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It's that time of year again when all of our friends with kids start planning (and in some cases dreading) their annual trips to Disney. Amusement parks are fun for kids, but it's easy to get burnt out after a few days of non-stop characters, candy, and rides. So why not take a break and do some good at the same time?
Give Kids The World Village in Kissimmee, Florida is a 70-acre resort with over 140 Villa accommodations, entertainment attractions, and fun specifically designed for children with special needs. Give Kids The World has welcomed more than 115,000 families for a once-in-a-lifetime, cost-free vacation.
Just in time for the summer travel season, it looks like the government is stepping in to help out all those families heading off to the beach, to Grandma’s and to Disney World. Senator Chuck Schumer—he’s a Democrat from New York—isn’t really the biggest fan of airline fees and surcharges, so he’s voicing his concern and displeasure. He’s especially peeved about the airlines offering premium seats for a fee, and how this might force families to pay extra just to sit next to one another.
Here’s exactly what he has to say about these seating shenanigans:
Children need access to their parents and parents need access to their children. Unnecessary airline fees shouldn't serve as a literal barrier between mother and child.
Browsing winter vacation deals yet? Drooling over JetBlue Getaways offers like $359 per person for a 4-day escape to St. Lucia? Then you'll need to know that, if you go through with booking that trip, you have access to JetBlue's newest feature: a Concierge On Call.
The Concierge On Call service is super new (just announced yesterday), super rare (this from a lost-cost carrier?!), and super limited (only for JetBlue Getaways travelers). After booking a package deal with JetBlue, you'll receive the Concierge On Call contact phone number. Use it before and all throughout your trip to any of JetBlue's citieseven international. The service itself is free, but of course anything you book or arrange through it, you'll be paying for.
So what exactly can the JetBlue Concierge do?
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If you want to take a break from the usual barbecue ritual for Father's Day, treat dad to a quickie getaway. There are still several last-minute deals that will make dad happy and make you look like the best child he ever had.
Check out these three last-minute trips for dad.
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It looks like an annual Disney tradition has taken place just in time for the summer vacation season, as the theme parks in California and Florida have raised their ticket prices. There wasn’t too much warning either—which is usually the case—as the house of mouse sent out a little reminder on their Disney Parks blog that things would be heading north effective Sunday, June 12.
For those looking forward to hitting up Walt Disney World anytime soon, tickets for one day of fun at one of the parks is now $85 per adult—it was $82 before the pricing update. Kids—which are only those between age three and nine—get a slight discount at $79 per day. Of course there are all kinds of multi-day park tickets which do provide some sort of discount in one way or another, but unfortunately those were increased as well. Expect a four day ticket—with the ability to hop between the four main parks—to now set you back $298.
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The best way to bond with dad on Father's Day is a good old-fashioned family vacation. But instead of heading to your usual vacay spot in Florida or California, change it up and surprise him by going someplace unexpected, whether you visit the beaches of Puerto Rico, road-trip it in Ireland or cruise the Caribbean.
Check out our list of three family vacation hotspots for Father's Day:
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We cannot take responsibility for any nightmares you may have tonight involving Mickey or Minnie Mouse, but here's some bad news: ticket prices for Disney World and Disneyland are going up, and they're doing it tomorrow. The only upside is that the price hikes aren't very high, just a few dollars here and there, and that if you're currently holding a ticket bought at the old price, then you can use it until January 3.
Check out a few of the price hikes:
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Update: @AshevilleTravel informs us in the comments that they hear Obama is making this romantic getaway for just himself and Michelle. Awww.
"Staycations" are officially so over; forget that the word ever existed, because spring is in the air and cabin fever is running high. Like many Americans who spent the winter working overtime, President Barack Obama is making plans for a quick getaway to reconnect with his family. They'll be packing up for a long weekendthis weekendamong the Blue Ridge Mountains in Asheville, North Carolina.
It won't be his first visit to the town however, as Obama was last here in late 2008 and business kept him away from the golf courses and nature he openly admired. And that's where you'll find him now: on the golf course and possibly even chowing down on ribs at 12 Bones Smokehouse, where he dined last time.
Stay with the Prez, after the jump
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Mom will love you forever if you put her in one of these chaise lounges in Tahiti.
This year, upgrade mom's usual Mother's Day grocery-store bouquet with a trip just for her. The lady who raised you and dealt with your horrible teenage self deserves a nice break from it all, so treat her with a quickie getaway.
Check out three mini vacations for mom after the jump.
If you're already thinking about where to take the family on vacation next year and want a trip that includes adventure, giving back and activities everyone will enjoy, we may have found the perfect option. Adventures in Preservation, a non-profit group dedicated to saving the world’s architectural heritage, is planning its first hands-on building conservation workshop in which the entire family can participate. The workshop will be held in the historic mining town of Nevada City, Montana, June 20-26, 2010.
During the workshop, participants will learn and practice building preservation techniques and then put those skills to work. Activities include learning how to mix and apply historic exterior finishes as well as practicing chinking and daubing techniques that keep the wind from blowing through log walls.
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You know Disney has some deep pockets when it comes to their theme parks, so visitors looking to celebrate Halloween have nothing to worry about if they make Walt Disney World their spooky holiday headquarters. For many years the Magic Kingdom has been shutting things down early and welcoming families to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.
It’s a Halloween bash that encourages both parents and their kids to dress up; however, some of the adults get a little carried away and that’s always slightly frightened us. As you take in all the seasonal decorations be sure to stop and fill your bags with candy. There’s plenty of trick or treat spots throughout the park and they are usually pretty generous. The best part of the party is that the crowds are manageable. Disney only sells a certain amount of tickets to the shindig, so it’s a great chance to ride Space Mountain like five times in a row without waiting.
To back this up, Costa Rica's domestic carrier NatureAir is offering a sweet deal for those with little ones: free flights for children. Now through the end of August, kids up to 11 years old can fly free on all NatureAir flights within Costa Rica. Unfortunately, the offer doesn't apply to Jon and Kate-sized families—you only get one free child's ticket for every two adult seats purchased. Still, free is free.