Rich Christensen

Rich Christensen

Richard Christensen was born with an insatiable curiosity about the world and degrees in History and Library Science have only fueled that fire. He's often seeking new adventures, whether that be spinning in a teacup with his daughter at Disney World or heading off the beaten path to visit a lost piece of roadside Americana. You can read about this Michigan dad and his travels on the Wagon Pilot blog or brush up on your Disney World expertise over atPixie Dust Daily.


Top 10 Rides and Attractions for Tweens at Magic Kingdom

The focus of family vacations to Disney World often centers around younger kids. Our experience, however, has been that tweens enjoy Magic Kingdom even more. They know the stories, the characters, and are more independent. Growing older, and taller, also opens up a greater variety of rides, such as the insanely fun roller coasters. Here are my top 10 picks for rides and attractions your tweens will love at Magic Kingdom. Attractions for Fun and Laughs Mad Tea Party – Who doesn’t love a fast paced whirl around in the teacups? Well, there are some who aren’t too fond...

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Top 10 Thrill Rides for Teens at Disney World

Parents often question whether or not their teens will enjoy a Disney World vacation. “Aren’t they too old for princesses?” In case you haven’t noticed, Disney has a TV channel aimed squarely at teens and the theme parks are no less exciting for this age group. While there may not be the standard extreme roller coasters, there are still plenty of exciting thrill rides for teens at Disney World. Imagineers have put a lot more effort into designing rides that tell a story and, even in the queues, riders will find themselves entertained instead of just scared of the...

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What Parents Need to Know About the Disney Cruise Lines Oceaneer Club

The exclusive areas for kids onboard Disney Cruise ships are just one of the many features that make Disney Cruise Line unique. Ranging from infant care to teen clubs, there are unique spaces for all age groups. By far the most popular is the Oceaneer Club. The club is divided into several rooms with different themes and activities to appeal to kids in the 3 to 12 age range. Don’t worry, kids won’t have all the fun. Parents can enjoy some kid-free time to themselves knowing that the younger members of the family are well taken care of by Disney...

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Journey Through History in Parkersburg, West Virginia

Parkersburg, West Virginia sits at a crossroad of early American history. The Ohio river was an important waterway for westward expansion in the early 1800s and port towns sprang up to support travelers. The region also saw the first major oil fields in the United States and was a leader in oil and natural gas production into the 20th century. The Parkersburg area offers an unique glimpse back in time through walking tours, museums, and a boat ride to an island with a special story.   Fort Boreman: See Parkersburg from Above Before heading into Parkersburg, drive up to...

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Best Disney World Resorts for Families

Disney World not only contains four theme parks, it has over 20 resort hotels to choose. From. Over the years, my family and I have stayed at several. Each has its own unique theme and layout. More importantly, there are different price levels and amenities to choose from for your particular vacation style. Will pools be an important part of your days, or maybe easy access to the parks is more important. Here are my picks for best Disney World hotels for families to help you decide. Disney World Pop Century Resort Pop Century has always been my pick...

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Fun Family Activities in Columbus Ohio

Looking for a fun family getaway in the Midwest this summer? Look no further than Columbus in central Ohio where you’ll find plenty of places to explore indoors and outdoors. Interactivity and learning are two factors I always look for when searching for family vacation destinations and Columbus easily fills both categories, while offering a variety of activities to please many interests. Here are a few of the standout attractions we love in this vibrant city.   COSI – The Columbus Center of Science and Industry COSI, located in the heart of Columbus, provides kids of all ages with...

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Discovering the Art of the Carousel at Sandusky’s Merry-Go-Round Museum

One of the joys of travel is discovering new facets of yourself. It could be a delicious food you’ve never heard of, or maybe that zip-lining over the forest is not really as fun as it looks. On occasion, something catches you by surprise. On a recent visit to Sandusky, Ohio’s Merry-Go-Round Museum an unexpected appreciation for carousels surfaced within me. Now, I’ve never been a fan of carousels. Clambering onto an uncomfortable horse to slowly spin and bounce along to the loud oompa-oompa of the pipe organ. Even at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, my favorite place on Earth, I’m...

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Plan a Fun-Filled Guys Weekend in Appleton, Wisconsin

Three fun-filled days was all it took for me to fall in love with the Fox Cities region in Eastern Wisconsin. In the Fox River Valley you’ll find a versatile mix of classic foods, sports, and nightlife to keep anyone entertained. While it’s often touted as a great place for shopping, I found more than enough to plan a fantastic guys weekend. Appleton, the heart of the region, is the perfect base to set up shop for a fun and affordable summer getaway.   What’s a Guy to do in Appleton? You can’t go wrong with a baseball game...

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10 Unique Things to Do in Michigan this Summer

Michigan is a large state with many different environments and activities. The warm summer weather is the perfect time to hit the road for a tour of this wonderful state. From the urban sprawl of Detroit to thick forests of the Upper Peninsula, there is something for every traveler in the Great Lakes State. Here are a few of my favorite activities and places to visit.   Walk Through History at Greenfield Village Henry Ford was an avid collector with the intent of preserving what life was like before people flocked to cities to work in factories. At Greenfield...

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See Why People are Flocking to the National Aviary in Pittsburgh

The National Aviary, located in the Allegheny Commons Park in Pittsburgh’s North Side, offers an unique way to learn about the lives of birds. With more than 500 birds representing over 150 species, the aviary invites visitors to step into open spaces where the birds are as free their guests. The variety of habitats and sheer number of birds made this one of the highlights during our recent family trip to Pittsburgh. Originally built in 1952 as part of a conservatory, the aviary has undergone several expansions and became a publicly owned organization in 1991 when the city could...

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