With the official start to summer just four weeks away, we are dreaming of extraordinary summer travel adventures and sunny family vacations.  If you are dreaming of summer, but haven’t booked your summer trip yet and are looking for a little inspiration, stay tuned over the next few weeks as HipTraveMama helps you countdown to summer with smart tips for getting luxury for less on your family vacation as easy as 5-4-3-2-1:

If you are looking to go-big-or-go-home this summer, here are four bucket list trips for families for inspiration:

4 Bucket List Family  Summer Vacations

disney dream at dockDisneyDream Cruise. Currently sailing from Florida to the Bahamas, here’s why HipTravelMama thinks the Disney Dream cruise is a dream for families. With luxe cabins, over-the-top Disney entertainment, sailing to your own private island and the only water-coaster at sea, this cruise is a dream for families. Disney Cruise Line is also coming to Seattle in 2012 with its new Disney Seattle to Alaska cruise.

kids on galapagos islandGalapagos Island. If you really want to go big, Abercrombie and Kent Family Holidays are the place to go for bucket list trips. They are currently offering an extraordinary 11 day sail,  Galapagos Island Family Adventure for a once in a lifetime adventure with a lot of child friendly amenities for kids 5 and over.

honua kai suite maui with big lanai overlooking ocean

Photo: Honua Kai Resort

Maui, Hawaii. Maui is great for families with lots of sun and beautiful beaches. Three of our favorite Maui hotels include The Hoo’lei at Grand Wailea, Westin Maui Villas and a new all suite property, The Honua Kai Resort and Spa. The Honua Kai is currently offering a summer Hawaii deal for 35% off and the 5th night free.

mickeys new parade through disneyland

Photo: Disneyland

Disney Soundsational Summer. Summer is a busy time for Disneyland, so if you don’t mind the crowds, you can do Disney Parks in style this summer by staying at a resort hotel and taking advantage of some of Disney Resort’s newest attractions and the debut of “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade.” A few highlights of Disneyland’s new summer events, including the new highly anticipated “The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure” ride and the opening of “Star Tours – The Adventures Continues” launches June 3, and the original Disneyland Hotel is going through an extensive renovation. The Disney Grand Californian Hotel and Spa continues to be our top pick for families, with luxury amenities and villas, spa, gourmet dining and endless fun  for kids and parents.

Here’s a quick peek at the scheduled summer launches:

May 27 – “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade”  (Disneyland)
June 3 – Star Tours – The Adventures Continue (Disneyland)
June 3 – The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure (Disney California Adventure Park)
July 1 – Goofy’s Sky School and newly themed restaurants (Disney California Adventure Park)

To get planning your Disneyland summer vacation visit Disneyland.com/summer.You can also find deals for Disneyland Resort and packages at www.disneyland.com/offers

What are the trips on bucket list?

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