Posted in Planning

$$$$$ Saving for the Trip$$$$$

For me this is the most important part about taking the family vacation. The Budget…. This is always on my mind, because you never wanna travel and not have enough money, plus you don’t want to feel like you really can’t enjoy yourself either. For myself I’m always thinking how I can pay one of my items off ahead of time.

  1. I set my budget a little high. I rather have extra money, then no money, if I say I have 450.00 for spending money I would rather save 600.00 for my spending money, just in case something may happen (like buying more gifts then you thought you would).
  2. Have a budget for everything, Plane tickets, rental car, theme park tickets, hotel, food money and etc. take in to count everything possible so that you don’t feel like you missed something.
  3. Set up a time line. Know when you wanna have certain items off your budget paid off. I like to have my hotel room paid off by August, have my plane tickets paid off by September, and have my theme park tickets paid off by October, and then in November pay off some of my bills that I can.
  4. I also use some of my money from my tax return to help with the cost of the trip as well. and i put a certain amount out of my paychecks. Set up a time line with how many months I will be putting money away.
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Posted in Themes

What Is Your Theme??

A lot of family do a t-shirt theme when they go to the theme parks. You can always see really cute t-shirts as well. Its a great way to keep up with your group and it also helps with packing for the vacation as well, because you know what shirt your going to wear.

Instead of doing that last year, I actually did some shirts but the biggest thing i brought was cell phone case for my family members.

I thought the idea was cute because the whole time your at the theme parks you have your cell phone taking pictures or even making videos of your memories.

I brought most of the cell phones cases from the app called WISH, and I even got a few of our shirts off that app as well.

It was nice to mix it up and have a little of both, we had fun with the shirts and even with the cellphone cases.

If you go on a vacation what will be your theme?

Posted in Places

Universal Studios and Island of Adventures

**Universal Studios Here I Come**

Giving you enough information to get you ready for the vacation.

City Walk:

Universal City Walk is the name shared by the entertainment and retail districts located adjacent to the theme parks of Universal Parks & Resorts. City Walk began as an expansion of Universal’s first park, Universal Studios Hollywood, and serves as an entrance plaza from the parking lots to the theme parks. You have to walk through the city walk before you can enter either parks.

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About Universal Studios and Island of Adventures:

-Some Facts from our point of view:

1. It is a two-day event.

2. Always start with Island of Adventure

3. Enjoy the company of loved ones.

4. Ride as much as you can possible.

5. FYI- ISLAND OF ADVENTURE IS MORE FUN.

Universal Studios Florida is a theme park and production studio located in Orlando, Florida, United States. Opened on June 7, 1990, the park’s theme is the entertainment industry, in particular movies and television. Map of Universal Studios 

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The different Theme base parks are:

  • Production Central
  • New York
  • San Francisco/ Amity
  • World Expo
  • Woody Woodpecker’s Kid Zone
  • Hollywood

Top Rides at Universal Studios:

Located in New York

1.Revenge of the Mummy: Revenge of the Mummy, officially named Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride, is an enclosed roller coaster based on the Mummy film franchise, located at Universal Studios Florida. Located in: Universal Orlando Resort. Hope you are ready to be a little scared, but ready to go fast.

Height4’4′

Max speed40 mph

Height restriction4′ 0″

Duration2 min.

Located in the Production Central

2.Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit:

Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit is a steel roller coaster at Universal Studios Florida in Orlando, Florida. With a height of 167 feet, a length of 3,800 feet, and a top speed of 65 miles per hour, it is the largest X-Coaster ever built by German manufacturer Maurer Söhne. Your able to pick the music you would love to listen too and if you would like to watch yourself ride the ride that is an option.

Height167′

Max speed65 mph

Height restriction4′ 3″

Located in the Production Central

4.Despicable Me Minion Mayhem: Despicable Me Minion Mayhem is a 4-D computer-animated simulator ride attraction located at Universal Studios Florida, Universal Studios Hollywood, and Universal Studios Japan. Hope you are ready to laugh and enjoy a great time being a minion.

