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  • Respect the Sun When at Theme Parks

    No matter which theme park you visit from coast to coast, make sure you respect the sun! Health and science writer Avery Hurt sheds some light on the often-confusing products and methods for avoiding sunburn. Here’s the basic advice from the medical experts. Choose a sunscreen that is convenient for you to use. Some prefer sprays, others lotions. The form

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    Money-Saving Tips for Your Walt Disney World Trip

    Sometimes finding an inexpensive hotel, discounts on third-party admission tickets, and budget-friendly restaurants is just not enough, as you can do all of that and still need to cut your budget. Here are six money-savings tips that can save you up to $500. These savings are based on a family of four (two adults and two children ages 3 and

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    Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel, the Crown Jewel of Disneyland Resorts

    The Grand Californian Hotel is the crown jewel of Disneyland Resort’s three hotels. With its shingle siding, rock foundations, cavernous hewn-beam lobby, polished hardwood floors, and cozy hearths, the hotel is a stately combination of elements from Western national park lodges. Designed by architect Peter Dominick (who also designed the Wilderness Lodge at Walt Disney World), the Grand Californian is

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    Discovering Toy Story Land Fun Facts

    Liliane Opsomer, coauthor of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids, checked out the many Toy Story Land fun facts. On June 30th, the 11-acre Toy Story Land, themed to the Pixar film franchise, opened with two new rides at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. While outdoor roller coaster Slinky Dog Dash, the Toy Story vending machine-themed Alien Swirling Saucers, and

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    Merchandise Galore at Toy Story Land

    A treasure trove of merchandise inspired by some of the most iconic toys in history greets guests in- and outside of Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I usually do not get excited about merchandise, but anything that brings back renewed interest in toys such as Mr. Potato Head, Candyland games, the amazing Tinkertoys, and Slinky Dog in all