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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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Disney unveiling bigger Fantasyland and Dwarfs’ Mine Train


Seven Dwarfs Runaway Mine Train
Walt Disney World’s newest attraction—the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train—set to open May 28—is to become the centerpiece of the New Fantasyland area at the Magic Kingdom. more
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It’s a Small World: Entertaining families for 50 years!


Its a Small World
“It’s a Small World” has been entertaining and inspiring millions over the past 50 years since it was first premiered at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City more
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Orlando hotels work to give parents of parkgoers a break


Swan and Dolphin
I love it when hotels make it easy for parents to get a break on vacation. And there’s no place they need one more than Orlando. more
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In Phoenix: family fun and safety first


Drowning Prevention Coalition event at Pointe Hilton
Yes, it’s hot in Arizona in the summer but rates start at just $109. As long as you keep everyone well-hydrated and smeared in sunscreen, you’ll have lots of fun. more
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Families learn about Pandas and environment at the San Diego Zoo


Xiao Liwu at the San Diego Zoo
Zoos — besides being fun places to visit and see amazing creatures like pandas — are also ideal places to teach kids what they can do to help the environment more
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Boutique Hotel Chains are stepping up their family offerings


Kids hour Kimpton Hotel Monaco in Alexandria VA
The animal crackers and lemonade looked really good sitting there by the front desk in the lobby. A lot of boutique hotels around the world are realizing that making young guests and their parents happy is good business. more
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Mother’s Day doesn’t have to be just once a year


Entrance to the Essex Resort & Spa
Really, any day can be Mother’s Day — like on your next family vacation. All you have to do is declare: “This day is for you, Mom!” more
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In Orlando, taking your kids to a restaurant is easy


Emerils TChoup Chop at Universal Orlando
Taking young kids to a restaurant on vacation can seem like it is more trouble than it’s worth. The good news is that in Orlando, you can relax. more
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A place where a private tour makes sense: The Louvre in Paris


Children getting an art and history lesson from a guide in the Louvre
The Louvre can be overwhelming for an adult, much less a child. That’s why I figure if you are going to splurge on a private tour, this is a good place to do it. more
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Tinker til you drop at San Francisco’s Exploratorium


Exploratorium entrance
Step right into the Tinkering Studio at San Francisco’s Exploratorium where you can tinker until you make lights go on and buzzers sound, make music on a musical bench or create a toothpick sculpture, inspired by the giant toothpick sculpture “Rolling Through the Bay.” more
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