Domestic Travel

5 Best Things to Do While Solo At Walt Disney World

Every so often a person gets the chance to travel alone. Most recently I traveled to Walt Disney World for a preview of Pandora: World of Avatar.  You can read all about the Traveling Dad experience, THE TRAVELING DAD GUIDE TO PANDORA: THE WORLD OF AVATAR. While I was there enjoying Pandora, I had a few hours to myself and was able to see Disney from a whole different perspective. 5 Best Things to Do While Solo At Walt Disney World Enjoy the parks leisurely – there is something to be said about not having to stick to a nap schedule and having the ability to just roam around.  If you get to visit any of the parks just walk around and have fun. Ride a  roller coaster you aren’t able to if you have kids with you.  I got to ride Expedition Everest for the first time ever! It was a trip! Also, enjoy walking around and not having to worry about nap times.  I also got to eat whenever and whatever I wanted. Have a drink – One of my favorites.  Along with being able to eat what ever I wanted to eat I got to enjoy a few adult beverages.  By all means don’t go out and get hammered at the parks. But if the mood strikes grab a drink.  If you are visiting Pandora inside Animal Kingdom...

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Discover the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Located in Michigan’s Northwestern Lower Peninsula, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore provides an amazing variety of activities for all ages. Voted a top destination by media outlets, such as Good Morning America and USA Today, Sleeping Bear encompasses 71,1999 acres and 35 miles of pristine Lake Michigan shoreline. North and South Manitou islands are also included within the park borders and accessible by ferries from the town of Leland. The park is well known for its beautiful sand dunes, but also contains historic village and farms as well as 21 inland lakes and forested areas. Visitors can spend anywhere...

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Michigan SEA LIFE Aquarium

Something people don’t tend to worry about when going for a dip in the gigantic freshwater lakes that surround Michigan is having a close encounter with a shark.  Did you know though that sharks now call Michigan home?  Don’t worry they aren’t swimming around the state’s rivers and lakes.  Rather, sharks along with more than 250 other ocean creatures are on display at the Michigan SEA LIFE Aquarium. Located in the suburban Detroit community of Auburn Hills at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, Michigan’s largest indoor outlet mall, the aquarium is open seven days a week.  It opens daily at...

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Exploring Detroit’s Food Culture

Originally settled by the French, British and Americans colonists quickly erased any hopes of fancy fare from the menus; leaving only place names on the odd street sign. Detroit stands out in the Midwest for its later influx of immigrants. While cities like Chicago and St. Louis grew quickly with westward expansion and trade, Michigan was left behind in the rush to expand in the 1800s. The World knows Detroit as The Motor City for good reason. In the early decades of the twentieth century immigrants were drawn to the city by the promise of good wages and shorter...

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What To Do At Magic Kingdom When The Lines Are Too Long

Disney with Kids Visiting Disney with kids is about as American as apple pie. Talk to any kid, and chances are Walt Disney World is one of the places they want to go most. As one of the top tourist destinations in the United States, the Disney Parks in Orlando, Florida, bring in millions of visitors each year. As a parent, you want to try to visit when there are as few people as possible, but that does not always work out. Kids go to school. In my family, my wife is a teacher, so she goes to school...

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Adopt a Banshee in Pandora: World of Avatar

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...

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Southwest Airlines – Why They Are Perfect For Your Family

The United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean. If these places are where you want to fly with your family, then Southwest Airlines should be one of the first places you look. Southwest is great for your family and one of the friendliest airlines you will fly.   Southwest Boarding Process You may know Southwest as “that weird airline that doesn’t assign seats”. If you have never flown with them before, this can be a bit stressful. Once you understand the process, however, it is fairly easy to navigate. It is especially friendly if you are traveling with young kids....

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Happily Ever After Fireworks Review

Disney fans underwent some weeping and gnashing of teeth a few months ago when Disney announced its plans to end Wishes, the long running nighttime fireworks spectacular at the Magic Kingdom. Wishes holds a sentimental spot in many Disney fans hearts so I understood their worry. On May 12, 2017 Disney debuted the new Magic Kingdom Nighttime Spectacular: Happily Ever After. So one simple question: is Happily Ever After a worthy successor to Wishes? In this traveling dad’s opinion, the answer is 100% yes. Yes, I loved Wishes and will definitely miss it, but Happily Ever After more than...

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How did our kids with allergies do at Disney World?

Traveling with kids with allergies poses a unique challenge in that it can often define where you travel to and how much luggage you need to take. Still, allergies don’t prevent us from traveling, but we do plan much more in advance than we would otherwise. For our trip to Disney World (our first), we actually assumed there would be plenty of food for the kids to enjoy, even if it wasn’t necessarily healthy (read: greasy food every day). So we brought some food from home, but really didn’t pack much and basically winged it except for pre-booking 1...

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Universal Volcano Bay – Why You Shouldn’t Go Now

How We Ended Up Going Those of you who have been following Traveling Dad or me personally, know that we had our retreat in Orlando last week. In addition to the few days of fun with Disney celebrating the opening of Pandora – The World of Avatar, our family decided to extend the trip to a full week and explore a bit on our own. Since the temps were forecast to be in the mid 90’s for the duration of our trip, we wanted to make sure to include a water park in our plans. The obvious choice was...

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