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Lion Guard Adventure in Animal Kingdom!

Join the Jones Family for the all new Lion Guard Adventure in Animal Kingdom! Search the park and meet a special friend at the end!

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What fun!! This Lion Guard Adventure is educational as well as fun for the children. The parks change so rapidly and the new adventures get better and better. This is definitely a must see if you are in Orlando.

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Christmas Cruise and Pirate Night!

Day 3 of the Christmas Cruise and Pirate Night!

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If you are not watching and following and even subscribing to Jones Family Travels on youtube, you are missing out on some great travel videos. The videos feature the Jones Children and all the activities on the cruises, in the parks or just daily activities such as going to the beach. If you love Disney or Universal, these are videos not to miss. They just finished a video on the new Star Wars remodel and I will post that in a future blog.

I like this video as it shows Castaway Cay which is the island that Disney owns and each cruise makes a stop there. It is a favorite of anyone who has ever been on a Disney cruise and definitely not something to miss. The Jones children rode bikes around the island and have completed a run around the island so lots of activity and fun to be had by all.

I’ve added a couple Pirate related Disney toys that you might want to add to the Christmas list of fun things from Disney. Check out the shop for more items.

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Princess Dreams

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Every girl dreams of becoming a Disney princess once in their lives. This is because girls tend to look for amazing characters that they would look up to. Even if these characters are not real, many young girls continue to consider these princesses as their ‘idols’ when they grow up. So which one are you going to be for Halloween. I am always surprised when the adults accompanying their treaters are in costume. Many older girls, young mothers and even grandmothers dress in princess costumes. Grandmother’s are most often the good fairy from Cinderella.

Whether you still believe in fairy tales or not, it is still a good thing to dream of living a princess’ life once in a while. This will stimulate imagination and will also help you to escape from stressful life in the real world. Is there a better way to escape than to participate in the neighborhood treats. I spend Halloween sitting on my front porch with bags and bags of goodies to distribute to the neighborhood children. I really enjoy the costumes and those treaters who remember to say Thanks.

I may have to dress up this year as more and more I am taking on the look of the evil witch with the apple in Snow White. Of course, I would rather be Snow White. Snow White is for beautiful girls who somehow suffer for their physical assets, Snow White is the Disney Princess that you would choose if those were your characteristics. She is another Disney princess favorite because Snow White is the most beautiful princesses ever created. In fact, it is because of her beauty that her evil step mother wanted to kill her. But then, Snow White was able to be triumphant in the end when she got the help of the Seven Dwarves. For her beauty alone, many children still consider Snow White as their favorite princess. There is always at least one Snow White who visits my front porch on Halloween.

And then there is Cinderella. Cinderella was a mistreated girl who never ceased to dream of happy endings. If you dream of a prince and happy endings, this may the costume you would want to choose. Cinderella is considered as the most favorite Disney princesses of all time because she epitomizes a strong yet kind-hearted woman. Her story appeals so much to many girls because the story Cinderella tells that despite the hardships in life, one can still find true love and happiness. In fact, Cinderella became a standard to those who are dreaming of “happily ever after”. Who can ever forget the glass shoes, the fairy god mother and the evil step sisters? Indeed, this princess will continue to win the hearts of many girls in the next generations to come. Hopefully there will be a few Cinderella’s this year, but I hope they don’t arrive in a large pumpkin coach.

Belle also shows up on Halloween and brings such joy even though she is considered the “nerdy” princess. She loves to read a lot of books and and appends a lot of time day dreaming. Belle is also very pretty but is often commended for her courage to see beyond what they eyes let her see. She also proved that physical beauty is not everything when she fell in love with cursed Beast. I don’t see as many Belle’s at Halloween but even a few add such fun, especially when they are accompanied by the Beast.

The last princess I always look for is Aurora. Aurora is the princess who is concerned with her looks and very focused on the things she likes to do. In reality, princess Aurora has one of the most interesting lives there is. When a witch cast a spell on her, princess Aurora was forced to leave the castle and her parents and changed her name to Briar Rose to be able to live. But then again, the curse still got the best of her and was lulled into a deep sleep until the love of her life came to rescue her with a kiss. There is never anyone sleeping on my porch or kissing for that matter so perhaps Aurora is not the best choice for Halloween.

