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    Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel & Water Playground: A Review and Video Tour

    The brand-new 2020 edition of The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland is hitting store shelves now, and one of the most exciting changes to the new volume is a top-to-bottom revamp of our hotel and motel reviews. To celebrate, we’ll be sharing some of our new hotels reviews—complete with video tours of the properties—starting with the Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel &

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    Character Dining at Disney’s Grand California Hotel

    Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel offers two character dining options. Check out our review and find out which one is for you! Thursday through Monday from 8 a.m. until noon, the Napa Rose is home to the Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures. Six to eight Disney Princesses, including Mulan, Ariel, Jasmine, Rapunzel, Belle, and Princess Tiana, are on hand for pictures, storytelling,

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    How to Save Money on Walt Disney World Tickets

    Walt Disney World tickets do not come cheap, and the company usually raises prices once or twice a year. Here are nine tips on how to save money on Walt Disney World tickets.  1. BUY PARK TICKETS BEFORE YOU GET TO THE PARKS. Disney adds a surcharge of $21.30 to park tickets with 3 or more days of admission.  2.

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    24th International Food & Wine Festival in Full Swing

    The 24th International Epcot Food & Wine Festival is in full swing. This year, visitors are able to enjoy the festival  for a total of 87 days, the longest run since its start in 1995! Liliane Opsomer, coauthor of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids, shares with us her impressions when visiting the festival on opening day. Booths

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    Are Disney Special Events Worth the Money?

    As a way to “sell” the same theme park rides multiple times per day, Disney constantly experiments with special events in the theme parks that require buying separate admission. For example, on some days the Magic Kingdom hosts separate-admission events before the park opens, then regular park hours, and then another event after the park closes to regular guests.  The