Hey guys, it’s Friday! Finally! 

Did you know I write articles for a family travel blog? I write for Tips for Family Trips. Usually an article a month. This month I’m talking about the trip our family took to Seattle. 

Our family loves to travel together. It’s such a bonding experience and a huge source for family memories. There aren’t many days that we don’t talk about something travel related. Whether it’s something about where we want to go next, or laughing about something that happened on one of our trips.

What do you think about family travel? Is it something that’s a big thing for your family? Or something that you don’t do? Do you want to do more of it? Where are you going next???? That’s the big question for our family. And it’s one that hasn’t been answered yet. You can leave me a comment here answering these questions or checkout my Facebook or Instagram and leave the answer there. 

I’d be really curious to see just where everyone is planning to go. Maybe we’ll go there next.

I’m super exited to let you know, that not only do I have a special article on Disneyland at Halloween today, but my friends at Get Away Today also have a fantastic Halloween Deal Going on at the same time! Adults at kid’s prices until Monday only, so make sure to grab your tickets!

Check out the details and make sure you read all about Halloween at Disneyland this year! 

  • Adults at Kids’ Prices on 3-Day and longer Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Tickets
  • Valid for travel during Halloween Time (September 7 – October 31, 2018)
  • Save up to $19 per ticket off gate prices
  • Must be booked by Monday, August 20, 2018 11:59pm MT
  • Valid on ticket only and package orders

 

2018 Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

Whether you’re a fan of Halloween or not, I think we can all agree that Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort is truly filled with frightful fun. With festive décor, seasonal treats, themed ride-overlays and character appearances, Disneyland knows how to throw a Halloween celebration. This is why I’ve teamed up with my friends at Get Away Today to help you plan the most terrifying trip yet! If you already have a vacation planned or are thinking about traveling during Halloween Time this year, keep reading to find out everything you need to know about 2018 Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort.

2018 Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

2018 Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

Themed Ride Overlays

One of the best parts about visiting Disneyland during Halloween Time is getting to experience all of your favorite attractions in a spooky new light. Now with seasonal ride-overlays in both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park, you’ll be able to have more fun than ever before. Because of this, I’ve listed all of the Halloween themed attractions you can enjoy below:

Disneyland Park

Haunted Mansion Holiday:

If you’re a fan of the Nightmare Before Christmas movie, then you’re sure to love Haunted Mansion Holiday. Jack Skellington and his Halloween Town crew take over this attraction to turn it into a festive nightmare. With new music, effects and character experiences, this ride is full of fun for the entire family. Because this ride-overlay is so popular, I would highly suggest getting a FastPass for this attraction.

Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy:

This beloved attraction also gets a makeover just in time for the spooky season. Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy lets you climb aboard a rocket racing through the haunted cosmos in outer space. With eerie encounters with star fields, meteors and a phantom force, you’ll want to brace yourself for this hair-raising ride. Since this attraction is a little scarier than other ride-overlays, I would suggest riding it first before bringing along your little ones.  

2018 Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

California Adventure Park

Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween

In Cars Land, you’ll be able to find Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters transform into Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween. At this attraction, you’ll find frightfully fun music and dreadful dancing for the ultimate Halloween bash! This Halloween ride-overlay is perfect for everyone of all ages.

Mater’s Graveyard Jam-BOO-Ree

At this Halloween hoedown, you’ll be able to boo-step to a haunted harmony with Mater and his friends. Here, you’ll be able to sing along to catchy tunes like “Welcome to Radiator Screams” and “Monster Truck Smash.” Young vampires and witches alike will love this seasonal ride-overlay.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Monsters After Dark

Ever since Guardians of the Galaxy: Monsters After Dark debuted last year, it has easily become one of the most cherished Halloween attractions. What’s unique about this ride-overlay is that you’ll only be able to experience it once it gets dark. During the day, you can help the Guardians of the Galaxy escape the Collector’s Fortress. However, at night, Groot accidentally gets left behind, so you and your friends need to go rescue him again. But, beware! Monsters and other ghoulish creatures lurk around the fortress when the sun goes down.

