Richard Petty Fantasy Racing Camp

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Richard Petty Fantasy Racing Camp October 11-14, 2014!

Richard Petty Fantasy Racing Camp will take on THREE NASCAR Sprint Cup tracks!
Designed as the ultimate stock car experience for racing enthusiasts, The Richard Petty Fantasy Racing Camp gives YOU the chance to experience the thrill of driving hundreds of laps on three of NASCAR’s most historic tracks; Charlotte Motor Speedway, Darlington Raceway and Martinsville Speedway over the course of three days, with feedback and coaching provided by industry experts … and legends.

Plus…you and your guest will take in the Bank of America 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway from the comfort of a VIP trackside suite.

PROGRAM TRACKS:
  • The legendary Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • The historic ‘Lady in Black”, Darlington Raceway
  • The challenging short track at Martinsville Speedway
     
CELEBRITY INSTRUCTION AND APPEARANCES BY*:
  • Dale Inman, winningest crew chief in NASCAR history
  • Randy LaJoie, two-time Nationwide series champion
  • Our accomplished team of Petty instructors
  • … and, of course, rubbing elbows with “The King” himself, Richard Petty!
 
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
  • VIP treatment (for camp participant and one guest) during Saturday’s Bank of America 500 race
  • Lunch and dinner events (for camp participant and one guest)
  • Luxurious four night accommodations (for camp participant and one guest)
  • Exclusive tour of original Petty Enterprises race shop in Level Cross, NC hosted by Dale Inman
  • Great gifts that will include custom apparel, in-car video and commemorative photos
  • …and the racing tales that our team of legends and experts will share, throughout the camp
     

The registration fee is $9,500 (plus tax). Experience Rewards members receive a $500 discount.Contact us at 704.454.6224 or rick@drivepetty.com to secure your place! 

*Scheduled to appear. Subject to change. Rules and Regulations apply.Visit www.drivepetty.com/FantasyRacingCamp for complete details.

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Richard Petty Fantasy Racing Camp Florida

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Richard Petty Fantasy Racing Camp FLORIDA is July 4-6, 2014!

Designed as the ultimate driving experience for racing enthusiasts, The Richard Petty Fantasy Racing Camp FLORIDA gives YOU the chance to experience the thrill of driving two different types of cars and on 3 different tracks, with feedback and coaching provided by industry experts … and legends. In addition to our NASCAR stock cars you will climb behind the wheel of some of the world’s fastest supercars from Exotic Driving Experience.

PROGRAM TRACKS:
  • ‘The World Center of Racing’ Daytona International Speedway – 2.5 mile tri-oval
  • Walt Disney World® Speedway – 1 mile tri-oval
  • The Exotics Course at Walt Disney World Speedway – 1 mile road course design especially for Exotic Driving Experience supercars
CELEBRITY INSTRUCTION AND APPEARANCES BY*:
  • Dale Inman, winningest crew chief in NASCAR history
  • Randy LaJoie, two-time Nationwide series champion
  • David Green, Nationwide series champion
  • Our accomplished team of Petty instructors
  • … and, of course, rubbing elbows with “The King” himself, Richard Petty!
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
  • Watch the Coke Zero 400 NASCAR race at Daytona International Speedway as well as visit with Richard and Dale before the race
  • Dinner events including an awards dinner on Sunday night
  • Luxurious accommodations: Thursday and Friday nights at the Buena Vista Palace in Orlando. Saturday and Sunday nights at The Daytona Hilton Ocean Walk in Daytona Beach
  • Great gifts that will include custom apparel, videos and commemorative photos

The registration fee is $10,500 (plus tax). Experience Rewards members receive a $500 discount. Contact us at 704.454.6224 or rick@drivepetty.com to secure your place with us! 

*Scheduled to appear. Subject to change. Rules and Regulations apply.Visit www.drivepetty.com/FantasyRacingCamp for complete details.

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Richard Petty Driving Experience Valentine’s Specials

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SPECIAL VALENTINE’S $79 RIDE-ALONG OFFER:

Get their heart racing with our high-speed ride-along experience! Our 3-lap Ride-Along lets them ride shotgun with a professional driving instructor around the track at speeds up to 165mph. Click here and get our limited time $79 Ride-Alongs (retail $99-$135).

SPECIAL VALENTINE’S DRIVING EXPERIENCE OFFER:

Click here to get 25% off a reserved driving experience of your choice. Driving Experiences start at $449- your price only $336.75! This special driving experience offer is also available by calling 1.800.237.3889 with promotion code VD25RPDE.
Your discount will be displayed at time of checkout.

