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.

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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Best Time to Visit Disney World (and the Time to Avoid)

The best (and worst) times to visit Walt Disney World As a Floridian and part-time Orlando resident, I’m often asked, “When is the best time to visit Disney World?” Or, “When’s the slow time at Disney World?” Well, the short “dad” answer is when other people can’t. There you go. You’re welcome. Have a nice day and get off my lawn! I guess I could give a little more detail. Best Time to Visit Disney World: Just After a Holiday Have the kids been out of school for an extended period of time? You’re pulling your hair out, anxiously...

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New! Christmas at Disney World Show: Sunset Seasons Greetings

Christmas at Disney World now includes a new show called Sunset Seasons Greetings at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.   This show, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, replaces the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights that remained extremely popular up to it’s cancellation. Christmas at Disney World: The End of Osborne Disney World announced in 2015 that the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights would end, that year. The final show was on January 6, 2016. Disney provided little to no explanation for cancelling the popular show. The 2016 Christmas season did not include a holiday show at Hollywood Studios. You can...

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: Is It Worth It?

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is an American tradition and a tradition in our home. Typically, on Thanksgiving morning, our family gets up at our leisure in our jammies and sit down to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I begin cooking cinnamon and orange sweet rolls and break out the orange juice. We enjoy a nice, easy-going Thanksgiving morning watching the balloons, bands, and Broadway acts as they perform in front of Macy’s on TV. This year, that was not our “American tradition.” Back when it was still hot and sticky here in Florida, my wife won tickets...

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Best Water Park in Orlando?

What’s the best water park in Orlando? My friends often ask, “What water park is the best one to visit in Orlando?” We live a couple hours north of Orlando, so we have a lot of friends that drive down for the day to hit one of the water parks. Until recently, I would have said SeaWorld’s Aquatica. Great family water park. Lots to do. Unique rides (you can slide THROUGH a dolphin tank!). Recently, though, I visited Universal’s new water park, Volcano Bay (for the record, I was not paid to visit the park. Was not there on...

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Best Disney Value Resort: Pop Century

What is the best Disney Value Resort?     Our family averages about 30 stays in Disney World resorts, every year. With this kind of experience, we get a lot of people asking, “what’s the best Disney Value Resort?” Occasionally, we’ll get the “what’s the best Disney moderate resort?” Value definitely wins the prize for most often asked, though. With new, more modern renovations taking place, Pop Century definitely wins Best Disney Value Resort. Of the Disney Value Resort options, Pop Century always held a top spot, for us. Now, it’s set itself apart, even more. Best Disney Value...

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Take a Hike! Lessons Learned Hiking to Delicate Arch

Take a hike! Any hike! Just get outside and do it! Delicate Arch Hike: The Story 5 years ago, our family took an 8,600 mile road trip around the US. 23 states. 11 National Parks. Memories that will last a lifetime. One memory that stuck with me over the years was Delicate Arch. We arrived at Arches National Park after a four and a half hour drive from Bryce Canyon. It was 115 degrees outside and Arches appeared to be mostly a driving park. Our kids were 6 and 8 at the time. They were a bit cranky with...

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Experience the Disney Difference with Adventures by Disney!

Experience the “Disney Difference” with an Adventures by Disney trip!   Going on an Adventures by Disney trip is unlike any other vacation your family will take and most of that uniqueness comes from the “Disney Difference.” What is Adventures by Disney? Members of our family have been on three different Adventures by Disney trips. We just returned from our first trip with the entire family for the Arizona/Utah itinerary where we visited Sedona, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, and Arches National Park. Many of our friends think we’re just going to Disneyland or Disney World and having an adventure....

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