RENAISSANCE ORLANDO AT SEAWORLD PARTNERS WITH GIVE KIDS THE WORLD TO CELEBRATE LAUNCH OF NEW WATER PLAYGROUND
Grand Opening Event of Hotel’s ‘R Aqua Zone’ Raises Awareness For Children With Life-Threatening Illnesses
ORLANDO (July 17, 2011) – Families fromGive the Kids the World Village (GKTW), a
non-profit ‘storybook’ resort for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families,
gathered at Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorldon Friday as the hotel introduced its ‘coolest’
new feature, R Aqua Zone, an interactive water playground complete with two twisting,
turning water slides, periscope guns, a water windmill, rain tree, gyroscope spinner and more.
Exclusive to GKTW “wish”children and their families,the event also celebrated the
organization’s “National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day”, an annual awareness campaign that
aims to share the carefree spirit of the “Village” with the rest of the world. Officially launched in July in conjunction with National Ice Cream Month, “Ice Cream For Breakfast” encourages communities to raise awareness and funds for GKTW by hosting and attending
ice cream socials in their hometowns.
At the fun-filled pool party, children enjoyed Shamu ice pops and ice cream cones,
aquatic games and prizes, and even had the opportunity to have their photos taken with the
SeaWorld’s Mascot “Shamu” and the GKTW mascot, “Mayor Clayton”.
“It is an honor to support such a worthy cause as Give Kids The World,” said Gary
Dybul, Director of Sales and Marketing for Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld. “Seeing all of
the smiling faces today was a great reminder that if we work together, we can positively
impact the lives of children.
For over 20 years, GKTW has been serving up smiles and memories for children
with life-threatening illnesses and theirfamilies in the form of all-you-can-eat ice cream in
the Village’s infamous Ice Cream Palace. In a place where parents never have to say “no,”
the Palace is open from early in the morning until late at night, so everyone can enjoy ice
cream whenever they want—even for breakfast.
Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld is a proud participant of GKTW’s “Adopt A Villa” program where employees volunteer to manage all the landscaping, maintenance and holiday decorating for oneVilla. The Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld will also be donating a percentage of their Palms Bar & Grill pool outlet sales throughout the month of August 2011 to GKTW.
The Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld boasts a prime location across from SeaWorld Orlando and adjacent to Discovery Cove and Aquatica. The 781-room property expertly combines superior amenities and service with imaginative style in an ocean-themed setting. Oversized guestrooms offer contemporary retreats that blend seamlessly with modern conveniences. The property’s five dining outlets satisfy every palate including signature restaurant Mist Sushi & Spirits featuring creative cocktails and freshly prepared sushi. The lavish nèu lotus spa offers a luxurious, tranquil respite for complete relaxation. Featuring 185,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space, the property can accommodate groups both large and small. Near all major Orlando attractions, shopping, golf, dining and more, Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld offers full-service amenities such as high-speed Internet access, resort-style pool, Shamu Game Room, Orlando attractions desk, FedEx Office Print & Ship CenterSM, a Starbucks® Coffee Shop and
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Give Kids The WorldVillage (GKTW) is a 70-acre, nonprofit resort in Central Florida that creates magical memories for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. GKTW provides accommodations at its whimsical resort, donated attractions tickets, meals and more for a weeklong, cost-free fantasy vacation. With the help of many generous individuals, corporations and partnering wish-granting organizations, Give Kids The World has welcomed more than 110,000 families from all 50 states and more than 70 countries.
For more information about GKTW and its mission, visit givekidstheworld.org