Travelzoo – Sign Up To Get HOT Travel Deals, Entertainment Deals & More First (Plus Tips to Save on Summer Travel)!

Just a reminder that this is a great resource if you are looking to start planning any Summer travel or other travel!

Here is one of my deal hunter secrets. I am a subscriber to the Travelzoo Weekly Top 20 Travel Deals newsletter. I have been for years, and have booked some of my favorite vacation savings through the deals I found on there. We got a night at the Oregon Garden Resort, dinner for 2, breakfast for 2, and garden tickets for $79 one year! We also booked a room at the Edgewater on the Seattle waterfront for $99 another year. The newsletter really provides you some great insider travel deals if you like to getaway, or they also often offer great entertainment or sporting deal tickets. In fact, many of the Mariner ticket deals you have seen us post on the blog here, came from theTravelzoo newsletter tip! 

You can subscribe for free to get the newsletter sent to you here. Just provide your email and zip code, and hit subscribe. They even send you local deals when they become available.

Right now they have some great deals on Vacation packages, and more going on, so if you are looking to save on Summer travel, its a great resource.

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Resort at the Mountain – Mt Hood, Oregon – $99 + $25 Resort Credit


The Resort at the Mountain, one of my favorite Northwest resort locations up near Mt Hood in Welches, OR is offering a special deal right now for Sunday – Wednesday stays. They are offering a one night stay for just $99 + a $25 resort credit when you book a Sunday – Wednesday night available stay ! This is an amazing deal, especially for the beautiful summertime when there is SO much to see & do at Mt Hood! Plus it’s less than an hour away from Portland to the resort!

All you need to do to get this offer is use the promo code: 9925 under Corporate/Promo Code on their reservation booking system online or you can call 877-439-6774. This rate is available for 99 hours ( a little over 4 days)!

I just went to the resort this spring so you can check out a full review of the Resort at the Mountain – we absolutely love this resort – especially with all the great summertime outdoor opportunities.

Check out more ideas of summer fun at Mt Hood:

Family Friendly Activities at Mt Hood for any Season

Mt Hood Adventure Park at Ski Bowl Review



 Fine Print of Offer: 

  • Offer is valid Sunday through Wednesday and subject to availability.
  • Not valid for group bookings.
  • May not be combined with another offer or promotion.
  • Rate is per night for single or double adult occupancy, exclusive of Resort Fee, tax and gratuities.
  • Resort credit may not be redeemed for cash.
  • Offer is neither retroactive nor applicable to existing reservations.
  • Other restrictions may apply.


Historic Captain Whidbey Inn 2 Night Stay Including Breakfast + $15 Dining Credit ONLY as low as $129!

Historic Captain Whidbey Inn

Historic Captain Whidbey Inn 

Here’s a fun and affordable getaway for two! Right now you can get a room for 2 at the Historic Captain Whidbey Inn for as low as $129 for two nights! That’s as low as $65 a night! Enjoy a two night stay on the beautiful Whidbey Island for two at the famous Captain Whidbey Inn, which includes a daily breakfast and $15 dining credit.

More About the Captain Whidbey Inn:

Located on the scenic shores of Whidbey Island, you’ll find over 100 years of hospitality. The Captain Whidbey Inn offers gorgeous scenery and warm and cozy rooms.

Room Options:

  • For $129 ($233 value) enjoy two-nights for two in a historic inn room (Sunday through Thursday stays)
  • For $169 ($233 value), enjoy two-nights for two in a historic inn room (Friday and Saturday stays)
  • For $189 ($365 value), enjoy two-nights for two in a lagoon room (Sunday through Thursday stays)
  • For $229 ($365 value), enjoy two-nights for two in a lagoon room (Friday and Saturday stays)
  • All options include daily breakfast and $15 dining credit


2072 W Captain Whidbey Inn Rd
Coupeville, WA 98239

Fine Print:

