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.

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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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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