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Tips for Making the Most Out of Your Trip to SeaWorld

Please join us in welcoming Stephany Wiestling to The Window Seat. She is an avid traveler and runs the website BestKidFriendlyTravel.com where she shares family vacation tips from her own travels and from other parents who’ve been there.

My son is a huge animal lover, and he especially loves marine animals.  No matter where we go, his favorite attractions are aquariums.  Of course it’s a no-brainer that SeaWorld is hands-down his favorite theme park.   (You can witness his enthusiasm in his SeaWorld video review .)

Five Amazing Adventure Activities on Hawaii’s Big Island

The aptly named Big Island is the biggest, although not the most developed, of Hawaii’s islands. It offers spectacular natural beauty with 11 of the possible 13 weather climates represented on the island —  you can see snow on Mauna Kea, feel rainforest drizzle in Hawi, and bask in hot sunshine in Kona in the same morning — and plenty of opportunities for adventure activities. So book a Big Island hotel and get ready for some “big” island adventures.

2007: Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor (Magic Kingdom Park)

Editor’s Note: This post is part 37 in a forty-part blog series in celebration of Walt Disney World Resort’s upcoming 40th Anniversary.   Please welcome to The Window Seat Maribel Zambrana, Walt Disney World Moms Panel Guest Author.

On April 2, 2007, the Monster’s, Inc. Laugh Floor started collecting laughs in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom Park. This kid-friendly comedy show, inspired by the Disney•Pixar film ‘Monsters, Inc,’ allows guests to become a part of the attraction – and it’s guaranteed to scare up a unique set of laughs each time!


Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor is an interactive attraction for guests from the human world that’s truly awesome!

The Secret’s Out: The Magic of Molokai

It was a steamy day, and I was standing in an intimate pose—forehead against forehead—with a man I’d never met before; a man wearing a pair of wild boar tusks around his neck, at that. We stood on the cusp of the sacred Halawa Valley on the Hawaiian island of Molokai. Together, we both inhaled, and as I looked up into his eyes I caught a flash of knowing wisdom, and then all too quickly we separated. As the valley kupuna (revered elder), this man had been responsible for allowing me passage into this part of the island (through a series of ritual conch calls and chants), and as the keeper of this protocol he allowed me a peek into Molokai’s sacred—but no longer so totally secret—history.

To enter the Halawa Valley, you must leave an offering of thanks.

The Gourmet’s Guide to Backpacking: The Best Food for Camping

I just got back from a four-day backpacking adventure through the wilds of Yosemite. This was my first backpacking trip–having only done a little camper camping and car camping before. And while these sports are related to one another, they are certainly not the same thing. The biggest difference? That 27 pounds (or more!) that you’re carrying on your back.

When you’re carrying that much weight, you put a lot of thought into what exactly qualifies as a “necessity.” Backpackers like to sit around the campfire and swap weight-saving techniques, like sawing the plastic handle off your toothbrush or bringing only one spoon for the whole trip.