Hogwarts Express

Moonwalking Through Platform 9 3/4 at Hogwarts Express

Today we headed to Universal Studios to give a tour of Diagon Alley to some fans at Couponing to Disney.  We had a great time learning some of the behind the scenes tidbits of how they built Diagon Alley and some hidden fun.  Even I learned some new things about Wizarding World of Harry Potter! […]

Mayhem at the Mansion

Disney’s Mayhem at the Mansion Augmented Reality App for MNSSHP

Disney is taking the augmented reality app technology that they used for the Frozen events and Star Wars Weekends and expanding it’s use for the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) with the Mayhem at the Mansion app. We were fortunate enough to be the featured family for the app! You will see us […]

Half Dome Day Hike

Half Dome Day Hike

I want to start this post with the end, first. By the end of the Half Dome day hike, I could barely walk. I had neoprene braces on each knee and was using two hiking sticks like crutches. I would swing one leg forward and then, the next. When I arrived back at my hotel, […]

US National Whitewater Center

US National Whitewater Training Center

Those are the words that my 7 year old yelled before we jumped off a 30 foot platform on a ropes course. During a trip to Charlotte, North Carolina, we decided to pop over to the US National Whitewater Training Center. It was so exciting! We did not know what to do first. This facility […]

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Murray Bros Caddy Shack

Murray Bros Caddyshack Restaurant in World Golf Village

We headed back to Orlando after a just night in Jacksonville. To help break up the trip, we stopped by Murray Bros Caddy Shack Restaurant in World Golf Village. I always wanted to stop by this restaurant and it was a good one.   More About Caddy Shack Restaurant: In 2001, actor comedian Bill Murray […]

Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit

Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit POV with an 8 Year Old Girl!

Hunter and Kelly were practicing this week riding the popular Universal Studios ride called Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit. Hunter rode with a stranger, while Kelly and I rode together. I love how Hunter is having so much fun and an adult man (twice her height) is screaming! It is so funny!   This video was […]

Burnt Ends at 4 Rivers Smokehouse

Best BBQ in Orlando (Maybe the World!)

The day started with a casting for Universal Studios. We headed over to 4 Rivers Smokehouse before heading back to Jacksonville, ending the day with a beautiful sunset on the beach.   Tim got the Burnt Ends specialty dish at 4 Rivers. It’s a combination of their famous beef brisket and smoked pulled pork and […]

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playanddine

Disney Junior Play & Dine Restaurant Review

One of our favorite restaurants at Disney World is Hollywood & Vine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  This restaurant features a Character dining with characters from Disney Junior called Play & Dine.  Disney just updated this character dining to include Doc McStuffins and Sofia the 1st from Disney Junior.  Our family made a trip out to […]

Fandango Restaurant Monterey

Carmel by the Sea Starts Our California Adventure!

The Jones family embarks on a California adventure, this week beginning in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Often shortened to just Carmel, you will find a European-style community on the northern shores of the California coastline. Artists and celebrities live in and visit Carmel, regularly. You can walk to almost any destination in town, bonfires are allowed on […]

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Disney’s Art of Animation Resort Pool

This week, we are at the Walt Disney World Resort.  For this visit, we are staying at one of my favorite resorts called Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. On this visit we stayed in the Finding Nemo section of this resort. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort has 4 different sections, including Finding Nemo, Lion King, […]