Height restriction3′ 4″

Duration8 minutes

Vehicle NamesMinion Transformation Pods

Located in World Expo

3.The Simpson Ride: The Simpsons Ride. The Simpsons Ride is a simulator ride featured at the Universal Studios Florida and Universal Studios Hollywood theme parks. The ride is based on the animated television series The Simpsons. It was first announced in 2007 and replaced Back to the Future: The Ride at both locations.

Located in the Production Central

5.Transformers: The Ride 3D: Transformers: The Ride 3D is a 3D dark ride located at Universal Studios Singapore, Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Florida. The ride, based on the Transformers film franchise, was designed by Universal Creative, Oceaneering International, and Industrial Light & Magic. Hope your ready to save the world when you ride this ride.

Duration5 minutes

Height restriction3′ 4″

Vehicle NamesEvac

Island of Adventure: Has Different theme base parks like:

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Toon Lagoon

-Marvel Super Hero Island

-Seuss Landing

-The Wizarding World of Harry Potter- Hogsmeade

-The Lost Continent

Map of Island of Island

Located in THE LOST CONTIENT

 1.Jurrasic Park River Adventure: Jurassic Park: The Ride is a water-based amusement ride based on the Steven Spielberg film Jurassic Park and Michael Crichton’s novel of the same name which the film is based on located at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida and Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, Japan. Best Part of this ride is the drop, and hope you don’t mind getting wet.

Drop85′

Located in THE LOST CONTIENT

2.Skull Island: Reign of Kong: is a ride at the Islands of Adventure theme park at Universal Orlando in Florida that is based on the 2005 King Kong film. It began soft openings on June 9, 2016 and officially opened on July 13, 2016. Remember this is a 3D ride as well hang on tight.

Located on the Marvel Super hero

3.The Hulk: The Incredible Hulk Coaster is a launched roller coaster located in the Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park at Universal Orlando Resort. As the name suggests, the ride is themed after the comic book superhero character, the Hulk. The ride was positively received when it opened on May 28, 1999. Hope you can handle the wind blowing in your face.

Located on the Marvel Super hero

4.The Amazing Adventures of Spider Man: The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man is a motion-based 3D dark ride located at the Islands of Adventure, Orlando and Universal Studios Japan, Osaka theme parks. Just a FYI this ride is kind of like the transformers ride.

5. The cat in the hat : Who hasn’t wished they could disappear into a Dr. Seuss story? Now you can. Grab a seat and swerve this way and that through one of Dr. Seuss’s most beloved classics. Each scene has been vividly re-created with colorful characters and crazy motion as you twist from room to room. While the mischief mounts inside the house, The Cat in the Hat™, and Thing One™ and Thing Two™ make quite a mess. There are bumps. And thumps. And things going “crash.” Cautious Mr. Krinklebein reminds us that any minute, Mother will be home. Will you get the house cleaned up in time?

Remember I’m not going to give you all the information some will be left so that you can see hope this get you more excited to go and have the best time possible.

Posted in Places

Disney Springs

Nay Nay explaining Disney Springs

This should be the last place you go shopping because every store is there that you can think of. here is the link to see the store I added a few pictures from the Disney site. Also one thing that i liked about this place is that is really calm and it helps me relax, because I know once I get back to the hotel I’m going to have to pack and get the kids ready to travel for the next day.

https://www.disneysprings.com/shopping/

If you are finishing up your trip to Disney World, make sure the last stop is Disney Springs. Let’s take a walk-through Disney’s Mall,

