How To Do Florida With Chad Crawford Coming This June With Great Giveaways

TV series explores fun, easy Florida adventures just in time for Summer Vacation! Plus your chance to win a $50 Gift Card from Gander Mountain and $1,000 “Family Camping Starter Kit”!!!

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Fourth Season of the Award-winning

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Begins in June with some Great Giveaways!

From dry caving in Ocala to catching a 100-pound Goliath Grouper in Ft. Myers, Season 4 of the how-to travel and discovery series how to Do florida with Chad Crawford has something for everyone beginning in June. The award-winning syndicated TV series takes viewers from the Florida Keys to the Panhandle to discover exciting outdoor activities and shows how to do them. It is produced by Central Florida-based Crawford Entertainment and airs on the Sun Sports cable network and a mix of broadcast TV stations throughout the state.

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Host Chad Crawford (L) learns how to paddle board from an expert on Sarasota Bay in an episode of how to Do florida with Chad Crawford.
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how to Do florida with Chad Crawford is an entertaining resource for families planning their Florida  vacations. Fast-paced, informative and humorous, each 30-minute episode features two outdoor destinations plus the popular “Florida Cooking” segment with Florida Department of Agriculture culinary ambassador chef Justin Timineri. Other new adventures for Season 4 include:

  • –  Swimming with manatees in Homosassa Springs
  • –  Venomous snakes 101 in Orlando
  • –  Hot air balloon ride adventure in Davenport
  • –  Experiencing a luxury working ranch near Haines City
  • –  A motorcycle trip from Flagler Beach to Cedar Key
  • –  Wine making in Clermont
  • –  Land-based shark fishing in Ft. Pierce and shark tooth diving in Tampa
  • –  A retro RV family road trip with a lunch stop in Tarpon Springs, an overnight stay at Rainbow Springs National Park and ending at the Blue Crab Festival in Palatka

This season’s line-up also includes three Top Five special edition shows featuring favorite how-to activities from past episodes.

How To Do Florida With Chad Crawford
Host Chad Crawford (L) journeys to Miami Beach to get instruction on how to kite board from an expert in an episode of how to Do florida with Chad Crawford.
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The Television Syndication Company which distributes how to Do florida with Chad Crawford calls the program a ratings success. “how to Do florida has become a summer staple on TV stations across Florida,” said President Cassie Yde. “With solid ratings and great viewership in each market, how to Do florida consistently delivers added value to our stations’ schedules.”

With more than 14 million viewers tuning in to watch Season 3 of how to Do florida with Chad Crawford, creator and host Chad Crawford credits the show’s popularity to a combination of good content, high production value and his passion for all things Florida. “how to Do florida is much more than simply a TV show. It’s a movement; a chance to introduce people to the real Florida,” explained Crawford, a third-generation Floridian. “I want people – especially families – to get outdoors, discover the Florida of my youth and learn how to enjoy the awesome adventures I’m sharing with my family.”

How To Do Florida With Chad Crawford
Host Chad Crawford and his son, Chase, canoe the Suwannee River in an episode on canoe camping for how to Do florida with Chad Crawford.
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A companion website contains additional video content and helpful links for those wanting to learn more about the topics and locations featured on the show. In addition, the show’s social media platforms on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube offer viewers a deeper, more interactive experience on how to discover Florida.

Sponsors for Season 4 are Bealls Florida Department Stores, Florida Department of Agriculture, Gander Mountain, the Florida Wildflower Foundation, the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, Florida Hospital, the Florida Tomato Committee and Grand Golf Resorts of Florida.

To jump-start family outdoor vacations, how to Do florida with Chad Crawford is giving away a “Family Camping Starter Kit” valued at $1,000. For contest details and entry form, visit starting July 12. No purchase is required.  The contest is open to all Florida residents 18 or older.

Also to help celebrate how to Do florida with Chad Crawford kicking off, we are happy be giving away a $50 gift card to Gander Mountain

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how to Do florida with Chad Crawford is produced by Crawford Entertainment, a full-service production company based in Lake Mary, Fla. that creates, develops and produces original themed television series and specials for national television syndication and cable networks.

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Celebrate D23 Twitter Followers With Sweepstakes Series

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Celebrate 100,000 D23 Twitter Followers

With Cool Disney Swag!

05.21.13 – To thank Disney fans for helping us reach this amazing milestone on Twitter, we are giving away Walt Disney Archives merchandise, D23 limited-edition t-shirts, and more in the new “#D23Swag” sweepstakes series.


