Julie Bigboy, Day Trips TravelingMom

Julie Bigboy, Day Trips TravelingMom

Julie Bigboy is a Southern California native who loves exploring sunny San Diego with her husband and four children. With much to see and do in SoCal, Julie and her family are day trip experts, returning home after a day of fun. Julie writes parenting tips, family travel and little changes that make a big difference on her blog, Mom Rewritten. She also shares parenting tips and Disney travel advice on the DisneyBaby blog.


Walt Disney World Magical Express Bus – What I Loved (and My $80 Mistake)

The Walt Disney World Magical Express Bus “magically” transports guests from the Orlando International Airport directly to the front entrance of their chosen Disney Resort hotel. You don’t even have to fuss with luggage as it’s delivered straight to your room. But it turns out there is more to it than just showing up for the free ride. Follow along with my tips and learn how the Magical Express Bus process really works–and how to save $80. A Whole New World I pride myself on knowing the ins and outs of Disney. As a southern California native, I’ve been to...

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What to Eat at Pike Place Market in Seattle if You Don’t like Seafood

Seattle, Washington,sits alongside Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest. Naturally, the area restaurants and farmers markets offer seafood galore including crab, salmon, oysters, mussels and clams, all pulled from local waters. So what’s a visitor who doesn’t care for seafood to do? Even if fresh fish isn’t a part of your diet, you’ll still be able to enjoy yourself immensely at Pike Place Market…and find plenty to nibble on that isn’t from the water. Concern about Stinky Seafood My husband and I recently ventured to the Pacific Northwest for the first time. We spent one day in Seattle, the...

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How to See Everything at the San Diego Zoo in a Single Day

At a vast 100 acres, the San Diego Zoo is a sprawling paradise in the middle of the city. The zoo is a pleasurable outdoor experience that takes all day to properly explore. It is home to more than 3700 rare and endangered animals and a botanical collection with 700,000+ plants. The zoo sits within Balboa Park, a 1200 acre cultural park (the nation’s largest). The San Diego Zoo dates back to 1914 and is a gem in San Diego’s history. Certainly in a zoo this extensive, you could spend many days seeing the sights. But what if you only have one...

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Pregnant at Disneyland? Top Tips on What to Do (and What to Skip)

Disney trips are very often planned far in advance. What happens if you have a Disneyland trip scheduled but find out that you’re pregnant? You aren’t sure if you should cancel the trip or continue on. There are definitely special considerations to keep in mind when you visit Disneyland while pregnant. However, being pregnant at Disneyland doesn’t have to be a bummer. Even if you can’t slide down Splash Mountain or drive a car on the Autopia you can still have a magical vacation! Pregnant at Disneyland? What Can You Do and What Should You Skip? No need to call...

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Wonderment Abounds at Medieval Times in Buena Park, California

From the moment you are greeted at the castle door with a “Good day, my lady,” Medieval Times will completely transport you to the times of knights and princesses. Medieval Times is a live dinner show inspired by an 11-century tournament. The show lasts nearly two hours and includes a four-course feast. There are nine Medieval Times locations including Medieval Times in Orlando, Florida. This visit took place in Buena Park, Calif. (home of Knott’s Berry Farm and a short drive from Disneyland). Visiting Medieval Times Your visit to Medieval Times will begin when you’re given your seating placement and color-coded crown. Seating...

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How Preschoolers Can Have Fun at the Coronado Springs Resort – Walt Disney World

The Coronado Springs Resort is the Walt Disney World resort with the largest amount of convention and meeting room space, so you might think of it as being more business-minded than kid-friendly. On a recent visit, I found that the beautiful Coronado Springs Resort was a very nice fit for my active and energetic three-year-old son as well as for everyone else in the family. Here’s how we had fun at the resort with our preschooler. Coronado Springs Resort The Coronado Springs Resort is comprised of Casitas, Ranchos and Cabanas that encircle the peaceful Lago Dorado. The lake is surrounded...

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Finding Nemo: The Musical – Must “Sea” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park at Walt Disney World is the whimsical DinoLand U.S.A.  With a quirky mix of colorful attractions like TriceraTop, the seriously scary thrill ride DINOSAUR and jumbo turkey legs at Trilo-Bites you wouldn’t expect to find a Broadway-caliber stage show here. But just like Primeval Whirl, DinoLand U.S.A. is full of surprises! It’s in this area that you’ll find a fantastic respite under-the-sea, Finding Nemo: The Musical. Finding Nemo: The Musical, shown at the Theater in the Wild located in Animal Kingdom, is a charming and beautiful show that is appropriate for all ages. Everyone in our group (ages 3 to 68)...

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Maya Grill at the Coronado Springs Resort – Walt Disney World Dining Review

Located inside the Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World, the Maya Grill offers a creative mix of flavors. The Mayan-inspired architecture sets the scene for an upscale dining experience that still feels relaxed and comfortable. Open only for dinner, the menu offers Tex-Mex dishes from traditional platters to Chef’s specialties. On the menu are a classic Caesar salad, pan-roasted Cornish hen, red snapper, coconut flan and of course, margaritas. The Maya Grill at Coronado Springs Resort As a SoCal native, I’ve had my share of authentic Mexican food. However Tex-Mex is new to me, so my family and I were looking...

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Discovery Cube OC – Hands-on Learning That’s Fun!

If you’ve driven on the 5 freeway in Santa Ana, you’ve likely seen the Discovery Cube OC. Set right alongside the freeway, the giant black cube (and the skeletal dinosaur next to it) can’t be missed! And after a recent visit to this hands-on, kid-friendly museum, I have to admit that the Discovery Cube OC is a can’t-miss attraction! Only about five minutes away from Disneyland and 10 minutes from Buena Park (home to Knott’s Berry Farm and Medieval Times), the Discovery Cube OC is a destination in itself. You should reserve at least half a day to experience it all. What Is There...

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Taking Kids of All Ages to Knott’s Berry Farm

Knott’s Berry Farm is a Southern California classic theme park that offers a little bit of everything for all ages. My preschooler adores the rides in the Camp Snoopy area. My tweens and husband love the roller coasters. I like the historical aspects, including the Ghost Town. And we all love the boysenberry treats, of course! After all, that’s how Knott’s Berry Farm began, back in the 1930’s on Walter and Cordelia Knott’s berry farm. Fun for Little Ones I’ve visited Knott’s Berry Farm ever since I was a child and have recently rediscovered it with my own children. We always start our...

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