Domestic Travel

How To Eat on a Budget in Disney Springs

It’s alright to admit it. The thing most dads fear when planning a Disney trip are the outrageous expenses involved. Especially when it comes to food. Eating inside or outside any of the major parks and surrounding areas can be an intimidating ask for even the most respectable bank account. Sure, you’re on vacation so you expect to indulge a little, but is a $100-per-day meal budget too much to hope for? Believe it or not, it’s possible. The question of whether you have to choose between sustenance for a family of four and future college tuition finally has...

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Best Things to do at Epcot with Preschoolers

Best Things to do at Epcot with Preschoolers Epcot may not be the first park that comes to mind when thinking about Walt Disney World destinations for your preschoolers. Epcot is a must-do with preschoolers, especially on the very busy weekend days at Magic Kingdom. Below are some of best things to do at Epcot with preschoolers from Traveling Dad. On warm days, which can be any day in Florida, let the youngsters get drenched in the oval splash pad. It’s located on the main path from Future World to the World Showcase, across from the Disney Phineas and Ferb: Agent P’s World...

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Situated in a quiet cemetery on the outskirts of Detroit, Michigan stands a monument to America’s “Polar Bear” soldiers who fought the Bolshevik Red Army in the arctic regions of Russia during World War I.   A solemn stone polar bear guards the graves of 56 soldiers from Detroit who died in a little known aspect of the Great War.  Two-thirds of the U.S. troops sent to assist the Allied war efforts in Russia were from the State of Michigan and embracing their assignment to Siberia called themselves the Polar Bears.  Unfortunately many of the Polar Bears never made it...

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When most people think of the Great Lakes giant sea creatures don’t normally come to mind.  Yet lurking under these freshwater bodies of water is a large fish that has been swimming on the planet since the days of the dinosaurs.  Did you know the Great Lakes are home to sturgeon that can grow to 7 feet long and weigh up to 200 pounds?  Don’t worry about encountering one though because humans aren’t considered part of this fish’s diet.  They are bottom-feeders who enjoy eating insect larvae, worms, leeches, and other small organisms they discover in the mud at...

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Ghost Town Austin, Texas

Ever been to a ghost town?  Well if you are visiting Austin, Texas you can take a short drive out to J. Lorraine Ghost Town to be exact. If you head down 290 East toward Houston you will see a tiny sign saying “ghost town – 1 mile” with an arrow pointing South.  After driving past the sign a few times we decided to drive down and see what the ghost town was all about. The J. Lorraine ghost town is an 1800’s inspired town sitting on 4.5 acres near Austin, Texas.  It  is open year round, weather permitting...

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Ranking the Walt Disney World Nighttime Shows (updated with Happily Ever After!)

When it comes to theme park nighttime spectaculars, nobody can hold a handle to Disney. With Rivers of Light opening this week, Walt Disney World now hosts six different nighttime shows. If you have young kids like me, even with a week in Orlando you won’t have time to see all the shows – too many late bedtimes. I thought it might be fun to put together a biased, totally subjective list of the Walt Disney World nighttime shows. I got to preview Rivers of Light at #DisneySMMC so I’ve now seen all of them and can finally put this list...

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Complete Guide to Drinking at Walt Disney World

Who says visiting theme parks is only fun for the kids? Drinking at Walt Disney World might help relax you after shepherding the kids around the parks all day. Let’s journey through the parks and resorts to find the tastiest cocktails found at some of the best watering holes. Drinking at Walt Disney World: Resorts Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is perhaps one of the best bars in all of Disney. It’s a tiki bar located at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. You will find some of the most creative cocktails, perhaps ever! The bar is dark, and cool, which makes it a viable...

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Lavender Farm with the Family

Every so often we get the itch to take a drive.  Last weekend we took a little road-trip to Chappell Hill, Texas to visit the Chappell Hill Lavender Farm. Chappell Hill, Texas is located one hour and a half away from Austin at 2250 Dillard Rd, Washington, TX 77880.  A perfect distance from Austin, Texas and a perfect little daytrip. If you were so inclined you can visit the Blue Bell Factory and the Lavender Farm in one day.  Unfortunately, the Blue Bell Factory was closed on the day we made our way to the Chappell Hill Lavender Farm....

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Is the Disney Memory Maker a Must Have for Your Disney Vacation?

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...

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