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Dragon’s Breath Flight is an amazing cruise excursion in Labadee, Haiti + see our video of our first flight

Royal Caribbean Private Island Labadee dragons breath zipline

I love Royal Caribbean cruises for many reasons. But I especially love when I take a RCL cruise that stops at their private island of Labadee in Haiti.

Royal Caribbean Private Island Labadee dragons breath zipline

The Best Cruise Excursion

Royal Caribbean has two private island stops on their Caribbean cruise itineraries. The Western Caribbean itinerary often stops at the Labadee, Haiti port. There are a number of activity options while visiting Labadee. Some activities include snorkeling, boating, the aqua park and private cabana rentals.

Read about our experience at the private cabanas in Labadee, Haiti.

But taking the 2,500 foot flight is an experience you will not forget. I have taken the Dragon’s Breath Zipline excursion three times because I love it that much.

Watch this video of our first time taking the Dragon’s Breath flight:

Details of Dragon’s Breath Cruise Excursion

You can prebook the Dragon’s Breath excursion prior to your cruise or wait until you get onboard your Royal Caribbean cruise ship. After arriving in Labadee, you will walk to the Flight check-in booth where you sign your waiver (of course they are not liable for any injuries). Then they will get you strapped up and give you safety and flight instructions.

Royal Caribbean Private Island Labadee dragons breath zipline

There is a short test flight that allows you to practice the best flight position and how to come into the landing platform.

Royal Caribbean Private Island Labadee dragons breath zipline

Everyone on the excursion then takes a ride up to the launching platform, which is 500 feet above the beaches. There are five zip lines, so your turn comes rather quickly no matter where you are in line. The Royal Caribbean staff help you get attached to the line, you sit back and go!

Royal Caribbean Private Island Labadee dragons breath zipline

The ride is amazing. Feels like you are flying. Unlike all other ziplines I have experienced, this one allows you to just enjoy the ride and take in the breathtaking views as you zip 40-50 mph down to Dragon’s Rock.

Royal Caribbean Private Island Labadee dragons breath zipline

As you get closer to the landing zone, you will put your arms on the bar above your head and pull down to slow your speed before hitting the stopper. Staff members will help you get down.

Royal Caribbean Private Island Labadee dragons breath zipline

The zip line ends at Dragon’s Rock, where you can watch a continuous flow of zipliners or head to the Dragon’s Breath bar to end the excursion with the popular Labadoozie frozen beverage.

Royal Caribbean Private Island Labadee dragons breath zipline

Does this sound like fun to you? Is there an attraction or excursion that you love so much you repeat it everytime you go to that destination?

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I found my favorite Disney World room at the Boardwalk Inn

Disneys Boardwalk Resort Garden Suites

Celebrate at Disney in a Garden Suite

We live in Florida, so we like to celebrate special occasions and holidays at fun places. Disney World is definitely a great place to celebrate. We usually have kids with us, but for this trip we decided to take a more romantic Disney getaway to celebrate several things (birthdays, anniversary and job success) at once with a Boardwalk garden suite.

Disneys Boardwalk Resort Garden Suites

Disney’s Boardwalk Resort

The Epcot resort area at Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida is by far my favorite location on Disney Property. My favorite resorts and theme parks are in the Epcot area. Disney’s Beach Club Resort is my favorite Disney hotel but for this romantic getaway we decided to stay at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn so that we could experience the deluxe Garden Suites. And I am so glad we did because I discovered my FAVORITE DISNEY WORLD ROOM!

The Boardwalk Inn is one of Disney’s deluxe hotels and is in a perfect location. You can easily walk or take a ferry to Epcot and Hollywood studios. There are tons of restaurants, nightly entertainment, and nice hotel amenities. This hotel makes for a great family vacation or a couples retreat. When we bring the kids to Disney we like to rent the surrey bikes from the Boardwalk and now I know that the Garden Suites sets the atmosphere for a nice romantic trip to Disney World.

Read about our experience renting surrey bikes from Disney’s Boardwalk

 Disneys Boardwalk Resort Garden Suites

The Garden Suite at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort

When you walk up to the garden suites, you will smile because it is surrounded by a white fence and private walkway that leads to an arched doorway. When you walk in the first thing you will notice is that this suite is HUGE! It reminds me of a townhome. It is two stories of luxurious space. This room is great for a family staying at Disney for over a week or a romantic getaway like we were taking. The suites do have stairs, so keep that in mind. They are “hidden” away from the crowded areas of the resort but still not a far walk to the hotel lobby or boardwalk. It is a really nice, serene atmosphere surrounded by trees and walking paths. The quiet pool is also located in the garden suite wing of the hotel, adding to why it makes a good choice for a romantic getaway.

