(NAPSI)—From amazing adventures to zip-line roller coasters, some of this season’s most entertaining experiences can be found in sun-splashed Orlando, Florida.
Starting in May, visitors to the fun capital can be among the first to participate in the lineup of latest attractions:
• Trekking with the turtles: SeaWorld Orlando has opened TurtleTrek, which invites guests to visit two astounding naturalistic habitats; one teeming with hundreds of freshwater fish and gentle manatees, the other with more than 1,500 saltwater fish and more than a dozen sea turtles. What follows is a first-of-its-kind, 3-D/360-degree dome theater film, immersing viewers in the inspirational underwater journey of a sea turtle.
• Amazing adventures: At Universal’s Islands of Adventure, one of the most innovative and popular attractions—The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man—“redazzles” visitors with enhancements that transform the attraction into a cutting-edge experience with the addition of new animation and crystal-clear, 4K, high-def visuals. Universal Orlando Resort also adds Superstar Parade at Universal Studios—an all-new daily parade featuring larger-than-life floats, beloved characters and hundreds of energetic street performers.
• Fantasyland: At the Walt Disney World Resort, the Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland is doubling in size. Joining classic attractions is the new Storybook Circus area with dueling Dumbo attractions and Great Goofini Coaster, and interactive role-play adventure games where young guests become apprentice sorcerers to help battle an army of Disney villains.
• Aqua amusements: LEGO-LAND Florida is adding even more attractions including a water park with wave pools, “build-a-raft” lazy river, waterslides with 60-foot drops and a DUPLO Splash Safari for toddlers.
• High-flying fun: Roller coasters aren’t just for theme parks anymore as Forever Florida EcoSafaris adds The Rattlesnake, a new zip-line roller coaster, to its wide array of high-flying adventures set in the natural Florida landscape.
(NAPSI)—Sharing traditions can help families stay strong. Whether it’s meeting for a weekly dinner, celebrating birthdays or taking vacations together, sharing enjoyable experiences is a great way to strengthen bonds.
For many families, vacationing together generates many lasting memories. For example, the Sayers family has enjoyed 15 years of ownership at Disney’s Old Key West Resort in Orlando, Florida. From celebrating Dad’s 74th birthday, to watching the kids’ eyes light up at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, to holding hands in anticipation of their vacation, this family has never looked back.
“We started a family tradition that’s encompassed four generations by becoming Disney Vacation Club Members,” said Donald Sayers of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, whose family was named May Timeshare of the Month winners.
With a satisfaction rate of 85 percent and an occupancy rate that outpaces hotels by more than 20 percent, timeshares are a popular way for families to vacation together. To learn more, visit www.VacationBetter.org.
(NAPSI)—There’s exciting news for the discerning traveler seeking an exclusive, one-of-a-kind experience.
There is no other club like this one. It offers its members distinctive travel opportunities that combine exclusive accommodations with customized experiences that are considered “magical,” exemplifying the luxurious lifestyle with “the best of the best.”
Living Life to the Fullest
Called The True Collection, the club was imagined and created by friends, family, entrepreneurs, celebrities and professional athletes who have the common goal of living life to the fullest and sharing that with others.
A personal travel planner will work with you to create your vacation. The club’s expert staff members are recruited not only from the sports world of surfing, kite surfing, biking, fishing, skiing, golfing, yoga, MotoGP and Formula 1, but also the worlds of couture designers, chefs and artists.
The club’s carefully designed excursions include stays at private villas around the globe, access to expert staff, and adventure trips—such as Africa Big 5 safaris, heli skiing in the Alps, golfing with a world-recognized pro, fly-fishing private camps, culinary experiences with top chefs coupled with sports fitness at special retreats, walking the Red Carpet with a movie star, special yoga retreats at private camps in exotic places—or making up your own dream vacation. The possibilities are endless.
Luxury Coupled with Adventures Tailor-Made for Each Member
Every member gets personalized attention. For instance, imagine fishing with internationally recognized sport-fishing photojournalist Bill Boyce; surfing with famous wave rider and movie star surf instructor Wingnut; or having dinner prepared by Hosea Rosenberg, winner of “Top Chef, Season 5.” They, like the other members of the Elite Team, are passionate about what they do and want to share it with those who seek the ultimate in adventure, sport and lifestyle.
