Whales, Glaciers and Disney Parks: This Summer We’re Headed from Miami to Alaska on a Road Trip

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We're off to the Magic Kingdom and beyond!

I just wanted to share with you the announcement that is going to be distributed today about the epic family blogging adventure that my wife, three kids and I are kicking off this week.  It all commences in one of the most incredible destinations on the planet: the Magic Kingdom.  Enjoy and please do stay for the entire ride, which you can also track through our Twitter hashtag #DisneyPapi!

Whales, Glaciers and Disney Parks: PapiBlogger Travels from Miami to Alaska for Summer’s Ultimate Family Road Trip

A year after logging 12,000 miles with my family during a summer odyssey that took us through 33 states, social media entrepreneur Manny Ruiz – aka the “PapiBlogger” – is headed on the road again.

We'll be getting an in-depth view at Disney's terrific resorts during our stays in Orlando, our cruise and Disneyland.

Starting July 8, PapiBlogger (http://www.papiblogger) will be “doing Disney” coast-to-coast and beyond the blue horizon plus several of America’s national parks during a 37-day adventure that will touch 18 states from Florida to Alaska.

During the epic family trip, geography and science class will be in session for Jonathan (11), Elena (7) and Briani (2). They will see glaciers, search for whales and bears as well as marvel at mountains and valleys on a Disney Cruise Line® vacation to Alaska and during visits to Grand Tetons National Park, Yosemite National Park, Crater Lake and North Cascades National Park. And there will be a music class, too, as they pay a visit on Graceland, the long-time home of rock-and-roll legend Elvis Presley.


The 2011 Buick Enclave, our official PapiMobile

The Ruiz family will travel in almost every type of transportation available to the modern family.  They’ll fly, “ride the rails,” take a cruise and drive in the comfort of the “PapiMobile” – this year a fully decked out 2011 Buick Enclave, one of Consumer Report’s 2010 “Recommended Buys” for its class.

PapiBlogger.com is a forum for parents to share creative parenting ideas – including vacationing. PapiBlogger has grown in favor through thoughtful posts through the eyes of a Latino father in a bilingual forum. Ruiz is chairman of the leading Hispanic social media platform Hispanicize and the organizer of the Latino social media/blogger industry signature event Hispanicize 2012.

As for the upcoming adventure, Ruiz says, “This vacation is all about creating memories and inspiring other families to be creative and adventuresome.”

Disney Parks, which invites guests this year to create and share Disney memories as part of its “Let the Memories Begin” campaign, is serving as a sponsor for the trip. To make sure the vacation is unforgettable, the family will kick off their adventure by exploring Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida, where a new nightly show, The Magic, The Memories, And You! celebrates guests in lights, music and images projected on Cinderella Castle.
Later in their trip, the family will be whisked away from Vancouver, B.C., to Alaska on the Disney Wonder® cruise ship. Then they can enjoy the new The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure attraction and the new Mickey’s Soundsational Parade at Disneyland® Resort in California prior to the West Coast-to-East Coast leg of their drive. The road trip, which can be followed through the Twitter hashtag #DisneyPapi, will conclude in Miami in mid-August.

“With its impressive list of standard safety features, luxurious amenities and best in class fuel economy, the Buick Enclave is the perfect pick for this type of adventurous cross-country family road trip,” said Roger McCormack, Buick product director.

A Social Media Story


We hope to make extensive use of social media and video, including this mini camera from GoPro that will be on the hood of our PapiMobile. It got lost on our trip up from Miami yesterday but we're getting another one.

In the spirit of social media storytelling, PapiBlogger will be chronicling the family’s exploits daily on the blog’s website, Facebook (www.Facebook.com/Papiblogger) and Twitter (http://www.Twitter.com/Papiblogger) as well as through video reports on YouTube and photos on Flickr. Along the journey, PapiBlogger will be meeting up with some of the nation’s most influential bloggers, several of which he will spotlight on the blog. The family adventure will also be featured in the new Walt Disney World/Latino Facebook page (Facebook.com/disneyworldlatino).

Below are some of the key facts about the 2011 Making Memories Family Road Trip Facts:

Expected road trip miles: 8528 road miles and 2,186 nautical miles for a grand total of 10,714 travel miles

Number of states to be visited: 18 states

Number of Travel Days: 37 days

Major destinations to be visited: Grand Tetons National Park, Yosemite National Park, Crater Lake and North Cascades National Park, Magic Kingdom, Disneyland, Southern Alaska, Dollywood, the Gateway Arch of St. Louis and much more!

Modes of transportation: planes, trains, automobiles, rafts and a Disney Cruise Line® vacation


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