So many other princess costumes, the Frog and the Princess, Frozen, and Little Mermaid. I am looking forward to another fun year of costumes and candy. If you have pictures of your neighborhood princesses, I would love to see them posted here.

I think I will quit for now and go shop for some Princess costumes.

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Legoland Hotel!

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We checked into the Legoland Hotel!

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Check out this video.  My grandson celebrated his birthday at the Lego Land hotel and they had a great time.  There are many new adventures at Lego Land and the hotel is incredible. Lego’s can be found all through the hotel and the grandkids loved the stacks of Lego’s that were all throughout the hotel.

I purchased some Lego brick candy molds and we made Lego candy yesterday.  It went over great and they had a super time making and molding the candy.  Eating was also important. We just used almond bark and melted it in the double boiler.  The molds worked absolutely great and I would recommend them for a fun activity for the children in the family.

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Top 5 Reasons To Love Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!

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Top 5 Reasons To Love Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

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Halloween seems a long way off but not at Disney World. Preparation is going on the Mickey’s Not so Scary Halloween Party and it opens on September 15. It lasts through November 1 and is great fun. If you have never been there, take the opportunity to visit. You will have the opportunity to see glowing pumpkins, grinning ghosts and all of the characters is the most incredible costumes. The minute you want into the park you will smell the aroma of those wonderful pumpkin muffins which are made in the Main Street Bakery.

And for Candy, it is a must stop at the Candy Palace on Main Street. They have these great Mickey apples, Dirt ‘n’ Worms apples and cookies topped with Gummi Worms. I love the pumpkin seed brittle and think I will try to make it at home this year. I always save the pumpkin seeds from the pumpkins but this is certainly a new use for them.

As it gets closer to the event I will share other activities that are in preparation. In the meantime, start looking for your costumes.

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Downtown Disney

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Have you seen the new bridge at Downtown Disney. It really makes it so much easier to get from one side of downtown to the other. Downtown Disney is making so many changes and each week when I visit it seems to have added something else. I don’t like the parking as well as the old parking within walking distance of the Disney store, however, given the crowds, I understand why it was necessary. I didn’t often visit the far end of downtown and now I have to walk through it to get to the Lego store, or the Disney store. I find so many things that are new to me that have been there for a long time.

They are planning to close Disney Quest which has always been fun for the grand kids. It was a perk that you had with the annual Disney Pass. I hope they replace that perk with another one so we don’t lose something on our annual passes. They increase in price every year so one would expect the value to increase as well.

Speaking of downtown Disney, I am a real fan of the Lego Store. It always has crowds of little people and parents out front building something with the Lego’s that are provided on the tables out front. Also if there is anything you might want in the Lego line, you can find it here. Also separate pieces on a great wall of color in the back of the store. If you have a child that loves Lego’s, they have lost a few pieces at one time or another. Rather than throw away the entire project, you can buy the pieces that have been lost.

So the product I am proposing for you today is a combination of Lego and Disney. Take a look at this great Lego for your favorite child, grandchild, or birthday party for a child you love.
These are some great selections in a nice price range. Hope you find one you like and click on the picture to order.

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Hollywood Studios

greatfrozenWell, another year of Star Wars week’ends has passed and we are on to Frozen. There are fun activities including a parade and special shows featuring the frozen frozen characters. my granddaughter loves frozen and going to Hollywood studios is always a special event no matter how many times she’s there she just seems to light up when we go to the park. My grandson on the other hand is just exactly spending time at home with his computer or working on the iPad playing games. When he does go to the park he spends his time looking for a Lego projects in every one of the stores along the way.

The Frozen Fun Experience will be going on at Hollywood Studios from June 17 through September 7 of this year. Some of the favorite activities include Olaf live and in person, a Frozen Sing-along celebration, a wonderful parade with Elsa, Anna and Olaf and skaters, skiers, ice cutters and amazing floats. “Let it go” can be heard throughout the park with the voices of both the characters and the guests. There are events on the event stage and what would be a trip to the park without a stop at the Frozen Merchandise right next to the Hyperion Theater. Some of our favorite merchandise includes:

If you stay until the sun goes down you will get to see the Fireworks Spectatcular, wonderful songs and many Characters. There is nothing like a Day at Disney!! Be sure to buy the sing-along