Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Disney World has a yearly celebration called Mickeys Very Merry Christmas Party. I am only going to give a brief overview, but if you can make it to the party I would suggest you go. This is a separately ticketed event that begins in November 8th and runs until December 18th. The party is from 7-12 midnight. You can enter as early as 4 p.m. if you wish with your ticket.  For the rest of the article, please click on the link and to see all of the great pics!mickey's partyhttp://www.familytravelescapades.com/mickeys-very-merry-christmas-party/

Tribute to the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

This week I read that this is the last year for the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. I was stunned when I initially read this and still am. There are so many great memories associated with this attraction that I am deeply saddened by Disney’s decision. For me and my family there are many happy memories associated with the lights. Disney says they are discontinuing the lights because they are going to construct Star Wars Land and Pixar Place. I believe there is room at Disney World to have both the lights and these new additions.

The Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights

If you have never attended the Dancing Lights in person and only seen photos or Youtube videos of the attraction, I can say that like many things photos or videos don’t it justice. The Festival is a multi-sensorial experience of light, sound, smell, and even touch. There are over 5 million lights. There is Christmas music playing and many times the lights are flashing in perfect synchronization with the music. The lights decorate every square inch of the Streets of America in Hollywood Studios.

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London to Edinburgh Train Ride

We set out for our London to Edinburgh train ride from King’s Cross Station.  For four hours, we sped through the countryside of East England up to the Northern English coast into Scotland.

"King's Cross Station"

"high speed trains"

"platform 9 3/4"

"The Harry Potter store"

Our Harry Potter Tour of Britain

Roly and I are huge Harry Potter fans.  My muggle wife has not read the books, but she recently watched the ‘Sorcerer’s Stone.’  On our recent trip to the Great Britain, we  made it a point to try to visit as many sites associated with the books and movies as possible.  Here is what we saw.

"Ministry of Magic"

Roly acts out the part of Ron Weasley standing look out for Harry and Hermione by the Ministry of Magic’

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Disney’s California Adventure World of Color

I hope you enjoy the photos!  They were taken with an iPad during our last visit to Disneyland;, so they obviously could have been better.  It is certainly impressive and a not to miss event if you visit Disney’s California Adventure… [You may notice that there are no photos, that is because if you give two pence aboout seeing them you will click this link: http://www.familytravelescapades.com/california-adventure-world-of-color/ :3)

British Influence in the Disney Parks

"planning an overseas trip"

Look around the next time you visit Disneyland or Walt Disney World.  Nations and cultures from around the world are represented.  You will definitely notice a strong British Influence in the Disney parks.


  • "Jolly Holiday Cafe'"Jolly Holiday Cafe’ on Main Street U.S.A. comes from ‘Mary Poppins” which is set in London
  • "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride"

    Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride is based on “Wind and the Willows” and takes you on an exciting motorcar ride through Lon… (for full post, go to this site, if you follow us here, than follow us over there. Just go over, follow, and like our new site: http://www.familytravelescapades.com/british-influence-in-the-disney-parks/

My top Five Reasons for Visiting Great Britain

My Top 5 Reasons For Visiting Great Britain

"Tower Bridge in London"

"Big Ben"

I have yet to venture to many places and have never been overseas. There are so many beautiful places I want to see and many interesting cultures to explore. I have a long list of places I want to see, but I chose Great Britain as my first overseas destination for various reasons.  These are my top 5 reasons for choosing it.

"J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis"

"C.S. Lewis home-The Kilns"

1)J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis

These are my favorite authors and my thinking and imagination were shaped partially by these two authors that hailed from Great Britain. They are really my heroes in many ways and I want to see their old “stomping grounds” as it were. One such place is The Eagle and Child pub (commonly known as the Bird and Baby or simply just the Bird) in Oxf……. (For full post, click the following like [to our other website, a better website, you should follow us there instead] http://www.familytravelescapades.com/my-top-5-reasons-for-visiting-great-britain/

British Literature Travel Plans

We are leaving next week for our first overseas adventure to Great Britain.  We will be staying in London, Edinburgh, and the Cotswolds and exploring from each.  The history, the culture, and the scenery are so rich!  Many of the images in my mind of Britain are based on literature.  The destinations and experiences that I am most anticipating all revolve around literature (with one exception – see footnote *).

"The busy, busy world of richard scary"

My earliest exposure to Great Britain came from Richard Scarry and Winnie the Pooh.  As a child, I would flip through “Richard Scarry’s Busy, Busy World.”  For some reason, the double… For full post… click this link: http://www.familytravelescapades.com/british-literature-travel-plans/

Day Trips From Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, Colorado is a great family travel destination with loads of activities to keep you entertained.  Click on the link and read “Colorado Springs Must See List” for in-town activities.  There are also several options for easy day trips from Colorado Springs that allow you to further explore the mountains and high desert.  Here […ful post here —>http://www.familytravelescapades.com/day-trips-from-colorado-springs/ <——-CLICK IT

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