/Tag: family

How to Use the Play Disney App: Before, During and After your Trip!

2018-11-28T10:05:33-04:00

Earlier this year Disney released a whole new way to experience the Parks: the Play Disney App! The App for your Android or iOS phone is a great addition to your trip. You can use it Before, During and After your Magical Vacation, and here is how! First, be sure and download the App Before you Leave! We all know WiFi isn’t always dependable, so have your phones ready before you leave! Make sure that your phone is up to [...]

How to Use the Play Disney App: Before, During and After your Trip!2018-11-28T10:05:33-04:00

Universal’s Sapphire Falls Resort -A Review for Families

2018-02-27T11:42:58-04:00

I recently booked a stay at Universal’s newest on-site hotel, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, for my family. I liked it, my husband loved it, and my toddler and baby enjoyed it. I thought I’d share some pros and cons and a few tips if you are considering a stay at Sapphire Falls. Facts: Sapphire Falls is Universal Orlando’s newest resort hotel and the first “moderate” level resort. Universal calls it a Preferred Level resort. Express Passes are not included in [...]

Universal’s Sapphire Falls Resort -A Review for Families2018-02-27T11:42:58-04:00

Walt Disney World Character Dining Overview

2019-08-23T10:32:27-04:00

  Character Dining at Walt Disney World is a lot of fun and a great way to meet some of your favorite characters saving valuable park time doing it during your dining time. Here are some tips for character dining at Walt Disney World and an overview of each restaurant, so you have all of them in one place for reference. General Tips Reservations - Table Service Dining opens 180 days in advance. Character Dining is very popular. Reserving early [...]

Walt Disney World Character Dining Overview2019-08-23T10:32:27-04:00

Disney’s Castaway Cay Beach Cabanas– What’s Included?

2019-06-05T07:29:42-04:00

Updated June 4, 2019, with new information. Located on both the family and adult only beaches Disney offers 25 private luxurious cabanas to rent for the day while at Castaway Cay.  Not only are they a hideaway with their own private beaches they include many amenities as well.  On our last cruise, we were able to secure one and enjoyed having our own refuge for the day.  The day before arriving at Castaway Cay day you will receive a model [...]

Disney’s Castaway Cay Beach Cabanas– What’s Included?2019-06-05T07:29:42-04:00

Recreation on NCL Epic

2017-06-15T22:39:12-04:00

NCL Epic is large ship, bursting from bow to stern with fun activities. From pools to bowling to trivia, there is plenty to do from sun up to sun down (and even after)! Pools – The pool areas on NCL Epic are much more than just pools. There are 2 main pools (one in the adult only section), 5 hot tubs, water slides, and an aqua park for the youngest cruisers. The slides include 2 body slides and 1 tube [...]

Recreation on NCL Epic2017-06-15T22:39:12-04:00

Step by Step How to Mobile Order at Satu’li Canteen

2017-06-15T22:13:24-04:00

While visiting the Valley of Mo’Ara you are bound to get hungry! And they have a delicious, healthy quick service restaurant for you at the back of the Valley called Satu’li Canteen. Satu’li Canteen is also a part of Disney’s new mobile ordering system and it is so easy to use! You will need to utilize your Mobile My Disney Experience App, Select Dining, and then Animal Kingdom As of June 2017, there are 2 restaurants in the Animal Kingdom [...]

Step by Step How to Mobile Order at Satu’li Canteen2017-06-15T22:13:24-04:00

Everything You Need to Know about Tapu Tapu

2017-06-23T08:37:07-04:00

Volcano Bay is a mysterious Island at Universal with many adventures just waiting for you! Your Key to all the fun is your Tapu Tapu! What is a Tapu Tapu? Tapu Tapu is a wearable interactive band much like your fitness band. Once you scan your ticket at the park entrance, you will be given your Tapu Tapu. TIP: Be sure and ask for the Rubber Band, because playing in the water and sliding down slides may cause the band [...]

Everything You Need to Know about Tapu Tapu2017-06-23T08:37:07-04:00

Tips for Getting the Most out of Volcano Bay

2017-06-15T22:00:03-04:00

Volcano Bay is an amazing water park – in fact it is probably the best water park! You can spend an entire day enjoying this attraction, and here is how to get the most out of your stay! Book Seating Chairs and umbrellas are first come-first served in the beach areas of the park. Your best bet is to reserve Premium Seating or Cabanas. Premium Seating comes with 2 padded loungers, a locker, cover and a personal server all day! [...]