  • Sold by Captain Whidbey Inn
  • In order to receive the full value, travel must be completed by September 30, 2014. If you complete your travel after September 30, 2014, you will be entitled only to the paid value of $129, $169, $189, or $229 (depending on option purchased) to spend toward a stay at Captain Whidbey Inn; the paid value does not expire
  • 10.7% tax on paid value is not included and will be collected by Captain Whidbey Inn upon booking; amount subject to change. Credit card required
  • Limit 2 vouchers per purchaser; additional 2 vouchers may be sent as gifts
  • Vouchers may be combined for an extended stay
  • Voucher not valid for stays on the following dates: July 3 – 5, 2014 and August 29 – 31, 2014
  • Voucher valid for double occupancy in a Historic Inn or Lagoon Room (depending on option purchased) including daily breakfast and $15 dining credit at The Dining Room or Judge Still’s Tavern (cannot be applied toward alcoholic beverages)
  • Customers must be 21+ with valid ID to check in
  • Customers will be asked for a credit card at check-in to cover incidentals
  • Entire value of each voucher must be redeemed in a single reservation
  • Reservations are required and subject to availability; nights must be used consecutively
  • Merchant cancellation/re-scheduling policy of 72 hours applies; voucher subject to forfeiture
  • Not valid toward existing reservations
  • Reservations can be made immediately after purchase
  • If you request, Amazon Local will refund your unredeemed voucher anytime within 30 days of purchase. However, once you book your reservation, your voucher has been redeemed and you may no longer refund your voucher



Discount Great Wolf Lodge Deal – Groupon Sale with Resort Credit For Ground Mound, Wa.!

discount great wolf lodge

 Discount Great Wolf Lodge Deal!

Just a reminder that this Great Wolf Lodge offer is still available if you are looking for a way to save on summer rates! This offer is good through 6/30, or until it sells out – so only a few more days left in this promotion.

Looking for Great Wolf Lodge Discounts? Great Wolf Lodge is back with another deal on Groupon right now!  They are offering a multi-day deal for the family suite! Rates work out to about $214.50 after you factor in resort credit for the multi-day visit. That is a good price for this time of the year, if you are looking to make a summer visit. 

This sale is for multiple Great Wolf Lodge locations. You can find the full list of locations with Great Wolf Lodge Discounts here.

Great Wolf Lodge Discounts Available for the Grand Mound, Wa. Location:

  • $479 for a 2-night stay for six in a Family suite with water park wristbands and a $50 resort credit, valid for check in Sunday–Wednesday, not valid for Friday or Saturday stays (up to a $690 value)

(I just checked a Sunday Check in for July and it was going to be over $600 and no resort credit on the Great Wolf Lodge website!)

Fine Print:

Book by: 8/26/14
Travel window: 6/29/14–8/27/14

  • Blackout dates: not valid 8/3–8/5, 8/13–8/14, or 8/17–8/18
  • Cancellation policy and fees: all cancellations subject to $30 fee; 72-hour cancellation notice or fee of applicable 1 night’s stay up to Groupon price applies
  • Taxes: 10% tax not included
  • Additional fees: $19.99 daily resort fee not included

Make sure to check out our tips for ways to save while you’re at Great Wolf Lodge, too.  For more ways to save, make sure to check out additional ways to save at Great Wolf Lodge using the military discount, signing up for E-mail alerts on discounts and more.

Mt. Hood Ski Bowl Tickets for Adventure Park – Half Day Pass OVER 50% Off & Half Off Alpine Slide

ski bowl ticketsThe offer for Ski Bowl Tickets for the Mt. Hood Ski Bowl Adventure Park just got better! They are selling on Get My Perks for just $34 (same offer we shared from Groupon below). Plus if you have not downloaded the Get My Perks Mobile app yet, you can do that and use promo code GOMOBILE14 to get an extra 25% off. That means you could pay as low as $26 for a Half Day Pass for 2 people (just $13 per person for 4 hours of fun), or as low as $17.25 for the Apline Slide for 2 people! Thats not much more then you would pay to go see a movie per person!

(Note – you will need to have Portland selected as your city to find this offer on Get My Perks)


Sia’s family went and had a blast last summer (see lots of pictures and her review of the Mt Hood Ski Bowl Adventure Park here)! She said her kids have been asking to go back (her youngest keeps asking to have her birthday there now).  Plus find more ideas for family friendly activities around Mt Hood during the summer.


If you would rather purchase through Groupon, that offer is still available too:

Groupon  has a Half Day Pass for 2 to the Mt. Hood Ski Bowl Adventure Park for 50% off right now! That means you will pay $34 for 2 people for a 1/2 day pass. They are also offering 50% off the Alpine Slide tickets for 2 people.

