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Walt Disney World: Ease Your Trip With Magic Bands
Mindy Walker, executive editor of American Baby, shares her secret weapon for Disney World success: Disney magic bands. The wristbands allow families to buy ice cream, sign up for a FastPass, and even get into the hotel room without having to carry any cards or cash.
Disney's Magic Kingdom: Beyond the Rides
Disney's Magic Kingdom can be an awe-inspiring experience for kids of all ages. Michael Kress, executive editor of Parents.com, shares tips on how to enjoy the park without going on rides, from getting characters' autographs to watching the many parades
[MUSIC] My childhood memories of Disney World focus on the rides I loved so much. Visiting Magic Kingdom as an adult with my family, however, was a very different
Disney World: Explore Fantasyland
Magic Kingdom is so large that it has themed areas within the park. Jenna Helwig, Parents food editor, shares the highlights of the recently expanded Fantasyland, including Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, and It's
Recently, my husband and my seven year old daughter and I visited Magic Kingdom Park at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. We also brought along my parents for some extra family fun. One of our favorite sections of Magic Kingdom was Fantasyland. Recently expanded, this part of the park is dedicated to the characters from some of Disney's most beloved stories. We had three favorite rides. First was Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid. We sat in a giant clam shell and experienced a musical retelling of the classic story. We also like the Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride. We sat in a
Universal Studios: Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Katie, age 11, shares her favorite attractions at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park at Universal Studios, in Orlando, Florida. Ollivander's Wand Shop, Flight of the Hippogriff, and the Hogsmeade food all made her list.
has a suction that looks like it came right out of the Harry Potter films and books. It's called the Wizarding World of Harry Potter , Hogsmead. I love everything about it. But, here are my three favorite things. First, Olivander's Wand Shop. It really is magical. A
Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom: What to See
Jessica Hartshorn, Parents entertainment editor, explains why she and her family love to explore Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World. Part zoo and part theme park, this exciting vacation spot offers parades, rides, shows, and more.
the Entertainment Editor at Parents magazine. My family enjoys going to Disney's Animal Kingdom . It's part zoo and part theme park and its signature ride is an African safari. The guests get into a moving vehicle to see the lions, giraffes, elephants, hippos,
Family Vacations: Sanibel Sea School
Sanibel Sea School off the coast of Sanibel Island, Florida offers kids and parents an educational, family-friendly getaway. Kids can even learn about dolphins and other sea creatures while interacting with marine life.
Family Vacations: Atlantis Paradise Island
Experience Atlantis Paradise Island and learn why it is a great destination for a family-friendly winter getaway or a vacation any time of the year.
even gave her a kiss. After the dolphins, I met Cassie, a sea lion who has starred in a movie. Following her Hollywood career, she moved to Atlantis in the sea lion encounters you can book. She was even better than the dolphins. I can see where she's a star. She's unbelievably cute. Just look at her big eyes. And she knows all kinds of tricks. Then I dried off and got a tour of the club for 3 to 12 year old, Atlantis Kid's Adventures. It looks like a children museum. There's a giant doll house, a pretend supermarket, a Lego construction zone, a real kitchen for cooking lessons and a performance stage with actual instruments. I wanted my mom to leave me behind but no such luck. We went to
Winter Getaway: Key Biscayne
For families seeking a winter getaway focused on sandy beaches and nature, Key Biscayne, Florida offers plenty of options.
few meals can save a bundle. Don't miss the Miami Seaquarium, a marine life park and animal rescue center. It's the original film location of the 1960s TV series Flipper. For an extra fee, you can get up close with the dolphins, play with them and even catch a ride across
Why We Loved Our Royal Caribbean Cruise
Watch Julia, age 8, explain why she loved her time on her Royal Caribbean cruise. The kid-friendly ships offer character breakfasts, pools, live entertainment, and more.
I just got back from a Royal Caribbean Cruise with my daughters ages 5 and 8. They absolutely loved it. From the pools, to the character breakfast to just chilling on our balcony. I'll let Julia tell you more about her favorite parts. -Hello, my name is Julia and I'm right-- I'm standing outside the sunset of St. Thomas and the boat that I'm on is Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas. And the things I like about this is the ice skating show and it's really cool, my cleaning lady named Desiree. She made elephant out of-- out of towels and my-- and the
Why We Loved Our Disney Cruise
Katie, age 11, gives us a look at what she did on her Disney cruise, which included exploring the ship's themed areas and playing on Disney's private island.
favorite restaurant was Animator's Palate because you could talk to Crush from Finding Nemo . The boat stopped at Castaway Cay at this this private island. I floated in the warm water until I decided to squirt