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The Traveling Dad Guide to Pandora: The World of Avatar

The Traveling Dad Guide to Pandora: The World of Avatar was reported by Shawn McAskill, Paul Eisenberg, Tim Jones, Daymon Patterson, Josh Rodriguez, and John C. Vanda at Pandora’s debut in May 2017 and was updated by Paul in July 2018 when a delegation from Traveling Dad and Traveling Mom swarmed the Toy Story Land opening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The larger point here is that the Traveling Dads REVISIT places, because that’s what unshaven men with reporting skills do. It was only last year that we came, we saw, and drank beer in the morning. What we discovered —...

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The Traveling Dad Video Guide to Toy Story Land With Daym Drops

The Traveling Dad Video Guide to Disney Toy Story Land is not the definitive guide to Toy Story Land but it’s certainly among the first — a Traveling Mom/Traveling Dad delegation was embedded at the worldwide media preview of the new land at Walt Disney World’s Disney’s Hollywood Studios the weekend of June 29 — and it will certainly be the only guide featuring Traveling Dad senior entertainment correspondent at large Daymon Patterson, known the world over as well as throughout the Dagobah System as Daym Drops. It’s not easy to get a gratuitous “Star Wars” reference into a...

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Sliding Into Summer with the Dr. Seuss Word Challenge on All Carnival Cruise Ships In July

Carnival Cruise Line is known for many things. There’s Grooving for St. Jude outside on the Lido deck, towel animal surprises in your cabin each evening, and, on the newer ships Vista and Horizon, the only IMAX Theaters at sea and a craft brewery on board. For little kids, what they probably love most about cruising on a Fun Ship is Carnival’s long standing partnership with Dr. Seuss! This month, that incredibly fun partnership offers young people a special bookish challenge during their summer cruise vacation. The Dr. Seuss Word Challenge is simple: read as many Dr. Seuss words...

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Celebrate Father’s Day With Dads Who Rock (and Rap)

Being a dad blogger means I get to know about a lot of rad dads doing rad things in the honeymoon glow of fatherhood. There’s my pal Sean Singleton’s Pop Lyfe Shop , the wonderful City Dads Groups all across the country, and Broadway actor-turned-dad-turned-entrepreneur Gavin Lodge’s high end diaper bags for handsome dudes sold in Barney’s of New York! But there’s a collection of rad dads I’ve known for even longer. These guys are the dads who rock (and rap) for families seeking awesome all-ages alternative music. Sharing music you love with your kid is stellar but sharing...

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Complete Guide to Disney’s Vero Beach Resort

Guide to Disney’s Vero Beach Resort We stayed at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort, a Disney Vacation Club property, for Mother’s Day weekend. It worked out because not only did it give us something special to do for our family matriarch, but also an opportunity to learn more about Disney Vacation Club, something we’ve been on the fence about for the last several years. The trip helped shed light on the DVC, which is what the cool Disney members call it for short. Vero Beach, Getting There We visited Vero Beach in the past, a three hour drive from our home in Southwest Florida.  Vero...

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Guide to LEGOLAND Florida LEGO Star Wars Days

Walt Disney World is NOT the only theme park where you can meet Star Wars characters and celebrate the dark side. LEGOLAND Florida each year has LEGO Star Wars Days events that are not to be missed. So, if you have little ones that love LEGO bricks and Star Wars, they are in for a magical weekend. This exclusive LEGOLAND event begins May 5 and runs for three consecutive weekends (May 5-6, 12-13 & 19-20, 2018). It’s a fun annual park event that families look forward to attending each year. All activities are included with park admission. No extra...

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Kids Rock Climbing with Fun Walls

Kids rock climbing is becoming more prevalent, in part, due to retail stores installing them trying to lure back customers. In southwest Florida, the Miromar Outlets installed a rock climbing wall from Fun Walls. The walls kept our fearless – for the most part – kids entertained for almost an hour, which is the minimum time you can purchase. We paid $10 per hour for each kid. You really want to make sure that you kid is ready for it because if they get scared or bored after a few minutes, you’re out of 10 bucks! Our preschoolers are...

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The Great LEGO Race Ride Opens in LEGOLAND Florida

Get your motor running! The newest attraction The Great Lego Race now open at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort, just outside of Orlando, combines roller coaster excitement with virtual reality (VR) technology, putting guests in the center of an out-of-this-world thrill. LEGOLAND Florida Resort features more than 50 rides, and it’s newest ride The Great LEGO® Race invites guests into a virtual world where they’re the star of an exhilirating race against several LEGO minifigure competitors — all while taking an roller coaster ride! A LEGO pirate, surfer, wizard, pharaoh are ready to outpace the competition at every turn. Virtual Reality Wearing the optional, but...

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When Old Lovers Meet (What We Miss When We Travel)

Parents aside, baseball was my first love. Red Wings hockey quickly followed. Both relationships were nothing but positive, save for some long nights to stay in touch during west coast road trips. “I love you so much” “You go to sleep first” “No, you hang up” “No, you!” Throughout my childhood, while listening to the static silence of indistinguishable voices emanating from ballpark seats be cut by the crack of wooden bats on AM radio, I also developed a fondness for travel thanks to a dad whose small business flourished in Reagan’s 80s. I carry forward the sense of...

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Which Toy Story Land Rides Work Best for Little Ones? | TravelingDad

Toy Story Land Rides for the Entire Family The new Toy Story Land is officially open bringing 11 acres of nonstop fun to Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios! There are already two other Toy Story Lands in existence at Hong Kong Disneyland and Disneyland Paris, now Hollywood Studio’s in Orlando offers the latest in the 20-year franchise with Toy Story Land Rides for the entire family. The two brand new rides include the Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers. The newest Toy Story Land also now houses the entrance to the previous interactive Toy Story Mania ride, a...

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