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Find the Best Food in the Big Easy

Learn how to eat (and drink) your way through New Orleans.

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Buildings on Bourbon Street near New Orleans Resort.Buildings on Bourbon Street near New Orleans Resort.

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.

Travel Tips

Is it Better to Travel During the Week or Weekend?

  • Posted February 1, 2022

Find out the benefits of traveling both during the week and the weekend with topics like cost, transportation, activities, lodging and more.

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A man, woman, boy and girl stand wearing Disney apparel in front of Cinderella's Castle in Walt Disney World.

Travel Tips

Walt Disney World Packing List for Kids & Parents [Free, Printable PDF]

  • Posted December 14, 2021

Download and print this handy Walt Disney World packing list to make sure you have everything you need for your family’s best day ever.

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Are you just as obsessed with travel as we are? Find out how to share your great vacation story on this page. And you can always find us on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest, too.

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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

Find out why this mom fell in love with her summer family vacation at this Orlando resort, from its 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 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 family vacations. Sally shares why it’s a hidden gem with big villas, fun 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, fom the direct-access gondola to gorgeous mountain views.

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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

Get 17 tips for planning a multi-family vacation in Orlando, including advice for traveling, going to Walt Disney World Theme Parks 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 Orlando vacation, including safety measures they noticed at Walt Disney World Theme Parks and Orange Lake Resort during COVID-19.

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A mural with animated projection mapping in various colors of purple, orange, yellow and magenta featured in the lobby of our resort in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Resort Visits

All About the Oh-So-Stunning New Orleans Mural at Our Resort

  • Posted January 13, 2021

Learn all about a New Orleans mural that comes alive with bright colors and jazz music at New Orleans Resort. See the inspiration, artist and process behind it.

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Author, Brenda Rivera Stearns' daughter, Victoria, floating along the lazy river in a blue innertube at our South Beach resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Resort Visits

Our Family’s First Trip to Myrtle Beach

  • Posted December 23, 2020

Take a trip to Myrtle Beach with this family of seven! You’ll find out where to stay, 5 family-friendly things to do, planning tips and more.

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