Here are the discounts offered:

1/2 Day Pass for 2 to Mt Hood Adventure Park – $34 ( 50% off – reg $68 for 2 tickets)

Alpine Slide Tickets for 2 people - $23 (50% off – reg $46 for 2 tickets)

We get asked often for discounts for this park during the summer and they don’t come around very often, so take advantage of this deal if you think you’ll be headed up to the Adventure Park. The Adventure Park is now open for the summer 7 days a week and you have until July 25, 2014 to use these ticket vouchers.


Mt Hood Ski Bowl Summer Tube Hill

The pass includes:


  • 18-Hole Disc Golf
  • 32-Foot Rock Wall
  • 9-Hole Mini Golf
  • Alpine Slide
  • Aqua Rollers
  • Badminton
  • Batting Cages
  • Horseshoes
  • Interpretive Trails
  • Jacob’s Ladder
  • Kid’s Super Play Zone
  • Kiddy Bouldering Wall
  • Kiddy Bounce House
  • Kiddy Canoes
  • Kiddy Carousel
  • Kiddy Karts
  • Mountain Bike Freeride Park
  • Mountain Bike Lift Access
  • Mountain Bike Park
  • Mountain Bike Skills Park
  • Pony Rides
  • Quad Bungee Trampoline
  • Ratskeller Arcade (2 Tokens)
  • Scenic Sky Chairs
  • Summer Tube Hill
  • Tight Rope Walks
  • Volleyball

Fine Print:

  • Expires Jul 25th, 2014.
  • Limit 4 per person.
  • Valid only for option purchased.
  • Reservations available starting June 14.
  • Online reservations required 24 hours in advance
  • Email notification to reschedule is mandatory and must be sent to 24 hours before existing reservation.
  • Limited availability on weekends.
  • Only advertised Half Day Adventure Pass times are valid.
  • Once offer expires, purchase price of Groupon may be used toward purchase of like item.
  • Operating hours are subject to weather conditions.
  • Not valid for groups of 15 or more.

More Money Saving Tips For Disneyland – Save on Salons, Mementos, Disney Clothing & More!

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One of the ways that I find it easiest to save for a Disneyland trip, is on things like mementos, Disneyland clothing, and special activities while you are there. While these things could really add up, a little planning ahead of time will save you tons of money while at the parks!

I shop ahead of time, and pack these items in a separate backpack. It does require you carry an extra bag there, but we find it worth the savings.

If you are planning a Disneyland trip you will probably be spending lots of time in the parks, but one way to save on your trip is to buy one day less in the park and enjoy so many other things that Disneyland has to offer (like some of the deals in Downtown Disney, or amenities of your hotel). Don’t forget to check out our Disneyland Deals page for many for savings tips for your Disneyland trip, as well as our Travel: Disney Pinterest board.

Here are some of my family’s favorite tips on how to save on Disney Mementos & Splurge Purchases:

Disney Dollars

Use Disney Dollars or Gift Cards for Kids’ Spending Money!

We get our kids a Disney Gift Card each with some spending money on it, so that when we are there they are not asking us for stuff the entire trip. They can choose when and where to use their money, and when its gone its gone. We buy ours at Safeway to get the extra gas rewards, helping us save more. Another idea is to get the kids Disney Dollars. You can purchase them at the Disney Resorts, right inside main street, or at some Disney Stores (if they are in stock). One dollar buys $1 in Disney Dollars, and can be spent on all the Disney properties. They are fun for the kids to spend, plus you can keep one and then you only spent $1 on a cool memento!


Studio 365

Consider Studio 365 vs Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Salon -

The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is a very popular stop for little princesses. If you are traveling with a little princess, consider getting them a makeover at Studio 365,  where styles start at $19.95 vs over $50 at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. This really makes a difference if you have more then one child. Prices at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique start at $54.93.  With two girls that would put me at over $100 for just starting prices. I can get both of them makeovers with hair and makeup, a big fuss made over them and a goodie bag to take home for $40 + tax in Downtown Disney.

