Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood for the Who-lidays

The girls and I with the Grinch

Who doesn’t love a fab-Who-lous event to begin the Who-liday season? The annual Grinchmas event is back at Universal Studios, and it promises a magical and wonderful time for the entire family! On December 4, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti came out to kick off the merry Grinchmas holiday season with a sensational tree lighting ceremony, which was accompanied […]

Reader Travel Tip of the Day: Bring a Sharpie


Bring a Sharpie Each Friday, we’re featuring a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip was left by a reader in the comments of Wednesday’s tip, which was about registering all guests at your hotel: “Bring a sharpie! Put a small initial of person in room on each key card. […]

Mayhem for All Ages at Universal Studios Hollywood

Hangin' with the Minions

I was recently asked to cover the new Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride at Universal Studios Hollywood. With my nine-year-old daughter in tow, I set off for a day of film-inspired magic and that’s what I got. The new ride fits right into the movie-enchantment precedent set by Universal Studios—putting the rider smack in the […]

Reader Travel Tip of the Day: Bring Photos of the Kids


Bring Photos of the Kids Each Friday, we’re featuring a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from reader Paul H. of Victoria, Australia, who says: “If you’re travelling with children, it’s a good idea to take a few photos of them before you leave home and keep them on […]

Four Seasons finds magic in Orlando

Four Seasons Orlando room (Credit: Four Seasons)

Just over two months from now, the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort will open its doors, and doors to the magic that is Walt Disney World. The 444-room boutique hotel—boutique by Disney standards, anyway—is within Golden Oak, a prestigious, gated resident community on Disney World property; custom-built homes within Golden Oak begin […]

Maine’s Camp Manitou, from the eyes of a first-time camper

Camp Manitou is a summer camp for boys in central Maine. Here, middle schooler Morgan Sell offers memories from his inaugural session. It was a beautiful morning, and I was going to spend it on a bus for six hours. But I didn’t mind. I was taking that bus to Camp Manitou. I put my stuff […]

Travel Website of the Week: NORAD Santa Tracker

NORAD Santa Tracker

Our friends at NORAD have been tracking Santa Claus for over 50 years! Over the years NORAD’s website has changed significantly for the better. It all started when they began using Google Earth to bring more detail to the journey and this season, Santa’s tracking will be taking advantage of Twitter, Facebook and other social […]

The Little Trick-Or-Treater’s Guide to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Halloween decoration at the Magic Kingdom

Every year, thousands of families flock to Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. And while great fun can be had by all it’s important to keep in mind that getting your money’s worth does not necessarily mean having a good time. The basics: Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is an annual […]