2014 Event Schedule - Special Guests and Activities
We've assembled an all-star lineup of special guests and travel experts to help you plan your next vacation. The Great Vacations Travel EXPO provides fun and convenient ways for you to learn about what's new, what's popular, and what's best when it comes to your next getaway.
Duck Dynasty's John Godwin and Justin Martin on Saturday, January 25 at Noon
Presented by Sea Scape Vacation Homes and Wrightsville Beach Adventures
It's one of TV's most popular programs, featuring one of America's most recognizable families...Duck Dynasty! Don't miss fan favorites "Godwin" and "Martin" from A&E's wildly popular reality series, centered on the multi-million dollar Duck Commander empire in Louisiana. The duo will talk about what it's like to star on one of TV's hottest shows, answer audience questions, pose for pictures and sign autographs.
The Love Boat's Gavin MacLeod on Friday, January 24 at 3 p.m. and on Saturday, January 25 at 2 p.m.
Presented by Princess Cruises
The Love Boat is back! The captain of everyone's favorite cruise ship, Gavin MacLeod - also known as Capt. Merrill Stubing on the popular '70s and '80s sitcom - will talk about his new book This is Your Captain Speaking, and his days on the set of The Love Boat. MacLeod will sign autographs and pose for pictures in the Princess Cruises booth following his appearances.
Survivor Castaway Rupert Boneham on Sunday, January 26 at 1 p.m.
Brought to you by SPRINT
Often referred to as television's favorite Survivor, Rupert Boneham is an entrepreneur with a strong passion to support the community and individuals in need. He will share tales from his travels as a four-time contestant on the popular CBS show Survivor. Following his appearance, he will answer audience questions, pose for pictures and sign autographs.
Packing Expert Anne McAlpin on Friday, January 24 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Presented by AAA Member Rewards VISA
For many travelers, packing can be among the most daunting parts of a trip. But Anne McAlpin's changes all that with her incredible tips, packing checklists and more. As featured on HGTV and Oprah!, McAlpin will help travelers lighten their load and make travel easy and more enjoyable - just by implementing her clever, yet simple ideas.
SEAWORLD FUN ON KIDS DAY on Saturday, January 25
Presented by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
Kids Day is the best day to bring the entire family to the EXPO. The first 100 kids through the door will receive a special prize from SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. Junior guests will love meeting a host of interesting animals from SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. And the EXPO's "Passport for Prizes" activity will let the whole family take part in the fun as you get your EXPO Passports stamped at exciting EXPO attractions and exhibits, and are entered to win a fantastic family getaway.
Reunion Planning Expert Edith Wagner on Saturday, January 25 at 1 p.m.
Brought to you by Experience Columbus
Edith Wagner, editor of Reunions Magazine, the premier publication on the subject, will lead a workshop on planning a reunion in Columbus. The foremost expert on planning reunions, Wagner will demonstrate insider tips for creating the perfect reunion, whether it's for your family, military groups, school reunions, or any other group with a shared history that's getting together.
OUR OTHER KIDS DAY ACTIVITIES on Saturday, January 25
In addition to all the SeaWorld fun, your family will experience an incredible line-up of activities, events and workshops designed just for parents and kids. Back by popular demand, the Farm at Walnut Creek, from Ohio's celebrated Amish Country, transforms the Travel Stage into a full-fledged menagerie as the Farm's entertaining crew brings a host of interesting animals for guests to see.
Full Schedule for the AAA Travel Stage
Full schedule for the Metro Parks Great Outdoors Stages