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Hear from a first-timer about all the fun you can have right on-site.

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Welcome to Checking In

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.

Resort Visits

17 Tips for Planning a Multi-Family Vacation: Our Trip to Disney World

  • Posted March 4, 2021

Check out these multi-family vacation ideas for planning a big family getaway in Orlando. You’ll get 17 tips on traveling, going to Disney and deciding where to stay.

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Resort Visits

Our Orlando Vacation: How to Have a Safe & Fun Disney Trip

  • Posted January 25, 2021

Read about one family’s recent Disney and Orlando vacation, including all the safety measures they noticed at Walt Disney World Theme Parks and Orange Lake Resort.

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Ashley and her boyfriend at Yellowstone

Travel Tips

National Park Trips: Best Family-Friendly Tips by Park

  • Posted September 7, 2020

Get tips and advice for your national park trips. You’ll discover top recommendations for 21 parks, so you can have the best outdoor family adventure.

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Angelica's son hiking through a wooded nature trail with his backpack on.

Travel Tips

Homeschooling While Traveling: 8 Ways to Keep Learning on the Go

  • Posted September 1, 2020

Learn one mom’s top 8 tips for homeschooling while traveling. You’ll unlock a whole new world of learning on the road and having travel adventures.

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Family sitting near the pool at Orange Lake Resort in Orlando, FL

Resort Visits

How to Pack Up the Whole Family for a Cross-Country Vacation

  • Posted September 1, 2020

Learn how to pack up your family for a cross-country vacation as one mom offers tips on “packing smarter” and describes her family-of-five’s trip to Orlando.

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Destination Ideas

Hikes & Bites: 6 Favorite Vacation Treks & Post-Hike Places to Eat

  • Posted August 31, 2020

Hiking on vacation is good, but enjoying amazing food and drinks afterwards is great. Check out these 6 favorite trails and local places to eat and drink.

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Denise Godreau and her husband CJ taking a selfie on Tigertail Beach in Marco Island, Florida.

Things to Do

Marco Island Couples’ Getaway: 5 Ways to Enjoy Your Trip

  • Posted August 30, 2020

Check out 5 ways you can truly enjoy your Marco Island couples’ getaway with things to do, personal recommendations and more.

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Cape Canaveral Beach sandy beach walkway with grass on the sides and a sunset overlooking the water in the distance.

Member Memories

What Are the Best Beaches in Florida?

  • Posted August 29, 2020

Discover 18 of the best beaches in Florida recommended by real people. Spoiler: They’re all great choices for your next sunny beach getaway.

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Pathway surrounded by lush greenery at Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Hobe Sound, Florida.

Travel Tips

6 Tips for Your Next State Park Trip

  • Posted August 28, 2020

Learn 6 state park tips and tricks for your next family adventure in the great outdoors. You’ll find out how to stay safe, what to pack and more.

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Aerial view of the Smoky Mountains

Destination Ideas

Top 5 Day Trips from Gatlinburg

  • Posted August 27, 2020

Check out these five day trips from Gatlinburg to discover a Great Smoky Mountains world of waterfalls, hiking expeditions and even a walk through the clouds.

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Kayak in the river surrounded by plant life

Things to Do

12 Things to Do in Central Florida Right Now (That Aren’t Theme Parks)

  • Posted August 26, 2020

Check out these 12 family-friendly Central Florida day trip ideas. Between beaches, kayaking and state parks, there’s plenty to do beyond Orlando’s theme parks.

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Resort Visits

A Special Inside Look at Our New Resort in New Orleans

  • Posted August 24, 2020

Get a special inside peek at what our brand-new New Orleans Resort looks like before your stay, including historic details, villa décor, interior design and more.

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Aesky holding her baby in the air next to a pool

Virtual Vacations

5 Spotify Playlists to Keep You Dreaming of Your Next Vacation

  • Posted August 23, 2020

Get into that vacay mode mindset by checking out to these five getaway-inspired Spotify playlists.

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Two glasses of Melon Margaritas sit on a wooden plank table in front of a watermelon wedge.

Virtual Vacations

Tried-and-Texan-True Hill Country Resort Recipes

  • Posted August 22, 2020

If you’re looking for some Tex Mex dinner and drink recipes, check out these three mouthwatering specialties from our Hill Country Resort in Canyon Lake, Texas.

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