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Ventura Harbor Village a Safe Bet for Traveling Families

Apr 23, 2014
Families planning road trips along California’s coastal Route 101 should consider a stop in Ventura Harbor Village.

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The Simpson's Ride at Universal Studios Florida
Welcome to Krustyland! Where we join the Simpsons -- yes those Springfield Simpsons of TV and movie fame -- in Krusty the Clown's crazy cartoon world, a theme park within a theme park. Talk about make-believe -- and incredible technology - as we're swept along, flying, bumping and crashing through the attractions, just opened at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando. more
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I was an over-packer… not anymore!


I admit it. I turn into a witch the night before a trip. I'm so worried about forgetting something that I make everyone in the family crazy. And I over pack like crazy. But not anymore. Not with airlines starting to charge for checking even one bag! more
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On a (relatively) stress-free vacation aboard the Disney Wonder


Eileen and the Sitzmans and the Disney Wonder
It's well past the kids' bedtime, but no one is nagging the preschoolers and kindergartners to brush their teeth and go to sleep. Instead, they're dressed to the nines (the girls anyway in full princess regalia) before heading to a poolside pirate party more
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Disney’s private island and our last night on the cruise


Ethan and Mike check out a stingray
The sky is blue, the water clear turquoise. We step off the Disney Wonder onto kids vacation heaven -- a great big beach, a play structure anchored in the water. Machines dispensing all the ice cream and pop parents will let the kids have (as well as fresh fruit). more
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Some beach time, some spa time


Ethan and Hannah with sand Mickey Mouse
While the ship is in Nassau, we take the chance to check out the newly renovated Sheraton Cable Beach Resort. It’s great for kids -- a beautiful beach, three pools and rooms that open onto the pool. more
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BEYOND THE BEACH IN BELIZE


Cave tubing in Belize
Mick Fleming arrived in dugout canoe; Lucy Fleming on horseback a day later. There were no roads to the overgrown farm in the Cayo district of Belize that the young couple hoped to run. Their land was a jungle - literally. "But there was something about the place," Fleming, who was raised in England, recalls more than 30 years later. more
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Yes the dollar is weak, but don’t let that stop you


  AAA says that more than 25 million of us will travel abroad this summer—more than last year. I guess the weak dollar isn’t stopping us — me included. I’m taking one trip to Italy with my older daughter — more »
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Kid Nirvana on the Disney Cruise


Towel animals on the Disney Cruise
It’s well past their bedtime but they’re not in bed. Instead, they’re dressed to the nines (the girls anyway, in princess get-up, complete with sparkly shoes and Minnie Mouse dresses) waiting in line to get Cinderella and Jack Sparrow’s autograph. They’re at the Oceaneer lab climbing up to the top of the “pirate” ship so they can slide down. more
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Two Parks in one day at Universal


Hannah Sitzman at Seussland
We’ve signed on for a VIP Tour at Universal Studios in Orlando, which means our very informed guide Karyn Shelton (who has almost finished a doctorate in music) cannot only answer all of our questions, but structure our visit around five year old Ethan and three year old Hannah, at the same time making sure their parents can ride all the coasters (and Universal has great ones) that they wish. more
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Watery Fun at SeaWorld’s new Aquatica Park in Orlando


Aquatica at Seaworld Orlando
Open just a month, it’s easy to see why SeaWorld’s latest venture is already a hit with 36 (count em!) water slides, six lazy rivers and lagoons, plenty of man-made sand beach (no one fighting over chairs for once) and two first rate areas for younger park goers complete with gentle slides, climbing nets, water cannons and giant water buckets that dump water on the little guests seemingly on cue. more
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