Kevin Gillooly

Kevin Gillooly

Kevin is a New Yorker by birth and settled down with his family in Virginia after serving as an active duty Naval Officer for 10 years. He is husband to Jennifer, a Federal Government employee and Navy Reserve Officer, and father to two wonderful daughters, Audrey and Kathryn. What brings him to Traveling Dad is a decades-long love affair with all things Disney. A multiple visitor to both the Walt Disney World Resort, as well as Disneyland Resort in California, he has often been called upon by family and friends for “expert advice” on the best way to plan their Disney vacations. He’s even provided real-time text message support to loved ones already on Disney property needing food or entertainment recommendations. As if this weren’t crazy enough, he has also made multiple voyages aboard Disney Cruise Line, is a member of the Disney Vacation Club, and is a proud stockholder of The Walt Disney Company.

“Goodbye, Ball”

I have a confession.  I love golf. Not just playing it – which I’ve done for more than 35 years – but also watching it on television. Which is not to say I haven’t fallen asleep on occasion watching golf on TV. I mean really, how could you not, with the way the announcers often lower their voices (In case you didn’t know, they do this because they’re following the players on the course). I don’t fall asleep during the majors, though. Too many good players on the course.  Where did this devotion – to what many people have...

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Disney Springs Experiences You Don’t Want to Miss

  Disney Springs has been growing and changing dramatically over the last few years.  It’s been part of a decades-long transformation from the Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village I knew during my first Walt Disney World visits, into the dining, shopping, and entertainment behemoth that it has become today.  As large as the area has become, it still features some one-of-a-kind experiences that are easy to miss in a place with over 150 venues spread across 120 acres. These are just a few unique stories that I think are definitely worth your time and money.   Cake Decorating Experience...

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Disney Cruise Tips – Expect the Unexpected on Longer Disney Cruises

Spending two weeks onboard a Disney cruise ship is little more than a dream for those of us with school-age children. But my in-laws have no such limitations. They recently returned from a two-week Disney Cruise Lines (DCL) sailing on the Wonder from San Diego through the Panama Canal to Galveston, Texas. I got to live vicariously through them and learned these Disney cruise tips for longer Disney cruises.    Disney Cruise Tips for Longer Disney Cruises My in-laws booked this cruise while sailing with my family on the Disney Wonder Alaska cruise we did back in 2014. This was their second cruise on...

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Disney Dining Reservation Tips – How to Book the Disney Restaurant You Want

It’s no secret that getting the Walt Disney World Resort experience that you want requires planning, often months, if not years, in advance. This is especially the case with dining anywhere that takes or requires a reservation. The first thing you should know is that not every restaurant that takes a reservation will be difficult to book. But, that’s not why you’re here, is it? Spots at some of the most highly sought-after restaurants can often be completely unavailable if you don’t know when to reserve. Here are the traits of a successful Walt Disney World “dining reservationist.” Research: As you...

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