Alex and Ani

American Threads

Anthropologie

The art of Disney

The art of shaving

The boathouse boutique

Basin

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Disney Springs

Bongos Cuban Café Souvenir and Gift Shop

Build-a-dino by build-a-bear workshop at t-rex

Chapel Hats 

Coach

Coca-Cola Store

Columbia Sportswear

Crystal Arts by Arrubas Brothers

Curl by Sammy duvall

Dino-store at t-rex

Disney photopass service studio

Disney springs collection at shop dinsey parks

Disneystyle

Disney candy cauldron

Disney days of Christmas

Disney’s pin trader

Disney’s wonderful world of memories

Edward beiner purveyor of dine eyewear

Erwin pearl

Ever after jewelry co. &accessories

Everything but water

Eycatchers

Face painting by enjoy your face

Filthy rich

Fit2run

Francesca’s

Free people

The ganachery      ghiradelli ice cream chocolate shop

Goofy’s candy company

Happy hound

Havaianas

House of blue company store

Initial rings

Johnny was

Johnston & murphy

Kate spade New York

Kiehl’s since 1851

Kipling

Lacoste

The lego store

Lefty’s-the left hand store

Levi’s

Luxury of time by diamonds international

L’occitane En Provence

Mac Cosmetics

Marketplace Co-op

Marketplace co-op-bowes signature candles

Marketplace co-op-cherry tree lance

Marketplace co-op d-tech on demand

Marketplaceco-op-Disney centerpiece

Marketplace co-op-Disney tails

Marketplace co-op lovepop

Marketplace co-op-twenty eight & main

Marketplace-co-op wonderground gallery

Melissa shoes

Memory lanes

Mickey’s pantry

Na Hoku-Hawaii’s finest jewelers since 1924

Oakley

Once upon a toy

Origins

Orlando Harley-Davidson

Pandora jewelry

Pearl factory

Pele soccer

Pop gallery

Rainforest café retail village

Sanuk

Savabbah bee company

Sephora

Shop for Ireland

Shore

Silhouette portraits

Something silver

Sosa family cigars

Sperry

The spice & tea exchange

Stance

Star Wars galactic outpost

Star Wars Trading Post

The store at planet Hollywood

Sublime gifts and finds

Sugarboo &co.

Sunglass icon

Super hero headquarters

Superdry       

Swings n’ thing- the hammock experts

Trophy room

Tumi

Tommy Bahama

Tren-d

Ugg

Under armour brand house

Uniqlo

Unode50

Vera Bradley

Volcom

World of Disney

Zara

Feeling hungry as well, you have a choice of 63 dinning options

4 rivers cantina barbacoa food truck

Amc-macguffins

Amc Disney springs 24 dine-in theaters

Amorette’s patisserie

Aristicerpes

b.b. wolf’s sausage co.

the boathouse

the basket at wine bar George

blaze fast-fire’d pizza

bongos Cuban café

bongos Cuban café express

chef art smith homecomin’

chicken guy

city works eatery & pour house- coming soon

Coca-Cola store rooftop beverage bar

Cookes of Dublin

d-luxe burger

the daily poutine

Disney food trucks

dockside margaritas

earl of sandwich

the Edison

enzo’s hideaway

Erin McKenna’s bakery NYC

Florida snow company

Frontera cocina

Ghiradelli ice cream & chocolate shop

House of blue restaurant & bar

House of blues-the front porch

House of blues-the smokehouse

Haagen-dazs at Disney springs west side

Jakeo by Jose Andres-coming soon

Jock lindsey hangar bar

Joffrey’s coffee & tea company

Joffrey’s handcrafted smoothies at Disney springs marketplace

Joffrey’s handcrafted smoothies at Disney springs west side

Maria & ebzo ristorante

Morimoto Asia

Morimoto Asia street food

Paddlefish

Paradiso 37, taste of the America’s

Pepe by Jose Andres-coming soon

Pizza ponte

Planet Hollywood

The polite pig

Reglan road Irish pub and restaurant

Rainforest Café- lava lounge

Rainforest café at Disney springs marketplace

Starbucks at Disney springs marketplace

Starbucks at Disney springs west side

Stk Orlando

Splitville dining room

Sprinkles

Stargazers bar

t-rex

terralina crafted Italian

vvivoliil gelato

Wetzel’s pretzels at Disney springs marketplace

Wetzel’s pretzels at Disney springs west side

wine bar George

wolfgang puck and bar

woldgang puck express at disney springs marketplace

yesake

Remember that there is free parking, but if you would like your vehicle valet its 20.00