To ensure you get to experience this attraction, we’d recommend getting a FastPass as soon as times become available for Guardians of the Galaxy: Monsters After Dark. Better yet, we’d suggest getting MaxPass to make it easier to snag a time. If not, you’ll be looking at waiting for about an hour or more for this holiday ride-overlay.  

2018 Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

Seasonal Treats, Eats & Souvenirs

In addition to the fun, you’ll want to try the spectacular food items they have available during Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort. While they haven’t released their official list of eats quite yet, we’ve seen delicious treats like butterscotch flavored beignets, specialty caramel apples, haunted macarons, a Bat Sundae and more! Trust us, these snacks are so good you’ll scream!

Plus, you won’t want to miss out on all the spooktacular swag that’s offered during the celebration. Grab an Oogie Boogie Premium Popcorn Bucket, Cauldron Premium Popcorn Bucket, Poison Apple Glow Cube, Green Poison Apple Stein and lots more. Don’t forget to get limited-time Halloween-themed Minnie Ears either!

Halloween Time Décor

2018 Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort is filled with boo-tiful Insta-worthy photo spots, sure to make your loved ones at home jealous of your ghoulish fun. To make sure you get the best Halloween Time pictures, I’ve listed all of my favorite photo spots below:

  • Entrance to Disneyland Park – Disneyland Park
  • Entrance to Disney California Adventure Park – Disney California Adventure Park
  • Giant Mickey Pumpkin – Main Street, U.S.A., Disneyland Park
  • Dia De Los Muertos – Frontierland, Disneyland Park
  • Headless Horseman Statue – Buena Vista Street, California Adventure Park
  • Carthay Circle Bats – Buena Vista Street, California Adventure Park
  • Radiator Screams – Cars Land, California Adventure Park

You also won’t want to forget to get your picture with Mickey and his pals dressed up in Halloween Time garb. While their costumes change every year, it’s fun to see your favorite characters celebrate the occasion. Plus if you’re lucky, you can catch infamous Disney villains lurking around the park during Halloween Time too.

Mickey’s Halloween Party

If you can’t get enough of the frightful fun, you’ll want to consider buying tickets to Mickey’s Halloween Party. Although it is an additional cost to get in, this Halloween party is one you’ll never forget. Here, you can enjoy exclusive entertainment like the Frightfully Fun Parade, Halloween Screams Fireworks, appearances from vicious villains, and trick-or-treat stations around every corner. Since it is a separate ticketed event, you’ll also be able to ride some of the most popular attractions without a long wait! The best part? You can dress up in your favorite Halloween costume while experiencing all of the fun. To ensure that you don’t’ violate the Disneyland Resort’s costume guidelines, we’d recommended checking their website beforehand.

If you’re looking to attend Mickey’s Halloween Party in 2018, check out the party dates listed below:

  • September 19th, 21st, 24th, 26th and 28th
  • October 2nd, 5th, 9th, 12th, 16th, 19th, 23rd, 26th, 29th, 31st

For the most up-to-date pricing and availability for Mickey’s Halloween Party, be sure to visit Disneyland’s official website directly.

If you aren’t attending Mickey’s Halloween Party, don’t fret! Like I mentioned before, there is SO much to experience during Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort. However, I would highly recommend purchasing Park Hopper Tickets if you’re traveling during September or October. Since Disneyland Park shuts down early for Mickey’s Halloween Party, it’s nice to be able to head over to California Adventure Park for the remainder of the night. If 1-Park per Day Tickets are your thing, just make sure you plan out your trip accordingly, so you aren’t in Disneyland Park on the night of Mickey’s Halloween Party.

No matter what tickets you choose, you’re spell-bound to have a wonderful time during Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort. If you haven’t booked your spooktacular trip, make sure you book with Get Away Today. With discounted Disneyland tickets, hotel specials and a flexible Layaway Plan, traveling to The Happiest Place on Earth is more affordable than ever.