Here’s How it Works:

Starting on May 30th at 12:00 p.m., PT, we will send out a special message for our Twitter followers to “re-tweet.” You can re-tweet the message any time between when the message is originally sent from @DisneyD23 and 5:00 p.m., PT, that day. Those who re-tweet will automatically be entered into a randomized drawing to win cool D23 swag! For the full set of rules, click here.

Mark Your Calendar:

You’ll have a chance to participate every other Thursday after May 30 (don’t worry, we’ll remind you the day before so you don’t forget)! The sweepstakes series will include the following seven dates: May 30, June 13, June 27, July 11, July 25, August 8, and August 22.

Winning Cool Stuff:

Prizes will include Walt Disney Archives merchandise, D23 limited-edition t-shirts, and more! Winners will be sent a Direct Message via Twitter to verify eligibility—so make sure you’re following @DisneyD23 on Twitter!

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Discovering Disney Crafters!

I love crafting, and when I find Disney Crafters it is even more exciting!

I am on the look out for Disney Crafters to showcase here on the blog!!!

To start the series, I thought I would start by showcasing the work of one our awesome contributors who has started her own business Beth’s Bowtique!

Beth makes amazing bows, tutus, and bags that Zoe and I absolutely love!

A bow and tutu are a really fun way to jazz up a RunDisney Race, and I have now run 2 races in Beth’s Bowtique creations!!!

And to share a little bit of the Beth’s Bowtique fun, we are giving away two Disney inspired bows!!!

Congrats Cathleen on winning the Bows!!!

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If you are a Disney Crafter who would like to share their creations, if you have an ETSY shop or just make your crafts for fun, or know of one you would love and would like to share, please let me know by leaving a comment or dropping me a line!!!



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Central Florida Home & Garden Show Giveaway

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Central Florida Home & Garden Show Springs Into Action March 22-24

Featuring Jason Cameron, DIY Experts, Top Local Chefs and Home and Garden Solutions


One of the region’s most anticipated spring events will be here in no time:  the 2013 Central Florida Home & Garden Show, returning March 22-24 to the Orange County Convention Center in Hall South B in the Center’s South Concourse facing International Drive. The home improvement extravaganza is the premier place to find innovative products, new ideas, practical advice and great deals in remodeling, home improvement and gardening with hundreds of experts all under one roof. From windows and flooring to cabinets and landscaping, consumers can shop, compare and save on a wide variety of products and services to renew, refresh and restore their homes.

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Show highlights include appearances by Jason Cameron of DIY Network’s Man Caves and Desperate Landscapes; tips and advice from local and national home improvement experts appearing on the IKEA Home Stage throughout the weekend; demonstrations by some of the area’s favorite chefs on the Edible Orlando Cooking Stage; Hero Day on Friday only, offering free admission to retired or current members of the military and first responders; designer rooms with instant ideas to refresh and restyle; and a “fun-raiser” for Children’s Home Society of Florida; and more than 250 DIY, landscaping and home improvement experts offering a range of new products and services, including more than 100 exhibitors new to the market or making their Central Florida Home & Garden Show debut.


Marketplace Events, North America’s largest producer of home shows, including the Central Florida Home & Garden Show and fall Orlando Home Show, announced earlier this year that attendance at the first four home shows in the company’s annual portfolio realized an average attendance increase of 17 percent over the prior year, and that exhibit space and online advance ticket sales were also trending upward. “Our results so far this year, coupled with low interest rates and improving home sales, lead us to believe that more and more people are taking on home improvement projects that they have previously postponed,” said Tom Baugh, CEO of Marketplace Events. “Now more than ever, home shows are relevant to bring people with projects together with local businesses offering competitive pricing and promotions that even savvy shoppers might not find elsewhere.”

“Our shows offer something for everyone,” added Cristian Moore, show manager for Marketplace Events. “Whether they have a specific project in mind or simply want to enjoy a fun day out, local residents and visitors can refresh their space, reinvent their décor and restyle their lives at our show.”

Jason Cameron of DIY Network’s Man Caves and Desperate Landscapes shares his passion for architecture and the wood shop, along with tips, advice and behind-the-scenes stories during his appearances on the IKEA Home Stage on Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 12 noon and 5 p.m., and Sunday at 4 p.m. (subject to change without notice).