For Valentine’s Offers Click Here

Rules and regulations apply, sales tax applies where applicable. To receive your 25% off a reserved driving experience or $79 Ride-Along please click on the links above or here to continue to our site. Your discount will be displayed at time of checkout. Discounts are not valid on Driver Release fee, gift cards, merchandise, group events or previous purchases. Reservations may also be made by calling 1.800.237.3889 with promo code VD25RPDE. Offers expire 2/14/14. Other rules and regulations may apply.
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Cooling Off at Winter Summerland – Summer Course

One of my favorite activities outside the parks is playing miniature golf at Walt Disney World. There are four courses between the two miniature golf locations: Winter Summerland with the Winter and Summer courses and Fantasia Gardens with the Gardens and the Fairways courses. You can see some great pictures here that Shelley took of the Winter course from when we played last year. I have played all four of the courses at WDW, but the Summer course is definitely my favorite. It is a great place to escape the parks to slow down and enjoy a nice afternoon with family or friends. Now that the miniature golf courses are included in the Water Parks Fun & More option (before 4pm only), it makes it even easier to sneak away for a quick 18 or even 36 holes. Course hours are typically 10am to 11pm, weather permitting, so please call ahead if it looks questionable. Regular fees are $12. ages 10 and up and $10. for children 3 – 9. There are also great discounts for Annual Passholders and Cast Members at 50% off as well as half off second rounds if anyone wants to play another 18.

Disney does theming and attention to detail better than almost anyone else, and this is a huge part of what makes this miniature golf experience even more magical than your average putt putt place. The course is designed by Santa’s elves and themed around some of your favorite summer activities like fishing, going to the beach, surfing and building sand castles. Each hole has a sign introducing it with a clever tip with instructions on to how to best attack the hole to get the best score. Some of my favorite details are the names on the surfboards and inner tubes, as well as the bumper stickers on the “elfstream” trailers. I think it is great that the Imagineers took the time to put such great care in to creating these courses.

Each time I visit the Winter Summerland courses it makes me feel a little bit cooler, and happier (jollier?) with the great Christmas theme, even if I’m playing the warmer themed Summer course. I imagine the Christmas music playing in the background doesn’t hurt in setting the mood. This is one of my favorite things to do on a warm summer evening and I have a feeling I’ll be sneaking off for a round sometime in the very near future. Have you ever played these courses or Fantasia Gardens? Do you have a favorite? What are some of your favorite details? Let me know.

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I’m including the gallery of pictures as well if you want to click to see some of the details a bit better. Enjoy!

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Easter Happenings At Walt Disney World

This week at Walt Disney World guests will find an array of events for the Easter Holiday. From special dining offerings at select restaurants, to activities at the resorts and in the theme parks, Disney has you covered, even down to religious services. With options available across property, Walt Disney World has taken strides to make guests feel at home in celebrating the holiday while on vacation.

As they do for Christmas, Walt Disney World is providing the Fantasia ballroom at Disney’s Contemporary Resort to hold Easter services this Sunday morning. Catholic Mass will be held at 8:00am and 10:15am, while Protestant services will be at 9:00am. If you are looking for other religious services, contact the concierge at your resort and they can assist you in finding the nearest location for your denomination or religious preference.

Restaurants are also joining in the celebration by offering special menus. Participating restaurants include: Captain’s Grille (brunch) at Disney’s Yacht Club, Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, The Wave (brunch) at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Cape May Cafe (dinner) at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, and Garden Grove (dinner) at the Walt Disney World Swan.

In the theme parks you will find a variety of entertainment options:

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom the Yak & Yeti DJ Dance Party will take place 4:00-8:00pm April 4 & 5 and 3:00-7:00pm April 6-14 in Asia. Africa will play host to Bourdicka April 4-14 at 3:10, 4:35, 5:30 and 6:30pm.

Epcot will have Easter Egg Hunts and Relays inside the UK pavilion of World Showcase for children ages 3-9 and 8-12 respectively. There will also be a smaller section for children under 3 to participate in their own hunt. The Easter Egg Hunts will be every 10 minutes from 11:00am – 3:30pm and the Relays will be every 40 minutes between 11:40am and 3:40pm. Also on hand will be Mr. & Mrs. Easter Bunny to greet guests from 11:30am – 4:00pm. Space is limited for sign ups for the hunts and relays with registration starting approximately half an hour before each hunt. Future World East will be having Easter Egg Hunts as well for children 3-9 in addition to some Easter themed games. The hunts will take place on the quarter hour starting at 10:00am and ending at 4:00pm.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios has a special dessert just for the Easter holiday from April 6-17. The pineapple coconut Easter cupcake will be sold at ABC Commissary, Backlot Express, Pizza Planet, Starring Rolls and Studio Catering Company. Additional outdoor beverage stands will also be added around Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater, The Hollywood Brown Derby, Mama Melrose Ristorante Italiano, and 50’s Prime Time Cafe. Sweet Spells will have several other holiday related treats, including some Kosher offerings.

