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. Since her first visit to Disneyland at one year old, Julie has developed a love of amusement parks. She blogs Disney tips and tricks, along with budgeting advice on her website Saving Up for Disney. When not writing, Julie enjoys sewing and crafting.


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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Apple Pie Season in Julian, California

A visit to Julian is like stepping back in time to the Gold Rush Days. Set in the Cuyamaca mountains about an hour outside of downtown San Diego, there are plenty of fun things to do with kids in Julian, California. This quaint town is filled with history, fun and (my favorite) food! Whenever my husband gets a craving for fresh baked apple pie, we load up the kids and take the drive east to Julian. It’s a slow and easy day trip from our southern California home. We park in one of the neighborhoods, walk lazily up and down...

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How to Encourage Shy Kids to Be Brave at Disney

For shy or sensitive children, experiencing all the new adventures, shows and rides at Disney can be uncomfortable. There are new sights, fast rides, bright lights, big characters and loud music around every corner. What if instead of being enthralled by the magic, your kids are scared or shy at Disney? Take this as the perfect opportunity to encourage your children to try something new! These are 6 top tips for encouraging shy kids to be brave at Disney, gleaned from the childhood experiences of our Day Trips Traveling Mom and the many trips to Disneyland with her own...

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