Guests can enjoy mouth-watering demonstrations and tasty samples prepared by some of the area’s favorite chefs and culinary pros on the Edible Orlando Cooking Stage. Scheduled to demonstrate their signature recipes and dispense advice throughout the weekend are James and Julie Petrakis of the The Ravenous Pig; Kevin Spencer of Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops at Hilton Orlando; Greg Picard, executive chef for Orlando World Center Marriott; Dun Chau of Sushi House Orlando; Danny Otera of Teak Neighborhood Grill, and chefs and experts from Whole Foods Market, New York Dinger and World of Beer. Gloria B, the bi-lingual host of KQ103 FM’s afternoon drive show, spices up the stage on Saturday at 3:30 p.m., Latino style!

Get answers to important DIY and home improvement, landscaping and home décor questions from more than 250 experts around the show floor and on the main stage throughout the weekend. Local favorites Harry P. Leu Gardens Director Robert Bowden and popular green thumb and Orlando Sentinel columnist Tom MacCubbin are among the presenters (visit for a complete listing of presentations and times).

Other experts can help show-goers make their gardens a beautiful retreat. Belgard Hardscapes, Hoffner Landscape, Jan Clay Flowers, Lanai Hardscape Company, Pebble Junction, Pondtastic Water Gardens and Smithwell will be on site with ideas, tips and cash-and-carry items.

Speaking of items for cash-and-carry, guests can “raise the woof!” and show their furry housemates some love at the Pet Pavilion sponsored by Urban Pet Magazine and Stanley Steemer. Exhibitors range from emergency vet, boarding, training and pet rescue services to purveyors of fashion, treats and grooming for cats, dogs and other critters.

Other not-to-be-missed features and opportunities at the show include Hero Day on Friday only, offering free admission to retired or current members of the military and first responders with proper ID or in uniform; Friday Family Day, offering free admission to children ages 12 and under and family-fun activities on the show floor; Children’s Home Society of Florida’s Champions for Children™ Corner, where guests can spin the prize wheel, putt for prizes and bid on celebrity painted bird houses to support Florida’s most vulnerable kids; fantastic ice and fruit carving displays throughout the weekend by Laz of Wizard Connection; and designer rooms with instant ideas to refresh and restyle. Plus enter-to-win contests, prize drawings, and much more!

Show hours are Friday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m, and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Tickets are available at the door, and are $10 for adults 13+, $5 for seniors (60+, at the box office only), $5 for children ages 6-12, and free for children ages five and under. Advance tickets can be purchased online for a $3 discount off full-price $10 admission at, courtesy of TD Bank.

For more information, visit , or call 877-871-SHOW (7469).  Connect on Facebook, Twitter (@FloridaHomeShow), Pinterest ( for up-to-the-minute show details, discounts and fabulous home improvement tips. Visit the show’s blog at

We are also offering you the chance to win 4 tickets to the Central Florida Home & Garden Show!

But wait, there’s more!  Your winner (and you) will be entered into a random drawing for a chance to win a meet and greet with our special celebrity guest, Jason Cameron of DIY Network’s Man Caves and Desperate Landscapes  and VIP front row seats to his Saturday stage appearance.

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Opening Day of the Central Florida Home & Garden Show Friday, March 22 is FAMILY DAY, a celebration of all things home and family. In the midst of spring and Spring Break, now’s the time to bring the kid out in all of us. Join in special activities and gather tips for a family-friendly home.  Kids ages and 12 and under are FREE on Friday!

The Central Florida Home & Garden Show and its fall sister show, the Orlando Home Show (October 4-6, 2013) are both produced by Marketplace Events.



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LEGOLAND Florida Birthday Celebration

Celebrate October 15 with 50% single day admission, Special Prizes and Free Cupcakes
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LEGOLAND Florida Birthday Celebration Will Be Full Of Prizes, Savings, and Fun!

Put on your party hat because LEGOLAND Florida Birthday Celebration will be on October 15th in honor of their first Birthday! Guests will feel like it’s their birthday with 50% off single day admission to enjoy the park on Oct. 15, a prize patrol with hundreds of gifts to give away and free cupcakes for the first 5,000.

Guests can experience the more than 50 rides, shows and attractions with 50% off single day admission to come and celebrate on October 15 (only $37.50 – adults, $32.50 – children/seniors). This amazing discount will go on-sale online beginning Oct. 3 at Tickets must be purchased online and redeemed on Oct. 15. Only while supplies last. Offer limited to maximum of 5,000 tickets with a limit of 6 tickets per purchase.

