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This blog is the 3rd in a series of blogs that I will be posting over the next few weeks on how to make the most of a trip to Disneyland in California. The lines just to get into Disneyland can be quite daunting. Do not let your day getting started on the wrong foot. Here is a video to get you started:

Tip#1- Bag Check- Disneyland has a security check before you enter the main promenade between the two parks (Disneyland and California Adventures). Regardless of whether you are passing thru, returning from earlier in the day, or visiting one of the two parks, you will have to go thru security and have all your bags, and strollers inspected. Don’t worry, this is not as bad as the airport security! J But to make your pass thru easier and quicker you should have all your zipper pockets open and ready for inspection. This includes lunch boxes, water back packs, purses, camera bags, basically anything you are carrying will be inspected. If you are traveling with a stroller make sure not to have a bunch of bugs stuffed underneath. They will ask you to remove them and allow them to inspect them. The easier you make it for the security guards, the easier and quicker you will be able to get finished and on with your day. Side note: If you are traveling without bags, there is usually a line to one side for those individuals, keep an eye out for this shortcut if you are traveling light! J

Tip#2- Ticket Lines- Tickets at the park are always more expensive and who wants to wait in line at the beginning of your day. Consider purchasing your tickets online (and printing them) or at your resort. This will save you time and almost always save you money! Don’t worry, any tickets printed online will be swapped out quickly at the main gain turnstiles when you arrive into a regular ticket.

Tip#3- Main Gate Lines- Especially around opening time, these lines can look horrendous. Don’t worry, they usually move quite quickly. However, to save a little time watch for lines that have both gates open and both turnstiles in use, also the lines further away from you may very well be shorter. Also look for lines with the least amount of strollers. Since strollers have to go through the center of the turnstiles (little gate), there can sometimes be delays in this process.  So take a look at the lines and do quick strategizing as to what line would make the most sense.

I hope these tips help you to make the most of your Disneyland trip. Please check back on my blog for future tips on how to create the best vacation at the Happiest Place On Earth! If you have any questions about planning a trip to Disneyland or would like to leave a comment, please use the comment section below.

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This blog is the 2nd in a series of blogs that I will be posting over the next few weeks on how to make the most of a trip to Disneyland in California. One of the most frustrating things I have come across is walking all the way across the park to the next attraction on your list to find out that it is close due to technical difficulties or the lines are 2+ hours long (which I won’t wait that long for any ride)! However, there are several ways you can check on attraction statuses and wait times.  Here is a video to get you started:

If you don’t have a smartphone App such as “DL Waits”, you can always utilize Disney’s status board. This board is located at the end of Main Street on the left hand side towards the entrance to Adventure Land. This board will list the status (closed for refurbishment, or technical difficulties) and the wait times for all the major attractions. Of course the smartphone App is usually going to be the most convenient if you are not near the board; however I have found that the board is going to be the most accurate. In addition, a great benefit of going to the board is that there are always outstanding casts members stationed at this board to help you with directions or any questions you might have at the park (including what times and locations your favorite characters will be making an appearance)! So next time you are visiting Disneyland make sure to check out the board and visit the cast members in order to plan for a fantastic day at the park.

I hope these tips help you to make the most of your Disneyland trip. Please check back on my blog for future tips on how to create the best vacation at the Happiest Place On Earth! If you have any questions about planning a trip to Disneyland or would like to leave a comment, please use the comment section below.

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This blog is the 1st in a series of blogs that I will be posting over the next few weeks on how to make the most of a trip to Disneyland in California. One of the best ways to make the most of your Disneyland vacation is to take advantage of Disney’s FastPass Service. Here is a video to get you started:

Getting a FastPass is easy! First you need to take a look at the Disneyland attraction map and find out which rides offer the FastPass service. Then pick your favorite, head to that ride and find the FastPass Distribution. You take your park entry ticket, slide it into the scanner at the distribution site and a FastPass ticket will be issued to you. This ticket will have a 1 hour time period for you to return during. When you return to the ride during your allotted time, you will then take the FastPass Return line that in most cases should take you almost to the front of the line, drastically reducing your wait time.