Plus, I preferred the less crowded area of Studio 365 to get in and out of. We did this two years in a row, and my girls just love it! We have never had to wait in line, and service has been great. Last year the dressed in their princess outfits before getting their hair done. This year they just wore a comfortable Disney outfit. The bow hairstyle you see above is just $19.95 and the other style was $29.95. They get to keep a makeup pallet and hair comb too (plus the $29.95 style came with Face Gems, some they put on her and some to keep), so they leave the shop with something special too!

Once they are finished, they make a big production of showing them off in the store. There is a big reveal, where they are announced as “Rock Stars” and everyone claps for them and they get a certificate. Its lots of fun!

disney autograph book

Autograph Books

Autograph books are a very popular item that kids love to have at Disneyland. They are small books that kids have the characters autograph and can get pictures with the characters to add to the book later on. You can make your own, but we found these cute Disney themed ones at our local Dollar Tree before our trip. We spent $1 per book, vs the around $15 -$20 they can cost in the park, and I did not get a single complaint from my kids. You might also want to look for a special pen at the dollar store too!

Amazon also has these Minnie and Mickey autograph books for $4.75 if you cannot find them at the dollar store, or this Mickey pen and autograph book set for $7.98

Another idea here is to get your kids a Pillow Case, and have them design their name on it. Then get a permanent ink pen and have the characters sign that. They will be able to use it to sleep in when they get home for more great dream time!

Pressed Pennies

Penny Machines

Many people collect the trading pins while at Disneyland. Many of the cheaper versions of the trading pins are knock offs or frauds, so one thing we started with our kids years ago was to collect the pennies around the park. Unfortunately, many of the machines have been taken out over the years, but there are still a few left and my kids continue to love to make these. We buy them a book to store their collection in and keep it safe. You can download a pdf of the Penny Machine locations throughout the parks here. They cost $.51 per penny (you put in 2 quarters and 1 penny and choose your design). We still have a book my oldest started over 10 years ago, and they are fun to reflect back on and pass down to the younger kids too!


paradise Pier games

My son won 2 of those huge Home Run pillows…good thing we drove down!

Stuffed Animals / Toys Onsite

If your kids want a stuffed animal, they can be pricey at the Disney Stores. We found that the carnival game section on Paradise Pier was a fun way to get stuffed animals for the kids. They get to play a game and get a toy! For example, the Fishing game on Paradise Pier makes everyone a winner when they play (you get a small, medium or large stuffed toy depending on the fish you play). If you can get into things like the water gun game, or horse race game with just members of your family, then one of you are guaranteed to win a prize too! My kids ended up with too many toys this way, and it cost us less to have them play games and get the stuffed animals then it would have to purchase toys in the gift shops.

Glow wands

Glow Toys

Glow toys are very popular at Disneyland. The kids love them after dark, and Disney charges quite a bit for them. We hit up the Dollar store and Walmart ahead of time, and got some glow wands, and even found Disney Princess and Minnie glow toys for $1 each! This will save you a ton if you’re inclined to get your kids glow toys for the evenings!

disney clothes

Disney Clothes -

The gift shops at Disney are full of Disney clothes for quite a bit. This might seem a bit excessive, but I always buy my kids new Disney PJs and a few Disney outfits before we leave on our trip, just to add to the magic of our vacation! I do this, because I can generally find them for around $5 per outfit with a little pre-planning! A couple of my favorite resources for affordable Disney clothes include:

* H&M – This is always my first stop as I have gotten them Disney items for so cheap and they have held up year after year (they then come home and wear them to school all year). The outfits you see the kids in above are from H&M. I got them for $5 or less during one of their clearance events online, so start to watch those if you are planning a trip! The $3 items shown above are all from H&M.

* Amazon - Amazon offers some great deals on Disney licensed items these days. This Disney outfit cost me under $5 per piece recently!

*Disney Store Sales – currently the Disney store is having its Twice a Year Sale and you could save half off many of the items you would likely find onsite too!

* Kohls - I found the girls princess PJ sets for $3 ea (I paid $6+ tax for a set of two on their clearance racks). Another favorite of mine is to look for the Dollie and Me PJ sets on sale. I will get my kids those and then they can use the doll PJs for their Build A Bear to sleep in at night with them!

Build a Bear

Here is one of my kids with her Build A Bear & the Dollie and Me Matching Pjs I mentioned above too!

