Thursday, May 1, 2014

Happy DOGMOM Month! And Dog Mom of the Year Sweeps! (USA Only)


Mother's Day is an important day in May, so let's not forget about the sometimes overlook and under appreciated DOG MOM this month! 

Dog is Good and Petplan Insurance have teamed up to celebrate the Dog Mom throughout the month with the #DOGMOM of the Year Award!  I encourage you to enter or enter someone you know that is fitting of that title!  Everyone that enters is a winner....and the Grand Prize Winner will receive over $1k in pet products and services. 

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Save on Camping and Support a Worthwhile Cause with KOA’s Care Camps Big Weekend


A special deal is always sweet, but what’s better than saving some cash while supporting a great cause?
All you need to do is be a paying guest at a participating* Kampgrounds of America location on May 9, and you can stay on May 10 for free during KOA’s Care Camps Big Weekend!
All funds raised over the weekend benefit KOA Care Camps, a network of more than 55 camps for children with cancer and other serious illnesses. Each summer, these medically specialized camps give thousands of children and their siblings the opportunity to spend a week experiencing the joys of camping, while still continuing treatment. Now in its 11th year, the organization has raised more than $5 million through activities at KOA campgrounds, individual donations and support from corporate partners. Select campgrounds also offer special events and activities to raise additional funds.

Kampgrounds of America is the world’s largest system of open-to-the-public family campgrounds, and offers a variety of unique amenities and local attractions, and on-site perks like swimming pools, rock climbing and more (varies by location). With a 52-year track record of providing the best in outdoor hospitality, guests know that what’s behind the yellow sign is people, service, and an experience they can trust. With nearly 500 campgrounds across America and Canada, KOA offers an enjoyable outdoors experience no matter where your road trip takes you, and makes travel planning easy with its app, online trip planner, and robust printed directory.

KOA has many campgrounds in Canada with a variety of features to fit every camping personality. Canadian campgrounds include the Niagara Falls KOA, located just three miles from Niagara Falls. This campground has a heated indoor pool, spa and two heated outdoor pools. Campers at this KOA are right next to attractions like the Maid of the Mist boat ride, Dinner Theater, Butterfly Conservatory and Jet Boats Niagara.

Campers can also enjoy the 1000 Islands/Ivy Lea KOA in Ontario, a peaceful campground that is the only KOA situated on the wonderful 1000 Islands Parkway. Families can rough it in style with a luxurious movie lounge, a fitness center, huge arcade as well as nature trails that reveal lovely vistas of the island. This property is within walking distance to golfing and is in close proximity to the casino as well.  

There’s never been a better time to camp at a KOA, so check out their site here to find a campground near you to visit for Care Camps Big Weekend!


*At participating campgrounds only. Promotion terms and conditions will apply.

Orlando's Newest Attractions to Become this Summer's Biggest Blockbusters

During one of the largest expansion periods in Orlando’s history, summer vacationers will be among the first to experience the nation’s most anticipated attraction openings. From climbing aboard the Hogwarts Express or exploring the mine where “a million diamonds shine,” to plummeting down one of the steepest waterslides in America, Orlando’s newest offerings are sure to make 2014 a blockbuster summer. 

Exclusive insider tips, opening dates and the latest news on Orlando's summer happenings can be found at VisitOrlando.com/blog.



Theme Park Expansions
  • Universal Orlando Resort expands The Wizarding World of Harry Potter across both of its theme parks with the addition of Diagon Alley. Guests are invited to hop aboard the Hogwarts Express to journey between Hogsmead and Kings Cross Station and experience a brand-new, multi-dimensional thrill ride, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts.
  • Walt Disney World Resort completes a multiyear project that is doubling the size of Fantasyland with the debut of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, a family-friendly coaster which takes guests on a wild journey through the Seven Dwarfs’ infamous diamond mine.
  • A new nighttime Shamu show debuts at SeaWorld Orlando on June 21 in celebration of SeaWorld’s 50th anniversary.
  • The new DUPLO Valley, opening May 23 at LEGOLAND Florida, features new farm-themed attractions geared towards preschoolers, including a train, mini tractor ride and water play area.
Water Park Additions


  • Opening May 9, Ihu’s Breakway Falls at Aquatica – SeaWorld’s Waterpark is the only multi-drop tower slide of its kind in Orlando with slides nearly 80 feet (24 meters) tall.
  • The Aqua Drag Racer – a slide six stories tall at Wet ‘n Wild Orlando – propels guests through four lanes of head-to-head competition at 15 feet (4.5 meters) per second.
Brand-New Resorts


  • The recently opened, 1,800-room Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, above, is the fourth on-site hotel at Universal Orlando Resort, featuring a 10-lane bowling alley, fitness centre and two massive pool areas.
  • Opening August 3, the 444-room Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort boasts a Tom Fazio-designed golf course, full-service spa, elaborate pool area and rooftop steakhouse with breath-taking views of nightly firework celebrations at the area’s theme parks.


For more information about vacation experiences in Orlando, to order a complimentary vacation planning kit that includes a comprehensive Official Visitors Guide and Orlando Magicard® or to purchase discount attraction tickets, visitors can log onto Orlando’s official website at VisitOrlando.ca or call an Official Travel Counselor at 1-800-551-0181 (United States and Canada) or 407-363-5872. For real time updates, follow us on Twitter at Twitter.com/VisitOrlando or Facebook at Facebook.com/VisitOrlando.