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AQUAPALOOZA 2013!!

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Wave your hands in the air if you feel fine! We’re gonna take it into overtime! Welcome to Aquapalooza!

Sponsored by MarineMax and Sea Ray, Aquapalooza 2013 is going to be a blast this year! In addition to the normal awesomesauce that happens at LanierWorld (water park, mini golf, floating spa, cable park, paddleboards, Boardwalk, etc.), Aquapalooza brings you a ton of great beach games and contests to really make the day amazing. We’ve got bands, volleyball, and cornhole, to name a few things. We’ve got a kids’ and non-kids Hula Hoop competition on the beach! We’ve got the Beach Olympics at Big Beach.B.C. Band, the Digits, and local favorite Riley Biederer all playing around the park. Finally our Big Beach party kicks off with Haywire headlining! Can you even BELIEVE how much fun this is going to be?! And we’ll be there to document the whole thing! Be sure to say hello to our photographers if you see them!

 

Upon entering Sunset Cove, turn your VHF radio to Channel 72. Look for the boats marked with Sea Ray and MarineMax Flags and team members wearing staff shirts to help direct you to a safe and secure anchorage spot. Please be extremely careful as there will be hundreds of boats in the cove. Be sure to come to the registration desk to sign in.

Wave down or radio a MarineMax Water Taxi to get to shore and enjoy the Water Park and Beach activities. You will still need to purchase a Beach Access Pass which is $10.00/person. We will have live entertainment throughout the day, beach activities, and contests. MarineMax will be giving away AquaPalooza T-shirts throughout the day along with other prizes! For those of you who do not receive a T-shirt, MarineMax will have them on sale at their Buford and Cumming locations for only $5.00 while supplies last! T-SHIRTS ARE THE BEST!!

MarineMax will be sending an email with the activity line up for the day of the event, but in the mean time, check out the schedule below.

Also, MarineMax Staff will be monitoring Channel 72 on your VHF radio the entire weekend for questions.

Those of you coming by car will need to pay the $10 gate fee at the main gate. Follow the signs to park at Grand Hall and walk towards the Sunset Cove restaurant to the registration table. Before you enter LanierWorld, you’ll be able to purchase one of our access only passes, or an all attractions pass at the gate. Be sure to grab a “Fun Ashore & More” Weekend Guide for coupons and more details!

Schedule of events: 


-9:00am: Registration
-11:00am-3:30pm: B.C. Band
-12:00pm: Childrens Hula Hoop Contest (ages 14 & under) 
-12:00pm-1:30pm: Volleyball, Corn Hole, Horseshoes
-1:30pm-2:30pm: Beach Olympics: Balloon Toss, Water Shuffle Relay, Kayaking & More
-4:00pm: Hula Hoop Contest (ages 15 & over)
-5:00pm: Haywire Band

Top 10 Lakeside Songs of Summer

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

“No shoes, No shirt, No problems
Blues what blues..hey I forgot them
The sun and the sand and a drink in my hand with no bottom
and no shoes, no shirt, and no problems!”

Kenny Chesney might have phrased it best, but where he likes Mexico, we like Lake Lanier! There really is nothing better than relaxing on the beach with your toes in the sand, listening to some great country music!! And that’s just what we’ll be doing here on Saturday, when 94.9 The Bull sets up shop at LanierWorld from 1-3pm! In honor of that glorious time, we’ve put together a very specific list of our Top 10 Lakeside Songs of Summer, are you ready?? Here we go:

10. We’re starting off with “Summertime Blues,” Eddie Cochran’s Rockabilly classic from 1958. Alan Jackson brought this song back to the top in 1994, and it’s been covered by a ton of artists including the Beach Boys, The Who, Bruce Springsteen, and even Joan Jett! We gave it our last spot because Summer’s already down one month and it kind of is giving us the blues.

9. We’re giving the #9 slot to Jake Owen’s “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” because this is what summer on the lake is all about! “A full moon shinin’ bright, edge of the water; we were feelin’ alright”

8. Tim McGraw’s “Something Like That” is the 8 seed. We love this song in particular because it reminds us of hanging out at the Stone Mountain Laser Show back in the day. Remember that song on the mountain? With that cute kid and the barbeque stain on his white t-shirt? That was great.

7. Zac Brown Band is next with “Toes,” a song all about what we love down at Big Beach and Sunset Cove! Toes in the water, toes in the sand, no worries in the world, cold beers in people’s hands. It wouldn’t hurt to win the lottery either… Life is good today, Zac Brown Band! Thanks to you!

6. The #6 spot on our list goes to Luke Bryan and his super-fun-to-dance-like-a-crazy-person song “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” because really, this song is SO FUN TO DANCE TO.

5. “Summertime” by Kenny Chesney gets our next slot. We love him so much we gave away some tickets just last week to his upcoming “No Shoes Nation” concert!

