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FAM 2020: Anaheim and San Diego Hotel Reviews, Universal Studios Hollywood and MORE!

By Livia Taylor 01/10/2020
As you probably know by now, on January 3, 2020, the team at Get Away Today kicked off the 2020 Familiarization Trip to Southern California. Our yearly "FAM" trip allows us to check in with our hotel and theme park partners and prepare us for giving the very best advice to our guests when it comes to travel.

Castle Hotel group photo

FAM 2020 Summary #3

It's been our pleasure to meet with the following Anaheim, Carlsbad and San Diego hotels, as well as visit Universal Studios Hollywood, LEGOLAND Resort and Old Town Trolley. For the FAM 2020, there's an extra dose of magic because Get Away Today is also celebrating 30 years! That's right; we've hit the big 3-0 and we're so excited! In addition to our FAM 2020, we're offering over 70 vacation-themed giveaways in honor of Get Away Today's 30th anniversary.

FAM 2020 - Anaheim Hotels

Clarion Hotel

Element Hotel (opening later 2020)

SunCoast Park Hotel Anaheim (Formerly Country Inn & Suites)

Clementine Hotel & Suites Anaheim

Clementine Hotel & Suites

Photo courtesy of Clementine Hotel and Suites

Hyatt House at the Anaheim Convention Center

Staybridge Suites by Holiday Inn Anaheim

Holiday Inn Anaheim Resort

FAM 2020 - Carlsbad and San Diego Hotel Review

Homewood Suites Carlsbad

The Cassara Carlsbad, Tapestry Collection by Hilton


LEGOLAND Castle Hotel

Castle Hotel

Days Inn San Diego Hotel Circle (near SeaWorld)

The Dana on Mission Bay

Pacific Terrace Hotel

Best Western PLUS Island Palms Hotel & Marina

Humphreys Half Moon Inn

Humphrey Half Moon Inn exterior with pool

Photo courtesy of Humphrey's Half Moon Inn

Paradise Point Resort & Spa

Handlery Hotel San Diego

Comfort Inn & Suites San Diego

Residence Inn Mission Valley

Hampton Inn San Diego Mission Valley

Hilton Garden Inn San Diego Old Town

FAM 2020 - Universal Studios, LEGOLAND and Old Town Trolley Days

Our FAM team members were excited to visit the many fantastic theme parks in the San Diego area, as well as Universal Studios up north in Hollywood. We love our partners and appreciate having the opportunity to experience these destinations so we can give first-hand advice to our guests. Here's a quick recap of what our park days looked like:

Universal Studios Hollywood

We loved being able to use Universal Express during our visit to Universal Studios Hollywood. It's a great way to skip the regular lines and fit in more fun during your vacation. Some of our favorite attractions include the world-famous Studio Tour, Transformers: The Ride, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, Jurassic World - The Ride and Fast & Furious - Supercharged. Don't forget to try the Butterbeer in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

Universal Studios Studio Tour group of three girls


Everything is AWESOME at LEGOLAND, California! We love how kid-friendly the Resort is, and we wouldn't visit without getting an order of apple fries. Did you know you can bring mini-figures to trade at LEGOLAND? Our team loved being able to trade mini-figs during our visit. Be sure to head to LEGOLAND in 2020 to see the brand-new LEGO Movie World land. We're excited about all that's happening at this Resort!

Old Town Trolley San Diego

This is one of the best ways to get around San Diego and see some of our favorite locations. Old Town Trolley can take you to USS Midway, Seaport Village, Coronado, Balboa Park, Little Italy and more. You can hop on and off the Trolley throughout your tour, or stay on for the duration. We loved including this in our annual FAM trip!

San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo tour bus

Have you ever been to the San Diego Zoo? We love it for the guided tours and huge variety of experiences. In addition to seeing animals, you can explore over 700,000 plant varieties during your visit. Be sure to make the Skyfari part of your zoo day!

SeaWorld San Diego

With rides, sea animals and even Sesame Street characters, SeaWorld San Diego is a must-do! We love that you can add on Eat Free All Day savings with our SeaWorld ticket packages. When you go, check out some of our favorites, including Electric Eel, Tidal Twister, Aqua Scout, Manta and Shipwreck Rapids.