Disneys Boardwalk Resort Garden Suites

Garden Suite details at Disney’s Boardwalk

The entrance takes you into the living room, which is the downstairs space housing a pullout sofa, large flat screen tv, table, desk, mini refrigerator, and microwave. Plus a half bath. The bedroom is upstairs with a king size bed and another large flat screen tv. The bathroom has a double vanity, garden tub that looks into the bedroom, and a separate large walk in glass shower – heaven in a bathroom! There is a large walk out balcony attached to the bedroom that overlooks the quiet pool and garden. I did not want to leave this room!

Concierge Lounge at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort

If you book one of the Garden Suites, you will have access to the concierge lounge. This is a great benefit that we like to take advantage of at just about any hotel when we can, especially when we are traveling with kids. The concierge lounge provides a variety of snacks and beverages throughout the day and there is always a friendly concierge ready to help answer any questions you may have and make magic happen.

Disneys Boardwalk Resort Garden Suites

We did have some magical experiences during our 4-day stay. One was that a celebration cake and balloons showed up unexpected (side note-Disney celebration cakes are yummy!).  Secondly, some amazing cookie style brownies were in the concierge lounge the first night but not the second night. I was slightly disappointed. The concierge must have overheard me because he got some special for me the next day….ah pixie dust!

Disneys Boardwalk Resort Garden Suites

Though Disney’s Beach Club is still my favorite, anytime I have the ability to really splurge on a Disney hotel room I will definitely choose these fantastic garden suite rooms at the Boardwalk Inn! Do you have a favorite Disney room?


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LEGOLAND Florida offering fantastic family events in 2017

LEGOLAND Florida special events 2017

The 2017 Event Schedule for LEGOLAND

LEGOLAND Florida has become one of our favorite theme parks in Florida and its popularity is growing. Read my tips on how to make the most of one day at LEGOLAND Florida. This is no surprise with all the family-friendly events that take place throughout the year at LEGOLAND Florida to make the visit an extraordinary day at a theme park. LEGOLAND Florida has expanded a lot recently and so has the special event schedule. Check out this exciting list of special events that are included in your daily admission if you plan your visit on the scheduled event date:

LEGOLAND Florida special events 2017

LEGO Batman Movie Celebration – March

LEGOLAND Florida is hosting a special LEGO Batman Movie Celebration on select weekends in March that will be a blast for Batman fans like myself. There will be photo opportunities with LEGO Batman, a scavenger hunt, and LEGO Batman themed LEGO builds just to name a few.

KIDZ Bop Weekend – April

If the little ones love KIDZ Bop Kids singing their favorite pop hits, you must take them to LEGOLAND Florida on the last weekend of April for a high-energy day of fun!

LEGO Star Wars – May

Disney World is not the only park celebrating The Force. This Lucasfilm-authorized event features some of the most famous scenes from the Star Wars , plus activities and a costume parade for the kiddos.

LEGOLAND Florida special events 2017

LEGOLAND Knight Lights – July

This is their special summer event offering extended park hours with a firework show and LEGO light displays on select days in July. There will also be chances to meet the heroes of the LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS and build custom LEGO creations with the Master Builders!

Firefighter Fridays

Many kids are fascinated with firefighters. If this is your child then they would love to attend this event. On these select days, there will be fun and educational activities focusing on fire safety with the chance to meet real firefighters.

Brick or Treat – October

Halloween is a sweet time at Florida theme parks and LEGOLAND Florida has it’s own version of trick or treat fun on select dates in October. We have enjoyed this event with the kids and look forward to going back this year to explore the park in our costumes while racking up some candy!

LEGOLAND Florida special events 2017

  Christmas Bricktacular – December

A wonderfully festive holiday celebration, LEGO-style. Themed activities and a 3d fireworks show. We enjoyed this event in 2016. My son is still talking about the Santa search in Miniland.

LEGOLAND Florida special events 2017

Kid’s New Year’s Eve – Dec 31st

 Looking for a fun and safe place to ring in the New Year with a spectacular fireworks show and other kid-themed fun? LEGOLAND Florida has all that plus more. LEGOLAND Florida special events 2017

Make your plans for LEGOLAND Florida 2017

As you can see, the event schedule is packed full this year. And unlike other Florida theme parks, these special events are free with admission, so no extra cost if you plan to visit during these dates. SO get your calendar out and start planning!
 

The new hotel opening at LEGOLAND Florida Resort

If you are visiting after April 7th, then you will want to read about the all-new LEGOLAND Beach Retreat!

 

 

 

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