How to ease the Disney experience with small kids

How to ease the Disney experience with small kids

By Eileen Ogintz Who said vacation would be easy with kids? Certainly not at Walt Disney World, especially when it is crowded and over ninety degrees. Certainly not when you have toddlers “It’s hard,” acknowledges Sara Weakley here from Michigan with her husband and...
Understanding Autism and celebrating differences

Understanding Autism and celebrating differences

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Who hasn’t had a travel nightmare when taking the kids? The worst I’ve heard is having a plane of angry passengers booing your family as you try to calm a child on the autism spectrum. “People are very quick to judge,” explained...
Where the kids can blast off without leaving Earth

Where the kids can blast off without leaving Earth

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Ready to blast off? Very few of us can afford to be space tourists. But we’ve got more opportunities than ever to explore from Earth and to see what’s ahead for future space tourists. According to a survey by ValuePenguin last...
Want to cruise again? Vaccinations are the ticket

Want to cruise again? Vaccinations are the ticket

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Is cruising safer than going to the grocery store? “Being on a cruise is definitely safer than going to the grocery store,” opined Kristina Woolum, cruising recently with her family from Port Canaveral aboard Carnival’s new...
Eating your way through Disney World

Eating your way through Disney World

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Space-Ghetti, anyone? Maybe a Galactic Lobster Globe? All served up with bubbling or smoking atmospheric spirits and zero-proof cocktails. Welcome to the new Space 220 restaurant at Walt Disney World’s Epcot where...
Walt Disney World turns 50 and celebrates big time

Walt Disney World turns 50 and celebrates big time

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency , Thanks, Walt! “You see Cinderella’s Castle and you get such a feeling of joy, and there aren’t many places that give you that,” said Emily Jordan, visiting from Marietta, Georgia, with her husband and two kids as Walt Disney...
Star Wars or Marvel Superheroes?

Star Wars or Marvel Superheroes?

By Eileen Ogintz ORLANDO, FL – I just returned from a preview of 2022 and this is what I discovered: Disney has you covered no matter what you like best, with more immersive experiences than ever, including at restaurants on land or at sea. Already, Star Wars: Galaxy...
A late pandemic trip to Walt Disney World

A late pandemic trip to Walt Disney World

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Take your pick — Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Stitch, the Mandalorian, Star Wars Stormtroopers, Disney princesses, etc. No, we’re not talking about where you might see your favorite characters and at which attractions at Walt...
To Orlando this spring — safely

To Orlando this spring — safely

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency No one was the least bit concerned. When I last visited Walt Disney World — when I last flew — a year ago this month, no one I met was much concerned about COVID-19. They were too busy enjoying all that the Theme Park Capital of...
As Orlando Reopens, Safety First at Theme Parks

As Orlando Reopens, Safety First at Theme Parks

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency No Instagram worthy hugs with your favorite characters. No princess makeovers, nighttime “spectaculars” or parades. Just to enter, you’ll need an advance reservation, temperature screening and a mask. Welcome to the New Normal...