As voted by Trekaroo families, here are the Reviews of the Day from back in the day to today.
Located across the street from the beach and in the heart of all that wonderful gallery-meets-surfer action downtown Laguna Beach has to offer, The Holiday Inn has a wonderful boutique vibe. My family had the pleasure of staying at this 54-room property on a perfect 80-degree weekend in November. We were greeted by friendly and welcoming staff, who pointed us to a refreshment area where coffee, tea, water, soda, lemonade, and freshly popped popcorn were available at any time. I was also informed that if I left any toiletry essentials at home, the hotel would be happy to provide them from the front desk. Well the staff must have read my mind because I had forgotten toothpaste and they happily offered me a travel-size tube.
My family stayed in one of the property's suites. The two-room suite featured a large living area with a pull-out couch ,flat screen television fridge, microwave, and fireplace. The other room housed a king-size bed, flat screen television, and connected to a large bathroom with a jetted tub. All in all, the suite was spacious and suited our family of four perfectly.
Everyone knows that the most key hotel feature to any kid is the pool and Holiday Inn Laguna Beach has a lovely heated pool in its beautiful Mediterranean-style courtyard. My kids had a blast splashing around in the heated pool while I enjoyed the soaking up the scenery from the comfort of my lounge chair.
One of the biggest perks of staying in the Holiday Inn Laguna Beach is its location. The inn is located directly across the street from the beach, right on the main drag, PCH. A Ralphs grocery store is located next door which is super convenient for picnic supply runs or grabbing a bottle of wine to enjoy once the kids go to bed. Art galleries are located just steps away, as are a multitude of dining options. Main Beach, Laguna Beach's main hub of activity, is only a couple blocks away and be accessed via a gallery stroll down the street or scenic walk on the beach. During the weekends, a free trolley takes visitors up and down PCH and a trolley stop is located right next to the Holiday Inn, making transportation a breeze.
Bottom Line: I definitely recommend this property to families. The great location combined with a clean, comfortable, and intimate atmosphere are a winning combination.
Disclosure: My family received a complimentary two night stay at Holiday Inn Laguna Beach for the purposes of an unbiased review. All opinions are my own.
I love Space Mountain; one of my all-time-favorite rides at Disneyland, I can get a bit finicky when changes are made to my childhood memories. But the masterful blend of Space Mountain into Hyperspace Mountain, combing an exciting, action-packed X-Wing/TIE fighter battle with the classic ride, was absolutely brilliant.
I actually liked it better than the original ride!!
I am hoping that this "layover" of Star Wars into Space Mountain stays for a while, or at least returns on a seasonal basis, because this Disney fan is in love.
Disclosure: I rode this ride before it opened at a media preview. I was not required to state any particular view.
On our way to Tennessee my family and I made a quick, fun Overnight stop at the Cordele KOA. My boys, ages 10 and 7, wanted to go camping but I enjoy heat and A/C so we comprised by renting a rustic KOA cabin.
We arrived late for check-in so our key and campground instructions were taped to the front office door for us. The outside cabin light was on which made finding it at night a breeze! We rented one of the two cabins available. It was the perfect size foe my family of four. It came with a queen queen bed queen bed and queen bed and one bunk bed. The bathrooms and the campground were very clean. The boys were able to enjoy their campfire, playing in the woods and such and I enjoyed my heater!
I recommend this campsite for an overnight stay.
We recently moved to Maryland from the San Francisco Bay Area. After multiple trips to both the San Francisco Zoo and Oakland Zoo, the National Zoo is impressive. It has different animals than we are used to seeing at our California zoos - which is fun for both me and the kids.
It may have been the time of day that we visited (10-noon) but it seemed that everywhere we looked animals were visible and active. This wasn't because the enclosures were small; the animals we saw just seemed to be happily moving about.
The food inside the zoo is your average zoo/children's museum fare - avoid it if possible.
This is a very hilly zoo, and if you arrive via metro, you'll be doing a lot of walking. My active 4 year old wanted to be carried back to the metro station - and he walks a full day at Disneyland. Make sure you arrive via the Cleveland Park station and leave via the Woodley Park Zoo station.
We enjoyed ZooLights during members week this year. During members week, members get free parking (if they normally get free parking), 4 carousel tickets, and 4 tubing tickets.
There are lights decorating the main walkway from the very top entrance of the zoo by Connecticut Ave to the bottom entrance by Rock Creek Pkwy. The Small Mammal, Great Apes and Reptile Houses were open. It was fun to see the nocturnal small mammals out playing and the gorillas asleep. The American and Asian Trail sections are closed off.
The café down at the bottom of the hill is open serving both it's normal menu and holiday treats.
Considering that the lights are completely free (once you've parked), this is really a great event.
Space Mountain has long been my favorite ride at Disneyland so I was a bit wary when I heard it had been transformed into Hyperspace Mountain in celebration of the Season of the Force at Disneyland. My apprehension for naught! The ride is awesome! The normal Space Mountain experienced has been enhanced with a Star Wars theme and it is so cool to watch ship zoom around and fight one another in the skies as you are whizzing down the mountain. The ride actually does feel darker and faster than the original. I am guessing that is because the rider is concentrating on the Star Wars action going on around them. I loved it so much, I rode it twice and can't wait to go back and ride it again. I imagine this ride will be extremely popular so I highly suggest grabbing a FastPass early in the day. You definitely don't want to miss it!
Disclosure: I rode Hyperspace Mountain during the media preview of the Season of the Force at Disneyland. All opinions are strictly my own.