As Orlando Reopens, Safety First at Theme Parks

As Orlando Reopens, Safety First at Theme Parks

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency No Instagram worthy hugs with your favorite characters. No princess makeovers, nighttime “spectaculars” or parades. Just to enter, you’ll need an advance reservation, temperature screening and a mask. Welcome to the New Normal...
To a galaxy far, far away

To a galaxy far, far away

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Kevin Gerber isn’t even a “Star Wars” fan, but he had happily just spent $100 to build a droid with his 5-year-old son at Disney World’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’s Droid Depot. The two had chosen pieces off of a conveyor belt to...
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railroad

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railroad

Eileen interviews Walt Disney World’s Imagineering Creative Director Kevin Rafferty, who is overseeing the development of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railroad, opening March 2020. Imagine being inside a Mickey Mouse cartoon short, because anything can...
Dinner and drinks in a Galaxy Far Far Away

Dinner and drinks in a Galaxy Far Far Away

By Kyle McCarthy, founder, The Family Travel Forum Have you had your blue milk today? Fans of “Star Wars” can now join Jedis in training in drinking inter-galactic blue milk at Disneyland and, beginning August 29, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando. The opaque...
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...
Fun and festivals without the stress – holidays in Orlando

Fun and festivals without the stress – holidays in Orlando

By Eileen Ogintz All the holiday fun and festivities without the cold, the work –or the stress. Welcome  to the holidays—Orlando Style. The best part: You don’t have to wait until Christmas week to celebrate  since Orlando’s seven famous theme parks and...
DISNEYLAND: ALL ABOUT PIXAR- EVEN THE FOOD

DISNEYLAND: ALL ABOUT PIXAR- EVEN THE FOOD

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Sydnie Hilliard was on a mission on this hot summer day — her last at Disneyland Resort’s new Pixar Pier. The Northern California teen, 14, had already ridden the new Incredicoaster, Disneyland’s longest and fastest. That was...
Rebranded and Vibrant – Disney Springs!

Rebranded and Vibrant – Disney Springs!

By Eileen Ogintz WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL — BAO WOW anyone? At the popular Morimoto Asia in the heart of Disney Springs, the kids’ menu not only is more fun than most—it comes with Origami paper and directions to make a fish—but the entrees are tempting for adults...
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...