Amazing Activities for Tweens on Disney Cruise Lines

While often viewed as the premiere ships for parents of young children, Disney Cruise Lines also caters to the desires of older kids. Tweens, in particular, benefit from the diverse array of areas and activities on the ship designed just for them. Being a transitional age group (10-12), the Disney ships offer the security of supervised areas alongside adult-free zones where kids can test their budding social skills. As my daughter enters the tween years, her recent experience on the Disney Dream was exciting and let her choose which activities had appeal.   A Note on Tweens and Social...

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Disney in 2018: What’s New?!?!

https://travelingdad.com/podcast-player/8129/disney-2018.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 35:31What to Expect out of this Podcast Excuse me while we pick up the brain matter from our heads exploding.  We’ve just finished this podcast, which you should listen to right now, and it’s all about Disney events in 2018.  We’d say there are too many to list, but that’s a lie.  We could list them all, but if we did that, you might not listen to the PODCAST.  Check out the timeline so that you can skip to the pertinent parts.  Remember though, every time you skip part of...

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Should you run to a runDisney event?

https://travelingdad.com/podcast-player/7891/rundisney.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 36:03Have you ever thought to yourself, “I think I’ll go for a run where I’ll encounter costumed people with enormous heads?”  Us too!  That’s why Vader registered for a runDisney event at Walt Disney World in 2009, and also why Mufasa and family registered for a family 5K in 2017.  We’ll tell you all about it in this week’s episode of the Don’t Make Me Pull This Flying Elephant Over podcast.  Check out the timeline below if you want a sneak peek at what’s to come. Or,  just sit back...

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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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Disneyland Paris Day Trip

Before moving to South Florida we lived in Paris, France for 2.5 years and made sure we fit in a Disneyland Paris day trip. It’s easy enough to get to Disneyland from Paris for a day trip as long as you plan ahead. Because we had a car, we drove, but another (and possibly better) option is to go by train. There are plenty of regular services from Paris to Disneyland, which are likely to be more reliable than traffic in & around Paris. Disneyland Paris Day Trip We went on our Disneyland Paris day trip to celebrate our...

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the Perfect Park for Preschoolers

When planning a Disney World vacation, parents often focus solely on the Magic Kingdom for entertaining their preschoolers. It’s the obvious choice; Cinderella Castle greeting you from afar and plenty of recognizable characters and rides aimed squarely at their youthful audience. Epcot and Hollywood Studios fill in the extra days. Lost in the shuffle is Animal Kingdom. With only three rides for little tykes, parents overlook all the amazing shows and adventure and animals. “Isn’t it just a zoo?” Over the years I’ve come to enjoy Animal Kingdom from my daughter’s perspective. First as a toddler and now moving...

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Disney Cruise Tips – Expect the Unexpected on Longer Disney Cruises

Spending two weeks onboard a Disney cruise ship is little more than a dream for those of us with school-age children. But my in-laws have no such limitations. They recently returned from a two-week Disney Cruise Lines (DCL) sailing on the Wonder from San Diego through the Panama Canal to Galveston, Texas. I got to live vicariously through them and learned these Disney cruise tips for longer Disney cruises.    Disney Cruise Tips for Longer Disney Cruises My in-laws booked this cruise while sailing with my family on the Disney Wonder Alaska cruise we did back in 2014. This was their second cruise on...

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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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12 Reasons to Stay at a Disney World Resort

One of the first steps in planning a vacation at Walt Disney World for your family is deciding where to stay. There are several factors to think about when choosing a hotel including, budget, location, and how much time you plan to spend at the hotel. A trip to Disney World adds a few more items to the list for the more than 20 very unique resorts located within its borders, such as transportation option and amazing themes. Let’s take a look at several of the reasons I recommend staying at a Disney World resort; especially for first time...

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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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