Posted in Planning

PLANNING THE VACATION

Discussing How to Plan a Family Vacation

WHEN PLANNING YOUR VACATION SET THE TIME YOU WOULD LIKE TO GO. I ALWAYS MAKE A BUDGET SO I HAVE AN IDEA OF HOW MUCH ITS GOING TO REALLY COST ME. I ALSO USE SOME OF MY TAX RETURN MONEY TO HELP WITH THE COST (IT HELPS IN THE LONG RUN). I ALSO PLAN HOW MUCH I’M GOING TO PUT AWAY EACH PAY CHECK AS WELL. MY LAST MONTH BEFORE I GO ON THE VACATION I USE THAT MONTH TO PAY OFF ANY CREDIT CARDS THAT HAVE A BALANCE, AND BILLS SO THAT WHEN I’M ON THE VACATION THAT IS ONE LAST THING I HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT.

I ALSO TRY TO KEEP IN MIND HOW MUCH I SPEND THE YEAR BEFORE, I PULL MY TRANSACTIONS TO SEE HOW MUCH I ACTUALLY PAID THE WHOLE TRIP.

I ALSO LIKE TO PLAN MONTHS THAT EVERYTHING SHOULD BE PAID OFF.

Theme Park Schedule

23. Island of adventure 24. Universal Studios 25. Animal Kingdom 26. Disney World aka Magic Kingdom 27. Epcot 28. Disney Hollywood Studios 29.Disney Springs 30. Leave for the airport

Universal Studio 3-day Hopper: 300.00 a person

            Parks that are included

            Universal studios

            Island of adventure

            (Never been to this park) volcano bay

Universal Orlando Resort Parking: 25.00 per day total for parking 50.00

Picture Package at Universal Orlando Resort: 103.00 (that you will be able to have every picture from the theme park)

Disney World Disney Park 4-day Hopper: 400.00 a person

Parks that are included.

            -Magic Kingdom aka Disney’s World

            -Animal Kingdom

            -Hollywood Studios

            Epcot

Walt Disney Parking Fee: 25.00 per day total four days= 100.00

Spending money: 1500.00

Food money: 1200.00 (that includes eating at the theme parks)

Picture package deal for Walt Disney World: 169.00

Hotel near by the Theme Parks

Searched through google

Ramada by Wyndham Kissimmee Gateway

65 per night total of 8 days: 520.00

65 per night total of 4 day: 260.00

7470 W irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL, 34747

Phone #: 407-966-4410

Clarion Inn and Suites

4985 W Irlo Bronson Memorial, Kissimmee, Fl, 34746

Phone: 407-396-4343

60 per night 8 nights 480.00

60 per night 4 nights 240.00

Posted in History, memories

History Of My Family Vacations

Dad, Brothers (Harold and Ozsie) and me

I remember every November I couldn’t wait for my family Vacation. My parents would take me, my siblings, my cousins, and at one point my friend to either Disney World or Disney Land. My parent would switch between the two theme parks. We did good too different parks like Universal Studios, Knott Berry Farm, and ETC. I even been able to see the beaches as well. My parent took me from ages 3-17.

I remember how magical it felt being there. How I could never stop smile. Even though i been so many times, it felt brand new every time I went. I felt like a princess. I felt like anything was possible just because I was at Disney.

I remember that I didn’t mind waiting in line to ride the rides, i was just happy to be there. I remember some of the places we would go and eat and some of the conversation around the table as we ate.

I remember the parades and the fireworks and always thinking to myself, there is no place like it. I remember the feeling every time I had to leave I felt like a piece of me was no longer happy.

Then I had my daughter and the one tradition I wanted to bring back was going on a family vacation. I talked to my parents and they were on board. Even as adult I have the same feeling, that I had when I was a kids. I’m also glad that I’m making memories for my kids like my parents did for me.

This blog is to show you about family vacation, well mostly mine and hope you enjoy the information from me to you.