A year after logging 12,000 miles with his family during a summer odyssey through 33 states, social media entrepreneur Manny Ruiz – aka the “PapiBlogger” – is headed on the road again.
Starting July 8, 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 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
In the spirit of social media storytelling, PapiBlogger will be chronicling the family’s exploits daily on the blog’s website, Facebook and Twitter 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.
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
[Note to Editors and Producers: A complete travel itinerary is available only to media by request by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Trip photos and videos are widely available daily on PapiBlogger’s YouTube and Flickr channels by searching for the keyword “PapiBlogger.”]
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PapiBlogger.com is the nation’s first fully bilingual web site devoted to creative parenting tricks for parents. It is also the first bilingual parenting blog published by a father of Latino descent. The site serves as a forum for parents to share parenting insights and also features travel stories, product reviews and seasonal gift guides.
PapiBlogger, who uses the hashtag #LatinoDads is the brainchild of entrepreneur and former Hispanic PR Wire founder Manny Ruiz which he sold to United Business Media/PR Newswire in 2007. Manny is also the co-founder of Hispanicize, the leading content platform for Hispanic social media marketers and bloggers, the Latina Mom Bloggers network and the organizer of the annual Hispanicize Conference.