How To Visit Disney World Using Points & Miles

Several years ago, I was introduced to the world of travel rewards. I learned that by getting certain credit cards, I could earn rewards and redeem them to cover our family’s travel expenses. In fact, our very first trip using points and miles was to the Orlando area. We visited Disney World and Universal Studios Orlando on that trip. We earned points with two hotel rewards programs and split our trip up between stays at two area hotels within those programs so we could cover the entire expense with points. We flew Southwest using Rapid Rewards points. Also, we earned enough points to qualify for a Southwest Companion Pass, which helped us save even more money. We rented a vehicle for the week, but I don’t remember if we covered the expense with rewards.

Susie’s Bear Hollow opens at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

I had the distinct pleasure of attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Susie’s Bear Hollow this morning at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. We’re longtime Cleveland Zoological Society members. Spending a day at the Zoo is one of our family’s favorite things to do in Cleveland. I jumped at the chance to see the new state-of-the-art habitat as it opened today. The morning also marked the unveiling of the new AdventureKeys program in partnership with KeyBank. 

Kings Island Halloween Haunt Guide

Kings Island is one of our favorite places to visit during the summer. It has some of our favorite roller coasters, like Orion, and of course, that iconic blue ice cream. In the fall, Kings Island is transformed into a fall and Halloween-themed wonderland for Halloween Haunt and the Tricks and Treats Fall Fest. 

Keep reading to learn more about Halloween Haunt at Kings Island, including what to expect this year, the Tricks and Treats Fall Fest, and where to get tickets. 

Cedar Point 2023: A Complete Guide

Cedar Point has a special place in my heart. Growing up, our family often made the trek to Sandusky, Ohio, no matter where we were living at the time. I also worked there in the summer while in college. Cedar Point will always be “America’s Rollercoast” to me. Use this complete guide to visiting Cedar Point to plan your family’s next visit to the amusement park. 

Cedar Point HalloWeekends Guide

Cedar Point is one of the most entertaining amusement parks on the planet. From roller coasters and thrilling attractions to live entertainment, dining, and overnight accommodations, Cedar Point has it all. 

The park’s fun extends in the fall with HalloWeekends. The annual special event is a favorite among park guests and horror enthusiasts. HalloWeekends offers not-so-scary activities and events for families and more terrifying scares and experiences for older guests. 

Here’s a closer look at what to expect this year during HalloWeekends at Cedar Point Amusement Park. 

Cedar Point 2024 News & Updates

On August 10, 2023, Cedar Point Amusement Park and Cedar Fair announced the reimaged return of one of its most popular roller coasters. Top Thrill 2. The new coaster promises to build on the legacy of fan-favorite coaster Top Thrill Dragster, which was retired in 2022. 

We’re huge Cedar Point fans. I worked at Cedar Point for a summer while in college, and now we’re Cedar Point season passholders. 

Keep reading to learn more about Top Thrill 2 at Cedar Point  

Are Cedar Point Season Passes Worth It?

Every summer, millions of people make their way to Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio.  Cedar Point season passes are a great way to save money on visits to the amusement park. Costs for season passes, however, can seem overwhelming, especially for a family of 6 like mine. Let’s explore the different season pass options offered by Cedar Point to see if they make sense for your family.

Are Kings Island Season Passes Worth It?

ings Island Amusement Park is one of our favorite Ohio spots to visit each year. I have fond memories of annual visits as a child and teen to Kings Island. I’m old enough to remember when Woodstock Express was called the Scooby-Doo roller coaster (then Beastie, followed by Fairly Odd Coaster). 

If you’re a fan of Kings Island or live within driving distance, you may be wondering if season passes are worth the cost. The answer depends on how often you plan to visit the amusement park during the season and how likely you are to take advantage of the benefits that come with a Kings Island season pass.