April 22, 2017

Great Wolf Lodge Groupon Discount – as low as $119/night

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If you’ve been waiting for a discount on the Great Wolf Lodge – it’s back on Groupon!  See all Great Wolf Lodge offers here – discounts available nationwide. Prices vary by location and the type of package that you select. Some locations are as low as $119/night.

For those of you in Washington, here is a discount for the Great Wolf Lodge – Grand Mound location. You can choose from FOUR options for the Grand Mound, Washington – as low as $159/night with a one-night minimum.   See all Grand Mound options here.

Make sure and read the fine print on the offer to make sure that it works for you!

What You Get

  • Stay for six in a Family Suite, Wolf Den Suite, or KidKamp Suite, seven in a KidCabin Suite, or eight in a Grand Bear Suite
  • Daily water park wristbands for each registered guest up to maximum occupants per room type
  • Select options include $50 dining credit per night, valid at any onsite restaurant (dining credit not included with Family Suite option)
  • May have the maximum number of guests in room option purchased for no additional fee
  • Dates into July

Policies and Fees

  • Reservations: Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased.
  • Cancellation policy: 4-day cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable.
  • Additional fees: $29.99 daily resort fee plus tax added at purchase.
  • Rates may vary by date and are subject to availability.

No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate; no refunds, rescheduling, or rebooking allowed.

See all Great Wolf Lodge discounts here

April 17, 2017

FREE admission to National Parks next weekend, April 22 – 23

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National Parks FREE Day – April 22 – 23

Save the dates! Next weekend, more than 100 national parks are waiving the entrance fees for National Parks week! Go to the National Park Service website for a list of participating parks. The National Park Service also has an easy-to-use directory of parks by name, location, activity and topic.

Entrance fees to National Parks will be waived again the weekend of August 25 for the National Park Service birthday. Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included.

  • August 25: National Park Service Birthday
  • September 30: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend

If you love the outdoors, check out The Clymb, it’s a great Northwest daily deal site featuring all outdoor equipment, clothing and more at great prices. REI Outlet is also one of my favorites.

April 15, 2017

FREE admission to National Parks this weekend, April 15 – 16

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National Parks FREE Day – April 15 – 16

This weekend, more than 100 national parks are waiving the entrance fees for National Parks week! Go to the National Park Service website for a list of participating parks. The National Park Service also has an easy-to-use directory of parks by name, location, activity and topic.

Entrance fees to National Parks will be waived again next weekend, also for National Park Week. Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included.

  • April 15-16 and 22-23: Weekends of National Park Week
  • August 25: National Park Service Birthday
  • September 30: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend

If you love the outdoors, check out The Clymb, it’s a great Northwest daily deal site featuring all outdoor equipment, clothing and more at great prices. REI Outlet is also one of my favorites.

April 9, 2017

FREE admission to National Parks next weekend, April 15 – 16

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National Parks FREE Day – April 15 – 16

Save the Date! Next weekend, more than 100 national parks are waiving the entrance fees for National Parks week! Go to the National Park Service website for a list of participating parks. The National Park Service also has an easy-to-use directory of parks by name, location, activity and topic.

Entrance fees to National Parks will be waived again the weekend of April 22 – 23, also for National Park Week. Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included.

  • April 15-16 and 22-23: Weekends of National Park Week
  • August 25: National Park Service Birthday
  • September 30: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend

If you love the outdoors, check out The Clymb, it’s a great Northwest daily deal site featuring all outdoor equipment, clothing and more at great prices. REI Outlet is also one of my favorites.

March 26, 2017

Visiting Disney Parks in Summer? You MUST Read This First!

Visiting Disney Parks in Summer? You MUST Read This First!

If you have kids in school (or if you are a teacher!), summer may be one of the only times you can take a vacation. This doesn’t change things much when your destination is a beach or a national park. When it comes to Disney theme park destinations, however, this can be a bit intimidating. You might have heard about the heat and the crowds, and while those are very real factors, you CAN have an amazing summer vacation with the right kind of plans and know how! Don’t let the fear stop you from finally taking that Disney family vacation!

First of all, let’s talk crowds. Yes, a lot of people go to Disney World or Disneyland in the summer. That’s because they’re just like you and this is the easiest time for them to travel with their kids. Not all summer weeks are created equal, though. Because some schools get out later than others and some schools start their school year earlier than others, the more crowded weeks lay in the middle. If you have the luck of a later starting school, the last two weeks of August typically bring lower crowds to the parks than the others. (And, as a bonus, these also often price out lower as well!)

