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10 FREE Things To Do at Disney World

Posted on July 21, 2018 in Uncategorized

10 fun activities that don’t require a ticket!

1. Visit Downtown Disney.
It cost nothing to visit Downtown Disney. There are lots of fun shops to stroll through and plenty of people watching oportunities. (If you visit during the day PLEASE take a hat. I think Downtown Disney has it’s own micro climate – it often seems degrees hotter than the rest of Orlando.) Don’t miss the snoozing man made from lego or the fabtastc magnets at Magnetron Magnetz. Stop in the Art of Disney store – They run a trivia quiz every day and give out prizes if you get them all right!

2. Watch the Magic Kingdom Fireworks
from the beach of the Grand Floridian or Polynesian. You can park at the resorts for a short time for free. Tell the guard you are visiting the hotel coffee shop.

3 Take a free tour of Wilderness Lodge
Check with guest services for times and details. There is also a hidden Mickey hunt (list available from guest services)

4. Watch the Electrical Water Pageant
It takes place each night on Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake – times vary. A long line of barges are transformed into a magical light show. It is short – just a few minutes long but is one of the overlooked treasures of Walt Disney World. It can be seen from the beaches of the Grand Floridian and Polynesian and the Fort Wilderness Marina and Beach

5. Nature Trails at Fort Wilderness
There are many miles of trails at Fort Wilderness, through pine and cypress woods. All free. You can hire bikes but to walk costs nothing

6. Visit The Boardwalk
Best in the evening. Just stroll and take in the atmosphere. There’s usually lots of “street entertainment”

7 Visit the The petting farm at Fort Wilderness .
The petting farm is open 7 am to dusk a. There is free day parking at Ft. Wilderness.

8.Take the free garden tour at the Yacht & Beach Club Resort.
Call guest services for times

9.Take the free lobby tour at Animal Kingdom Lodge.

10 Campfire sing-song and a movie
Each evening a campfire is held at Fort Wilderness (it is free to WDW Resort Guests) near the Meadow Trading Post. Take your own marshmallows to toast. The campfire is followed by a Disney cartoon feature shown on a large outdoor screen.

— I know I said 10 Free things but I have included one more because #10 is only free to guests staying at a Disney World Hotel!

11 Take a boat ride
from Dixie Landings to Downtown Disney – it’s especially nice at night. Take a stroll round Downtown Disney and catch the boat back to your car at Dixie Landings.

Shopping For a Canoe Kayak – Make it Easy

Posted on July 13, 2018 in Uncategorized

With summer upon us and temperatures getting hot Watersports of all sorts become more and more popular. This is mainly due to the warm warm weather and the fact that watersports are not only enjoyable but also cool you down.

It is a great feeling to get out into the water during the summer months and enjoy the warm sunshine.

Kayaking is especially popular and there are a few special types of kayak that you can purchase, namely the canoe kayak.

What is a canoe kayack? Well it is a kayak that has basically incorporated the best of both worlds, with the most favorable features of both the canoe and the kayak. The canoe kayack is easy to handle and if you get a large enough vessel can fit upto three people making it ideal for the family.

Where to Shop

If you are interested in getting a canoe kayak, canoe kayak carrier, or related piece of equipment, there are a few companies in particular that you are going to want to check out.

Colorado Kayak is one of the best companies for all kayaking equipment, and they have all sorts of different kayaks, from whitewater kayaks and touring kayaks to recreational kayaks and canoe kayaks.

They also feature a vast selection of safety equipment, casual wear, women’s gear, foot wear, eyewear, life jackets, paddles, touring and recreation accessories and more.

Another famous kayak equipment retailer is La Cordee. They offer a great selection and prices on watersports items such as kayaks, canoes, paddles, dry bags, and everything you need for all your favourite water-based activities. They only retail the best manufacturers, including La Cordee, NRS, Beluga, Ortlieb, Pelican, Lotus Designs, Kokatat, Immersion Research, Boreal Designs, Riot, Pyranha, Wilderness Systems, Mad River Canoe, and White’s, to name just a few.

There is also the Vancouver-based company, WeGo Kayaking that you may want to check out if you are looking for any type of kayaking equipment. The equipment that they provide to their consumers is chosen because it is functional in the environment and will be durable and able to withstand the wear and tear that you put them through.

I am sure you will find that purchasing a canoe kayak will be one of the best decisions you will make and will be doing yourself a great favour. Once you have the hang of controlling your kayak you will have many great adventures whilst helping to stay in shape.

However, like all watersports it is important that you remember to stay safe and responsible both for your sake and those of others on the water. Remember to wear the correct kayack gear such as a buoyancy aid and helmet and that you take proper care of it so that it will last you for years to come.

3 Keys to Planning a Perfect Summer Vacation

Posted on July 6, 2018 in Uncategorized

With the recent slowdown in the economy, many families are choosing to stay closer to home for their summer vacations. Fortunately, the continental U.S. is home to some wonderful vacation sites and spectacular scenery.

National parks and forests are scattered throughout the country, but few places combine the beauty of wilderness with the exciting nightlife and comforts of home like the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. From glitzy stops like Aspen and Vail to the historic mining towns like Telluride and Glenwood Springs, there’s no shortage of crowd pleasers in Colorado.

From a thrilling day of whitewater rafting, to a laid back afternoon of fly fishing or even a day of shopping, there is a wide range of options. If you’re considering a Rocky Mountain holiday this summer, here are a few questions you should ask before getting started:

1. What types of activities will my family enjoy?

Answering this question first will get you going in the right direction. While you might enjoy fishing or hiking, something like horseback riding might suit your whole family better.

Make a list of activities and then prioritize them. Then you’ll know what to look for in a place to stay. Many destinations might even allow you to combine a few of these things.

2. What type of experience and vacation am I looking for?

Would you like a town with lots of nightlife and shopping? Or would you prefer the quiet solitude and beauty of a Wilderness trip? Think about the pace you like to keep and the goals you have for this vacation. Whether it’s excitement or pure relaxation, defining this ahead of time will ensure you get the most out of your trip.

3. What location would be most convenient?

Consider where you’ll be coming from. Will you be driving from a nearby city or out of state? Or will you be flying in to a major airport? You may want to consider what part of the state you’ll be coming from in order to maximize your time on vacation and minimize your time driving.

Before booking anything, get out a map and make a note of major interstates and highways. Use an online mapping program to calculate approximate driving times and make sure that it reasonably fits within your schedule.

There’s nothing quite like a vacation in the Colorado high country but with all the options available, planning could be overwhelming. With these three items clearly defined, not only will your vacation be more enjoyable but you’ll waste much less time trying to plan and prepare. Start by narrowing down the options and then you can make a more focused plan of attack.