Caroline Knowles, Gulf Coast TravelingMom

Caroline Knowles, Gulf Coast TravelingMom

Caroline Knowles lives on the Gulf Coast in Fairhope, Alabama with her husband and two children (ages 18 and 11). She is the owner of Magical DIStractions Travel Co., a travel agency that specializes in Disney, Universal, and all-inclusive travel. She is also the founder of Magical DIStractions, a website focused on her love for all things Disney.


Ultimate Character Guide for Disney’s Hollywood Studios

One of the most important things to do when visiting any Disney Park is to make time to meet the characters. When visiting the Walt Disney World Resort, you have a wide variety of characters to choose from throughout the four parks. Before your next visit, make sure to read over our Ultimate Character Guide for Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Ultimate Character Guide For Disney’s Hollywood Studios Disney’s Hollywood Studios is one of my all-time favorite parks. Here action takes center stage as you become immersed into the world of Hollywood entertainment. Over the past few years the park has undergone...

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5 Reasons to Visit OWA Amusement Park this Summer

White sand beaches and clear turquoise waters attract thousands of families to the Alabama coast each year. Because of the area’s popularity, OWA, a Gulf Coast Amusement Park and entertainment destination, opened just miles from the beach. Gulf Coast TravelingMom has the scoop on all of the OWA Amusement Park rides, and more in 5 Reasons to Visit OWA Amusement Park this Summer. 5 Reasons to Visit OWA Amusement Park this Summer You’re probably wondering what OWA stands for. No, its not an acronym. The name OWA means “Big Water” in the Muscogee Creek language, the language spoken by...

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Why the Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Studios Orlando is Worth the Splurge

Planning a vacation to Universal Orlando? Do you like to stay in luxurious accommodations when you travel? Whether you are planning a family vacation, a romantic getaway or a weekend trip with your girlfriends, the Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Studios Orlando is the perfect place to stay. Inspired by the seaside town of Portofino, Italy, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel is a destination in itself. Disclosure: Traveling Mom uses affiliate links that may pay us if you purchase through them. Thanks for your support. Why the Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Studios Orlando is Worth the Splurge If you’re looking for...

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The Best Thing About Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort in Orlando

Planning a visit to Universal Orlando and looking for an on-site family friendly resort? Look no further than Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort. Located just minutes from the parks, this value resort was designed for families. Themed as a retro beach resort from the 1950s and 60s, the Cabana Bay Beach Resort includes two zero-entry pools, an on-site bowling alley, a lazy river, special daily themed activities and more. The BEST Thing About Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort in Orlando, Florida If you’re looking for the ultimate Universal Orlando vacation without breaking the bank, Cabana Bay Beach Resort is...

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The Complete Guide to Universal Orlando Character Dining

Universal Studios is known for its thrilling rides, top of the line on-site resort hotels, and magically themed Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Most people don’t think of Universal as the perfect place to take small children on vacation. Universal Studios Orlando has so much to offer children of all ages. Gulf Coast TravelingMom has prepared The Complete Guide to Universal Orlando Character Dining so you don’t have to miss a thing on your vacation. The Complete Guide to Universal Orlando Character Dining Character Dining at Universal Studios? Yes! Contrary to popular belief, Universal Orlando is very kid-friendly. You may be...

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Universal Dining Plan Explained

Deciding to book a Universal vacation is simple. Determining whether or not you should purchase a dining plan isn’t always that easy. While many prefer the ease of having everything bundled together into one package, others prefer to be as economical as possible. The best way to decide if the Universal Dining Plan is right for your family is to review all of the details and compare them to your family’s needs. Gulf Coast TravelingMom sets out all the details on the different dining plans in her post, Universal Dining Plan Explained. Universal Dining Plan Explained First of all,...

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Let the Good Times Roll! Kid Friendly Universal Studios Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras has officially kicked off in the Big Easy and Mobile. Worried that Mardi Gras may not be appropriate for your kids? There is a perfectly kid-friendly Mardi Gras celebration in Orlando, Florida. Yes, in FLORIDA!  Each year thousands travel to Orlando to celebrate Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Orlando. With nightly parades, concerts, Cajun food, and more, what’s not to love about Universal Studios Mardi Gras?  Laissez les bon temps rouler… Let the good times roll! For over 15 years Universal Studios has been bringing the Mardi Gras celebration to life in Orlando. While the Mardi Gras experience...

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Celebrate New Years at MoonPie Over Mobile

Looking for something different to do this New Year’s Eve? The City of Mobile, Alabama welcomes over 50,000 people each year to their unique New Year’s celebration, MoonPie over Mobile. Party the night away as you watch a 600 pound giant MoonPie drop at midnight, complete with a laser light show and fireworks. Welcome the new year with a little Mardi Gras flavor. After all, carnival season is just around the corner. Celebrate New Years at MoonPie Over Mobile Thousands of people gather in the streets of downtown Mobile to await the moment when the giant MoonPie drops from the sky,...

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Tips for Avoiding Motion Sickness at Universal Studios

Universal Studios Orlando is an amazing theme park the whole family will enjoy. That is, if no one in the family is prone to motion sickness. Many of the attractions at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure have 3D motion simulators which tend to trigger motion sickness. Which attractions are they? Gulf Coast TravelingMom has all the details in Tips for Avoiding Motion Sickness at Universal Studios. Tips for Avoiding Motion Sickness at Universal Studios Motion sickness is no joke. In fact, I’ve struggled with it my entire life. Little did I know on my first visit to Universal...

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Sick at Disney World? What you Need to Know

Walt Disney World is referred to as “The Most Magical Place on Earth,” but let’s face it, sometimes things happen making the trip, well, less than magical. Did you know the First Aid Stations located throughout the Walt Disney World parks are not just for band-aids and boo-boos? Familiarize yourself with the services offered in the First Aid Stations so the next time you’re sick on vacation you’ll know where to go. Gulf Coast TravelingMom has the scoop in Sick at Disney World? What You Need to Know. Sick at Disney World? What you Need to Know My husband surprised me one year...

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