Posts Tagged ‘Disney World’

A glimpse into the new Star Wars experience at Disney.

by Jill Cooper Even in tough economic times, families still want to enjoy vacations together. In fact, that all-important, unplugged bonding time among parents and their kids is more vital than ever. But it’s even more crucial to stretch those hard-earned vacation dollars. Here are some easy and effective money-saving tips I’ve discovered over 35 [read more…]

Floridians toss around a familiar saying during the summer months: “Don’t like the weather? Wait 10 minutes.” And nowhere is that more evident than the daily thunderstorms that strike from June to August. Fortunately, these storms tend to be brief and cooling. But they can certainly impact a fun day at Walt Disney World if there’s not a backup plan ready for action.

Too often people make the mistake of dismissing the Walt Disney World Resort as a “kids’ place.” So take my advice, grown-ups: Explore your inner children during the day, and turn that Disney magic into date night once the sun goes down.

By Jill E. Cooper Decades ago, when Walt Disney sat on a park bench in California dreaming of a place that families could enjoy together, I wonder if he ever envisioned attractions that would scare the socks off most people.  There’s no doubt about it — you can have a real bonding experience with your [read more…]

Opening day was a game-changing moment in so many areas: tourism, the travel industry as a whole, popular culture … the list goes on. And the entire Walt Disney World entity has become a great source of joy for people of all types. I am one of those people who lives her life wrapped in the Disney paradigm, a mindset of happiness, of contentment, of togetherness.

Need to know what Disney hotels have the best pools? Want intel about what attractions will be too scary for kids? Heed the advice of Jill E. Cooper, a member of the Disney Moms Panel and one of our new guest bloggers. Look for her regular posts on the Orbitz blog. By Jill E. Cooper [read more…]

How much can a family of four expect to spend on food at Disney World? I’ll give you an answer based on my family of four, which consists of two adults and two boys. Such a family could generally expect to spend anywhere between $70 to $200 or more for a full day of eating at Disney World, a figure that includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks.

One Orbitz dad discovers a way to experience three times the rides on a Disney vacation in half the time, plus an exclusive parade and fireworks display.

A few months ago, we got a chance to escape to Italy — Orlando’s version of Italy, that is. Here are the top reasons to stay at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel.

Here are some insider tips to help deal with unexpected weather, crowds, delays, prices or changes of heart on an Orlando family vacation.

Skip the lines and go behind the scenes at Orlando theme parks with these special programs.

How will you celebrate the Fourth of July? Here’s a look at some of the top fireworks extravanzas across the United States.

Despite some steep competition from other Orlando vacation activities, this was the highlight.