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Star Wars at Sea: On A Cruise Line Far, Far Away (in 2018)

Feb 20, 2017
Star Wars at Sea returns to Disney Cruise Line with 15 special Disney Fantasy sailings to the Caribbean from January through April 2018.

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Taking the Kids to a galaxy far, far away … with Disney


Eileen and Darth Vader
I’m speechless. You would be too with a menacing Darth Vader haranguing you behind his black helmet and costume. But then I laugh and we pose for a picture. This is Disneyland, after all, at its immersive best. more
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A Journalist and a Fan finds the LA Clippers are a Nation


Getting Pumped Up for Tip Off
What was a room I have only seen on television was a standard NBA Press Conference room. It was open seating, so I sat in a comfortable second row to await for LA Clippers Head Coach Doc Rivers. Journalists were not shy asking about the tough questions. more
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The Season of Force Awakens at Disneyland


Darth Vader costume display
I walked into the entrance of Star Tours--The Adventures Continue. That was the first ride of the day, yet I wondered, “What galactic troubles can I get into next...?” more
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Taking the kids to where holiday lights build family traditions


GingerBread Lane, New York Hall of Science
For many families, sharing holiday displays, whether at a theme park, a hotel or a nearby neighborhood is an annual tradition that gets everyone away from pre-holiday chores and stress. It’s just these days, you’ll find Santa, elves and millions of lights at the ready long before the Thanksgiving leftovers are gone. more
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Volunteering on Vacation: Memorable Adventures from Family Trips


Enkereri students
When the two Whitaker teens talk about their holiday trip to Tanzania two Christmases ago, it’s not the animals they saw on safari that proved the most memorable, as amazing as the elephants and giraffes were. It’s how they helped a small unofficial orphanage. more
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The Disneyland Hotel celebrates 60 years of putting families first


Memorabilia at Disneyland Hotel
At a time when hotels catered to businessmen, not families, Walt Disney thought there should be a place where families could continue the fun they had in Disneyland. On the same day. more
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The Force Awakens ahead of the movie at Disneyland


Eileen and Darth Vader
The Force Awakens at Disneyland today, just in time for the holidays –and of course the much-awaited Star Wars movie debuting Dec 18. more
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Taking the Kids to Montana, which offers outdoor fun all year


Mel and Reggie snowshoeing near Old Faithful
I love Yellowstone in winter — no crowds, lots of animals and the chance to see Old Faithful and other thermal features without any crowds. (Did you know Yellowstone has more thermal features than anywhere in the world — 10,000 bubbling mud pots, hot springs and geysers?) Honestly, we felt like we had the whole place to ourselves. more
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So much invention in Seattle: Inspiration for Kids


Pike Place Market in Seattle
The Museum of History and Industry, now in the historic Naval Reserve Armory at Lake Union Park, boasts the largest heritage organization in Washington State with nearly 4 million artifacts. It is a good place to start any family visit to Seattle. more
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Baseball teaches an important American history lesson in Kansas City


Major League Baseball Play Ball Initiative
They were among the best baseball players in the United States, traveling cross-country to play the game they loved before cheering fans. But they were often forced to sleep on their bus and eat peanut butter crackers. more
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