To book, visit getawaytoday.com or call 855-GET-AWAY to speak to an agent directly. Don’t forget to mention promo code BOOKADAY for an additional $10 off your hotel and tickets vacation package. Let them know that My Book a Day sent you!

 

Last month, I told you about our family trips to Nauvoo, Illinois. But I really only talked about the main things that people do when they visit. This month I wanted to tell you about more fun places to visit in Nauvoo, Illinois. We’ve been to Nauvoo, Illinois as a family 3 different times. Each of these times was wonderful for a different reason. And each of these times we found some out of the way places to visit.

more fun things to do in Nauvoo, Illinois

One thing that’s really fun about where ever we travel with our family is finding places that are a bit out of the way. Places where you’re not going to find crowds of people. But places that are still really neat and just fun. Those are the kinds of places that I’m talking about today on Tips for Family Trips.

You can find these types of places almost every where you go. You know the kind I mean…the kinds of places that locals go, but not usually tourists. In my opinion, those are almost always the best kind of places. 

Anyway, this is a short post, but check out my link on Tips for Family trips. Let me know in the comments if you have places that you go that are a bit off the beaten path, who knows, maybe we’ll go check them out. Have a fantastic day!

Disneyland's Birthday SaleIt’s the most magical day of the year! That’s right, it’s Disneyland’s birthday today. Disneyland’s Birthday only comes around one time a year! And to celebrate, my friends at Get Away Today have a great deal. Here’s the details:

  • Adults at Kids’ Prices on 3-Day and longer Park Hopper Tickets
  • Save up to $19 per person!
  • Valid for travel all of 2018
  • Must be purchased by Monday, July 23, 2018
  • My promo code (BookaDay) can also be used with this sale if used in conjunction with a 2-night hotel stay

This is a great deal, but it’s only valid for a week. Make sure you grab your tickets right away!

I’ve mentioned before that our family really likes to travel together. We try to go on a “big” family trip all together at least one time a year. One place that we’ve been many times (3 altogether) is Nauvoo, Illinois. 

family travel Nauvoo, Illinois

Nauvoo is a really fun place to travel with a family. There are tons of activities and they are all FREE! That’s really our favorite part. We also love that you learn something about history, and about how people would have lived in the 1800’s. And you can act it out a little bit on your own. There are so many things you can see and do in Nauvoo with your family. You’ll never have time to get bored!

Nauvoo isn’t really a big town any more. But back in the 1840’s when the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was headquartered there, it was. It rivaled Chicago at the time. And that might have been part of the problem. You see, the people who lived in this town were eventually persecuted so much that they only thing they felt they could do was leave. And leave they did. They traveled clear across the United States and set up shop in Utah near The Great Salt Lake. 

It’s a bit hard for me to imagine what these people must have thought at that point. They went from a very wet, lush, green climate to a high desert. It’s very dry in Utah and there are hardly any trees. I should take some time to read journals from the time to see just what the people thought.

Anyway…I digress. What I really wanted to tell you today is that I’ve written my next article for Tips for Family Trips and it was published this week. And what did I write about? Nauvoo. If you’ve ever wondered how things work there this article is for you. It’s also for you if you read what I talked about earlier and now you’re curious. 

Take the time to check it out. And let me know what kinds of things you’d like me to talk about!


The 5 Best Ways to Experience Pixar Fest

The 5 Best Ways to Experience Pixar Fest

If you haven’t heard, the Disneyland Resort is celebrating your favorite Pixar pals like never before. From now until September 3, 2018, you can experience magic to “Infinity and Beyond” at both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure. With so much to do, you’ll want to make sure you experience it all. Because of this, I’ve teamed up with my friends at Get Away Today to give you the top five best ways to experience Pixar Fest. Keep reading to find out how you can make this summer the most “Incredible” one yet!

