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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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Halloween and Pandas

Tomorrow is Halloween and I just returned from a Royal Caribbean Cruise. It was incredible and one of the characters on the ship is an awesome GIANT Panda. I am sure it represents Kung Fu Panda and was so huge. I have added several Panda costumes to the shop and my Chahinkapa facebook page. If you haven’t purchased your Halloween costume, you could get it in time with Amazon prime in certain cities. It isn’t available yet in Orlando but I am really looking forward to having same day delivery. Solar Dancing Kungfu Panda I thought this little panda was an adorable toy.

Other activities on the cruise included many other characters that I will talk about in future posts. The ship itself was incredible with an elevator bar, an ice rink, large swimming pool with diving towers, shows, food and even central park. A full-sized carousel was on the boardwalk. I am gathering together photos and videos and will post them so you can see how awesome this ship is. Would I recommend it for a cruise, absolutely. Climbing walls, zip lines and a flow pool for surfing. Also miniature golf, basketball, ping-pong, soccer…and fabulous food.

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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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Rainy, Rainy

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This is the season for rain every afternoon in Orlando. If you are planning a trip to Disney or Universal I recommend bringing poncho’s. You can also buy them at any of the parks in case you forget them. No matter what the weather, the parks are such fun and we visit them rain or shine. The only time we ensure we are under cover is when the lightening starts. That is the one thing in Florida that is very, very dangerous and you don’t want to be out in the weather during lightening storms.

If you are one of those travelers who likes to plan ahead for any possibility take a look at some of the fun ponchos you can get on Amazon. These are often not available at the parks as once the rain starts, many of these will sell out and you will be among the generic poncho travelers. If you like to stand out and look a little different or if you are a fashionista, take a look at the variety that is available.
These are also great going away gifts for grandparents to give to their grandchildren who may be going to the park.

If you prefer umbrellas, Disney has a great variety of fun ones for you and your young Disney Fans. You can use them at the park and take them home with you as well. The cars umbrella is a fun one for little boys.

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Shopping for Disney Items

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Going to the parks is such fun and finding lots of items you just would love to buy but you do have financial limitations so pass on and leave that special item behind. There are places in Orlando that you need to consider when you are visiting and doing your shopping for souvenirs. You will find lots of off brand merchandise in the International Drive shops but to find Disney items I recommend going to the Disney Character Warehouse stores. There are two of them in Orlando and they are both located in the outlet malls.

It is easier to get to the one by the Basilica as you can park in the back or ride one of the buses that goes there from many of the hotels. The one at the end of International Drive is a bit harder to get to as parking is usually a nightmare. They do have valet parking but I am frugal so tend to fend for myself. The Character Warehouse is toward the center of the mall but it is well worth the walk.

Check out this video of shopping at the outlet malls. It is such fun to go to the outlets as the change merchandise frequently and I always find something that is currently in the park as well as the Character Warehouse.

Of course if you are talking shopping you cannot pass up Amazon. I found a few new jewelry items that I especially liked this week. The little bracelets are all the rage with young girls and these were a couple of my favorites:

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It’s all about the Minions

MinioncroppedThe Minion Movie was an incredible hit and the grandchildren loved it. They went to the movie at Universal Studios which made it an even better event than the regular Theatre. While at Universal they purchased a couple of Minion Blind Packages and had fun reviewing the contents.

It was great fun watching them open the packets and enjoy putting together the surprise. I think they will want to buy many, many more in the future and these are just a few of what is available. Check the shop on this blog for more selections in the Minion category.