Destinations

Exploring Detroit’s Food Culture

Originally settled by the French, British and Americans colonists quickly erased any hopes of fancy fare from the menus; leaving only place names on the odd street sign. Detroit stands out in the Midwest for its later influx of immigrants. While cities like Chicago and St. Louis grew quickly with westward expansion and trade, Michigan was left behind in the rush to expand in the 1800s. The World knows Detroit as The Motor City for good reason. In the early decades of the twentieth century immigrants were drawn to the city by the promise of good wages and shorter...

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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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Disney’s Pandora – Flying, Gawking, Eating, Banshees, and more!

https://travelingdad.com/podcast-player/5721/disneys-pandora-podcast.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 1:08:05Mufasa shoplifts, Vader needs to join AA, and one of the Disney castmembers in Pandora may have been on recreational drugs!  It’s time for another jam-packed podcast filled with all the details from our recent trip to Walt Disney World to experience the dedication of Pandora – The World of Avatar.  Or, as I like to call it, Pandora – Can You Tell Which Plants are the Fake Ones?  You’re getting a full hour this episode, at least 12 minutes of it containing useful information!  Lucky You!  Check out the...

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How did our kids with allergies do at Disney World?

Traveling with kids with allergies poses a unique challenge in that it can often define where you travel to and how much luggage you need to take. Still, allergies don’t prevent us from traveling, but we do plan much more in advance than we would otherwise. For our trip to Disney World (our first), we actually assumed there would be plenty of food for the kids to enjoy, even if it wasn’t necessarily healthy (read: greasy food every day). So we brought some food from home, but really didn’t pack much and basically winged it except for pre-booking 1...

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Why Animal Kingdom is the Best Disney Park for Preschoolers

Disney vacations with preschoolers can be a challenge for many reasons. Number one for your child  (if not you as well), is finding appropriate rides. The little ones are likely to feel left out as they are relegated to “It’s a Small World” and “Pirates of the Caribbean,” while mom, dad, and older siblings take turns on the more exciting rides. In addition, Disney’s parks are sprawling. Even with all the transportation options available, making your way from end to end is exhausting for their fast-moving but nonetheless tiny legs. Worst of all is the worry that they’re just...

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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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How To Eat on a Budget in Disney Springs

It’s alright to admit it. The thing most dads fear when planning a Disney trip are the outrageous expenses involved. Especially when it comes to food. Eating inside or outside any of the major parks and surrounding areas can be an intimidating ask for even the most respectable bank account. Sure, you’re on vacation so you expect to indulge a little, but is a $100-per-day meal budget too much to hope for? Believe it or not, it’s possible. The question of whether you have to choose between sustenance for a family of four and future college tuition finally has...

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Best Things to do at Epcot with Preschoolers

Best Things to do at Epcot with Preschoolers Epcot may not be the first park that comes to mind when thinking about Walt Disney World destinations for your preschoolers. Epcot is a must-do with preschoolers, especially on the very busy weekend days at Magic Kingdom. Below are some of best things to do at Epcot with preschoolers from Traveling Dad. On warm days, which can be any day in Florida, let the youngsters get drenched in the oval splash pad. It’s located on the main path from Future World to the World Showcase, across from the Disney Phineas and Ferb: Agent P’s World...

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Ghost Town Austin, Texas

Ever been to a ghost town?  Well if you are visiting Austin, Texas you can take a short drive out to J. Lorraine Ghost Town to be exact. If you head down 290 East toward Houston you will see a tiny sign saying “ghost town – 1 mile” with an arrow pointing South.  After driving past the sign a few times we decided to drive down and see what the ghost town was all about. The J. Lorraine ghost town is an 1800’s inspired town sitting on 4.5 acres near Austin, Texas.  It  is open year round, weather permitting...

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Complete Guide to Drinking at Walt Disney World

Who says visiting theme parks is only fun for the kids? Drinking at Walt Disney World might help relax you after shepherding the kids around the parks all day. Let’s journey through the parks and resorts to find the tastiest cocktails found at some of the best watering holes. Drinking at Walt Disney World: Resorts Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is perhaps one of the best bars in all of Disney. It’s a tiki bar located at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. You will find some of the most creative cocktails, perhaps ever! The bar is dark, and cool, which makes it a viable...

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