Saving at Build A Bear in Downtown Disney:

Downtown Disney is full of many great spots, including a Build A Bear Workshop! One thing we did with our kids was to grab a $6 off coupon that was recently available at Living Social and used it on one of the $15 bears, to get a Build A Bear for LESS then $10! We did this the first night of our stay, so the kids had their animals to sleep with each night during our trip. Costco sometimes offers gift card deals too, so you could save before even getting there (and gift cards should act like cash, so you could use them with the other deals too).

Be sure to join their rewards program here to earn more when you shop too!

To save on outfits we did the following:

  • We had the option to buy a $10 Build a Bear Gift card for $5 during our initial visit. We purchased that. (as of July 2014 Costco is offering two $50 Gift Cards for $39.99)
  • We signed up for the Build a Bear rewards program and they sent us a $5 off $25 coupon for signing up on our mobile phones.
  • We then took advantage of their 2/$15 outfit sale on the top floor of the store, and let the girls each pick out a hat too to bring our total to just over $25.
  • So after coupon and gift card we paid just over $15 (including cost of gift card) for two outfits. We were able to get our girls a bear and outfit for about $16+ tax each and they loved coming back to the hotel to their new build a bears at night!



Ridemakerz is another fun shop in Downtown Disney where you can build your own remote control cars. They are not cheap, but you can print out this $10 off $40 coupon from the Anahiem Visitors center to help you save!

Be sure to share your favorite money saving tips for mementos & visit our Disneyland Deals page for more Money Saving tips for a Disneyland trip, or our Disneyland Secrets & Tips to help you plan your vacation!

Family Friendly Activities at Mt Hood for all Seasons!

Family Friendly Activities at Mt Hood

Family Friendly Activities at Mt Hood

If you’re looking for a location that has a variety of activities to keep all of your family members happy during the sunny or snowy seasons, the Mt Hood area has a lot to offer families with the variety of activities, proximity to Portland and the natural beauty you’ll find with the gorgeous snow-capped mountain & all the surrounding wilderness.  While Mt Hood is a bit of a trek farther south for those in the Puget Sound area (it’s about 3 1/2 hours from Seattle to Welches, OR), I think the drive is worth it!  I love this area because there is such a wealth of family-friendly activities all within about 20-30 minutes of each other and the best part is that they are all easy to access without the steep mountain passes & difficult highways to travel through. {Plus you don’t have the traffic to get through the pass which we got to deal with going over the Snoqualmie Pass Memorial Weekend – not fun, let me tell you!}

We were at Mt Hood in early March this year when they were still in the midst of their late winter snowfall time, but we’ve also visited in the summer as well as in the later spring. It’s a great destination anytime of year – whether you’re going for the snow play (skiing, snowboarding, tubing,  cross country skiing & more) or if you prefer to head there in the summer for hiking & sightseeing around the beautiful mountain or fly fishing & river rafting.

Make sure to check out our review of the Resort at the Mountain, too, as that resort offers quite a bit of family-friendly options just there at the resort, as well as being a great, central location for participating in all these events that the Mt Hood Wilderness has to offer year-round. I also shared some great options for dining around the Mt Hood area in that review as well.

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Win Stay at Legoland Hotel + 4 Pack of Tickets to Legoland California Resort (Last Day To Enter)!

Win Stay at Legoland

* Don’t forget to enter to win this Legoland stay! This giveaway ends today!! You have until 11:59pm (pacific time) tonight (6/15) to enter!


Red Tricycle is back with another awesome giveaway – this time they are giving away a one night stay at the Legoland hotel at the Legoland California Resort as well as {4} 2 day Legoland California Resort Hopper tickets.  All you need to do is sign up for their newsletter and be entered to win.  {All entries must be on the Red Tricycle sign-up page – we are not hosting the giveaway on our site!}

Even if you don’t win the giveaway, for everyone who enters the giveaway, you will get a FREE child ticket to Legoland California Resort with purchase of a paid adult ticket.  So that’s worth it right there if you’re already planning on heading to Legoland CA.

This giveaway ends June 15, 2014.

How many of you have been to Legoland & what did you think? What age child do you think it’s the best fit for? 