The club prides itself on offering members transformative experiences, created to help them push their limits, discover themselves and feel more alive.
Members are charged a one-time investment with nominal yearly dues. Members also receive a “key card” that is good at any club location around the world. The card offers access to additional services and special events.
(NAPSI)—Millions visit Hershey’s Chocolate World to sample chocolate treats, but fun foodies also flock to Pa.’s Hershey Harrisburg Region for ice cream, pies, salty snacks and fresh fruit.
Take the “Delightful Dessert Day Trip” throughout Amish Country in nearby Lancaster for samplings of local pies from whoopie to shoofly and visiting The Turkey Hill Experience, dedicated to the dairy company’s products.
A “Snack Attack Day” won’t crunch your wallet at Snyder’s of Hanover, UTZ, or America’s first commercial pretzel bakery, Julius Sturgis.
A “Fit Food Day” can include picking fresh apples or strawberries at fruit farms near Gettysburg.
“We’re a fun food experience,” said Mary Smith, president of the Hershey Harrisburg Visitors Bureau. “Foodies go beyond being sweet and spend a few extra days being salty, creamy or fruity.”
(NAPSI)—There’s a lot to see at the newly renovated John Deere Pavilion in downtown Moline, Ill. The completely transformed pavilion offers an up-close look at the company’s global business and products, its rich history, as well as solutions to meet the challenges of providing food for the world’s growing population. The pavilion features interactive displays, original artifacts, product simulators and a variety of media to engage visitors in a fun and exciting learning environment for the whole family.
Several new exhibits include The Legacy of John Deere, which profiles company decision makers from the past 175 years.
Our Growing Planet examines big challenges facing a growing global population and what’s being done to meet those challenges.
Innovative Solutions offers breakthrough designs and innovative technologies that help consumers make business more profitable.
The John Deere Discovery Zone is an educational, interactive and hands-on opportunity for kids of all ages to explore where food comes from, the need for roads and bridges and taking care of the environment.
Cotton To Blue Jeans weaves the story of cotton from seed to shelf, where the end product is the ever-popular blue jean.
The pavilion’s gift store is a one-of-a-kind retail center with officially licensed toys, clothes, collectibles, books and videos.
As an added attraction, The Harvester Works Factory Tour and Visitors Center, located in East Moline, offers factory tours of the world’s largest, most modern combine manufacturing facility. There, you can see monster machines up close and buy Harvester Works merchandise in the gift shop.
Anyone who appreciates fine architecture and machinery may want to stop by the Deere & Company World Headquarters. It was designed by renowned architect Eero Saarinen and features a large reflection pool. The product display floor opens daily and features samples of Deere’s antique and state-of-the-art machinery.
History buffs may also be interested in checking out The John Deere Historic Site in Grand Detour, John Deere’s original Illinois homestead. It includes a replica of the blacksmith shop where he built his first self-scouring steel plow. Several times a day, a resident blacksmith demonstrates what it takes to be a skilled ironworker.
Deere’s home, built in the 1830s, was designated as a Registered National Historic Landmark. The rooms are furnished in period decor and guided tours are available.
(NAPSI)—If you’re looking for an out-of-the-ordinary vacation, consider these attractions: an innovative roller coaster, a 72-foot-tall balloon, plus Hollywood stars in wax and a salute to the Titanic.
All of these extraordinary attractions are found in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
Flying Like a Wild Eagle
Dollywood celebrates the year with the $20 million Wild Eagle roller coaster—the first of its design in the U.S.
It is a wing coaster, meaning that you sit on wings extending from the coaster’s track with nothing but air above and below you.
Wild Eagle rises 21 stories above Dollywood’s highest peak, and its flight affords panoramic Smoky Mountain views before its initial 135-foot drop.
Up, Up and Away
A calmer mountain view is coming to WonderWorks with Wonders of Flight. A 72-foot-tall helium-filled balloon will lift a 30-passenger gondola 500 feet on day and evening flights. It’s wonderful for weddings, birthdays, special occasions and group outings.
Remembering the Titanic
This is a year of special commemoration at the Titanic Museum Attraction because April 15 marks the centennial of the ocean liner’s sinking.
The attraction, which honors the 2,208 passengers and crew members who were aboard, has a year-long series of activities, including Irish Month in March, saluting the ship’s Irish builders and the many Irish passengers and crew.
