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Jul 9, 2015
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Taking the Kids to a Theme Park This Summer


I smile thinking of that hot day at Disney World when my son and older daughter worked so hard to convince their little sister that she really was “grown up” enough (and tall enough) to ride Space Mountain. “So cool!” they told her. “Not too scary,” they promised. more
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Putting on the Ritz in Orlando


As Orlando gears up for the much-anticipated opening in June of Universal's "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" -- 20 acres within Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventures -- keep in mind there are plenty of options to stay -- some 115,000 hotel rooms, including more than two-dozen new hotels, including the brand-new Holiday Inn Club Vacations Orlando. more
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Being a Princess for a Day at Disney World


I forgot my tiara and kept misplacing my wand. After all, it's not easy being a modern-day Disney princess. You need to keep that tiara firmly on your head; you need to be kind to everyone -- even annoying younger siblings. more
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Opting for luxe beyond the parks of Orlando


AAH... I’m in the midst of possibly the best massage I’ve ever had at Orlando Grand Lakes Ritz Carlton Spa—thanks to the feet of the massage therapist, who happens to be a former paratrooper, he tells me! more
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In and around Disney’s Grand Floridian


So how would a princess ask for a piece of cake? The half dozen or so princesses in training, their tiaras on their heads are listening attentively. “Ahem, Madame Chef, May I have a piece of cake,” Rose Petal (who apparently was a rose in the palace garden and then magically became a princess so she could be Aurora’s friend) instructs them more
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Back to Disney World with the princesses


It’s hard work being a princess. You need to know how to curtsey and wave. You need to be kind to everyone—even annoying younger siblings. You need to wear fancy dresses and tiaras. more
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On a Trip Down Memory Lane at Disneyland


Ignore those office emails, forget all about the economy and for an afternoon focus instead on what's really important, especially on vacation -- making memories with the kids at a place where you made your own childhood memories more
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On a cruise for the first time


More than 1.6 million kids cruised last year and that number continues to increase... more
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To the Kennedy Space Center


Just 45 minutes east of Orlando and well worth tearing the kids away from Mouseville, Shamu, Universal's roller coasters and the hotel pools more
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TO ORLANDO ON THE CHEAP


It's bad enough to say no to the kids all the time at home, much less on vacation. (No, you can't have that $40 sweatshirt. No you can't order that $20 steak...) Vacation, after all, is when we all want to indulge the kids and ourselves. But with the economy the way it is, I think we're all going to be saying no more often, until we figure out better ways to stretch those vacation bucks. more
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