Gwen Kleist

Gwen Kleist

Gwen Kleist is an award-winning writer and PR professional who works full-time at a major medical center in Southern California. She is the mother of one very active son who shares her love of travel and adventure. Her articles have appeared in San Diego Family Magazine, Sunset Magazine, Cat Fancy, Huntington Beach Magazine, and she was a contributing author to Explorer Publishing’s guidebook, Los Angeles: The Complete Resident’s Guide. Follow her on Twitter at @HealthTravelMom.

Seven Ways to Experience Star Wars at Disneyland Before Star Wars Land Opens

Construction at Disneyland is well under way, but you don’t have to wait for the new Star Wars-themed land to open for the Force to be with you! Disney has added a ton of Star Wars magic to Tomorrowland to help transport guests to a galaxy far, far away. From souvenirs to thrill rides, from video games to space-themed cheesecake, here are seven ways to experience Star Wars on your next visit to Disneyland. Experience Star Wars at Disneyland On our recent visit to Disneyland, we were amazed (but not surprised) to see how seamlessly Disney has woven Star...

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Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach: The Ultimate Summer Beach Getaway

Looking for that quintessential Southern California beach vacation destination? Look no further than the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa. Ideally situated right across from the sand and shimmering Pacific Ocean, this upscale beachfront resort offers an array of activities for families, fabulous dining options, fun entertainment, and all the amenities you need to enjoy a sun-splashed getaway. Expansive views of the Pacific and luxurious amenities abound at the oceanfront Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa, located right on Pacific Coast Highway in Surf City USA – aka Huntington Beach, California. Tropical landscaping, sparkling fountains and Spanish-inspired...

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First Virtual Reality Roller Coaster Opens at Six Flags Magic Mountain

Summer is roller coaster season, and nobody does coasters like Six Flags. Known for its innovative and record-breaking thrill rides, Six Flags Magic Mountain in Southern California is making headlines again with a new first – North America’s first virtual reality roller coaster, The New Revolution. This highly anticipated new coaster opened earlier this spring, and we’ve got the full scoop. To say The New Revolution is new is not exactly accurate. The coaster itself actually debuted in May 1976. Then called the American Revolution (in honor of our bicentennial), it was in fact was the world’s first roller coaster to feature...

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Hotel Review: Loews Coronado Bay Resort

If you’re dreaming of a beach getaway this summer, there’s no better place than Loews Coronado Bay Resort on Coronado Island, just across the bay from San Diego. Surrounded by shoreline, Loews is an upscale resort, offering unparalleled amenities, easy beach access, family-friendly activities and panoramic views of the San Diego skyline. Find out why this resort was named one of the “Top 10 Family Beach Vacations in the U.S. and Caribbean” by Parents magazine. Loews Coronado Bay Resort is located on a private peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and San Diego Bay, just four miles from downtown Coronado...

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Disney’s Grand Floridian on a Budget

Arguably the most opulent of Walt Disney World’s Deluxe Resorts, the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa combines Victorian elegance with fun and convenience. It is located right on the shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon across from the Magic Kingdom. And even though you’ll pay a premium to be just a monorail ride away from all the action, there are some secrets to saving money at the Grand Floridian. When I told a friend that I was writing a story about staying at the Grand Floridian on a budget, she asked, “What are you going to do, tell them...

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– What’s New at Epcot for 2016

So much good stuff is coming to Walt Disney World! I am excited to share the new attractions opening soon at my favorite park – Epcot. We had the opportunity to take a sneak peak at some of the amazing things coming to the parks at Disney World’s recent Awaken Summer media preview event. Here’s a round-up of all the cool changes coming to Epcot in 2016. Built in 1982, Epcot was the second of four parks to open at Walt Disney World and features two distinct areas – Future World and World Showcase. Both sections offer rides, attractions,...

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Beach Side Bliss Awaits at Tower 23

On the shores of Pacific Beach sits a modern beach retreat perfect for that long-awaited romantic getaway. Located just a few miles north of downtown San Diego, Tower 23 Hotel is the ideal place to escape when you want to ditch the kids and reconnect with your honey. Sporting world class views, luxurious rooms, and just steps away from the beach and vibrant night spots, Tower 23 is the definition of Beach Chic. Seeped in sophistication, Tower 23 Hotel in Pacific Beach sits perched above an exquisite span of sandy California beachfront, ocean waves and the pretty Crystal Pier....

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Save Money on a 3-Day Disney Cruise

Dying to take a Disney Cruise but worried that it might be a little too much for your vacation budget to handle? Disney Cruise Line offers 3-Night Getaway Cruises out of San Diego, Miami and Port Canaveral, Florida. The cruises offer all the fun and Disney magic you’ll find on a longer cruise, but with fewer days and a smaller price tag. With four ships and multiple itineraries to choose from, a Disney cruise is truly the ultimate family vacation. Whether you want to save some money or just prefer quick trips – or if you are one of...

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Great Wolf Lodge Opens New Resort in California

Great Wolf Lodge celebrated the grand opening of its first resort in California earlier this month, and we were lucky enough to be among the first to experience it! Located in the city of Garden Grove, just minutes from the Disneyland Resort, Great Wolf Lodge Southern California is the largest of the brand’s 13 indoor water park resorts in North America and introduces an entirely new vacation experience to families visiting or living in the area. The question has been asked over and over again – why build an indoor water park in Southern California? Well, despite the sunny...

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All Aboard the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel

  A ride on the Grand Canyon Railway is more than just a cool way to get to the South Rim of this landmark attraction. It’s a trip back in time and a remarkable adventure that your whole family will enjoy. And when you stay at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel in Williams, Arizona, the experience becomes all-encompassing. The Grand Canyon Railway Hotel is the ideal home base for visiting the Grand Canyon National Park. It is located adjacent to the train station that will take you there, and just a block away from downtown Williams and historic Route...

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