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Guide to LEGOLAND Florida LEGO Star Wars Days

Walt Disney World is NOT the only theme park where you can meet Star Wars characters and celebrate the dark side. LEGOLAND Florida each year has LEGO Star Wars Days events that are not to be missed. So, if you have little ones that love LEGO bricks and Star Wars, they are in for a magical weekend. This exclusive LEGOLAND event begins May 5 and runs for three consecutive weekends (May 5-6, 12-13 & 19-20, 2018). It’s a fun annual park event that families look forward to attending each year. All activities are included with park admission. No extra...

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Catch It While You Can: “Unexpected Joy”

There are two ways to see great theater without spending the mortgage as one would have to do for a production such as Hamilton. Go out of town to a regional theater such as Paper Mill in New Jersey, or…stay at home and check out the off-Broadway venues. The York Theater Company’s production of Unexpected Joy is one of those shows that kept the audience tapping its toes throughout the show. And the second best part is that tickets range under $75. Joy (Luba Mason), a somewhat less than middle-aged woman is hosting her daughter and granddaughter for a...

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COSTUMES AREN’T JUST FOR HALLOWEEN

One of my favorite baseball games of the year to attend is the Detroit Tigers’ annual Star Wars Night which features members of fan clubs in movie accurate costumes interacting with people at the ballpark. Costumes aren’t just for Halloween fun anymore as people engaging in “Cosplay” has become a popular activity taking place throughout the year. There are many opportunities now to take a road trip or fly off on vacations which revolve around cosplay experiences. With this in mind, I spoke with three avid cosplay enthusiasts about the best ways for someone to get into character. WHAT...

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What Our Florida Dads Learned From Hurricane Irma

From August 30 to September 10, 2017, Irma was a low-pressure system that became a tropical storm that became a Category 5 hurricane. As Hurricane Irma’s strength grew and its path fluctuated, Floridians scrambled, and in doing so underscored something that’s going to sound insufferably glib, but it also happens to be true: Evacuation is travel. Traveling Dad strives to thoughtfully explore the intersection of travel and parenting, and as the four stories herein illustrate, when a hurricane is heading for that intersection, the rules change a little. What doesn’t change is our desire to share good information and...

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Marvel Universe Live Age of Heroes is a Marvel For All

I’ve attended exactly one Free Comic Book Day in my life. This was a few years back, during the heyday of Art Baltazar’s Tiny Titans comics which was the slow birth of my own daughters’ interest in anything fictionally superheroic. I cannot recall anything we took home gratis on that day or any comics we may have purchased (and really, you should make a purchase on Free Comic Book Day). What I do remember vividly about our one and only Free Comic Book Day is the black and gold WMMR radio station banner that hung from the rectangular table at...

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Disney D23 Expo Recap! Minds = Blown

https://travelingdad.com/podcast-player/5889/disney-d23-expo-recap-roundup.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 1:04:46Episode Summary We’re sorry, but as hard as we tried, we could not keep this podcast under an hour.  There was just TOO MUCH NEWS!  The hype was well deserved, and many of the rumors from the past few months turned out to be true.  D23 Expo 2017 blew us away.  EPCOT is getting two new rides; Magic Kingdom is getting a new ride and a new theater; Toy Story Land got an opening date;  Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge got a flyover showing so many details;  D23, you sexy Expo,...

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Disney’s Pandora – Flying, Gawking, Eating, Banshees, and more!

https://travelingdad.com/podcast-player/5721/disneys-pandora-podcast.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 1:08:05Mufasa shoplifts, Vader needs to join AA, and one of the Disney castmembers in Pandora may have been on recreational drugs!  It’s time for another jam-packed podcast filled with all the details from our recent trip to Walt Disney World to experience the dedication of Pandora – The World of Avatar.  Or, as I like to call it, Pandora – Can You Tell Which Plants are the Fake Ones?  You’re getting a full hour this episode, at least 12 minutes of it containing useful information!  Lucky You!  Check out the...

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United Airlines and the Overbooking Scandal

With the exception of traveling salesmen and the President of the United States, we have probably logged far more air miles than the average person. Of course POTUS has the Secret Service to guard him and a private aircraft that “trumps” all others for landings and takeoffs. The doctor who was unceremoniously dragged off an airplane recently had no such protection. What we witnessed here was a lapse in judgment on both sides. And, if we are to be fair about the incident, the doctor had a major share of the blame that seemed to bypass the notice of the...

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SXSW 2017 Through The Traveler’s Eye

South by Southwest, also known as SXSW, is always a interesting conference because 30,000 movers and shakers in technology descend upon Austin, Texas in a 3 week-long conference that has a huge impact on culture. SXSW has three tracks, Interactive (tech and marketing), Music and Film and this year’s conference was fantastic. I’ve gone to SXSW for 9 years in a row and over the years, the show has changed from being a smaller show that attracted techies, creatives and creators from all over the globe to being a big, loud marketing conference. This year, in 2017, there seemed to be a...

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Huzzah! Arizona Renaissance Festival Time Means It’s Spring

Huzzah! In Spring, Arizona won’t turn the clocks to daylight savings time. The Phoenix area turns it back 450 years for the Renaissance Festival. Festival time in perfect Arizona spring weather Every February through April, it’s Arizona Renaissance Festival time. The event displaces the Sonoran Desert with an Elizabethan Village. In 2018 it turns 30-years-old. The fair takes place at a 17th century “village” east of Gold Canyon, Arizona. The time warp into the past is about a 45 minute-drive from most major Phoenix-Scottsdale resorts. The festival runs from the second weekend in February through the second weekend in April....

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