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 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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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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3 Things to NEVER do on a Plane

I’d like to share 3 things that you should NEVER do on a plane. I’m sure there’s more (like yelling or even saying bomb — see Meet the Parents, for reference), but these are three that I experienced on my last flight. We recently made a trip to New York City with our whole family for a conference. Flying home was like something you’d see in a movie. A tragic comedy, probably. Delta delayed our flight home 6 times. The last delay had our flight leaving at 2AM, instead of the original 7PM. I can only imagine the meltdowns...

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5 Best Places for Dad to Take a Break at Disney World

Where can Dad take a break at Disney World? 5 Places for Dad to Take a Break at Disney World It’s 95 degrees outside, the humidity is approaching 200%, you’ve waited in 4 hour long lines, the kids are cranky, and you’re exhausted. What can you do that will keep the kids and Mom happy that gives you a brief respite from the chaos? Peoplemover The Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover is an all-time favorite to take a break at Disney World. This emissions-free transport vehicle takes guests on a 10 minute tour of Tomorrowland. For Dads, it’s a chance...

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Legoland Beach Retreat Resort NOW OPEN!

Step back into old Florida at the all new Legoland Beach Retreat Resort! Legoland Beach Retreat Resort The Legoland Beach Retreat Resort features superb LEGO theming throughout a village-style resort with brightly colored bungalows. Each bungalow includes two resort rooms. Thirteen horseshoe-shaped “coves” named after popular LEGO Minifigures dot the shore of Lake Dexter about three-quarters of a mile away from the entrance to Legoland Florida. The resort really takes you back to a bygone era in the Sunshine State when roadside motels were more common than the Disneyfied mega-resorts. This style provides a quaint, relaxing experience for guests,...

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Adopt a Banshee in Pandora: World of Avatar

Adopt your very own banshee from Pandora! Deep within Windtraders merchandise store, Pandora explorers will find an Ikran (Banshee) Rookery. Typically, you will run into the Banshee Rookery and adopt a banshee after riding Flight of Passage, since it routes you directly through Windtraders to exit the ride. It would be hard to miss the Rookery, but it’s directly to your right just before exiting the store. The banshees cost $49.95 and you can get a display perch for the banshee to sit on. However, it’s obvious as you explore Pandora that these creatures were meant to perch on...

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I’m All About That B.A.S.S. Fishing Excursion at Disney World

Did you know you could go fishing at Disney World? Many people don’t know about this unique experience available in a few locations at Disney World. Fishing at Disney World Disney World offers 2 and 4 hour guided fishing excursions at several locations throughout Disney World. These catch-and-release trips provide great experiences for kids and young fishermen and women. Although it’s actual fishing (none of the lakes are stocked lakes), the guides know their stuff and they put you on the fish, if at all possible. Perfect for amateur and more experienced fishers, the B.A.S.S. guided fishing excursions give you...

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