Make sure to check out our Disneyland Deals page, too, for lots of great money-saving ideas if you’re headed to Disneyland in addition to Legoland this year.

Here are ways to save at Disneyland::

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Red Tricycle. 

Great Wolf Lodge 48 Hour Sale is Back! Family Suites Start at $189.99 (Including Waterpark Passes)!

The  Great Wolf Lodge 48 hour sale is here again & it runs through tomorrow, June 12th . You can save up to 25% off for select dates with this sale (rates are available for bookings from 06/10/2014 – 07/31/2014). You will need to use the coupon code: 48HOUR .  Family suites start at $189.99 when using the coupon code: 48HOUR for these summer dates!

If you are a returning guest at Great Wolf Lodge, then you may have gotten an email with a coupon code to book your rooms with a different code which will give you a slightly cheaper rate. They offer this 48 hour sale every few months and besides the rare Groupon or Living Social deals that have come around, these are definitely the best times to find the lowest prices on Great Wolf lodge rooms.

Included in your room rate are your water park passes, too, which is basically almost 2 days at the water park. You can start using the water park as early as 1pm on the day you arrive and then you can stay till the evening on the day you checkout.

Don’t forget to check out our tips on how to save the most while you’re at Great Wolf Lodge so you don’t end up spending a fortune!  And you can find additional tips on saving on lodging rates at Great Wolf Lodge.


Blyth Park in Bothell, WA – Great spot for Group Picnics & BBQ’s!

Blyth Park

Blyth Park – Bothell, WA

The Pacific Northwest is filled with many opportunities to get your kids out and active on a budget. At the top of that list are the many parks we have throughout the Northwest. These include National Parks, State Parks, Neighborhood Parks, Water Parks, Lakes, Skate Parks and more! Lets face it though, not all parks are created equal. Not every family is looking for the same thing in a park outing, and different parks appeal to different ages. Some are all day outings, and some are perfect for a short outing.

We are back with a series of park reviews, so you will have some more detailed info when planning a day of frugal park fun for your family. We’re excited to have readers share their favorite parks with all of us, too, so we can learn about even more parks to add to our summer lists.

If you’d like to share your favorite park, submit a park review through our form and if we use your review, we will send you a $10 Amazon Gift Card.

We would also love to hear your thoughts and opinions on these parks. Please comment below with your review, additional tips, or anything else you want to add.

We also post a weekly Frugal Family Fun roundup, of each week’s best and most affordable entertainment and event options for families. Be sure to check that out for more ideas on what to do on a budget!

Blyth Park:

Blyth Park Playground

Blyth Park was once a factory & now is Bothell’s largest park at over 40 acres. It is a very popular spot for holding a group picnic, with two reservable, covered picnic shelters and BBQ’s. There is also a play structure for kids at Blyth Park, as well as Sammamish River access.

Highlights: (Favorite aspects of the park)

  • Picnic shelters that you can reserve {contact Bothell Parks & Recreation}
  • Onsite free parking
  • Great for groups
  • Barbecues available
  • Restrooms at park

Things To Know: (fees, parking availability, are there bathroom facilities, what to bring)

Even though it’s touted as Bothell’s largest park, it’s one of those out-of-the-way spots that may take a little searching on your part to find. It’s located near Bothell Landing and the Burke-Gilman trail so after you take a walk or ride your bicycles, you can hop back in the car and drive to Blyth for a picnic, volleyball, or simply hanging out with the kids on the playground equipment.

Recommended for ages:

0 – 100 – any age would love it!


Blyth Park is located along the Sammamish River & Sammamish River Trail. Blyth Park is located at 16950 W. Riverside Drive in Bothell, WA.


Even people who have lived in the area for a long time may not know Blyth exists, which makes it a great place for you to hang out as long as you’d like. It’s easy to get to (once you know where you’re going), and it’s easy to make a day of it. Restrooms, free/ample parking, picnic shelters, bbqs, etc.

It’s located near Bothell Landing and the Burke-Gilman trail,  so after you take a walk or ride your bicycles on the paved path, you can hop back in the car and drive to Blyth for a picnic, volleyball, or simply hang out with the kids on the playground equipment.

Thanks to reader Vivian for submitting this park review !  If you’d like to submit a park review, if we use the review, we will send you a $10 Amazon Gift Card!