A stay at Disneyland Resort’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa

The best Disney theming never seeks to replace what you know and love. It simply taps into it to touch you on an emotional or visceral level. Disneyland Resort's Grand Californian does this for me. A lover of wilderness lodges (the real ones), I know … [Read more...]

5 things to do on California Adventure’s new Buena Vista Street with kids

In much the same way that Disneyland's Main Street ushers visitors into the park with an ambiance of small town America, California Adventure's new Buena Vista Street welcomes visitors into the California to which Walt Disney arrived in the 1920s … [Read more...]

California Adventure’s Cars Land in pictures: tips for dining, entertainment, and rides

Radiator Springs has come to life at Disneyland Resort's California Adventure! The official opening of Cars Land isn't until tomorrow, June 15th, but Disney fans and Pixar enthusiasts are already abuzz with excitement. (Ka-Chow!) We're here with the … [Read more...]

Educational Animal Kingdom attractions (your school-aged kids will love)

Can a theme park be educational? We had our doubts...until being schooled by Disney's Animal Kingdom. Usually fans of the latest and greatest headliner attractions (read about how to tour any Disney theme park attraction in 15 minutes or less), my … [Read more...]

Tour any Disney theme park attraction in 15 minutes or less (all day, any day)

Note: For current FastPass+ tips for touring Walt Disney World parks, please see our Understanding FastPass+ post. The below information still applies to touring Disneyland Resort parks. No one should wait more than 15 minutes for any Disney theme … [Read more...]

A stay at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is one of our family's favorite--if not thefavorite--DisneyWorld resort. When readers ask me, "Why pay to stay at a DisneyWorld resort?" I always cite Disney's impeccible attention to detail, from the in-room touches to … [Read more...]

What’s included (and what you’ll pay extra for) onboard a Disney Cruise

Before our first Disney Cruise Line experience on the Disney Fantasy, I asked all you wise readers for your best cruising tips. As promised, the best ones are now featured in a cruising tips video at Expedia.com, but now that we're back, I want to … [Read more...]

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Five items we were glad we had on a Disney Cruise Line cruise (and five we didn’t need)

On our recent voyage on the Disney Fantasy, we packed carry-on only for four people, which I felt was a feat in itself. Turns out, we still brought things we didn't need (and others we were very glad we had). If you're lucky enough to be packing for … [Read more...]

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Disney family travel: is a Disney cruise right for your family?

Though we're fans of Disney family travel, as Pit Stops for Kids readers know, we were cruising newbies before we departed for our three-night cruise on the brand new Disney Fantasy. As active family travelers, we worried a cruise would limit our … [Read more...]

Three days aboard the Disney Fantasy in Photos

We returned late this week from an amazing three-night preview cruise of the newest ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, the Disney Fantasy. Over the next few weeks, I'll have plenty to say about this ship and our experience aboard her, including … [Read more...]