Road Trips

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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Toy Story Land Opening Announced for Walt Disney World!

Toy Story Land Opening June 30, 2018 The Toy Story Land opening is officially set June 30, 2018. Mark your calendar and get ready for some new magic at Walt Disney World. There are two Toy Story Lands in existence at Hong Kong Disneyland and Disneyland Paris. The newest Toy Story Land is coming to Hollywood Studios, in an area by Toy Story Mania appropriately, back by where Bug’s Life used to be. We used to love Bug’s Life rope course and slides since it offered an area for the little ones to play, similar to the dig park...

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What Is the Golden Spike National Historic Site, and So What?

Just another lawn-mowing day in the life of a Northern Utah teenager. One hot summer afternoon as a kid, I was mowing the front yard when a car pulled over in front of my house.  The passenger rolled his window down and motioned me over.  I stopped the mower and went to the car, which contained two elderly couples. The man driving the car said “hello” and I could tell from his accent he wasn’t a Utah native. In my teenage “you’re interrupting my lawn mowing but how can I help you” voice, I said “hi” back. He asked,...

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Ford Sheds Light on Why We Love and Hate Tech

A relationship thrives when there are strong reasons to be in one and I suppose my love-hate relationship with technology is so strong because the reasons to love and hate it are as boundless as they are compelling. And it seems I’m not alone. In a survey conducted for Ford, “47% of adults globally agree that there is a dark side to technology that’s making us dumber, while 63% claim it makes us less polite.” Perhaps, like me, you have a child who is smart but who has the capacity to be smarter. But as long as he has...

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Kennedy Space Center Day Trip With Kids

On a recent vacation to Orlando we took a day trip to the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral. It’s less than 1 hour from Orlando & definitely worth spending a day with the kids. There is a TON to see & do, and the visitor’s center has a number of massive buildings housing rockets, shuttles & space gear that will impress kids of all ages. Here are the highlights of our day trip to the Kennedy Space Center. Kennedy Space Center Day Trip With Kids Our kids are small, so we didn’t know what to expect, but they’ve done...

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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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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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Portsmouth Historic Dockyards

I’m not sure how things work in your family, but when it comes to my 12 and 10 year old, three words inspire fear (of death-by-boredom) and/or hesitation. They are, in no particular order, “Museum”, “Historic”, and “Brussel Sprouts”. As was expected, when my wife and I announced to them that we were taking them to the Portsmouth Historic Dockyards, you can imagine their initial reaction. Visits to the dentist inspire more excitement than we received on that day, mainly because at least when you’re finished with the dentist, you get a toy. We tried to explain to them...

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Roadside Attractions are Half the Adventure

In this day of massive airliners and six lane highways we focus solely on our travel destination. Pack, fly, arrive, return. What we’re missing is everything in between. The little towns, the natural wonders, the giant fiberglass fish beckoning weary families into a restaurant. These roadside attractions are slowly fading into the past as road trippers stick to the interstates with their cookie cutter exits. There was a time when travelers delighted in finding interesting places along the road instead of barreling by; desperate to reach their end point. It’s time we take a step back and seek out...

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A Father Daughter Trip to Discover Hamilton

I took my Hamilton-obsessed tween daughter to Virginia this past September, to Richmond specifically, but also to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, because like the 3rd President of the United States, she “basically missed the late 80’s.” While we certainly had our fair share of Hamilton fun at Jefferson’s stately home in Charlottesville, walking the grounds, taking pictures, sharing a tasty craft root beer, looking at framed paintings of Marquis de Lafayette (boy, he sure looks different than the one we saw on stage in Chicago!), and imagining the famously flamboyant musical version of Jefferson (both portrayed remarkably by Daveed Diggs...

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