Disneyland Park Creates New Underwater Adventure Attraction
As part of the Year of a Million Dreams celebration, the Disneyland Resort announced the next “E-Ticket” attraction to join Tomorrowland in Disneyland park - Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage. The underwater adventure will feature the eight submarines of the fondly remembered original Submarine Voyage attraction. Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage is inspired by the Disney presentation of the Pixar Animation Studios film, “Finding Nemo,” and is set to debut June 11, 2007.
Queen Mary Debuts 40th Anniversary Exhibits
2007 marks the 40th anniversary of the Queen Mary’s 1967 arrival in Long Beach and the debut of new exhibits. The newest exhibit to the Queen Mary is “The Queen Mary Historic Exhibit: Her Story is History.” This incredible display takes guests through the chronological history of the legendary ocean liner from her construction and launch, to her important WWII service years as a troopship carrier, all the way to her arrival in Long Beach. To plan your trip to see the Queen Mary off look at our Los Angeles vacation homes and find your perfect vacation rental.
Cal Expo Water Park Receives Extreme Makeover
Raging Waters Sacramento, formerly known as Waterworld USA, is scheduled to reopen in May 2007 after a multi-million dollar investment in park improvements and new attractions. The park’s newest water thrill ride, Dragon’s Den, will drop adventure seekers at heart-pounding speeds for nearly five stories while spiraling through enclosed tunnels into a narrow crevice that finally shoots the two-person raft into a clear pool of water.
5 California Travel Ideas
1. California Travel and Tourism
Commission Facts and Stats.
Travel and tourism expenditures in 2006 amounted to an estimated $93.8 billion, provided employment for nearly 929,000 Californians, and generated $5.6 billion in state and local tax revenues.
California’s share of the domestic travel market in 2005, the earliest year available, was 11.1%, making it the most visited state in America.
Tourism is California’s 4th largest employer.
California was the destination for 335.4 million domestic travelers and approximately 14.4 million international travelers, leisure and business, in 2005, the most recent year available.
Internationally, Australia overtook Germany for the first time, ranking third after the United Kingdom and Japan, followed by France, South Korea, Taiwan, and making its first-ever appearance among California’s top ten overseas markets, China.
Source: D.K. Shifflet & Associates, Ltd., CIC Research, Inc. and California Tourism, 2006
2. World-Class Cycling Race Returns.
The second annual Amgen Tour of California races through the state February 18-25 after a successful inaugural year attracting more than 1.3 million spectators. The event boasts a 650-mile course, stretching from San Francisco to Long Beach and visiting 12 host cities, offering cyclists challenging terrain and spectators the chance to see an elite race in some of California’s most colorful communities. The course showcases the variety that is California – from the art, culture and technology of the big cities, to beautiful wine regions and the agriculturally rich central valley, to the breathtaking coast. For more information about the race visit www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.
Don’t wait to find your perfect San Francisco vacation rental to witness the start of this world class event. Then follow the race to it’s finish in Los Angeles and let 1st choice find you the perfect vacation home for your trip.
3. Ski California Style.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the California Travel and Tourism Commission and California’s world-class ski destinations are teaming up this 2006-2007 winter season for the second California Snow Campaign aimed at increasing destination skier visits and making California top-of-mind as a premier ski destination. The campaign includes a 30-second spot including the Governor and professional skiers and snowboarders, domestic and international media relations and advertising, internet and E-mail programs, and www.visitcaliforniasnow.com, a Web site that this year includes interactive maps, rider soundtracks, snow studio and photo galleries, in addition to offering visitors ski specials and other snow vacation planning tools.
4. Experiencing the Finer Things in Life.
Travelers seeking luxurious opportunities have endless options in California – from high-end houseboats to chartered yachts, to private jets and Ferrari rentals. Those looking for some luxurious pampering can find fine hotels with plush linens and top-of-the-line service and exquisite spa treatments leaving anyone feeling like a king or queen.
5. Beckham Enters CA Sports Scene, Sporting Events Abound in the State.
California is home to some of the country's leading sporting teams and this year California will become home to David Beckham when he moves to the LA Galaxy from Real Madrid, shaking up the soccer scene. In February and September, NASCAR fans can enjoy racing excitement at California Speedway in the Inland Empire region. Additionally, this July 2007, San Francisco’s AT&T Park will host Major League Baseball’s. San Diego, Anaheim, Los Angeles, San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland, and Sacramento all have professional teams playing sports such as football, major league baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer and team tennis.
For a top 20 list visit www.visitcalifornia.com