FAM 2020 - Get Away Today Giveaways

Are you ready for even more Southern California giveaways from Get Away Today? Well, here's a look at some of the amazing partners who donated to celebrate our 30th anniversary here at Get Away Today. You can find all the entry links in one place HERE as well. Plus, follow us on Facebook and Instagram for daily posts and stories with links to each giveaway as well. 

Springhill Suites Convention Center

Enter to win a 2-night stay at the Springhill Suites at Anaheim Resort/Convention Center! Here are a few reasons we ?? this hotel:

?? Free breakfast
?? Spacious studio suites
?? Rooftop swimming pool
?? Located on top of a CVS

Enter HERE.

Residence Inn Convention Center

Enter to win a 2-night stay at the Residence Inn Anaheim Resort Convention Center! Here are a few reasons we ?? this hotel:

?? Free breakfast daily
?? Full kitchens in each suite
?? Rooftop swimming pool
?? Outdoor patio with fire pits

Enter HERE.

Best Western Plus Raffles Inn

Enter to win a 2-night stay at the Best Western Plus Raffles Inn & Suites! Here are a few reasons we ?? this hotel:

?? Free breakfast
?? Family suites that sleep up to 8
?? Free parking

Enter HERE.

Homewood Suites Anaheim Maingate

Enter to win a 2-night stay at the Homewood Suites Anaheim Maingate! Here are a few reasons we ?? this hotel:

?? Full kitchens in every room
?? Hot breakfast daily
?? Light dinner Monday - Thursday nights
?? Walking distance to Target ??

Enter HERE.

The Element Hotel

Enter to win a 2-night stay at the Element Anaheim Resort Convention Center! ?? Here are a few reasons we're SO excited for this new hotel:

?? So new it's not even open yet! (opening May/Summer 2020)
?? Free hot breakfast buffet
?? Spacious suites in a variety of sizes

Enter HERE.

Universal Studios Hollywood

Enter to win 2 Universal Express Tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood! ?? Here are a few things you won't want to miss at this park:

?? Studio Tour
?? Wizarding World of Harry Potter
?? Jurassic World - The Ride
?? Minion Mayhem

Enter HERE.

Sheraton Universal

Enter to win a 2-night stay at the Sheraton Universal Hotel AND 2 Tickets to the Ellen Degeneres Show! ?????? Here are a few things we ?? about this hotel:

?? Walking distance to Universal Studios Hollywood
?? Free shuttle to Universal Studios and CityWalk
?? Comfortable rooms with Sheraton Signature Beds
?? Beautiful outdoor pool

Enter HERE.

LEGOLAND (TWO Separate Giveaways)

Enter to win a family 4-pack of tickets to LEGOLAND California! Here are a few things we ?? about LEGOLAND:

?? MiniLand USA with incredible recreations of landmark cities
?? LEGO play and build areas for kids
?? Over 60 attractions

Enter HERE and HERE.

La Quinta Inn & Suites San Diego

Enter to win a 2-night stay at the La Quinta Inn & Suites San Diego/SeaWorld! Here are a few things we ?? about this hotel:

?? Amazing value
?? Free breakfast
?? Microwave and fridge in each room
?? Central location

Enter HERE.

Handlery Hotel San Diego

Enter to win a 2-night stay at the Handlery Hotel San Diego! Here are a few things we ?? about this hotel:

?? Gorgeous grounds and gardens
?? Hot breakfast each morning
?? Free parking/resort fee for GAT guests
?? Central location and walking distance to Fashion Valley Mall

Enter HERE.

Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel

Enter to win a 2-night stay at the Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel & Marina! Here are a few things we ?? about this hotel:

?? Perfect location on the marina
?? Beautiful guest rooms
?? Large outdoor swimming pool

Enter HERE.

Old Town Trolley

Enter to win a family 4-pack of tickets to the Old Town Trolley Tours in San Diego! Here are a few things we ?? about the Old Town Trolley Tour:

?? You get to see all of San Diego's top attractions
?? You can hop off on any stop you'd like to explore
?? Fun and informative tour guides

Enter HERE.

San Diego Zoo

Enter to win a family 4-packet of tickets to the San Diego Zoo or San Diego Zoo Safari Park! We ?? both of these parks SO much!

Enter HERE.

Thanks for following along with us as we traveled Southern California, our number one selling vacation destination at Get Away Today. Next week we resume normal office hours in South Ogden, and we appreciate your patience while we worked on our FAM trip! You can always find vacation deals online, or give us a call at 855-GET-AWAY.


Taylor, Livia