Orlando's offerings a top draw for Canadian children
ORLANDO, FL, Jan. 8, 2014 /CNW/ - After months of cold weather, a trip
to Orlando appears to be the perfect getaway for Canadian families this
Family Day weekend (Feb. 15-17) or upcoming March Break, according to a
recent survey conducted by Leger Research Intelligence Group on behalf
of Visit Orlando.
The survey, which asked children between the ages of seven and 12 a
variety of questions about what they enjoy while on vacation, revealed
that spending time with family is at the top of the list. When asked
what activities they like, theme parks were the heavy favourite,
followed closely by swimming. Orlando is home to seven of the world's
top theme parks, including Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment and LEGOLAND Florida.
"I recently travelled to Orlando with my husband and our two kids, ages
10 and 13, and the number of memorable experiences you can have in a
few short days is truly remarkable," said Erica Ehm, creator and
publisher of the acclaimed online magazine YummyMummyClub.ca. "With such a wide array of activities and attractions, we were able to
keep everyone in the family entertained, which is not an easy feat."
Note: Respondents could select multiple answers in their responses.
70 per cent of children enjoy theme parks/amusement parks while on
vacation, followed by swimming at 68 per cent
29 per cent of children say spending time with family is what they like
most about going on vacation, followed by the 28 per cent who said
staying in a hotel
69 per cent of children chose rides as their favourite theme park
64 per cent voted roller coasters and water slides as their favourite
theme park rides
79 per cent of children say they must take a tech device with them while
65 per cent say they must take either a tablet or portable game console
For parents in search of the ideal family getaway, Orlando's diverse
offerings can easily meet everyone's vacation needs. In addition to its
popular theme parks and first-class dining scene, Orlando boasts
renowned spas, beautiful golf courses, a multitude of shopping options,
as well as plenty of outdoor adventures, such as hang-gliding, hot air
ballooning and zip-lining. More information and vacation planning tips
can be found at VisitOrlando.ca, in addition to a variety of 'Deals Made for Canadians' discounts.
Canada continues to be Orlando's number-one international market since
breaking the one-million-visitor mark for the first time in 2011. With
several airlines offering direct flights, a list which now includes
multiple daily departures from Toronto and Montreal via Air Canada rouge, this popular Floridian destination is an easy getaway for Canadian
families. For those who are not celebrating the Family Day holiday,
Orlando is also an ideal winter escape for the upcoming March Break.
A survey of 441 kids between the ages of seven and 12 was completed
online November 21-28, 2013 using Leger's online panel, LegerWeb. A
probability sample of the same size would yield a margin of error of
+/- 4.7%, 19 times out of 20. Leger's online panel has approximately
460,000 members nationally - with between 10,000 and 20,000 new members
added each month, and has a retention rate of 90 per cent.
About Visit Orlando:
For more information about vacation experiences in Orlando, to order a
complimentary vacation planning kit that includes a comprehensive
Official Vacation Guide the Orlando Magicard™, or to purchase discount
attraction tickets, visitors can log onto Orlando's official web site
at VisitOrlando.ca or call an Official Travel Counselor at 1-800-551-0181. For real-time
updates, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/VisitOrlando or on Facebook at facebook.com/VisitOrlando. While in Orlando, visitors may also stop by the Official Visitor
Center located at 8723 International Drive.
Editor's Note: For additional press information or high-resolution
downloadable images, please visit VisitOrlando.com/Media
SOURCE: Visit Orlando
For further information:
Daina Astwood-George, APEX Public Relations
Heide Colon/Denise Spiegel, Visit Orlando