Author: Orlando Mom

Riding the Rails: A Review of the Auto Train

There has always been a certain romance that comes with taking the train, from the cross-country trip to the Orient Express. Not everyone can afford to take that time off, or can afford the costs that such a trip entails, but for those of us heading to the Northeast for a vacation, there’s a shorter option, that lets you keep your car with you. Leaving out of Sanford, Amtrak operates an Auto-Train that travels to Northern Virginia, an hour outside of Washington, DC. It makes no other stops, and does not accept passengers who are not traveling with their...

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6 Museums Free in Orlando on Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day

It’s been a little over a month since the kids went back to school. While summer may be expensive with summer camps and vacations, the start of the school year comes with its own costs such as school supplies, uniforms, school activities. So when something FREE comes along, we definitely try to take advantage of it. This Saturday is Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live! Museum goers all over the country get in free to participating museums. So if there is a museum that you have been dying to try, or weren’t certain how your kids would like it so...

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Dining in the Prehistoric Age: A Review of T-Rex Cafe

For my son’s birthday, we went to T-Rex Cafe at Disney Springs. Touristy, I know, but he is obsessed with dinosaurs at-the-moment. We have never been before, even when we came to Orlando as tourists, because the lines outside are always super long. I mean like 45 minutes to an hour wait and ain’t nobody got time for that with hungry kids in tow. But in turns out, you can make a reservation! How wonderful is that. Five minutes after we arrived, we were shown to a table. The Setting Since the name of the restaurant is T-Rex, you...

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An Afternoon on the Intracoastal Waterways: A Review of the Jungle Queen

  An afternoon on the high seas … I mean  … Intracoastal Waterways In the middle of a midweek getaway to Fort Lauderdale, we went looking for a fun activity to do with the kids – and found a riverboat waiting for us. The Jungle Queen riverboat cruise (along with its sister ship, the River Queen) takes passengers on four sailings a day. Two of these cruises are shorter, and take you around just the intracoastal waterways where you’ll pass and admire some of the biggest homes you’ve ever seen (and most expensive ; most of them cost over...

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Yo Ho, Yo Ho – A Review of Pirate’s Dinner Adventure Show

Today, I took the kids to see the Pirate’s Dinner Adventure Show in Orlando. They had a special summer matinee, mainly for camps, and with it a special summer price. Taking advantage of deals allows me to do more with my kids, and I had wanted to see the Orlando show after doing something similar in Myrtle Beach a few years ago, so I purchased the tickets. Check-in The show is held at the Pirate’s Dinner Adventure Show Theater which is right off of Universal Drive. We weren’t preassigned seats, so upon check-in we were assigned to a color...

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