Disney Family Fun Magazine Deal

by Kristi on September 1, 2014

disney-family-fun-magazine-dealIf you are looking for a great magazine that not only has articles for parents, but also is kid friendly in that you can feel comfortable with letting your kids look at it, check out Disney Family Fun Magazine. Right now, Disney Insider Tips readers can get a year subscription to Family Fun for only $3.49.

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Disney World as an Educational Experience

by Kristi on August 31, 2014

Disney Educational ExperienceOne of the questions I get asked most often is how you can use a trip to Walt Disney World as an educational experience. We often think that Disney is just a place for fun (and it is!!) but it also has many attractions and programs that are geared toward learning about other cultures, the arts and the environment.  Here is a list of some of my favorite opportunities for you to use your trip to Walt Disney World as an Educational Experience:

Animal Kingdom

  • Affection Section- Petting Zoo where kids can get hands on knowledge of gentle animals.
  • Rafiki’s Planet Watch-  Kids can go to Conservation Station, an animal care facility featuring hands-on exhibits and Habitat Habit!, a trail where they can view animals in their natural habitat.
  • Discovery Island Trail- Kids can learn about different animals, birds and reptiles while viewing them in their habitat on a self-guided tour.
  • Wilderness Explorers program- Kids can learn about animals and their habitats and how to be a good citizen of the Earth.

Epcot

  • Spaceship Earth- Kids will learn about the history of important events during the history.
  • The Circle of Life- Kids can learn about conservation with this film featuring characters from The Lion King.
  • Ellen’s Energy Adventure- Fun way for kids to learn about energy (and how dinosaurs impacted the Earth)
  • Innoventions- Hands on ways for kids to learn about things like money, engineering and even home safety!
  • Living with the Land- Learn about ecosystems and how food is grown.
  • Caribbean Coral Reef Aquarium- See fish, sharks, dolphins and even manatees.
  • World Showcase Kidcot Program- Teaches kids about different cultures and how to say hello in different languages.
  • American Adventure- Kids will see such American figures as Benjamin Franklin & Mark Twain take them through the history of our great nation.  They can also hear about our nations musical tradition if they get there a little before the show.
  • Bijutsu-kan Gallery- In Japan, kids can learn about myths & legends of that country and how they inspired Japanese art of anime.
  • Flower & Garden Expo- Kids can learn about plants and flowers.

Hollywood Studios

  • Art of Animation Academy Studio- Kids can get hands on experience creating art.
  • Studio Backlot Tour- This ride shows how movies are filmed. It is probably more suited toward older kids.
  • Beauty & the Beast- Kids can get a true sense of the arts with this Broadway worthy production.

Magic Kingdom

  • Hall of Presidents- Kids will learn about how the constitution was formed, important American events, and here from past and present Presidents.
  • Carousel of Progress- This attraction takes you on a journey from the turn of the century til today. Kids will learn about how technology changed over time.

What ways do you use Walt Disney World as an Educational Experience?

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Disney Mediterranean Cruise: Villefranche

by Kristi on August 29, 2014

Villefranche Nice FranceThe first Port of Call while on our Disney Mediterranean cruise was Villefranche. Located on the French Riveria, this region includes Monte Carlo, Cannes, and Nice.  We choose to go on our own for the most part and visited Nice, Monte Carlo and Monaco.  While navigating  the train was a bit more difficult here (unless you can read French), overall this destination was easy to conquer for the novice traveler. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes (you will be doing a great deal of walking), bring plenty of Euros (we failed to do this and they were  on a bank holiday), and bottles of water (it’s warm)! You may also want to wear a swimsuit under your clothes or in a carry on if you want to spend sometime on the coast. Nice The Little TrainThe excursion we did pay for was the Little Train Sightseeing Tour.  This train is picked up along the French Riviera and is a audio guided tour that takes you to Monaco, where you can see the Prince’s Palace among other places.
Prince's Palace of MonacoThe Prince’s Palace of Monaco is the official residence of the Prince of Monaco. You may choose to tour the inside of the Palace, but if the Prince or his wife are there, certain wings are closed to the public. We did not tour the inside, but heard from others that it was just “okay” and not necessarily worth the cost.

Europe2014 303What you won’t want to miss out on is the view. Simply stunning and totally post card worthy! There is plenty of places to sit and observe the beauty of this region of France!

Nice Beach in FranceSpeaking of beauty, the beaches are lovely. You will find however that the beaches on the French Riviera are different that stateside. Not only are they topless, they are also extremely rocky.  I would suggest bringing water shoes if you have them.

Beach in Nice

The water is amazingly clear and it is a nice way to cool off on a hot day in the French Riviera!

Monaco Grand Prix

Just a short train ride away is Monte Carlo. Monte Carlo is host to the Formula One Grand Prix . You can almost picture the cars zooming through these narrow hilly and quite curvy roads. I have no idea how they do it!The Casino de Monte-CarloBecause Monte Carlo is so hilly, you might want to take a bus to Monaco to see the Monte Carlo Casino. If you are without children, you can go inside and check it out or take your chances and play the tables. Those with kids can go no further than the foot of the stairs.

If you are looking to do some shopping, Monaco has many upscale shops and stores. If you are wanting more wallet friendly shopping, you should walk Jean Medecin’s avenue where you’ll still find name brand stores, but also local shops and businesses.

Tip:  As you know if you’ve traveled to France, bathrooms are hard to find. They are in train stations and you will find there are places like Burger King on Jean Medcin Avenue where you can buy a soda and use a clean bathroom for free.

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Frozen Collection on Sale

by Kristi on August 28, 2014

Frozen ThrowThis is the time to stock up on all your Frozen favorites! Right now Zulily is having a HUGE sale on all things Frozen; I’m talking books, dishes, t-shirts and more! You’ll find just about anything Anna, Elsa and Olaf related! Stock is limited so order while you can. Here are some of my favorites: Frozen Anna DollFrozen Anna Doll Frozen Olaf Tumbler Culp

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Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort Pool

by Kristi on August 28, 2014

Disney Caribbean Beach ResortOne of the best parts about staying at Caribbean Beach Resort, outside of the Pirate Rooms and Shutters, is the Fuentes del Morro Pool. This pool is set up to look like you’ve been transported back in time to a colonial Spanish fortress.  
Caribbean Beach Pool (3)The Caribbean Beach Resort pool also features a ton of places for kids to explore. They can climb the stairs to reach stations where they can manipulate the water cannons to spray on guests who aren’t paying attention.

Caribbean Beach Pool (2)There are also two slides. One that tunnels through the fort is actually 102 feet long!

Caribbean Beach Pool (1)Younger kids ( 48″ or under)will enjoy the fenced-in  shipwreck play area. There you will find mini slides and a tipping barrel that soaks everyone who stands underneath!

The pool sits adjacent to the restaurant, bar and in walking distance to the beach area. Bring your lunch outside to eat pool side or grab your favorite beverage to enjoy in your lounge chair! It is definitely one of my favorite Disney Resort Pools!

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