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Heat is another factor a lot of people worry about. Summer is, of course, the hottest time of year, but this doesn’t mean you need to just give up and plan to melt all day long. There are a couple of ways to help you stay cool:

  • Plan on starting your day early.
  • Arrive to the parks before they open so you can get a jump start on the fun while the temperatures are lowest.
  • Bring along self-cooling towels or a misting fan to cool you down as the temperatures rise.
  • Bring along plenty of sunblock – you won’t want to buy it in the parks! And a sunburn will really put a damper on your fun.
  • Stay hydrated! Drink lots of water, these kid’s CamelBak backpacks are great!
  • Plan to exit the parks after lunch to get out of the mid-day high heats and chill in your resort pool or take a quick nap in your air conditioned room. Then, head back into the parks as the sun starts to lower and the temperature starts to drop.

Along with that famous summer heat, if Disney World is your destination, afternoon thunder storms are common. This doesn’t have to detract from your plans. If you are heading back to your resort as discussed above, you’ll generally not be in the parks during these rain showers anyway. But if you get caught in a quick storm, being prepared means you get to go on having fun while everyone else scrambles for cover! Pack small, disposable ponchos with you! These ponchos, which can be found in the camping section in most stores, fold up incredible small so easily fit in a purse or backpack. If it starts to rain, throw it on and continue your day without batting an eye!

And what about lines? Yes, it’s true, the wait times can get very, very long on a summer day. Arriving early to beat the heat also places you at an advantage for lines, but only if you know how to use it. This takes planning ahead to figure out where to go when, to avoid arriving at rides at their peak wait times. You will want to consider how FastPasses work (different for Disneyland vs Disney World) and how best to take advantage of them. Having a well laid ride plan will drastically minimize your wait time. (Not sure how to do that? Hire a Disney expert to do that for you!)

If summer is your family vacation time, the Disney Parks are still a wonderful option for you! When you’ve got a fun plan to work with the heat, avoid the crowds as much as possible and navigate those lines, you’ll have the amazing adventure you’ve been hoping for!

Ready to learn more about any of these options? Visit our website to connect with us for more information!

sabrina-enchanted-travelerThis post was written by Sabrina Tinius, a specialist in planning Disney vacations for families who want less stress and more time making memories that last a lifetime. 

Through her in depth destination knowledge, park touring strategies and incredibly detailed planning, Sabrina is here to help you have a more enjoyable Disney vacation — while saving you tons of time and stress. And when she’s not busy crafting amazing Disney vacations, you can find her hanging out with her two awesome kids, taking family vacations of her own, and occasionally baking up a storm in her Seattle area kitchen. 

Meet Sabrina and get ready to experience just how amazing a well planned Disney vacation can be at www.theenchantedtraveler.com.

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February 26, 2017

Which Disney Vacation is Right for You? Let’s discuss!

Which Disney Vacation is Right for You?

Perhaps you know you want to go on a Disney vacation but you just aren’t sure which Disney property or vacation is best for you. Maybe you have already visited one of the theme parks, or maybe this is your first Disney vacation with the family. Either way, there are a lot of options for a magical vacation, and here are some tips for finding the vacation for your needs and wants. . .

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Where the magic began! A lot of families in the west half of the country start with Disneyland. A smaller park, it often feels more doable to first time families, and for those on the West Coast it’s certainly easier to get to. Disneyland Resort is made up of two theme parks: Disneyland and California Adventure. Situated right across from each other, this destination makes it easy to stay and play, with no transportation needed. There’s fun for all ages in both parks, and the Southern California location means that it’s easy to add some days at a nearby beach or in San Diego for more attractions such as SeaWorld.

Families who have visited Walt Disney World in the past might wonder if it’s worth a trip to what they perceive to be a much smaller theme park. While it’s true that it’s smaller, it’s also incredibly charming and big Disney fans will love the history and the feeling of being where it all began!

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February 20, 2017

FREE admission to National Parks today, February 20

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National Parks FREE Day – February 20

Today more than 100 national parks are waiving the entrance fees today for Presidents’ Day! Go to the National Park Service website for a list of participating parks. The National Park Service also has an easy-to-use directory of parks by name, location, activity and topic.

Entrance fees to National Parks will be waived again April 15 – 16 for National Park Week. Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included.

  • April 15-16 and 22-23: Weekends of National Park Week
  • August 25: National Park Service Birthday
  • September 30: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend

If you love the outdoors, check out The Clymb, it’s a great Northwest daily deal site featuring all outdoor equipment, clothing and more at great prices. REI Outlet is also one of my favorites.

February 18, 2017

Northwest Trek – FREE kids admission with adult, This weekend!

FREE KIDS N’ CRITTERS EVENT

This weekend, February 18 – 20, Northwest Trek is hosting Kids n Critters – with FREE admission for up to 4 kids (ages 12 and under) per paying adult or senior. Guests can join a kid-friendly, 30-minute Discovery Tram Tour to spy on moose, bison, elk, and other herd animals roaming freely through a 435-acre natural habitat.

In the past, they’ve also offered FREE activities, crafts, and special trailside encounters. Are you planning to head to this event?

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