One important thing to note is that you can generally only have one FastPass ticket at a time. However there is an exception to this. If you have a FastPass return time that is greater than 2 hours from the time it was issued, you can then obtain another FastPass after the 2 hours have expired. On the bottom of your FastPass ticket it will tell you the time that your next FastPass would be available! Also note, you must have a FastPass ticket for all the members of your party. We usually have one person in our party who carries all of our park tickets together. That person is then the disignated person to obtain our FastPasses throughout that day. However, if you plan on splitting up, keep this in mind so that you can all enjoy the rides together if you so choose to.

I hope these tips help you to make the most of your Disneyland trip. Please check back on my blog for future tips on how to create the best vacation at the Happiest Place On Earth! If you have any questions about planning a trip to Disneyland or would like to leave a comment, please use the comment section below.

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Renting a car can be one of your largest expenses when traveling, but it doesn’t have to be. Many times people think that once they have reserved a car that is the best they are going to get. By being an involved planner in your trips whether it is for business or personal, you can save lots of money by just know a few tips and investing a little extra time.

Myth #1- The “one stop shop” sites will give me the lowest prices available on the internet!

What I am referring to when I say the “one stop shop” sites are websites such as travel.yahoo.com or even southwest.com. These are a great way to start your search but don’t expect them to have the cheapest price. I usually start with one of these sites and then based on that outcome I go to the individual car rental sites. I have saved hundreds of dollars on a single trip by checking the actual sites to compare. Dollar Rental Car is a company I see the most differences. On the “one stop shop” sites they will have their current price, but often when you go to their individual site you will find an option to check “city specials”, these usual can save anywhere from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars as I have found.

Myth #2- I can’t use a corporate code or a discount code without actually having an actual coupon!

There are many websites out there that offer discount code. The one I use most often is retailmenot.com. If you play around with different code combinations you can save big. Also, most companies have discount codes established with various companies for use not only for business travel but also personal travel. Check out your employee discounts page if available.

Myth #3- Once a make a reservation I can’t take advantage of future lower prices!

With most car reservations, they are almost all cancellable with no fees. This is a great benefit, don’t pass it up. I generally check any future reservations once a week from when I originally booked it to when it is actually for. This way I can take advantage of price reductions that occur as demand fluctuations for my destination change. One rule of thumb though is always have something booked, that way if prices start to climb you are already locked into a rate.

These three tips have been the most effective for me when searching for the best price on rental cars for all my trips. I hope that you have the same success I have with saving money when travelling.

If you have any questions, comments, or tips you would like to share, please use the comment section below.

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Every day I take a look at what I am doing and ask myself, is there a better way to do this? Technology is allowing improvements in our everyday life, it just takes a little time upfront to find and use these improvements effectively and efficiently. One of the more common current technological advances that if used appropriately and consistently are various apps available on smart phones. Please do not confuse time savings discussed below with the time sucking apps also available, such as Angry Birds and other popular games! 🙂 As I have mentioned in my first blog, if you can find efficiencies in one part of your life, it will leave time for other interests you may have (like finding out how to beat level 1 of Carnival Upheaval in Angry Birds Rio, one of my most time sucking apps, but hey its FUN!)

This blog is a continuation of a blog I wrote earlier in January 2012. I came across a great travel app that I wanted to expand upon. It is the app called TripIt and is one of the easiest ways to not only build your travel itinerary, but to have all your information at the click of a button. TripIt makes it easy to organize trip details and build travel itineraries across multiple travel sites. It also automatically includes tools to get maps, directions, and weather as well as  options to book restaurants, theatre tickets, activities, and more through the travel itinerary.

Below is a brief video overview of how TripIt works and how it can help you have a successful, rewarding, and more relaxing trip.

Another great thing is you can currently get TripIt for FREE, TripIt Pro for $39/year, $ TripIt Business for $29/month. It is available on Apple, Android, and Desktop. For more information on TripIt please visit www.tripit.com!

I will continue in the future to pass on any additional items that I either stumble across or are referred to that will help you create an effective and efficient life! If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future topics, please send me a comment below! 🙂

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