Celebrating Halloween Disney Style - Disneyland Resort

Celebrating Halloween Disney Style – Disneyland Resort

Celebrating Halloween Disney Style - Disneyland ResortI’ll bet when you think of ghouls and goblins and all things Halloween, Disney is not what first comes to mind, but the U.S. Disney Parks and Disney Cruise Line really know how to throw a Halloween party! My family has been fortunate to visit Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland Resort, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World Resort, and Halloween on the High Seas on Disney Cruise Line. When my son was little, I knew it was a great safe way for him to dress up and go trick-or-treating. Plus, it was fun rather than scary. Now that he’s older, I have to admit we still trick-or-treat, but we are also able to enjoy the festivities in a different way.

To do these amazing parties justice, rather than try to fit them all into one post, I’m splitting into a three-part series. Last week, I focused on Disney Cruise Line. This week, it’s the Disneyland Resort in California. Continue reading

Celebrating Halloween Disney Style - Disney Cruise Line

Celebrating Halloween Disney Style – Disney Cruise Line

Celebrating Halloween Disney Style - Disney Cruise LineI’ll bet when you think of ghouls and goblins and all things Halloween, Disney is not what first comes to mind, but the U.S. Disney Parks and Disney Cruise Line really know how to throw a Halloween party! My family has been fortunate to visit Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland Resort, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World Resort, and Halloween on the High Seas on Disney Cruise Line. When my son was little, I knew it was a great safe way for him to dress up and go trick-or-treating. Plus, it was fun rather than scary. Now that he’s older, I have to admit we still trick-or-treat, but we are also able to enjoy the festivities in a different way.

To do these amazing parties justice, rather than try to fit them all into one post, I’m splitting into a three-part series. For now, let’s start with Halloween on the High Seas on Disney Cruise Line. Continue reading

Is Free Parking for Overnight Hotel Guests Going Extinct?

Is Free Parking for Overnight Hotel Guests Going Extinct?

Paying to park when staying overnight at a hotel has long been commonplace in heavily populated areas like downtown Chicago, New York City, or San Francisco. Travelers, though, were able to park their vehicles for free at most other locations, though, adding to the savings of driving to their destination. For my family, it also made the decision to rent a car fairly simple as we preferred the convenience of having our own transportation. It appears, however, free parking for overnight hotel guests is disappearing. Continue reading

Be Prepared for Longer Airport Security Lines and Additional Checks

Be Prepared for Long Lines due to New Airport Security RulesThe U.S. Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) has been rolling out new rules over the summer at various airports globally as well as domestically. My friends who have been traveling out of Orlando have already been reporting long security lines and we haven’t even hit the holiday travel season yet. At my home airport, Phoenix Sky Harbor, I have yet to notice long lines, but I have noticed some changes to what they are screening in the carry on bags. Here’s what you need to know before your next flight. Continue reading

Is There a Best Day to Visit to Avoid Crowds at a Walt Disney World Park?

Walt Disney World Resort – How Do I Decide Which Park to Visit Each Day?

One question I get asked really often about visiting Walt Disney World Resort® is how to know where to make dining reservations six months out when one doesn’t even know which park they’ll be in that day. What if that park is too crowded? How does one decide? Unfortunately, there’s no hard and fast rule as to which park to visit which day but experienced Walt Disney World Resort® visitors do have a few “tricks of the trade” that are used when putting together an itinerary. Here are a few of mine. Continue reading