Tim Jones

Tim lives just down the road from the #1 family travel destination, Walt Disney World. Although he, his wife, and two kids visit this area quite often, they’ve also traveled to Peru, Costa Rica, on an 8,600 mile road trip around the US (yes, two kids and parents in a car for 8,600 miles!), and cruises through the Caribbean. Tim has worked in the travel industry for 17 years and is currently planning his next adventure! You can follow Tim and all of his travel adventures on Jones Family Travels.


Best First Time Rides for Kids Under 48 Inches at the Magic Kingdom

Everyone remembers their first time. Do you remember your first time? I sure do. I was 15. Oh, it was glorious. Round, beautiful, and glowing in the sun. It was my first time riding any ride at Disney World and I was getting ready to go inside the giant golf ball known as Spaceship Earth. Wait, what did you think I was talking about? The first time we ride a ride at Disney World sticks with you for life. It’s a seminal experience that one never forgets. Especially, when that ride takes place in Disney World’s iconic theme park,...

Read More

NEW! Jimmy Fallon Ride Opens at Universal Orlando Resort!

  The all new Jimmy Fallon ride at Universal Studios Florida celebrated it’s grand opening, yesterday with several celebrities joining Jimmy Fallon, including Duane “The Rock” Johnson and Pit Bull to commemorate Jimmy’s new ride. “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” is the newest ride at Universal Studios in Orlando.  This ride is a high speed attraction around New York City.  You will face Jimmy Fallon and some other fun characters from NBC’s “The Tonight Show” as you zoom around Manhattan, subways, and even over skyscrapers.  It sounds like such an amazing ride…right?  I know a lot of people...

Read More

Star Wars Galactic Spectacular

Star. Wars. Galactic. Spectacular. I think I’ve said all I need to say about this Disney experience. Star Wars Galactic Spectacular In all seriousness, the Star Wars Galactic Spectacular at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is one of the best fireworks displays at Disney World. That’s saying something. The show includes scenes from your favorite Star Wars movies projected onto Grauman’s Chinese Theater accompanied by the score from Star Wars. Some of these scenes even become somewhat interactive with lasers shooting out into the audience as a tie fighter squares off with an X-wing fighter. Of course, you’ll hear some of...

Read More

Best FREE Snorkeling Experience? Castaway Cay!

Is Castaway Cay the best snorkeling experience available? While enjoying our 19th Disney Cruise in February of this year, we decided to try out the new(ish) snorkeling trail on Disney’s own private paradise island, Castway Cay. We’ve tried snorkeling at Castaway Cay on previous Disney Cruises in the old area and it was OK. This newer area, though was a lot of fun! The best part? You can experience this snorkeling “trail” for FREE! Best Snorkeling Experience The Castaway Cay snorkeling experience begins at Gil’s Fins and Boats or Flippers and Floats, depending on which end of the family...

Read More

What’s New on the Disney Wonder

What’s new on the completely reimagined Disney Wonder? My family recently took a Disney Cruise aboard the Wonder to explore all the completely new and newly reimagined parts of the ship. Having recently undergone the most extensive dry dock reimagining in Disney Cruise history, the Wonder has really upped it’s game for guests. From adult areas to kids areas to the pool, new Broadway level Frozen show, and an entirely new dining experience; from stem to stern the Disney Wonder experienced a transformation. Disney Wonder Adult Areas The adult area was completely reimagined and renamed on the Wonder. Now known...

Read More

Rivers of Light Debut and Opening Date Announced!

Rivers of Light sneak peek! Finally! Rivers of Light Sneak Peek Rivers of Light is one of the most highly anticipated shows “coming soon” at Disney World.  This show was suppose to open last summer, but was delayed several times.  Many joked if the show would ever open…until now!  Last night, we were surprised at the Disney Social Media Moms Conference with an exclusive sneak peek of the Rivers of Light.  I was so excited, but I did not expect very much.  Last summer, Rivers of Light was replaced with The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic show.  Let me say...

Read More

Harmony of the Seas: World’s Largest Cruise Ship!

Harmony of the Seas! The world’s largest cruise ship! Harmony of the Seas Royal Caribbean’s newest cruise ship recently moved to the US to begin cruising out of the port of Ft. Lauderdale and we got a sneak peek! Known for it’s size, the Harmony of the Seas also provides more adventure activities than any other cruise ship on the ocean! Ziplining, rock climbing, FlowRider surfing, multiple water slides, and much more await you on this spectacular ship. Of course, you also have the amazing shows and performances that you come to expect from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. There’s...

Read More

Top 5 Winter Activities in Duluth Minnesota

What do you do in Duluth, Minnesota in the winter? It’s cold, covered in snow. Did I mention that it’s cold? We’re Floridians! We weren’t sure what to do during our white Christmas vacation in Duluth, Minnesota, so we had to find out. We couldn’t just sit in the cabin by the fire the whole time! Well, maybe we could… Our daughter, Hunter, wanted to see snow for her December birthday and to have a white Christmas. Dad grew up in Northern Minnesota and still had family up there, so he knew how he could provide both for his...

Read More

Voluntourism in the Dominican Republic

How can we teach our kids about giving back? Or, how to help those in need? One way we did so, recently, was through an impact cruise and voluntourism. What is Voluntourism? Voluntourism can mean a lot of different things, practically. The definition is “a form of tourism in which travelers participate in voluntary work, typically for a charity.” How that voluntary work is executed is what takes different forms. For us, we went on a Fathom cruise to the Dominican Republic where we participated in several “impact” activities (the volunteer part of voluntourism). Our ship, the Adonia, was...

Read More

The Truth About the Universal Orlando Express Pass: Is It Worth the Cost?

Is a Universal Express Pass worth the money? We recently had the opportunity to find out. Since we had the Universal Express passes for a full day, we took this opportunity as a challenge to see if we could get both Universal parks done in one day, using the Express passes. While making the video, above, we learned that the Universal Express pass is quite controversial. Apparently, many feel it’s too expensive, Universal shouldn’t even have an “express line,” and that it ruins the experience of the parks. Let’s address some of these issues. Disclosure: Universal Orlando Resort provided...

Read More

Traveling Dad Ad

#TDADS on Instagram