4. The #4 spot goes to the one and only Don Henley and “Boys of Summer.” After Henley took a break from drumming and singing for The Eagles, he released this song in 1984 which won him a grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. Although The Eagles and Henley have walked the tightrope between rock and country for years, we’re thinking that a song about past relationships, growing up, and summer love is right in line with your typical country summer anthem.

3. Rascal Flatts “Summer Nights” gets the third spot in our list purely for the awesome factor of their music video. That looks like one fun party to us.

2. His name is Kiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiid Rock! In 2008, “All Summer Long” netted Kid Rock his first Top-10 Country hit ever! This incredible Southern summer anthem actually began as a mashup of Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London” and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s classic “Sweet Home Alabama,” which you can easily make out in the chorus vocals and guitar riffs.

And finally…

1. Of COURSE we’re going to go with a lake-centric, chill, totally fun song for the #1 Top Lakeside Song of Summer!! We picked “Pontoon” by Little Big Town! Can’t you just picture yourself chillin’ on a deck chair on your pontoon, a drink from the Tiki Hut in hand, and watchin’ the crew play some volleyball at Sunset Cove? We can’t think of any song that better personifies Summer on Lake Lanier than this one!

What about you? What are your top 10 summer songs? Feel free to leave them in the comment section!

 

BONUS VIDEO!! Eddie Cochran singing his original “Summertime Blues” in 1958!!

The 20 Days of Giveaways

Monday, July 8th, 2013

You guys, 21 days ago our Facebook page hit 20,000 likes!! We got so excited we decided to give away prizes for 20 days in a row! All total, we gave out 20 tickets to LanierWorld, a Beach Access season pass, a $20 Gianni’s/Sunset Cove Cafe giftcard, Sister Hazel concert tickets, Georgia Satellites concert tickets, a round of Golf for 2, a dockslip for a Full Moon Party, an Islands Club Membership, a Sunshine Club Membership, a Family Four Pack to LanierWorld, and for our grand finale, we gave out a Family FunTastic Package, which included 4 tickets to LanierWorld!

Here were the contests and winners for each of our 20 days!

Sarah Littlepage LaRocca was the first to correctly guess our number: 1,983!

Alicia Cook was the first person to post a picture including exactly 20 pairs of flip-flops!

We held a bonus competition on the second day, for a chance to do a meet and greet with Sister Hazel!

And Gloria Gomez won with her creative take on it!

Bernadine Grider Martin won our first contest of Day 3, buy giving us her top 20 reasons she was excited about summer! Spoiler alert – She was excited about her grandkids visiting from Oklahoma:
1.Grandkids are visiting from Oklahoma
2. Our children are visiting from Oklahoma.
3. Spending time with family.
4. Beach
5. Grandchildren
6. Summer
7. Grandchildren
8. Beautiful Georgia summer evenings.
9. Grandchildren
10. Lake Lanier
11. Grandchildren
11. Fireworks.
12. Grandchildren.
13. Flip flops
14. Grandchildren.
15. Lake
16. Grandchildren
17. Fresh vegetables and fruit
18. Grandchildren.
19. Lemonade
20. And……our family coming from Oklahoma to Georgia for vacation!!!!!

Shawn Holbrook won two tickets to Sister Hazel at Peachtree Pointe Amphitheater, AND two tickets to meet and greet the band! When we reached 75 “shares” we picked a winner at random!

Our first contest of Day 4 asked contestants to send in the first picture of 20 pool toys!

Which Kimberly Reamer won in no time!

For the second contest of the 4th day, we asked our fans to send in snapshots of their funniest faces, and we picked our favorite to win 2 tickets to LanierWorld!

Drew Leeuwenburg had us falling out of our chairs we were laughing so hard!

Keeping with the “20″ theme, next we asked you to send in pictures of yourself from 20 years ago – can you believe that was only 1993??

Heather Merritt Chapman won the prize with this picture! The floral print, the short tie, the white jacket, so 90s!

Granted, this says Day 5, but we meant Day 6, and our followers didn’t seem to mind…

In fact, Kenna Lemon was so focused on drawing this amazing dream sand castle that she didn’t notice at all!

Brittney Freeman Bowen won our first Zooma! contest by being the first to correctly guess all five images!

Day 8 was a photo caption contest, which Kathy Connor won with this cute quote! These are Lake Lanier’s newest Canadian Geese, by the way, and so cute! They’re at that awkward teenager stage…

Danielle Chiu Liu really knew her stuff when we asked what the 4 islands that make up Lake Lanier Islands are called! They are Pine, Blue Ridge, Legacy, and Georgia!

Day 10 was one for the dogs. We asked you to dress your pooch up in a swimsuit and post the picture to our wall!

There were a ton of hilarious pooches, but Shelly Jordan’s Scruffy here won the day. He just looks like a lake dog, doesn’t he?

We gave away 2 shots in our Hole-In-One Challenge on Day 10 – one for posting a picture of yourself on the Legacy on Lanier Golf course, and one for knowing that after Sam Snead, Tiger Woods has the most PGA tour wins!

