Disney Cruise Line’s 5th Ship: Disney Wish!

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Take my money already! At the D23 Expo this weekend, Disney Cruise Line just announced the name of its 5thship: Disney Wish! What We Know Disney Wish will be DCL’s first LNG-powered ship. The ship will be built at the Meyer Weft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. At 144,000 gross tons, Disney Wish will be slightly…

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Child Steals Heart-shaped Rock from National Park, Entitlement Rant and More

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Child Returns Heart-shaped Rock from National Park: A child took and then mailed back a heart-shaped rock from Great Smoky Mountains National Park. See the article here.This is something I can see my kids doing without knowing it’s illegal. But, that’s a cool rock! D23 Expo This Weekend: The D23 Expo has already started and continues…

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Visiting Rotorua, New Zealand: Part 1

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Last month, my family traveled to Australia and New Zealand. We spent 7 nights on a farm just south of Rotorua, New Zealand. There is a lot to do in the Rotorua area! (Also see my posts on visiting Sydney, Australia and Hobbiton). i-SITE Visitor Information Centre The owners of our rental house recommended we…

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Price Predictions for New Star Wars Hotel at Disney World

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Hold onto your hats, folks. Today, a few sources revealed potential pricing for the new Star Wars immersive hotel that is currently under construction at Disney World. The rumored pricing? For a 2-night/3-day stay (no 1-night stays are possible), the price for a cabin for one person is $3300. For a family of five, the…

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Earning Miles and Points During Application Dry Spell

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When I first started this hobby, I was earning miles and points at a furious rate. I’d apply for a card, spend money to earn the sign-up bonus, and then move onto the next card. Sure, I had a couple of keeper cards, but for the most part I was earning miles and points continuously…

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Booking a Trip to the USA Gymnastics Olympic Team Trials

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About 10 days ago, my daughter and I watched the USA Gymnastics National Championships on TV. We saw Simone Biles make history with her double-twisting double-somersault beam dismount and her triple-double on the floor exercise. For my daughter, who is a recreational gymnast, it was an exciting moment! Watching elite gymnastics on TV made us…

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Should Families Prioritize Financial Perfection Over Vacations?

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Last week, when I shared the good and bad about my summer travel, a skeptical reader had questions for me and how I managed to take those trips. He wrote, “I guess your kid’s college funds are all topped up and you’ve paid off your mortgage?” Actually, no and no! It got me thinking: Should…

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Why Disney World’s Mid-Day Magic Ticket Is Great News for Some Families

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Last week, Disney World added a new ticket option called Mid-Day Magic. I am jumping for joy at this new option, but not for the reason you may be thinking. The Scoop on Disney World’s Mid-Day Magic Ticket This ticket option costs lower than a normal ticket, but you can’t enter the parks until after…

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How Families Can Afford to Travel, AAA Benefits, New Hawaii Routes and More

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Marriott Announces Dynamic Award Pricing Start Date: Marriott’s dynamic award pricing will begin on September 14, 2019. We’ve known this was coming, but until now we didn’t know the start date. Hotels will have off-peak, standard and peak award prices. You will still be able to book hotels in advance of having all the points in…

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Southwest Extends Flight Schedules Tomorrow

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Southwest is planning to extend flight schedules tomorrow, August 15. Currently, you can reserve Southwest flights through January 5, 2020. Starting tomorrow, you can reserve through Friday, March 6, 2020.  This extension covers a few holiday weekends like MLK day and Presidents Day as well as early spring break for some places. There are several…

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Why a Disney Vacation Isn’t the Worst Thing Ever

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A few days ago, I read a post by Ian on Disney Hacks website titled Disney Vacation—Worst Thing Ever? I’m pretty sure his thoughts about a Disney vacation align with those of my blogging partner, Leana. They tolerate Disney vacations for the sake of their kids, but they don’t enjoy them. I started to write…

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To MVMCP, or Not?

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As I mentioned last week, I’m taking two of my kids for a special birthday trip this fall on a 3-night Disney Cruise. I was planning on staying near the airport the night before the cruise on points or using a Marriott gift card I have to stay at a hotel near the cruise port.…

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Groceries at Disney, Where Are My Anniversary Certs, Credit Card Updates and More

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IHG Mastercard Now at 125k Bonus: The IHG Rewards Club Premiere Credit Card now has a sign-up bonus of 125,000 points after spending $3000 within the first three months. This is the highest bonus I’ve seen on this card. Annual fee of $89 is not waived, but it includes a free night on your card anniversary…

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Vacation Home Rental in New Zealand for the Win

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On our trip to Australia and New Zealand last month, we used miles and points for our flights and some of our accommodations. The one big exception was our vacation home rental in New Zealand. Even though we shelled out quite a bit of cash for this one-week rental, I have no regrets! Why We…

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Using Miles and Points for Kids’ Birthday Trip

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Confession: I’m not a big fan of kids’ birthday parties. I don’t like planning them, and I don’t like the stress of the actual party day. However, my kids love birthday parties, so most years I suffer through them. Two years ago, I offered my daughter a trip with the family to Great Wolf Lodge…

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