  • Watch the Pixar Play Parade

The 5 Best Ways to Experience Pixar Fest

The Pixar Play Parade is making its return, just in time for the festivities! This beloved parade is now making its way down Main Street U.S.A., so you’ll be able to get up close and personal with characters from your favorite Disney-Pixar films. Not only will you be able to sing and dance to returning floats like A Bug’s Life, The Incredibles, Monsters University and Toy Story, but you can enjoy new features too. Enjoy brand-new floats like the Pixar Lamp, Pixar Ball, UP and Inside Out. This daytime parade premiers every day at 3:30 PM and 6:00 PM, so make sure to catch it while you’re there!

  • Indulge on Delicious Treats

If you already love Disneyland’s delectable treats and eats, you will not be disappointed at Pixar Fest. With over 50 Pixar-themed food and beverage items to explore, Pixar Fest is any foodies dream! Try unique items like the Cheeseburger Pizza at Alien Pizza Planet in Tomorrowland or try a Three-flavored Corn Dog at Corn Dog Castle. Or if you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, make sure to check out the Lots-o-Straw-“Beary”-y Funnel Cake or Mike Wazowski Krispie Treats. No matter what you choose, we know that you’ll be “Un Poco Loco” over all of the delicious eats!

  • Meet your favorite Pixar Pals

The 5 Best Ways to Experience Pixar Fest

At Paradise Gardens, you can meet some of the most famous Disney-Pixar characters in Pixar Pals corner. Paradise Gardens has been transformed into a colorful corner of fun that everyone in the family will enjoy. Swing by and snap pics with cherished Pixar characters while enjoying dazzling décor and a gallery of classic film posters. You won’t want to miss Paradise Gardens when you visit Pixar Fest!

  • Party at the Paint the Night Parade

The 5 Best Ways to Experience Pixar Fest

If you missed the Paint the Night Parade during Disneyland’s 60th Diamond Celebration, there is no need to worry. Paint the Night Parade has made its grand return in Disney California Adventure this summer and we couldn’t be more excited. You’ll be able to dance and sing along with some of your favorite Disney and Pixar characters like Buzz Lightyear, Lighting McQueen, Sulley, Cinderella, Ariel and more! With thousands of LED lights and memorable music, you’ll love this bright, colorful and fun parade.

  • End your day at “Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular”

Last, but certainly not least, is “Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular.” This nostalgic firework show will leave you laughing and crying with it’s heartfelt message of love and friendship. See beloved Pixar stories come to life before your eyes. Here, you’ll be able to enjoy a variety of projections, pyrotechnics and music that make this show the perfect way to end your fun-filled Pixar Fest day.

As you can see, you won’t want to miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime celebration. So, what are you waiting for? To book your next Disneyland vacation, make sure to visit getawaytoday.com or call 855-GET-AWAY to speak to an agent directly. Plus when you use promo code, BookaDay, you’ll be able to save an additional $10 off your next vacation package. Make sure to mention that My Book a Day sent you!

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Huge Disneyland Ticket Sale

My friends at Get Away Today let me in on a huge secret! They’re having a huge Disneyland Ticket Sale in honor of Pixar Pier opening this week! It starts at 10 am. Check out all the details.

    • Get a 4-Day Park Hopper for the gate price of a 3-Day Park Hopper – that’s up to a $25 per ticket savings!
    • Must purchase by June 26, 2018
    • Tickets must be purchased at least five days prior to travel.
    • Valid for travel through December 31, 2018
    • Tickets may be purchased separately or as part of a package. If purchasing a package, remove the 3-Day Park Hopper Tickets from the package and select the 4th Day Free ticket option.
  • If you are purchasing a package (minimum of 2-nights and 2 theme park tickets), you can use your promo code (BookaDay) for an extra discount.

Hurry and grab your tickets right away!

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Have you traveled with kids outside of the United States? We haven’t done a lot of international travel with our kids yet. But we have gone to a couple of places in Canada. We went to Victoria, British Columbia. I know I’ve talked about that before. Another place we went on that same trip was Vancouver, British Columbia. We have done some really fun things traveling with our kids in British Columbia.

