Tag Archives: Resorts

Top 8 Aulani Tips


I’m fresh back from an amazing Hawaiian vacation. My family and I stayed at the gorgeous Aulani Resort on Oahu for 3 days/4 nights. The second half of the week as spent on Maui at the Grand Wailea Resort.

After staying at Aulani, I have a short list of my top tips for those planning their Aulani vacation:

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Disney World “Art of Animation” Resort Review

Art of Animation Review

Art of Animation is one of the newest resorts in Walt Disney World. It opened in May of 2012 and is classified as a “Value resort” with nearly 2,000 rooms and suites. Of the other Value resorts, Art of Animation is by far the nicest. Continue reading

Benefits of Staying at Disney World Property Hotels

Benefits of Staying on Disney Property in Walt Disney WorldDisney World is 40 square miles (size of San Francisco!) with more than 20 on-property hotels. If you opt to stay in one of these hotels, you’ll enjoy perks that others staying off-property won’t receive. Continue reading

The Best Overall Disneyland Daily Plan (Includes Universal Studios!)

My favorite 6day/5 night Disneyland vacation itinerary consists of a 3 day park hopper ticket and a day at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Disneyland daily plan

There is a shuttle service that will provide round trip transportation from your Disneyland hotel (both on and off property hotels) to Universal Studios for the day. In my experience, Southern California Gray Line provides the best round trip service to Universal Studios. You may purchase their shuttle service when buying your Universal Studios tickets online, or directly from the Southern California Gray Line website.

Here is a list of Anaheim hotels that they serve, so check before you book!

2015 Disneyland Crowd Calendar

Disneyland is predicted to be more crowded than usual in 2015, partly due to its 60th Anniversary celebration and the growing popularity of California Adventure park. I’ve created the crowd calendar below based on my research of crowd predictions in 2015.

2015 Disneyland crowd calendar

Disney World’s “Be Our Guest” Restaurant Review & Why I Think it is Overrated

BOG ReviewI have to admit that I had high hopes for my first time dining at Be Our Guest last week. Maybe because of how hard it was to get a reservation, the hype, and the nostalgia behind it. Well, I’m going to give it a potentially controversial review – it is overrated! Here’s why: Continue reading

Disneyland Grand Californian Hotel Review with Pros and Cons

Grand Californian Hotel Overview

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As the most luxurious on-property Disneyland hotel, the Grand Californian was designed by the same architect that designed Walt Disney World’s Wilderness Lodge and Animal Kingdom Lodge. The hotel has a stunning 6-story lobby made of stone and wood for a rustic, national park feeling. The theme is the great outdoors of California, as evident in the nature inspired décor throughout. As the most impressive of the Disneyland property hotels, this hotel offers many pros and but too many cons: Continue reading