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.


New! Destination Mars Experience at Kennedy Space Center

The new Destination Mars Experience at Kennedy Space Center takes you on a trip to the planet Mars. It’s incredible! In addition to going to Mars, my daughter got to meet Buzz Aldrin! That’s right, Buzz Aldrin! You know, one of the first people to ever step foot on the moon!     We attended the grand opening of this new attraction at Kennedy Space Center and had a great time. The Experience is now open and you can visit this attraction with your admission to the KSC Complex until January 2017, but we do recommend you make a...

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Lion Country Safari

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! No wait, it’s just lions….and giraffes….and zebras…and more! On the way home from a recent trip to Miami, we made a stop at Lion Country Safari! This is a drive-through safari home to over 900 animals! This was a little out of the way on our drive home, but that is okay. When my wife was a kid, she loved going here and she’s been dying to take our kids to see the drive-thru safari in Florida! We saw rhinos, antelope, wildebeest, zebra, giraffes, and more! Some of the animals even got a...

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Sapphire Falls Resort Review | Universal Orlando Resort

The new Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando has opened as the newest on property option and we recently stayed at the new resort to give you a full review.     Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando is the newest addition to on property destination resorts at the Universal Orlando Resort. It occupies the space between Cabana Bay Beach Resort and the Royal Pacific Resort. Not only physically, but financially, as well. As with all on-property Universal Orlando resorts, Sapphire Falls includes early park admission for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter areas, as well as...

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Florida’s Summer Easter Egg Hunt!

Who has an Easter egg hunt over the summer? The state of Florida does in the Gulf of Mexico, every summer! Florida calls it scalloping, but it’s an Easter egg hunt that takes place in the ocean with snorkeling gear! Every summer, from late June to mid September, Floridians and out of state tourists flock to the Gulf coast in search of the elusive Florida bay scallop. This is not the scallop you get at the restaurant as a seared sea scallop or the “bay” scallops you get from the local grocery store. These sweet, succulent morsels of goodness...

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Skull Island: Reign of Kong Review!

Feel the ROAR! Skull Island: Reign of Kong soft opened, last week to very mixed reviews. “It’s too short.” “They spent too much time on the queue and not enough on the ride.” “It’s just another Universal screen ride.” I’m here to tell you, none of that is true! As the ride came to an end, goosebumps slowly fading away, I thought, “Hmm, that seemed short.” And it did. SEEM short. It’s actually the longest ride currently at Universal Orlando! My thought is that guests become so caught up in the action and thrill of the ride that time...

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Best Disney World Pools

Stormalong Bay. The Dig Site. Pirates of the Caribbean. These are just a few of the iconic pools you can find on your Disney World vacation! Disney World pools are always an important part of any Disney Resort. I know you want to soak up the Florida sun during your vacation! When picking your Disney Resort, you may focus your attention on finding a great pool for your whole family. The Jones family have been to all of the Disney Resort pools and I highlighted our favs! Best Overall Disney World Pool – Stormalong Bay Hands down, Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club...

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How to Make Butterbeer at Home

“A little bit like less sickly butterscotch.” That’s how J.K. Rowling describes Butterbeer. Others probably describe it with a bit more zeal. Heavenly. Scrumptious. Delicious. Mouth-watering. Delectable, even! It’s the must-have drink when traveling to any of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter parks in Orlando or Hollywood. Now, you don’t have to be at one of the parks to enjoy your own Butterbeer at home. There are a ton of Butterbeer recipes online for you to enjoy when you get home from your Harry Potter vacation or for a Harry Potter party.  Only a few live up to the real thing that you...

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Why The Disney After Hours Event Is A Great Deal

Do you want to visit Disney after hours? Imagine. No crowds. No lines. Free Mickey ice cream. Now you can enjoy Magic Kingdom virtually all to yourself now that Walt Disney World has introduced Disney After Hours, a hard-ticket event (cost separate from normal hours park admission) that opens the Magic Kingdom to a small, select group of guests after the park officially closes. Disney After Hours Currently, this special event will only take place on seven select nights from April 14 through May 19, 2016. The remaining nights are May 5, 8, 12, and 19, 2016. Officially, the hours for Disney After Hours run...

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The Traveling Dad Guide to Interactive Wand Spells at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Orlando

This video and guide will walk you through the spells that you can perform with special interactive wands at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal Orlando. Throughout Diagon Alley, you will find 16 interactive wand spell locations. Eleven in the greater Diagon Alley area and 5 in Knockturn Alley. Hogsmeade has 9 interactive spell locations. You can follow along with my family in the video as we try each of these spell locations at both Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley and Wizarding World...

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