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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.

A man (left) wears a light grey crewneck sweater next to a woman (right) on a beach in Zandvoort, Netherlands.

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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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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A man wearing a white robe on a green couch (left) holds a glass of champagne in his right hand while pouring the green bottle in this left hand for a woman (right) also wearing a white robe on a purple couch.

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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A man (left) wears a light grey crewneck sweater next to a woman (right) on a beach in Zandvoort, Netherlands.

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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A young boy and his father sit on an orange inner tube in the lazy river in River Island at our Orange Lake resort located in Orlando, FL.

Resort Visits

How to Pick the Perfect Summer Resort for Your Family Vacation

  • Posted June 3, 2021

Find out 5 of the top things to look for when choosing a summer resort to stay at for your next sunny family vacation.

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Resort Visits

6 Reasons to Take a Summer Family Vacation at Orange Lake Resort

  • Posted May 31, 2021

Check out 6 reasons this family fell in love with one of the best resorts in Orlando for summer family vacations, from the lazy river to special activities and more.

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Special Olympic Athlete, Roan Luallen, plays tennis wearing a blue t-shirt and shorts with a safety mask and sunglasses on the courts of our Orange Lake Resort located in Orlando, Florida.

Resort Visits

Every Family is Special: Roan & Sherryll’s Journey with Tennis, Travel & Special Olympics Florida

  • Posted May 19, 2021

Hear Roan and Sherryll’s tennis journey with Special Olympics Florida, including the most recent State Championships in Orlando, their travels together and more.

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Featured Contributor, Sally Butan (back-right) and her family of five enjoy some beverages at a table near the lazy river at our Orange Lake resort located near Orlando, FL.

Resort Visits

Where to Stay in Orlando: A Hidden Gem for Summer Family Vacations

  • Posted April 6, 2021

Check out one of the best places to stay in Orlando for your family vacation. Sally Butan shares why it’s a hidden gem and all about the villas, things to do and more.

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A boy wearing orange snow jacket, pants and white helmet makes his way down a snowy slopes on a snowboard.

Resort Visits

Lake Tahoe Skiing: 8 Reasons Skiers & Snowboarders Love Tahoe Ridge Resort

  • Posted March 19, 2021

Find out 8 reasons people go to Tahoe Ridge Resort for Lake Tahoe skiing adventures. From the direct-access gondola to gorgeous mountain views, you’ll see why guests come back each year.

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Roux rides a white horse on Prince Charming Regal Carrousel at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World® Resort wearing a pink fuzzy jacket and a 'Little Mermaid' face mask.

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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Featured Contributor, Angie Orth (far-right), and her friends hold their putters outside on our mini-golf course.

Resort Visits

How to Plan a Friends Vacation: Our Group Getaway in Orlando

  • Posted February 24, 2021

Learn how to plan a super fun friends vacation with tips and recommendations from Angie (of AngieAway) as she relives her group getaway at Orange Lake Resort.

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Sally Butan (left) of @butanclan and her husband cross the street towards our New Orleans resort with signage that reads, 'Holiday Inn Club Vacations.'

Resort Visits

Virtual Mardi Gras Celebrations: Our New Orleans Resort’s First Fat Tuesday!

  • Posted February 15, 2021

Kick off virtual Mardi Gras celebrations at our New Orleans Resort with a toe-tapping video, stories from our very first guests and more!

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A family walks towards the Susan Constant ship at Jamestown Settlement in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Resort Visits

The Best Place to Stay in Williamsburg, VA: Our Family’s Experience

  • Posted February 1, 2021

Wondering what the best place to stay in Williamsburg, VA, is? Read about one family of six’s resort stay, including room features, activities and things to do.

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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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