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

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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.

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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Travel Tips

What Are Vaccine Passports? Everything We Know So Far About Future Travel, Safety & New Health Technology

  • Posted April 9, 2021

Learn what we know about “vaccine passports” so far, including research on what they are, how they’d work, safety, how they might impact future travel plans and more.

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Things to Do

2021 Theme Park Guide for Resort Guests

  • Posted April 8, 2021

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

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Featured Contributor, Sally Butan's husband holds their son, Alston, in the pool 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 young boy wearing a white long sleeve shirt plays with a toy airplane in front of an airport window near the runway with a white airplane.

Travel Tips

6 Tips for Traveling with Children with Autism

  • Posted April 2, 2021

Learn 6 tips for traveling with children with autism from Eileen, Alicia and Ninka—all moms sharing travel advice based on their own experiences with their children who have autism.

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Featured Contributor, Danny Pitaluga, wears sunglasses and swim trunks while sitting in a yellow beach wheelchair on the sand as waves roll in.

Travel Tips

How to Plan a Wheelchair-Friendly Beach Trip

  • Posted March 30, 2021

Learn top tips for planning a wheelchair-friendly beach trip, including what to pack, getting onto the beach and more, from Danny of @accessiblevacations.

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Featured Contributor, Jessica Averett's family walk a trail near Glacier Lake at Glacier National Park.

Destination Ideas

7 Best National Parks for a Summer Family Vacation

  • Posted March 24, 2021

Plan your summer family vacation with this list of the best national parks to visit in the summertime. From the northwest to the Atlantic coast, you’ll discover outdoor fun for the whole family.

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Featured Contributor, Amanda Nall (middle) poses with her two friends on the beach near our Galveston Beach Resort in Galveston, Tx.

Destination Ideas

Galveston Weekend Getaway: All About Our Girls’ Trip

  • Posted March 22, 2021

Find out how to have the ultimate Galveston weekend getaway as Amanda shares all about her girls’ trip, including things to do in the area, where to stay and more.

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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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Featured Contributor, Melody Forsyth (left), backpacks with her daughter, Ruby (right), as they touch some rock formations.

Travel Tips

3 Tips for Traveling with Kids with Down Syndrome: Melody & Ruby’s Story

  • Posted March 18, 2021

Get helpful family tips for traveling with kids with Down syndrome, as one mom shares her story and advice for vacationing with a child with special needs.

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Featured Member, Sara Perezes husband poses with their four children outdoors.

Member Memories

Is a Timeshare Right for Your Family?

  • Posted March 16, 2021

Get answers to frequently asked timeshare questions, like “Is a timeshare right for my family?” and more from a timeshare owner and military mom of four.

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Featured Contributor, Jennifer C. Harmon (left) and her two girlfriends wear hiking boots as their feet sit near the top of a waterfall.

Things to Do

Gatlinburg Girls Trip: 9 Things to Do on Your Weekend Getaway

  • Posted March 10, 2021

Check out these top things to do on your Gatlinburg girls’ trip, including hiking, outdoor adventures and places to get the best grub with your crew.

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Featured Contributor, Ashlyn George, stands with a horse in front of the Canadian mountain range.

Travel Tips

Solo Travel for Women: 8 Empowering Tips for Safe & Amazing Vacations

  • Posted March 8, 2021

Read 8 safety tips about solo travel for women from an expert traveler. Ashlyn shares must-read advice, personal stories and more for any woman planning a solo trip.

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