Saving the Galaxy at Walt Disney World

Saving the Galaxy at Walt Disney World

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Those from the planet Xandar have the right idea. They may live 2.5 million light-years from Earth in a different galaxy but as Irani Rael, the leader of Xandar explains: “We are more alike than different. … We were all created...
How to ease the Disney experience with small kids

How to ease the Disney experience with small kids

By Eileen Ogintz Who said vacation would be easy with kids? Certainly not at Walt Disney World, especially when it is crowded and over ninety degrees. Certainly not when you have toddlers “It’s hard,” acknowledges Sara Weakley here from Michigan with her husband and...
Walt Disney World turns 50 and celebrates big time

Walt Disney World turns 50 and celebrates big time

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency , Thanks, Walt! “You see Cinderella’s Castle and you get such a feeling of joy, and there aren’t many places that give you that,” said Emily Jordan, visiting from Marietta, Georgia, with her husband and two kids as Walt Disney...
Star Wars or Marvel Superheroes?

Star Wars or Marvel Superheroes?

By Eileen Ogintz ORLANDO, FL – I just returned from a preview of 2022 and this is what I discovered: Disney has you covered no matter what you like best, with more immersive experiences than ever, including at restaurants on land or at sea. Already, Star Wars: Galaxy...
A late pandemic trip to Walt Disney World

A late pandemic trip to Walt Disney World

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Take your pick — Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Stitch, the Mandalorian, Star Wars Stormtroopers, Disney princesses, etc. No, we’re not talking about where you might see your favorite characters and at which attractions at Walt...
SavingThe Universe For Star Wars Fans

SavingThe Universe For Star Wars Fans

By Kyle McCarthy, Family Travel Forum Start the countdown to May 31 if you’re headed to California, or August 29 if Florida is a stopover on the way to a galaxy far, far away. Star Wars – Galaxy’s Edge features Black Spire Outpost In a surprise announcement at...
Disney Cruises rolls out new activities for kids

Disney Cruises rolls out new activities for kids

Andy’s Room on the Disney Fantasy By Eileen Ogintz PORT CANAVERAL, FL — The Disney Cruise hasn’t even left the dock yet and the teens are busy playing video games, sipping soft drinks and getting to know one another. There is not a sulky teen in sight. Who...
Disney Puts its Signature on More Than Theme Parks

Disney Puts its Signature on More Than Theme Parks

By Eileen Ogintz WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL (Day 1) — Cocktail anyone? I’m at what’s called Reunion Station, learning how to juice, muddle and strain two cocktails I’ve never heard of. Who knew Tequila and Scotch could taste so good? It certainly does in a Cascadian...
Disney’s New Toy Story Land in FL is sure to please all ages

Disney’s New Toy Story Land in FL is sure to please all ages

By Eileen Ogintz Ready to play?  First you have to shrink—a lot—to the size of a toy. That’s not as hard as you think at Walt Disney World’s new Toy Story Land, opening June 30 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. That’s because as soon as you walk in to Andy’s...
Disney Springs – No Entrance Fee; Plenty to see, shop and eat

Disney Springs – No Entrance Fee; Plenty to see, shop and eat

By Eileen Ogintz Deviled Eggs, hush puppies  and fried chicken on biscuits. Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming Restaurant at Disney Springs Yum! But I’m not in rural Florida. I’m in the middle of Orlando at  Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Florida Kitchen. This is one...