Tim Jones

Tim lives just down the road from the #1 family travel destination, Walt Disney World. Although he, his wife, and two kids visit this area quite often, they’ve also traveled to Peru, Costa Rica, on an 8,600 mile road trip around the US (yes, two kids and parents in a car for 8,600 miles!), and cruises through the Caribbean. Tim has worked in the travel industry for 17 years and is currently planning his next adventure! You can follow Tim and all of his travel adventures on Jones Family Travels.


Worst Disney Character Breakfast?? Trattoria al Forno Character Breakfast

Is Trattoria al Forno character breakfast at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn Resort the worst Disney character breakfast? We believe it just might be the worst Disney character dining experience offered at Disney World. Here’s why. Trattoria al Forno Character Breakfast Food Let’s start with the food. Most Disney character dining includes a buffet or family-style all-you-can-eat food. Trattoria al Forno offers an a la carte menu. You get to pick one entree and a bread/pastry plate comes with your breakfast (currently priced at $34.99 per adult). We recently ate at 1900 Park Fare for their breakfast and for the same...

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Best Disney Character Breakfast? 1900 Park Fare

Is 1900 Park Fare the best character breakfast at Disney World? We love 1900 Park Fare. It may be our favorite Disney Character dining experience for either breakfast or dinner. 1900 Park Fare Breakfast 1900 Park Fare offers a variety of options on their character breakfast buffet, including an omelet station and a buffet for kids only. Hunter’s (my daughter) favorite item is the cold strawberry soup. Our server was even kind enough to get her the recipe! Located in the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, breakfast includes character visits from Mary Poppins, Alice (from Alice in Wonderland), Mad...

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Animal Kingdom Tours: Premium Animal Encounters!

Have you ever thought about taking some Animal Kingdom tours? The Wild Africa Trek? What about the Sense of Africa? We did the Wild Africa Trek, a few years ago. Recently, as part of the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, we had the opportunity to experience the Sense of Africa tour. These premium animal experience Animal Kingdom tours provide the budding Jack Hanna (or Jane Hanna) with an up-close look at the animals, their feeding patterns, and training. They’re unique experiences that shouldn’t be missed! Sense of Africa Animal Kingdom Tours The Sense of Africa tour takes guests behind...

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Experience the New Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, Now!

Did you know you can experience the new Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, now at Disney’s Hollywood Studios? Yes, you can see Galaxy’s Edge (the new Star Wars “land” being built at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida) in Star Tours! Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge in Star Tours At the end of the Star Tours ride, guests “fly” into a CGI model of the new Galaxy’s Edge area being constructed at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge As the name implies, this area exists on the galaxy’s edge, as a hide out, safe haven, or dangerous endeavor, depending on...

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Don’t Ever Take a 3 Night Disney Cruise!

Don’t ever take a 3 night Disney Cruise! Now, we’ve taken our fair share of 3 night Disney Cruises. During the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration in February, we took our 22nd Disney Cruise, including many 3 night cruises. I was reminded on this latest Disney Cruise that 3 night cruises end way too fast! Never Take a 3 Night Disney Cruise You board the ship on day 1, have Nassau on day 2, Castaway Cay on day 3, packing to go home that night, and getting off the ship on day 4. It’s a whirlwind! Typically, we stay on the ship in Nassau. This gives us a day aboard with smaller crowds and more relaxation time. We call Nassau the “Tijuana of the Bahamas.” It’s a touristy stop for all the cruise ships. Once upon a time, Nassau offered great shopping and haggling with local craftspeople. Nowadays, it’s the same stuff you can buy, online or at home. Castaway Cay usually results in a full day off the ship. From the 5K first thing, to lounging on the beach, lunch at Cookie’s BBQ, followed by more lounging or snorkeling or water slides. Regardless of the agenda, you’re zonked by the time you get back to the ship. Then, you have to get everything packed! That’s right, it’s already time to get off the ship! Disney Cruise Agenda I...

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Disney Copper Creek Cabins First Look and Review!

Want to experience the best Disney Vacation Club accommodations offered? Then, take a look at the new Disney Copper Creek Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge! Disney Copper Creek Cabins The Copper Creek Cabins offer a stand-alone cabin at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. Dotting the shoreline of Bay Lake, the cabins provide a remote feel with views of the Magic Kingdom fireworks and the nightly Electrical Water Pageant. These two bedroom, two bath cabins can accommodate up to 8 guests. They feature a full size refrigerator and kitchen, as well as a two-sided fire place. The cabins also include a private...

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Happily Ever After Fireworks from the Grand 1 Yacht

Have you ever dreamed of seeing the Happily Ever After fireworks from the Grand 1 yacht? During the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, I had the opportunity to ride aboard the Grand 1 to watch the Happily Ever After fireworks. This was something we’ve always dreamed of doing, as a family. It was amazing! I will definitely be taking the family back for a ride aboard the Grand 1 yacht. Grand 1 Yacht The Grand 1 is a  52-foot Sea Ray® Sedan Bridge Yacht. With 3 bedrooms, a head (bathroom for you land lubbers), a small kitchen, and plenty of...

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Best Disney Cruise Ship

What is the best Disney Cruise ship? That’s kind of like trying to pick your favorite child, but we’re going to give it a shot! Our family loves to cruise! One of our favorite cruise lines is Disney Cruise Line. We have been on over 20 Disney Cruises, so we do cruise on Disney a lot. We are always asked, “which is our favorite Disney Cruise ship?” I hope this helps you plan your next Disney Cruise vacation. Best Disney Cruise Ship As I mentioned, it’s hard to pick just one Disney Cruise ship; they’re all amazing! I took...

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Winter Wonderland: Minnesota’s North Shore

Do you want a winter wonderland vacation? Look no further than Minnesota’s North Shore! Winter Wonderland Minnesota’s North Shore of Lake Superior really provides a hidden winter wonderland to travelers willing to brave the harsh cold and frequent snows of Minnesota. https://youtu.be/GgF7ZzrqoRk Considered the “off-season,” winter on Minnesota’s North Shore finds many businesses closed for the season, due to lack of tourists. This makes for a wonderful experience for those willing to embrace the cold and venture into the great white North, as many places and opportunities remain open and ready for visitors. During our recent winter wonderland adventure...

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Top Travel Destinations for 2018

What are your top travel destinations for 2018? For the last few years, our family creates a list for the upcoming year of destinations we hope to travel to over the next year. A few days ago, we created our top travel destinations for 2018. Top Travel Destinations for 2018: Costa Rica My wife and I went to Costa Rica on our honeymoon. Ever since we’ve had kids, we wanted to take them to visit this wonderfully diverse country. Two years ago, we discovered a friend owns a rental home in Costa Rica, near the coast. We found this...

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