Tips for Getting the Most out of Volcano Bay2017-06-15T22:00:03-04:00

Don’t Miss These 10 Things at Pandora!

2017-06-15T21:51:25-04:00

  The World of Pandora is truly larger than life! And many of the beautiful attractions are obvious such as the Floating Mountains, the Na'Vi River Journey and the Flights of Passage. However, there is so much more to see – and you don't want to miss these 10 things! Flaska Reclinata The Valley of Mo'Ara has many unique plants and animals! Your first encounter will be with the Flaska Reclinata. It will be on your right as you enter [...]

Don’t Miss These 10 Things at Pandora!2017-06-15T21:51:25-04:00

Specialty Dining on NCL Epic

2017-05-24T15:45:56-04:00

  On the NCL Epic, the Freestyle way of life really comes to life with all of the different dining options available. The Epic has 11 complimentary dining options as well as 7 specialty dining , which have a surcharge. You can purchase dining packages or in some cases, receive a dining package for free (depending on available discounts). Children can order from the kid’s menu at specialty restaurants for no extra charge or order from the specialty menu for [...]

Specialty Dining on NCL Epic2017-05-24T15:45:56-04:00

Freestyle Complimentary Dining on NCL Epic

2017-04-04T12:30:25-04:00

On all NCL ships, the focus is on Freestyle Cruising which means there is no set dining time each night, there’s no strict dress code, and you won’t be stuck seated with tablemates you can’t stand each night (unless they’re part of your family!). On the NCL Epic, the Freestyle way of life really works with all of the different dining options available. The Epic has 11 complimentary dining options as well as 7 specialty dining options, which have a [...]

Freestyle Complimentary Dining on NCL Epic2017-04-04T12:30:25-04:00

Puerto Vallarta-A Great Family Vacation Destination

2017-01-10T15:08:30-04:00

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is a wonderful destination for a family looking for a warm destination to travel to during the winter months.   The friendly people, amazing weather, beautiful resorts and good food make it a great place to visit for all ages. Resorts: Resorts can be found in 4 different locations-downtown Puerto Vallarta, the Puerto Vallarta Marina area, Nuevo Vallarta, and Punta Mita. You’ll find both all-inclusive resort options and resorts that aren’t all-inclusive. There are some terrific restaurants throughout [...]

Puerto Vallarta-A Great Family Vacation Destination2017-01-10T15:08:30-04:00

My 5 Favorite Things About Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa

2016-12-02T09:43:04-04:00

Location – This seems obvious, right? Aulani is in Hawaii, so how could it be anything less than fantastic. To me, one of the best things about Aulani, is that it is Ko’Olina. This is on the less touristy, less busy side of Oahu. You’re 27 miles away from Waikiki, 26 miles from North Shore, and 17 miles from Pearl Harbor. This means that you feel very secluded and private, but you’re not far from lot of other activities. Food [...]

My 5 Favorite Things About Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa2016-12-02T09:43:04-04:00

Which Good Neighbor Hotel is best for you?

2016-12-02T08:44:10-04:00

Are you traveling to Disneyland or California Adventure theme parks soon and are you trying to find the best place for you to stay? If there are no rooms available at one of the fabulous Disney Hotels: Paradise Pier, Disneyland Hotel, or Californian Grand, then a good neighbor hotel is the next best choice. There are over 40 good neighbor hotels that offer award winning accommodations, complimentary food, secure parking; some also offer free parking, and many offer the convenience [...]

Which Good Neighbor Hotel is best for you?2016-12-02T08:44:10-04:00

A Preview of Adventures by Disney “Southern California Backstage Magic”

2016-09-27T09:05:27-04:00

Adventures by Disney is an amazing way to see the world with a Disney difference. Your tour will have two Adventure Guides take you into VIP access areas and to private events and cultural experiences that only the Disney name can unlock. Also included with your Adventure are most meals, admission fees to attractions, transportation within the vacation, and luggage service when changing hotel accommodations. The accommodations are all selected by Disney to give you the best experience available, and [...]

A Preview of Adventures by Disney “Southern California Backstage Magic”2016-09-27T09:05:27-04:00

Universal Islands of Adventure Jurassic Park

2016-09-19T09:18:56-04:00

At Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park, you’ll find thrills of all kinds from superheroes to the Wizarding World, and even the prehistoric variety. In Jurassic Park, you can come face to face with the dinosaurs, just as John Hammond intended. When you enter through the gates at Jurassic Park, the movie’s iconic theme song will immediately be playing in your head. You’ll wonder how Universal transported everything from that mysterious island to southern Florida! One of the more interactive [...]

