you. If your schedule allows (meaning you're okay pulling your kids out of school for a couple of days), plan your vacation in mid-to late November or early December. Early January works, too. This season, Disneyland will be in full holiday decor…
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Best Rides at Walt Disney World

Best Rides at Walt Disney World

By State, Disney Parks, Disney World, Florida
Walt Disney World is massive. There are four theme parks, two water parks, shopping and countless hotels. With so many options, it's hard to know what to visit. Here are the best rides among the four theme parks - according to a nine-year-old boy who loved exploring everything inside Walt Disney World. Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, Starring Aerosmith I placed this at the top of the list because it was my favorite ride among all four parks. After waiting in line, we found ourselves in the sound studio with Aerosmith. But before we could watch them perform, they were whisked away to their concert. Lucky for us, they invited us to follow them through the streets of Los Angeles in a stretched limo. Shortly after, we boarded the stretched limo…
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Disneyland Boredom Busters for Long Lines

Disneyland Boredom Busters for Long Lines

By State, Disney Parks, Disney World, Disneyland
It doesn't matter how many cool things the Disney Imagineers place in the queues for people to explore while waiting for a ride, kids (and sometimes adults) get bored. Having been to Disneyland and Disney World a few times, we've had to wait in our share of long lines.┬áHere are four Disneyland boredom busters to help you and your kids keep their sanity.   Play the Heads Up! Game I laughed the first time I saw someone holding a phone up to their forehead while everyone in their group tried to help them guess the word. However, the Heads Up! app has been a lifesaver. It's come in super handy when we've been standing in lines of 60+ minute waits. We've been able to laugh at our foibles, and we've…
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How to Get the Most Out of Your Walt Disney World Vacation

How to Get the Most Out of Your Walt Disney World Vacation

By State, Disney Parks, Disney World, Florida
The Walt Disney World resort is massive! You could probably spend a few weeks there and still not be able to take advantage of everything it has to offer. I've been to Walt Disney World resort in varying capacities and share a few pointers to get the most out of your Walt Disney World vacation - and save you some money as well. Here's our list of the best rides at Walt Disney World. Stay in a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel It may seem counter-intuitive to encourage people to stay in an actual resort hotel while visiting Disney World. Granted, you may pay a little more for the resort hotel than ones that are off site, but admittedly, I loved staying just across the lake from the Magic Kingdom.…
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7 Ways to Make a Disneyland Family Vacation More Affordable

7 Ways to Make a Disneyland Family Vacation More Affordable

By State, California, Disney Parks, Disneyland
With a family of seven, affording a trip to Disneyland is a challenge. Between transportation, airfare/gas money, hotel, park admission and food, it seems like visiting the Happiest Place on Earth is cost prohibitive. Yet roughly 44,000 people per day visit the park - so somehow they are finding a way to make it affordable. So whether you're planning a couple's getaway or a family vacation, here are 7 ways to make Disneyland more affordable. Stay in a Good Neighbor Hotel It's nice to stay in one of the Disneyland Resort Hotels - but it's also more expensive. Disneyland has put together a list of numerous hotels they consider to be Good Neighbor Hotels. The list includes popular brands like Best Western, Marriott, Hilton or Sheraton. The best part -…
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