Is Our Top Hotel Near Disneyland Still #1?

In the last decade-plus, we have stayed at over 65 hotels near Disneyland and Disney California. First as tourists on trips, then as SoCal locals wanting to field test accommodations, then childeless millennial tourists again, and finally as parents living in Orange County. We’ve stayed at everything from sketchy motels to family suites to luxury

2024 Disney World Refurbishment Calendar

This Walt Disney World ride refurbishment calendar lists the closure schedule for 2024 and 2025 at Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios & Animal Kingdom. Attractions close for routine maintenance, safety upgrades, improvements, and reimaginings. (Updated May 27, 2024.) While no one wants attraction downtime during their trip to Walt Disney World, refurbishments are necessary to

Best Shoes for Disney World

Finding the best shoes for Walt Disney World and Disneyland is difficult. In our pursuit of perfection, we’ve learned that there’s no one-size-fits-all ‘favorite’ footwear. Nevertheless, we’ve gained tons of experience and worn out dozens of soles at the parks and share our findings with you here. (Updated May 26, 2024.) Again, there is no

What Went Wrong with Disney’s Star Wars Hotel?

One year ago this week, Walt Disney World made the surprise announcement that it would be permanently closing Galactic Starcruiser, its “Star Wars hotel.” This came amidst struggles filling ‘voyages’ despite discounting, but was nevertheless surprising that it happened so fast. The closure of Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser itself was not a shock–we predicted that