Step back into old Florida at the all new Legoland Beach Retreat Resort! Legoland Beach Retreat Resort The Legoland Beach Retreat Resort features superb LEGO theming throughout a village-style resort with brightly colored bungalows. Each bungalow includes two resort rooms. Thirteen horseshoe-shaped “coves” named after popular LEGO Minifigures dot the shore of Lake Dexter about three-quarters of a mile away from the entrance to Legoland Florida. The resort really takes you back to a bygone era in the Sunshine State when roadside motels were more common than the Disneyfied mega-resorts. This style provides a quaint, relaxing experience for guests,...Read More
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.
Adopt your very own banshee from Pandora! Deep within Windtraders merchandise store, Pandora explorers will find an Ikran (Banshee) Rookery. Typically, you will run into the Banshee Rookery and adopt a banshee after riding Flight of Passage, since it routes you directly through Windtraders to exit the ride. It would be hard to miss the Rookery, but it’s directly to your right just before exiting the store. The banshees cost $49.95 and you can get a display perch for the banshee to sit on. However, it’s obvious as you explore Pandora that these creatures were meant to perch on...Read More
Did you know you could go fishing at Disney World? Many people don’t know about this unique experience available in a few locations at Disney World. Fishing at Disney World Disney World offers 2 and 4 hour guided fishing excursions at several locations throughout Disney World. These catch-and-release trips provide great experiences for kids and young fishermen and women. Although it’s actual fishing (none of the lakes are stocked lakes), the guides know their stuff and they put you on the fish, if at all possible. Perfect for amateur and more experienced fishers, the B.A.S.S. guided fishing excursions give you...Read More
That’s right, all my cash was lost at the TRex Cafe! Can you believe it? I can explain, but first, let’s take a look at the TRex Cafe and what it’s all about. T-Rex Cafe at Disney Springs Owned by the same company that operates Rainforest Cafe and Yak & Yeti, T-Rex Cafe offers an American style menu with a dinosaur era theme to entertain while you dine. While we visited, we sat in the meteor shower area that provides a spectacular show about every 20 minutes that includes a meteors raining down from over head. Be aware, the...Read More
The Disney Memory Maker (formerly known as Photo Pass) is an absolute must-have for your Disney vacation. Read on to learn why, whether your at Disney World for the weekend or two weeks, you MUST buy the Disney Memory Maker. What is the Disney Memory Maker? Some of you may be wondering what is this Memory Maker of which you speak? Well, it’s an optional add on to your Disney vacation that allows you to get EVERY PHOTO that is taken of your family, whether on a ride or by a Disney PhotoPass photographer. Want that iconic photo of...Read More
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
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. 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
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 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
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