LEGOLAND Florida’s Prize Patrol is a team armed with hundreds of gifts and will sporadically surprise guests throughout the day during the LEGOLAND Florida Birthday Celebration. Gifts include such amazing prizes as:

  • ·         Meet & Greet with a Master Model Builder
  • ·         Tours of the Model Shop
  • ·         Free Food Vouchers
  • ·         Free Hero Passes for front-of-the-line access to rides
  • ·         Free Single Day Admission Tickets to LEGOLAND Florida
  • ·         Free Standard Annual Passes which includes unlimited 12 month access to LEGOLAND Florida
  • ·         Free Merlin Annual Passes USA which includes unlimited 12 month access to LEGOLAND Florida, LEGOLAND Water Park and all Merlin US attractions throughout the USA, free parking and more

Purchase your tickets today so you don’t miss your chance to join in on the birthday celebration. Park operating hours are 10am-5pm so arrive early and stay the whole day for the most fun.

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The Week in Review July 16 – 20, 2012

It was a super busy week at On the Go in MCO!!!

We talked about the Holidays, Giveaways, Merchandise, Miniature Golf, and more. So let’s take a look backnat all of this week’s posts!!!

Giveaway!!! Don’t forget to enter to win your very own Customized Autograph Book by July 27th!!!

The Tinkerbell Autograph Book I made!!!

Betsy took us along as she cooled off playing the Summer Course at the Winterland Summerland Miniature Golf Course.

Join us as we play the Summer Course at Winter Summerland!

This Week LEGOLAND Florida announced that they wouldn’t be raising ticket prices!


LEGOLAND Florida Prices Stay The Same

In Videos this week, we got see something we thought we would never do…We got to see Vanilla Ice Perform at the Gaylord Palms Christmas in July Event! We’ll be bringing you more details about what Gaylord Palms has in store for the Holidays next week, but here is some Ice, Ice Baby goodness to hold you over…


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On Facebook, we have added some our pictures from the Gaylord Palms Christmas in July Event to our Page. While you’re there, Like Us!!!

The Gaylord Palms will be having a Merry Madagascar Ice starting in November!

We found some great new Merchandise this week at Walt Disney World!!! First we took at look at the new Limited Edition Ear Hat Ornaments that are sure to get you in the Holiday Spirit!

WALL-E Resin Ear Hat Ornament – Front

Then we found some Halloween Trading Pins and the Halloween Lanyard out at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

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2012 Halloween Pin – Duffy

In More Halloween News, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has been hard at work getting ready for Howl-O-Scream by growing some crazy pumpkins.

A member of the Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Horticulture Team showing off one of their many pumpkins!

For Wordless Wednesday, we take a look at the Mickey made of Mickeys at D Street at Walt Disney World Downtown Disney West Side.

Vinylmation Mickey at D Street at Downtown Disney West Side

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Prep & Landing Is SOOOOO Tinsel on DVD!!!

When Prep & Landing debuted in 2009 on ABC, I absolutely loved it and it quickly became a holiday family favorite!!! And it was really tinsel to get the DVD to review!!!

Prep & Landing is an adorable holiday story about a high-tech team of elves who ensure homes around the world are properly prepared for their visit from Santa. After working for a tireless 227 years, an elf named Wayne (voiced by Dave Foley) is upset when he doesn’t receive an expected promotion. Instead he is partnered with an idealistic rookie elf named Lanny (voiced by Derek Richardson) to execute a special Christmas Eve mission. While on their journey, Wayne and Lanny encounter unexpected challenges that push them to their limits and ultimately threaten Christmas for children around the world. But in the end, these two elves work together to guide Santa through a raging snowstorm in order to save Christmas.

The bonus shorts included on the DVD are really funny!!!

The Prep & Landing Stocking Stuffer Shorts were my favorites!!!! In “Operation Secret Santa” lead elves Lanny and Wayne are sent on a special assignment by Mrs. Clause (voiced by Betty White) into Santa’s Office. And in “Tiny’s Big Adventure” Tiny is the assistant to Magee in the North Pole Christmas Eve Command Center is trying to make a pot of coffee and makes quite a mess!

Also the Prep & Landing Kringle Academy Training Videos  and North Pole Commercials were really entertaining!!!!

We all love Prep & Landing, and to help spread the Christmas cheer I’ll be giving away a copy of the movie and shorts on DVD!!!

To win your copy, simply “Like” On the Go in MCO on Facebook!!!

You can enter to win a copy of Prep & Landing on DVD until MIDNIGHT on MONDAY, December 5, 2011.

The winner will be chosen by using the number of comments on, and I will be announcing and contacting the winner on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2011. So please make sure to enter your email address on your entries!!!


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