2013 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 2013 Great Vacations Travel EXPO provided fun and convenient ways for consumers to learn about what's new, what's popular, and what's best when it comes to your next getaway.
Meet ANDREW McCARTHY on Sunday, January 20 at 1 p.m.
You know him from his starring roles in Pretty in Pink, St. Elmo's Fire, Weekend at Bernie's, and more, but now he's added travel writer to his resume. National Geographic Traveler editor-at-large and author of the popular, new travel book, The Longest Way Home, Andrew McCarthy appears at 1 p.m. on Sunday, January 20. McCarthy will talk about his new memoir and offer his unique insight into the world of travel. He will be available to answer questions and sign autographs following his appearance.
LISA WHELCHEL brought to you by SPRINT® on Saturday, January 19 at 3 p.m.
Best known for her starring role as Blair Warner on the popular 80s sitcom The Facts of Life, actress, singer-songwriter and author Lisa Whelchel will appear at the EXPO at 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 19. She will share tales from her travels as a contestant on the popular CBS show Survivor: Philippines. Following her appearance, Lisa will answer questions and sign autographs at the SPRINT® exhibit.
PETER GREENBERG presented by News Radio WMNI AM/FM on
Friday, January 18 at 2 p.m.
CBS News Travel Editor and America's most recognized front-line travel news journalist, Peter Greenberg will take the stage on Prime Timers Day, presented by Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, on Friday, January 18 at 2 p.m. He'll show EXPO guests how to make their travel more enjoyable, safe and affordable. Following his presentation, Greenberg will sign autographs and answer questions.
ANNE McALPIN presented AAA Member Rewards VISA on
Friday, January 18 at 4 p.m. and Saturday, January 19 at 5 p.m.
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. She takes the stage at 4 p.m. on Friday, January 18 and at 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 19.
DISNEY FAMILY FUN ON KIDS DAY on Saturday, January 19
Kids Day is Saturday, January 19th! It's the best day to bring the entire family to the EXPO. The first 200 kids through the door will receive FREE Mickey Mouse ears. The Radio Disney Road Crew will provide lively and entertaining stage shows at 10:30 a.m. and Noon. Guests can learn firsthand from Adventures by Disney travel guides about top family vacations around the world. 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 EXPO attractions and exhibits, and are entered to win a fantastic family vacation to Walt Disney World.
RACHEL BUCHHOLZ on Saturday, January 19 at 2 p.m.
See if you're smarter than your kids and join us for the fun and lively "Stump Your Parents" trivia game. Executive Editor of National Geographic Kids magazine, Rachel Buchholz, will lead a rousing round of travel trivia, offering great prizes for participants.
OUR OTHER KIDS DAY ACTIVITIES on Saturday, January 19
In addition to all the Disney 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, presented by DIRECTV
Full Schedule for The Great Outdoors Stage