Universal Islands of Adventure Jurassic Park2016-09-19T09:18:56-04:00

Cruising Disney Cruise Lines with Young Children

2016-04-28T09:51:05-04:00

It’s no secret that Disney knows families. So what’s the perfect family cruise? A Disney Cruise of course! With 4 ships and itineraries all over the globe, adventure is just around the corner! If you have a younger child, you may not be sure if a Disney Cruise is for you. Here are some wonderful things about cruising with young children on Disney Cruise Lines. All Disney Cruise ships have complimentary drop-off youth programs for children ages 3-12, who are [...]

Cruising Disney Cruise Lines with Young Children2016-04-28T09:51:05-04:00

Sailing with Character

2016-04-21T08:08:33-04:00

When you cruise with Disney Cruise Lines, you don’t just cruise, you cruise with characters. Imagine rubbing elbows with Captain Hook and Mr. Smee, dancing with Princesses, chatting with Jack Sparrow, even telling Santa Claus your Christmas Wishes – all this and more can happen on a Disney Cruise. For the most part, character greetings on the cruise happen just like character greetings in the parks. The character greeting schedules are posted in your Personal Navigator as well as through [...]

Sailing with Character2016-04-21T08:08:33-04:00

Experience Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure

2016-02-29T11:13:20-04:00

  Every child dreams of being a secret agent. And at Epcot, with Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure, you can make that dream a reality. Dr. Doofenshmirtz, from “Phineas and Ferb” has tried to take over different countries around World Showcase. And it’s up to Agent P, with your help, to stop him. And along the way, you just might find some of EPCOTs hidden magic, that you can’t see any other way. Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure is a [...]

Experience Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure2016-02-29T11:13:20-04:00

What to Bring on Your Disney Cruise!

2016-01-26T13:04:59-04:00

When you’re traveling on Disney Cruise Line, you’re traveling on a sailing that was made with families in mind. From large staterooms with bathtubs to amazing Broadway style entertainment, there truly is something for everyone on a Disney Cruise. When you’re packing your bags, don’t forget these important items. Costumes – If your sailing is traveling to the Bahamas or Caribbean, you’ll be able to experience Disney’s Pirate Night Deck Party. Family pictures with Captain Hook and Mr. Smee are [...]

What to Bring on Your Disney Cruise!2016-01-26T13:04:59-04:00

Clarion Hotel Not Your Average Good Neighbor Hotel

2015-12-31T16:31:47-04:00

  Clarion Hotel is not your average Good Neighbor Hotel for so many reasons! From the moment you walk through the hotel lobby doors you are greeted and treated as if you are family! The staff at Clarion Hotel prides themselves in getting you checked-in and into your room as quickly as possible. They want your vacation to begin the minute you step inside their hotel and they want you to see why their hotel is one of the best [...]

Clarion Hotel Not Your Average Good Neighbor Hotel2015-12-31T16:31:47-04:00

Character Dining at the Disneyland Resort

2016-01-08T08:41:52-04:00

Character dining at the Disneyland Resort is quite a bit different than at Disney World. Because the resort is a bit smaller, there aren’t quite as many options to choose from. But once you experience the character meals, you’ll love the Disneyland difference!!   There are two types of character meals at Disneyland – character meals and premium character meals. Vouchers for both types can be added to your vacation package (ask your Travel with the Magic Travel Planner for more [...]

Character Dining at the Disneyland Resort2016-01-08T08:41:52-04:00

Redwood Creek Challenge Trail – Fun for the Whole Family!

2015-09-30T13:05:44-04:00

Everyone has their favorite classic Disney movies. One of my daughter’s favorites is not an older classic, but one of the newer Disney movies, UP! from 2009. We’ve laughed at Dug, the golden retriever, and his easily distracted manner. “SQUIRREL!” Aren’t we all a little like Dug? We think of UP! every time we see a huge bunch of multi colored balloons. Sometimes, we wish we could uproot our home and sail off in the sky to Paradise Falls. We [...]

Redwood Creek Challenge Trail – Fun for the Whole Family!2015-09-30T13:05:44-04:00

Family fun at Catalina Island

2015-07-01T13:37:03-04:00

Catalina Island, California’s hidden gem! If you have never been to Catalina Island you really must make it a point to go and see this amazing Island. You can make it a day trip or a weekend getaway. Either way you will not be disappointed. It is a great place to take your family or if you are in need of a couple’s getaway. You must first book a ferry ride over with one of the two boats that over [...]

