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!
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.
Day 3 of the Christmas Cruise and Pirate Night!
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.
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. 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.
I grew up in a family that loved to play games, whist, hearts, monopoly, and hundreds of others. This is a game I think my family would be playing every Sunday if we were still close enough to get together. These were incredible times and the memories are intense. Take some time to play some games with family and friends and start with this one today.
Then once you have found you love it, buy the expansions that go with it.
Children love to watch TV. For them, what they see on the TV monitor is one of their ultimate forms of entertainment. However, not all programs are suited for the development of children. This is the reason why many experts suggest that parents should carefully choose what their kids are watching. This is to ensure that they are getting something valuable from it like what Disney movies give. I also let them watch Muppets movies as the music is great and they sing and dance along with the movie.
Since it was established, Walt Disney Company or simply called ‘Disney’ has always been a choice for parents and teachers when it comes to providing entertainment to young children. This is because Disney has made its mark in creating movies that are meant to instill positive values among children. Many of you probably remember the Mickey Mouse Club. Well you will remember if you are in my age group. I still sing the song to the grandkids.
The power of movies
In this day and age where kids are preoccupied by modern gadgets, it is very important for parents to make and effort to ensure that their children will learn something valuable. For parents and teachers who want to teach children about good values, they should be more creative in finding ways how to do it.
Experts agree that one of the best ways that you can teach a child something is when you do it his or her way. Since you will be dealing with young kids, there will be resistance if you would plainly tell him or her about what is wrong and what is right. My grandchildren especially like acting out stories.
These days, many parents and teachers don’t realize the power of movies in their kids. If you want kids to learn so many things, you should allow them to watch Disney movies and shows like A Dog with a Blog. Some of the TV shows are not as value oriented and are more suited to teens than young children. My daughter-in-law still enjoys all the Disney movies and shows. It is good that some of us never grow up and still can enjoy these shows and movies.
Here are some of the reasons why parents and teachers should let young kinds watch Disney movies:
1. It fosters imagination. All Disney movies are made to make its viewers imagine things that are beyond the usual. One good movie that would foster kids’ imagination is “Aladdin” who is a young lad who fell in love with a princess named Jasmine. However, they can never be married because the princess should only marry a prince. But everything turned out well when a genie came into the picture and granted Aladdin three wishes. It’s a good movie to makes kids imagine because it features entertaining characters such as the flying carpet.
2. It fuels the drive to dream and go after that dream. For children, dreaming is innate. But as they grow older, they tend to forget how to hold on to their dreams. To instill the value of having a dream and how to go after it, you can let them watch Disney movies about the power of dreaming such as “Up.” Released in 2009, the movie tells a story of Carl Fredricksen who had enough courage to go after his dream despite old age and lack of resources.
3. It instills that value of kindness. Although kindness is something innate, children sometimes don’t develop it because of so many factors such as proper guidance from the parents and influence of other kids. To help him or her develop this attitude, you can let him watch Disney movies that tell about genuine kindness such as “Mary Poppins” which is a story of a nanny who uses magic to transform ordinary lives into something extraordinary through kindness.
I include videos of the Jones Family Travels because they demonstrate all the fun you can have at the Disney Parks, Universal, Sea World and on the Disney Cruises. If you haven’t subscribed to their youtube videos, I highly recommend you subscribe and follow them in their travels.
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:
The new Marvel store at Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney) is now open for business. I was a bit disappointed in the size as it was much smaller than I expected but the variety of merchandise is great. All the stores along that side of the Springs are quite narrow so they always seem crowded. If you haven’t been to Downtown Disney “Disney Springs” lately it is changing on a daily basis.
I love the floating cars and was hoping to get a ride in one of them but I don’t think they were offering rides to anyone. If you are planning a trip to Orlando, don’t miss a day at Disney Springs as it is well worth the time. If you love shopping, this is an absolute must stop.
Father’s Day is fast approaching so think about some of the items on Amazon that you may wish to order. My oldest son is a hunter so this is the place to send his children. Shop Amazon – Father’s Day Gift Guides in Hunting & Fishing
My youngest son would be more than happy with a new watch. Not that he doesn’t have a dozen of them, but he just loves watches so I would send his wife and daughter to this site: Shop Amazon Fashion – Father’s Day Shop
Try either of them if you have a fashionable father or one who loves the woods. Time for me to head outside as the day is absolutely beautiful and just waiting for me to enjoy a book, the sun, and some time on the patio.
I made the trip over to Hollywood studios today and picked up the Chewy posters. Because I had three annual passes I was able to pick up three posters. It was great to be able to get three and I was able to pick them up right inside the entry. Most people were told to go over to Toy Story to pick up the posters but I had walked in from the parking lot so looked pretty beat. When I asked at the information desk, I think they felt sorry for me as I looked pretty worn and pointed me to three posters. I did show them my annual passes so I should have a couple happy grandchildren when they come back to Orlando.
Do you have a Dad who loves Star Wars? How about a shirt for father’s day?
It has started, Star Wars at Disney, and it is always crowded and exciting. I picked two products today that will enhance the Star Wars experience. The Wall Art is something for the kids that they can have as a remembrance all year-long. Decorate their room or play area with fun wall art. This is something you can do after visiting or before just to make the experience more fun.
The second product for today is the voice changer. What child would not enjoy this toy and at a great price. Order it today to take with you when you visit the parks. Add a bit of fun to the visit and continued use after you get back home. If you can’t make it to the parks, this is still a great toy that provides hours of fun.
If you haven’t made your arrangements yet, I recommend contacting Destinationsinflorida.com. Their agents are fantastic and have a solid knowledge of the parks and the best activities. Also the fast passes and how to make arrangements for the passes and the character Dinners. This is something you need to arrange in advance and they can help ensure you will have the best breakfast, lunch or dinner experience.
Yea, it is Star Wars!!