The Magic Kingdom will have a meet and greet with Mr. & Mrs. Easter Bunny until Sunday in the garden to the left of City Hall in the Tour Guide Garden.

On Easter Sunday, all Disney Resorts will have special activities of their own including Easter Egg Hunts, special arts and crafts activities, pool games themed around Easter, dance parties, and you can even meet some of your favorite Disney characters in their Easter costumes. There are even in room celebrations that you can order from Disney Florist. See this recent post on the Disney Parks Blog regarding Easter baskets you can have delivered for your family.

No matter how you choose to celebrate with your family and friends, it seems like Disney has something for everyone. Hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend and enjoy!

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Who isn’t a fan of a Swinter Wonderland of Mini-Golf?

Playing mini-golf was always one of those activities that we always promised ourselves that we would do on on next trip, and I am so sorry we waited so long!!!

Of the two courses on property we chose Winter Summerland, located next to Blizzard Beach, for our mini-golf adventure.

The prices seem on par for mini-golf courses off property, and coupled with the Annual Passholders (and Cast Member) discount of 50% off it is an amazing value!!!!

Of the two courses available at Winter Summerland, we chose to play the Snow Course. It was not a super busy day, but for planning purposes the 18 holes took us about an hour to complete with 4 adults and 2 young kids, who didn’t play very many holes, in our party.

The holes are super themed! My favorite details were the bumper stickers on the elf sized trailers and the 18th hole!

First Stop, Blizzard Beach!Welcome to Winter Summerland!!!Welcome Path Signs
Registration AreaA sleigh...and a trailer...oh my!Garland...and snow...License PlatesWinter CourseHole No. 1
ElfstreamsHole No. 2Hole No. 3Before CoolerAfter CoolerHole No. 4
More Elfstream Fun!Chestnuts roasting on an open fire...Where there's smoke...Hole No. 5Dangerous path...

Winter Summerland, a set on Flickr.

Here is a look at two videos of the 18th hole…

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It was an absolute blast, and I can’t thank Scarlett (@scarlettashley1) & her boys, Ben (@snowpup), and Betsy (@floridamingo) enough for the great morning!!! I especially want to thank Ben for knocking my ball into the hole twice!!! 🙂

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Party at the Polynesian!

A few weeks ago, we were invited to our first birthday party at Walt Disney World.

I have to be honest, that when I read the invitation and it said that the party would be at the Never Land Club at the Polynesian I freaked out a bit. I mean who has birthday party at Walt Disney World? But the more I thought about it, the more it made sense!

The birtday party lasted for two hours, and there was never a shortage of things to do!!! During the party, the kids had free reign over the club where they could play dress-up, play Wii or Playstation, color, and could even play in the nursery from Peter Pan.

Here is the sign showing that Never Land Club would be closed.

The party was also “hosted” by two cast members who greeted and directed party guests, led activities and crafts, served the food, and did all the general party duties.

During the party Mickey and Minnie hung out with the kids, and Zoe had a ton of fun coloring with Mickey.

Included in the cost of the party in the basic package ($34 per child with a minimum of 10 children) is Use of the Never Land Club for two hours, Lunch (Two slices of pizza per child), Drinks (Juice Boxes), Birthday cake, Goody Bags, Decorations, A cast member led activity/craft, Disney video (shown during lunch), and Disney video games. If you want to kick your party up a notch, you can upgrade to the Premium level ($69 per child, with a minimum of 10 children). At the Premium Level you get everything in the basic package plus a visit from a character for one hour (broken into two 30 minute sets). If you would like extra characters, it is an additional $400.

There are six party themes with characters available to visit during each one…

  • Luau – Lilo, Stitch, Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pluto, and Goofy
  • Mickey/Minnie – Mickey and Minnie
  • Pirate  – Captain Hook, Smee, Peter Pan, Wendy, Mickey, and Minnie
  • Princess – Cinderella, Belle, Jasmine, Aurora, Snow White, and Mulan
  • Sports – Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pluto, and Goofy
  • Tinker Bell – Tinker Bell, Mickey, and Minnie

Birthday Parties can be booked a few weeks in advance by calling (407) WDW-BDAY.

I have to say that this was an AMAZING experience that we will all remember for quite some time!!! 

I hope you enjoy the pictures!!!

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