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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park: Hidden Secrets

https://travelingdad.com/podcast-player/8839/disney-animal-kingdom-theme-park-hidden-gems.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 38:20What do you do when your newest Disney Files magazine comes in the mail?  Grab your favorite Stitch mug, sit back, and enjoy the read, I’m sure.  Well, we here at Don’t Make Me Pull This Flying Elephant Over podcast studio and shawarma factory (patent pending) do things a little differently.  Where you saw a leisurely read, we envisioned a whole new podcast series.  A series-within-our-series if you will.  Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park in Walt Disney World offers many well known adventures, but there are so many details within...

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Springtime Car Maintenance Checklist!

Alright Traveling Dads: You’ve been eyeing a family trip, and finances dictate that hitting the road instead of flying may be the most economical way to travel. When the weather begins to change from winter’s gloom to the glory of spring, many begin using our cars more. Well, a cheap road trip can turn into a major financial hardship if your trusty steed is not ready for the task. So what’s a concerned dad to do? Before getting into the full swing of warm weather, take time out to give your car a maintenance checkup. The following tips should...

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The Top Five Things to Know about Visiting Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum

I travel a lot for work and I like it.  I like going to new places, seeing new things, eating new foods, and best of all – getting to know new people. With a free afternoon on a recent business trip to Pittsburgh and based on a recommendation from my dear sweet wife, I headed across the Andy Warhol Bridge (yes, indeed) to the fabulous North Shore neighborhood to check out the Andy Warhol Museum. Here are the top five things you should know as a first-timer about your visit to the Warhol Museum: No. 1 First, it’s accessible...

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Prevent a Missing Child: 7 Safety Tips to Teach Your Kids Today

A missing child. It’s every parents worst nightmare. You’re out in a crowd with your kids and suddenly your child is gone. If they get lost does your kiddo know what to do? Prepare your lost child with easy safety tips. No One Wants an Unprepared Missing Child. As parents we are always keeping kids safe. As soon as we see that positive pregnancy test we are shopping for a child safety kit and baby proofing. We buy the safest car seats and learn how to properly install them. Babysitters are interviewed, day cares are researched and finding a...

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Christmas Gift Ideas For Your Traveling Dad

Every year around this time of year, we all scramble to purchase the best gift for our loved ones. In case you’re looking for a gift idea for a traveler in your life – we have a round up for you to peruse. As a bonus, many of the items are available on Amazon Prime for easy delivery before the holiday! 🙂 In brief, our list includes: Bose’s SoundSport have fantastic sound with ample bass – and have up to 6 hours of battery life. If you’re a jogger, you’ll be happy to know that these are sweat and...

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The Flying With Kids Master Plan — A Traveling Dad Expert’s Best Tips For Air Travel With Children

Despite what you have heard or seen depicted in movies, air travel with toddlers and other young children doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. I know because I’ve been flying around the world with my two daughters since the first born was 5-months old. She’s been to over 20 countries and more than 2/3 of the states now as a 13-year-old. Here is my Flying With Kids Master Plan and some other Traveling Dad expert travel tips that will not only keep you and your kids sane on the plane, but actually help you both enjoy the experience of...

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Disney Dining Reservation Tips – How to Book the Disney Restaurant You Want

It’s no secret that getting the Walt Disney World Resort experience that you want requires planning, often months, if not years, in advance. This is especially the case with dining anywhere that takes or requires a reservation. The first thing you should know is that not every restaurant that takes a reservation will be difficult to book. But, that’s not why you’re here, is it? Spots at some of the most highly sought-after restaurants can often be completely unavailable if you don’t know when to reserve. Here are the traits of a successful Walt Disney World “dining reservationist.” Research: As you...

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Smart Travelers Never Leave Home Without Tripcase

Traveling, especially with kids, is hard and sometimes unpleasant. Between airline delays, overwhelming amounts of gear and entertaining little ones while on the road, travel can be daunting. However, sometimes, an app or gadget can come along and become so crucial for travel success that we can’t imagine hitting the road without them. For me, TripCase falls into this category. What’s so great about Tripcase? It’s a traveling service and app for iOS and Android that consolidates all of your travel plans and itineraries in one single place for easy reference. That’s right – you can combine all your...

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Beer travelers: Don’t leave home without this app

I’m from Oregon, and like many of my brothers and sisters in this great state, I’m a beer snob. We like to support small, independent craft breweries. Also, as a Traveling Dad, I often seek out local beer as a part of my travel experience, wherever I roam. My motto is “live local through beer”. Also, many small independent craft brewers have become very successful. As a result, they’re getting bought up by big beer brands such as Coors, AB InBev (think Anheuser-Busch) and many others. So, as a result, as a beer tourist, sometimes it’s hard to know...

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5 Tips for Section Hiking the Appalachian Trail

After going on my first section hike of the Appalachian Trail with my son, recently, I thought I’d share my 5 tips for section hiking the Appalachian Trail. My son’s Boy Scout patrol recently decided they wanted to do a section hike of the Appalachian Trail. For them, this served two purposes, working on the Camping Merit Badge and working on the Cooking Merit Badge. It also got them out hiking and backpacking. Something our Troop rarely does. With some guidance from one of the Assistant Scoutmasters, the boys created a plan for section hiking the Appalachian Trail that...

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