Family fun at Catalina Island2015-07-01T13:37:03-04:00

The most fun you never knew you were going to have!

2015-04-28T16:53:34-04:00

On our recent NCL Jewel cruise to Roatan, Belize, and Cozumel, we decided to book the Gumbalimba Animal Sanctuary excursion through NCL. We weren’t sure what to expect, but the reviews were good, so we took our chances and this excursion ended up being the highlight of our cruise! Our meeting time for the excursion was not until 11:45. We left the ship early to explore the shopping area at the port. There were plenty of shops to choose from [...]

The most fun you never knew you were going to have!2015-04-28T16:53:34-04:00

Surfing at Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa

2015-04-09T08:22:52-04:00

  When planning your trip to Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa in Hawaii, you will likely have images of relaxing by the beach or watching the kids play in the pool while you sample a Dole Whip or Shaved Ice. However, if you’re looking for a bit more excitement, Disney has what you’re looking for! Disney offers excursions from Aulani via Pleasant Holidays or Adventures by Disney. On our recent trip to Aulani, we debated as to which excursion [...]

Surfing at Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa2015-04-09T08:22:52-04:00

PhotoPass at Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa

2015-03-03T15:26:01-04:00

One of the most fun parts of a family vacation is creating collectibles of all the fun to remember after you return home. Photos are an easy souvenir and a wonderful way to relive all the fun your family had. Visitors to Disney Parks may be familiar with Disney’s PhotoPass system, the system which allows guests to view photos taken by Disney photographers. You can view these photos online or at kiosks while at the park, and for additional pricing, [...]

PhotoPass at Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa2015-03-03T15:26:01-04:00

Aunty’s Beach House at Disney’s Aulani Resort and Spa

2015-01-28T12:51:10-04:00

Family comes first while on vacation, especially when vacationing with Disney. You may be on an island, far away from the Disney parks, but this still rings true at Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa Hawaii. One of the best things for children at Aulani is Aunty’s Beach House. Aunty’s is a 5,200 square foot club for kids ages 3 to 12. Parents check in their kids to the secure club area and are free to enjoy the adult pool, [...]

Aunty’s Beach House at Disney’s Aulani Resort and Spa2015-01-28T12:51:10-04:00

Disneyland PhotoPass+

2014-09-25T19:59:28-04:00

Disney parks have a great way of making it easy for you to capture the magic while on vacation with the PhotoPass system. There are photographers located throughout the Disneyland resorts – at park entrances, prime locations, and at select meet and greets – ready to take your picture and then, if you don’t already have one, provide you with a PhotoPass card. This PhotoPass card can then be used at all photographer locations for the remainder of your trip. [...]

Disneyland PhotoPass+2014-09-25T19:59:28-04:00

Carnival Cruise Lines are so much fun for the entire family!

2014-08-26T13:10:59-04:00

Carnival Cruise’s Lines were made for the entire family to enjoy! Carnival cruises has something for everyone and every age to enjoy while cruising on their cruise lines. They truly try to make each cruise and cruise ship cater to every member of your family and every age group that is cruising. There is so much to do on every Carnival Cruise ship from daily activities, entertaining shows, pools, games, mini golf, relaxing spa services, Fitness Center, Casino, dance club, [...]

Carnival Cruise Lines are so much fun for the entire family!2014-08-26T13:10:59-04:00

Dine with Princesses at Ariel’s Grotto

2014-08-26T12:42:20-04:00

If you have young daughters, no trip to a Disney park would be complete without visiting the Princesses. At the Disneyland resort in California, one great way to meet a lot of Princesses at one time is to make a dining reservation at Ariel’s Grotto – located in Disney California Adventure. Ariel’s Grotto is a fun, beach themed restaurant that looks over Paradise Pier. There is indoor and outdoor seating (be sure to note your request if you have a [...]

Dine with Princesses at Ariel’s Grotto2014-08-26T12:42:20-04:00

Which Universal Orlando Resort is right for you?

2014-01-08T20:40:57-04:00

One of the best things about visiting Universal Orlando and staying on property is the location. Universal has 3 deluxe hotels located walking distance from City Walk and both theme parks. All three hotels are 4-Diamond properties and offer many perks for resort guests. These perks include priority restaurant and show seating, early park admission to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, resort wide charging, merchandise delivery to your room, resort shuttle and water taxi transportation to the parks and [...]

Which Universal Orlando Resort is right for you?2014-01-08T20:40:57-04:00