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 Time to Visit Disney World (and the Time to Avoid)

The best (and worst) times to visit Walt Disney World As a Floridian and part-time Orlando resident, I’m often asked, “When is the best time to visit Disney World?” Or, “When’s the slow time at Disney World?” Well, the short “dad” answer is when other people can’t. There you go. You’re welcome. Have a nice day and get off my lawn! I guess I could give a little more detail. Best Time to Visit Disney World: Just After a Holiday Have the kids been out of school for an extended period of time? You’re pulling your hair out, anxiously...

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New! Christmas at Disney World Show: Sunset Seasons Greetings

Christmas at Disney World now includes a new show called Sunset Seasons Greetings at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.   This show, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, replaces the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights that remained extremely popular up to it’s cancellation. Christmas at Disney World: The End of Osborne Disney World announced in 2015 that the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights would end, that year. The final show was on January 6, 2016. Disney provided little to no explanation for cancelling the popular show. The 2016 Christmas season did not include a holiday show at Hollywood Studios. You can...

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: Is It Worth It?

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is an American tradition and a tradition in our home. Typically, on Thanksgiving morning, our family gets up at our leisure in our jammies and sit down to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I begin cooking cinnamon and orange sweet rolls and break out the orange juice. We enjoy a nice, easy-going Thanksgiving morning watching the balloons, bands, and Broadway acts as they perform in front of Macy’s on TV. This year, that was not our “American tradition.” Back when it was still hot and sticky here in Florida, my wife won tickets...

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Best Water Park in Orlando?

What’s the best water park in Orlando? My friends often ask, “What water park is the best one to visit in Orlando?” We live a couple hours north of Orlando, so we have a lot of friends that drive down for the day to hit one of the water parks. Until recently, I would have said SeaWorld’s Aquatica. Great family water park. Lots to do. Unique rides (you can slide THROUGH a dolphin tank!). Recently, though, I visited Universal’s new water park, Volcano Bay (for the record, I was not paid to visit the park. Was not there on...

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Best Disney Value Resort: Pop Century

What is the best Disney Value Resort?     Our family averages about 30 stays in Disney World resorts, every year. With this kind of experience, we get a lot of people asking, “what’s the best Disney Value Resort?” Occasionally, we’ll get the “what’s the best Disney moderate resort?” Value definitely wins the prize for most often asked, though. With new, more modern renovations taking place, Pop Century definitely wins Best Disney Value Resort. Of the Disney Value Resort options, Pop Century always held a top spot, for us. Now, it’s set itself apart, even more. Best Disney Value...

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Take a Hike! Lessons Learned Hiking to Delicate Arch

Take a hike! Any hike! Just get outside and do it! Delicate Arch Hike: The Story 5 years ago, our family took an 8,600 mile road trip around the US. 23 states. 11 National Parks. Memories that will last a lifetime. One memory that stuck with me over the years was Delicate Arch. We arrived at Arches National Park after a four and a half hour drive from Bryce Canyon. It was 115 degrees outside and Arches appeared to be mostly a driving park. Our kids were 6 and 8 at the time. They were a bit cranky with...

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Experience the Disney Difference with Adventures by Disney!

Experience the “Disney Difference” with an Adventures by Disney trip!   Going on an Adventures by Disney trip is unlike any other vacation your family will take and most of that uniqueness comes from the “Disney Difference.” What is Adventures by Disney? Members of our family have been on three different Adventures by Disney trips. We just returned from our first trip with the entire family for the Arizona/Utah itinerary where we visited Sedona, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, and Arches National Park. Many of our friends think we’re just going to Disneyland or Disney World and having an adventure....

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5 Tips for Section Hiking the Appalachian Trail

After going on my first section hike of the Appalachian Trail with my son, recently, I thought I’d share my 5 tips for section hiking the Appalachian Trail. My son’s Boy Scout patrol recently decided they wanted to do a section hike of the Appalachian Trail. For them, this served two purposes, working on the Camping Merit Badge and working on the Cooking Merit Badge. It also got them out hiking and backpacking. Something our Troop rarely does. With some guidance from one of the Assistant Scoutmasters, the boys created a plan for section hiking the Appalachian Trail that...

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3 Things to NEVER do on a Plane

I’d like to share 3 things that you should NEVER do on a plane. I’m sure there’s more (like yelling or even saying bomb — see Meet the Parents, for reference), but these are three that I experienced on my last flight. We recently made a trip to New York City with our whole family for a conference. Flying home was like something you’d see in a movie. A tragic comedy, probably. Delta delayed our flight home 6 times. The last delay had our flight leaving at 2AM, instead of the original 7PM. I can only imagine the meltdowns...

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5 Best Places for Dad to Take a Break at Disney World

Where can Dad take a break at Disney World? 5 Places for Dad to Take a Break at Disney World It’s 95 degrees outside, the humidity is approaching 200%, you’ve waited in 4 hour long lines, the kids are cranky, and you’re exhausted. What can you do that will keep the kids and Mom happy that gives you a brief respite from the chaos? Peoplemover The Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover is an all-time favorite to take a break at Disney World. This emissions-free transport vehicle takes guests on a 10 minute tour of Tomorrowland. For Dads, it’s a chance...

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