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Checking In is the place to find everything you’ll need to plan your next family getaway. All brought to you by real families and our family of Team Member travel experts. Make the most of your vacation time by Checking In with us. To see what’s coming up, visit our About page.

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Travel Tips

Retirement Travel: 7 Secrets to Making the Most of Every Vacation

  • Posted June 22, 2021

Find out 7 secrets to retirement travel and maximizing all your vacations, including helpful, outside-the-box ways to plan, pack, budget and more.

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Destination Ideas

Where to Stay for Your Orlando Wedding

  • Posted July 13, 2021

Get insider info on the best place to stay for your Orlando wedding by a newly married bride and soon-to-be mom from Michigan.

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Destination Ideas

How to Plan an Italy Vacation: Travel Memories from a Multi-Generational Family Adventure

  • Posted July 21, 2021

Hear travel memories from best-selling author Jennifer Probst’s Italy vacation, including planning tips, favorite places, best family experiences and more.

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Things to Do

SeaWorld Orlando & Electric Ocean: What Are They Like Right Now?

  • Posted July 21, 2021

Dive into what SeaWorld Orlando and Electric Ocean are like right now and find out the best exhibits, rides and dining spots to do on your next visit.

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Things to Do

2021 Orlando Theme Park Guide

  • Posted July 20, 2021

Check out this Orlando theme park guide to learn about the new safety measures you should expect next time you hit up some rides.

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Things to Do

7 Best Things to Do in Marco Island for Your Family Vacation

  • Posted July 19, 2021

Find out what the best things to do in Marco Island are for your next sunny, beachy, fun family vacation.

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Things to Do

5 Best Things to Do in the Everglades for Families

  • Posted July 15, 2021

Check out 5 of the best things to do in the Everglades, from airboat rides to national park tours, for your next Florida family vacation.

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A Latinx groom wearing a black suit and (right) and a caucasian bride with a long train (left) dance with each other in front of a brick facade.

Destination Ideas

Where to Stay for Your Orlando Wedding

  • Posted July 13, 2021

Get insider info on the best place to stay for your Orlando wedding by a newly married bride and soon-to-be mom from Michigan.

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Things to Do

2021 Theme Park Guide for Resort Guests

  • Posted July 9, 2021

Learn about what safety measures the attractions near our resorts are taking with this 2021 theme park safety guide.

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Things to Do

10 Things to Do on Your First New Orleans Vacation

  • Posted July 7, 2021

Check out 10 things to do on your first New Orleans vacation, from must-do tours to classic restaurants and bars — all hand-picked by a born-and-raised local.

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Things to Do

12 Iconic Things You Can (& Should) Do in Vegas Right Now

  • Posted July 5, 2021

Get the inside scoop on the classic things you can do in Vegas right now from Angie, a frequent Vegas visitor who’s sharing her recent trip now that it’s reopened.

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Destination Ideas

3 Stunning Mountain Getaways to Explore This Year

  • Posted June 30, 2021

Check out 3 unique mountain getaway destinations that’ll be the peak of your travels this year, plus tips for choosing between them by someone who’s been to all 3.

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Resort Visits

New Orleans Resort: Should You Book the Standard or Signature Collection Villa?

  • Posted June 28, 2021

Check out one couple’s candid — and highly entertaining — comparison of the standard and Signature Collection one-bedroom villas at New Orleans Resort.

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Destination Ideas

5 Nature-Filled Day Trips from Orlando

  • Posted June 24, 2021

Check out these 5 day trips from Orlando where you’ll find nature all around you, from seeing manatees to swimming in springs to hiking on winding trails.

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