I’m not going to tell you all about that trip here, because I posted on Tips for Family Trips in an article called 6 Fun Things to do in Vancouver British Columbia with Kids this week, but I wanted to take a minute to link you to that article so that you can check it out. I’ve enjoyed writing these articles about traveling with our family. I’m considering adding some of this kind of thing to this blog sometime soon. Let me know if you want me to. And what kinds of things would you want me to talk about? Would you want general traveling tips for families? The best places to travel? Or something else entirely?

6 Fun Things to Do With Kids in Vancouver British Columbia

British Columbia is an area that is so fun! There’s so much to do and it’s just a great place to take your kids out of the country. I’d say it’s a really great training place for international travel. I’m not sure where our next international trips will take our family, but I can’t wait to see!

I love that there’s so much to do outside in British Columbia. There are so many beautiful places to hike, so many parks to hang out at and there’s the ocean front as well. And most places that you eat at, you can eat outside in the temperatures that are perfect for hanging out outside. We enjoyed our time in British Columbia as a family last summer. And we’re going back to some of the same places this summer. We’re so excited, we can’t wait for our trip this year!

Halloween at Disneyland

If you’re wanting to go to Disneyland anytime this fall, now is the time to book! My friends at Get Away Today are running some amazing specials to coincide with Mickey’s Halloween Party and they sent me all of the details! Halloween at Disneyland is such a magical time for adults and kids alike. This looked like so much fun when they posted about it last year!

Halloween at DisneylandHalloween Time 
September 7 – October 31, 2018

Mickey’s Halloween Party 
September 19, 21, 24, 26 and 28, 2018 
October 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 29, 31, 2018

Halloween at Disneyland

Mickey’s Halloween Party tickets go on sale on June 5th for Annual Passholders and Disney Visa Cardholders and on June 12th for everyone else. The party tickets are only available through Disney directly, but the good news is that you don’t have to wait to book your Halloween Time vacations! Get Away Today has put together some of their very best specials available during Halloween Time:

Halloween at Disneyland

  • September: Adults at Kids’ Prices – save up to $19 per ticket!
  • October: 5th Day Free Park Hopper Tickets
  • Extra Night Free specials at select hotels through September and October
  • Layaway Plans from just $125 down (final payment due 15 days prior to travel
  •  
  • And you can use my code BookaDay to save even more if you book a package including park tickets and hotel!

Halloween at Disneyland

This is such a fantastic deal! Get Away Today is really the Disneyland expert that you want to have on your side. You can check out exactly what Get Away Today knows about this Halloween season in this blog poston their website. You can also check out their Facebook page. They do live videos about everything Disney almost every week. I have learned so much watching their live videos.

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family travel

Family travel is very important to us. It’s a thing that our kids remember from year to year. It’s a time we get to spend together doing fun activities, bonding and decompressing. Where we’re planning to go is a big topic of conversation for us. Until we figure out where we’re going to go. And then we spend the time planning the places to eat at and things to do.

family travel

Last summer, we went to Victoria, in British Columbia, Canada. This has become one of our very favorite cities and we’re actually going back this summer. It was what our kids voted to do. We also spent a few days in Vancouver, Canada and a few days in Seattle, Washington. Of the three, Victoria was by far our very favorite.

family travel

We’re very excited to go back to Victoria this summer. We’ll also spend a couple of days in Seattle and then a few days in Oregon. We’ll be on the coast as well as in Portland. This will be really fun, because we’ve been there before. We went when our 12 year old was 4 and she really doesn’t remember much about it. Going here was a specific request from her.

Do you have a bucket list of places you’d like to travel? One of our family’s goals is to visit every state in the US, but we’d also like to travel internationally. We’ve been to Canada and to Mexico once. But that’s the extent of our foreign travel. Mexico seemed very foreign, but Canada is very similar to the US. 

family travel

I don’t know how many of you knew that I write a small feature on a family travel blog once a month. My article for this month posted just the other day and it’s about our time last summer in Victoria at Beacon Hill Park. I’d love it if you’d take a minute to click over and check it out