Top Theme Parks

Welcome to our Theme Parks page!

Are you planning a trip to Disney, Universal, LEGOLAND or another big theme park? Lucky you!

Theme parks can be dazzling places where your family will make happy memories for a lifetime, but crowds and costs can be real downers. Knowing what to expect and going with a plan are the keys to success.

We have a LOT of theme parks posts. You can scroll through the page to see them all, or click on one of these links to jump to the section you want.



Anaheim, California

Are you headed to Disneyland this fall? We've got the scoop on everything new for Halloween this year | | Southern California | Mickey's Halloween Party | family vacation ideas | travel | Disney tips and tricks

What’s NEW at Disneyland for Halloween 2017

Step-by-step guide to Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland in California | | October travel | fall | family vacation | Southern California

Mickey’s Halloween Party

When and how to use MaxPass at Disneyland. Is this new feature worthwhile for your family? | | California | Disney tips and tricks | Disney on a budget

Tips for Disneyland’s NEW MaxPass

How to celebrate the holidays at Disneyland | | Christmas vacation | winter break | Disney tips and tricks | family vacation ideas

Holidays at Disneyland

5 MUST HAVE Disneyland tips for your first visit. Find out where to stay, how to get around and whether you should pay for the Park Hopper pass | | Southern California | Anaheim | summer vacation | spring break

5 Disneyland tips for first-timers

What the NEW digital FASTPASS at Disneyland means to you | | Disney tips and tricks | Southern California

Tips for the NEW Digital FASTPASS

Don't put off your Disney trip because your children are young! There are lots of ways for families with young children can make lasting memories at Disneyland. Tips for visiting Disneyland with young children | | Southern California | Disneyland with infants, toddlers, babies | family vacation

Tips for visiting Disneyland with young children

Five rookie mistakes to AVOID at Disneyland | | Disney tips | spring break | travel | Southern California

5 rookie mistakes to AVOID at Disneyland

The BEST rides at Disneyland - and how to get on them without waiting in long lines! | | California | family vacation | Disney tips and tricks | Anaheim | summer vacation | spring break

Disneyland’s BEST rides

Best rides at Disney's California Adventure (and how to get on them FAST!) | | Disneyland | Cars Land | Disney tips and tricks | Southern California | Anaheim | family travel | spring break

Best rides at Disney’s California Adventure

Everything you need to know about the Disneyland app | | Disney tips and tricks | Disneyland characters | Disneyland wait times | Southern California | California Adventure | vacation ideas | family travel

Tips for the Disneyland Mobile App

10 MUST HAVE items for your Disneyland Packing List. Plus FREE printable packing list! | | Disney | what to pack | what to wear at Disneyland | packing | checklist | what to take

10 MUST HAVE items for your Disneyland Packing List

Use this ONE simple trick to avoid crowds at Disneyland any time of year! | | family vacation | Disneyland hacks | Disneyland tips and tricks

Tips for making the Disneyland calendar work for you

Tips for getting into the NEW Frozen show at Disneyland! You won't want to miss this Broadway quality musical. | | Frozen Live at the Hyperion

Tips for getting into the new Frozen show at Disneyland

Everything you need to know about the Grand Californian Hotel at Disneyland | | luxury | family vacation

Resort review: Disney’s Grand Californian

Review of Anaheim Hilton Garden Inn for families |

Hotel Review: Anaheim Hilton Garden Inn

Hotel Review: Holiday Inn Buena Park

FREE minibook: 6 SECRETS to Short Lines at Disneyland. It's available only to Tips for Family Trips subscribers |

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Universal Studios Hollywood

Los Angeles, California

5 family-tested tips for Universal Studios Hollywood | | things to do in Los Angeles | Southern California | Harry Potter ride | studio tour | family vacation | travel

Universal Studios Hollywood

Looking for tips for visiting the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood? We've got them! | | summer vacation| California | spring break | summer vacation

Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood

Our family-tested review of Sheraton Universal Hotel | | Universal Studios Hollywood | Wizarding World of Harry Potter | Los Angeles hotel | Spring Break Ideas | Family Vacation

Hotel Review: Sheraton Universal Hotel

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LEGOLAND California

Carlsbad, California

11 tips for visiting LEGOLAND California |

Tips for LEGOLAND California

Have questions about LEGOLAND Water Park at LEGOLAND California? We have answers. Here is everything you need to know to have a great day | | Carlsbad | San Diego | summer vacation | travel | spring break


SEA LIFE Aquarium at LEGOLAND California

6 tips and tricks for a great night at Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND California | Halloween events for kids | October | San Diego Halloween events | Fall Break


Our review of Homewood Suites by Hilton in Carlsbad, California. This hotel is a good choice for families planning a trip to LEGOLAND California! | | San Diego | Spring Break | Summer Vacation | hotels near Camp Pendleton | carlsbad ca

Hotel Review: Homewood Suites, Carlsbad

7 reasons we love the West Inn and Suites | | legoland hotel | san diego hotel | carlsbad hotel

Hotel Review: West Inn and Suites

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More top theme parks in Southern California

Should you visit SeaWorld San Diego? Tips for families at SeaWorld San Diego | | vacation ideas | family travel | California | Southern California

SeaWorld San Diego

Top tips for families at Knott's Berry Farm in Southern California | | best rides | near Disneyland | Buena Park | Orange County | spring break | family travel

Knott’s Berry Farm

Tips for taking a Warner Bros. Studio Tour with kids | | Hollywood | California | things to do in Los Angeles | travel | vacation with teens

Warner Bros. Studio Tour


Walt Disney World

Orlando, Florida

Tips for your FIRST Walt Disney World Trip. We've got tips for what to do, where to stay, Park Hopping, FastPass+ and MagicBands! | | Orlando, Florida | family vacation | summer vacation | spring break | Fast Pass | Disney hotels | Disney tips and tricks | Disney attractions | Disney tickets |

Tips for your FIRST Walt Disney World trip

Tips for visiting Walt Disney World on a budget | | Orlando, Florida | Disney tips and tricks | cheap Disney | summer vacation | spring break | family vacation | Disney World deals and packages

Tips for doing Walt Disney World on a budget

Disney dining on a budget. How we take 5 kids to Walt Disney World and save enough on food to splurge on a character breakfast at the end! |

Disney Dining on a Budget

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Universal Orlando Resort

Orlando, Florida

Coming soon! We’ll be visiting in October 2017.

SeaWorld Parks

Orlando and Tampa Bay, Florida

5 tips for making the most of your day at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay with young children | | family travel | summer vacation | spring break | Florida | vacation ideas

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

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Visit our Disney Parks page! We have loads of been-there-done-that tips for Disneyland and Disney World. Find out how to save money, how to beat the crowds, and the best things to see and do. | | Orlando, Florida | Anaheim, California | Southern California | Disney tips and tricks | Disney vacation | spring break ideas | summer vacation ideas