A new exhibit is dedicated to James Cameron’s Hollywood blockbuster, “Titanic,” using video, photos, costumes and props for a behind-the-scenes look at the movie’s production.
Movie set replicas and stars in wax are in store when the Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center opens. Your ticket also provides admission to the Castle of Chaos and Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors.
Smoky Mountain Opry Show
The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater, the new name for the venue formerly known as the Miracle Theater, is home to the Smoky Mountain Opry Show. The production will feature high-energy entertainment, including comedy, dancing and music—with everything such as a little bit of Broadway, a little mountain music, some gospel, pure country classic hits, pop melodies and old bluegrass.
Dressing up Western Style
Stages West, a Western-wear store that has been a Pigeon Forge landmark for more than 35 years, is adding 3,300 square feet to make it the largest store of its kind in the Southeast.
(NAPSI)—By heeding a few hints from the experts at the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, you may be able to avoid getting sick when traveling:
• Wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds before and after handling any food. If soap and clean running water are not available, use moist towelettes or a hand sanitizer.
• If you are traveling with cold food, bring a cooler packed with plenty of ice, frozen gel packs or another cold source.
• Rinse fruits and vegetables thoroughly under cool running water and use a produce brush to remove surface dirt.
• If you’ll be preparing your food at home, wash food-contact surfaces (cutting boards, dishes, utensils, countertops) with hot, soapy water before and after preparing each food item.
• Use separate cutting boards and plates for produce and for meat, poultry, seafood and eggs. Placing ready-to-eat food on a surface that held raw meat, poultry, seafood or eggs can spread bacteria and make you sick. Keep meat, poultry, seafood and eggs separate from all other foods in the fridge. Bacteria can spread inside your fridge if the juices of raw meat, poultry, seafood or eggs drip onto ready-to-eat foods.
• Use a food thermometer to make sure meat, poultry and fish are cooked to a safe internal temperature. Bring sauces, soups and gravies to a rolling boil when reheating. Cook eggs until the yolks and whites are firm.
• Refrigerate leftovers and takeout foods within two hours. If the temperature is above 90° F, food should not be left out more than one hour. Refrigerated leftovers should be used within three to four days or frozen.
• Foods should be reheated thoroughly to a safe internal temperature of 165° F or until hot and steaming.
• Don’t taste food that looks or smells questionable. When in doubt, throw it out.
(NAPSI)—Many Americans may be surprised—and pleased—to learn that one of the leading countries in culture, tourism, business and standard of living is situated in the heart of the Middle East.
While the tiny island Kingdom of Bahrain has experience periods of political turmoil and protests over the last year, it has also been one of the fastest-growing economies in the region and has lately experienced one of the highest growth rates in the world. The Kingdom, a global leader in banking and finance, is also among the most well-connected, technologically advanced and modern countries in the area.
Business Is Booming
Economic growth in Bahrain has been compared favorably with that of Germany in the 1960s and Japan in the 1970s. According to the Index of Economic Freedom, published by The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal, Bahrain has the freest economy in the region.
With over 35 nationalities, it is among the most diverse countries in the world and is ranked as one of the best countries to live in as an expat. Bahrain is also one of the strongest allies of the U.S.
The government of Bahrain is committed to meeting the challenges of a fast-growing society through continual improvements in legislation, ongoing reform and through effective, visionary leadership. The country has recently restructured its court system. That, combined with enabling legislation and the prevalence of English as a business language, makes Bahrain attractive for international business and tourism.
What To See And Do
While visiting Bahrain, travelers can enjoy some of the world’s premier sporting events, including Formula 1, cricket, soccer and golf at world-class facilities.
If relaxing is what you’d prefer, Bahrain is also known for its coral and sand beaches. Scuba divers and snorkelers can observe beautiful underwater coral reefs, exotic fish and shipwrecks.
Visitors can enjoy both traditional markets, souks and perhaps the world’s finest selection of modern shopping malls.
Bahrain also attracts the best in international culture—from ceremonial dances, to beautiful jewelry, to Khaliji music with its strong African roots. The country’s recent Heritage Festival included internationally renowned singers such as Julio Iglesias and Andrea Bocelli; the Chinese folk dance troupe Little White Egret; and the Polish MozART Group.