On Day 11, we asked you to tell us what LanierWorld is greater than, and Nicole Vaughn Grisaffe said “LanierWorld is greater than a water balloon fight with all your friends on a hot hot summer day!” And we were inclined to agree!

Michelle Leigh Cagle won a round of golf for 2 by finding our secret hidden code somewhere on our website! The code was LXJ4R7H1P982XFDL0!

Day 13 was another photo caption contest! Connie Wishon Johnson won with a “Go big or go home!”

On Day 14, we asked you to find Bucky in the crowd at the Peachtree Road Race and tell us what number he was wearing!

See if you can spot him, Tiffany Roddy did!

Day 15 was fun, we set up a jumble and puzzle for you, and Stephanie Crowder Weber solved it first!

We held a race between Bucky the Beaver and the Chick-fil-A cow on the 16th day! We asked you to like the post to vote for the cow, and to comment on the post to vote for Bucky. It was a sad day here at the Lake when the home team lost, but Gail Castleberry went home happy as part of the winning team!

Day 17 fell on Independence Day, and we asked you to show your patriotic pride on our wall!

Andrea Nalley posted the most patriotic person we’ve ever seen, and came away with one of our big prizes: an Island Club pass!!

On Day 18, we hosted Lake Lanier Idol and asked you to submit performances of your favorite summer songs!

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Anna Crumbliss submitted this adorable video of her nephew shakin’ it to ZZ Top’s “Gimme All Your Lovin’”

We held another Zooma! on Day 19, and this time, Alley Lee Tiller took home a LanierWorld family four pack by correctly guessing the pictures! Fireworks, a cow’s nose, a bird’s nest, a pirate flag, and an ice cream snack!

Finally, for our grand finale, we asked you if you were ready for vacation! We wanted to see your cars packed to the roof with suitcases, towels, beach totes, pool noodles, inner tubes, and more!!

Susanne Ward won the grand prize of a Family Funtastic Package, which includes an overnight stay at Legacy Lodge, and 4 tickets to LanierWorld!

We had a great time these past 20 days, and we are so very grateful to all of our amazing facebook followers for participating in this extremely fun event!!

 

 

FLASH FLOOD OF AWESOMESAUCE ALERT!!

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

WOWZA everybody, have we got some amazing news to share with you!!

We know everyone was pretty bummed to hear that our fireworks show was rescheduled for this Saturday, the 6th of July, and we feel just as sad as you! So we’re going to make up for that it by offering a HUGE deal to you loyal, patriotic Americans who know that the number one best thing to do on the 4th of July is hang out all day by the lake, relaxing on the beach, riding some radical water slides, and listening to some sweet, sweet jams.

Here it is, are you ready??

For the 4th of July only, EVERY SINGLE LANIERWORLD GUEST will get an ALL DAY, ALL ACCESS PASS for only $10!! WHAAAAT??? $10 for access to water slides, the beach, mini golf, the Boardwalk, EVERYTHING!!

Whew… Oh what’s that? There’s MORE?!? No way!!

IN ADDITION to that INCREDIBLE offer, we are ALSO giving out raffle tickets to those lucky ducks who swim through the gates between 10am and 2pm. What’s this raffle for, you ask? ONE. THOUSAND. DOLLARS.

You don’t have to clean your screen off, it really does say that we are literally handing out $1,000 STRAIGHT UP to one of you lucky raffle ticket holders! The drawing will be held at 6PM sharp at the BIG BEACH STAGE, and you MUST BE PRESENT to win!

Recap, $10/person ALL day, ALL access. AND if you come in before 2PM, you’ll get a raffle ticket for a $1,000 giveaway! Can you even believe it?!?

Tell your friends, tell your wife, tell everybody because we are alerting you to a straight up FLASH FLOOD of AWESOMESAUCE!!

No rainchecks, though. We’re pretty sure you know it’s going to rain.

Important Information about 4th of July Week/Weekend!!

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

We are celebrating July 4th all weekend long! Just a slight change to the schedule, our famous fireworks show will be postponed to Saturday night instead of Thursday night. Join us ALL weekend for tons of live entertainment, including an all-day Rock 100 live remote on Thursday and bands on Big Beach, Gianni’s and Sunset Cove Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There will be great food and drink specials all weekend long at LanierWorld. Don’t miss out on anything at the Islands during our 4th of July weekend celebration! Visit our website, www.lakelanierislands.com, for a detailed list of events throughout the weekend. Stay connected with us on our Facebook (Lake Lanier Islands) and Twitter (@lanierislands) with constant updates about the weather and schedule changes. Happy Fourth! We’ll see you at the lake!

New JULY Promotions and Specials!!

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Guess what, everyone! We have a whole NEW batch of promos and specials for the whole month of July! We kicked off the month by celebrating last year’s hottest-day-of-the-year with free ice cream ALL DAY on July 1st!!

First and foremost, we are very pleased to announce the extension of Military Appreciation Days, which we’ll commemorate every Monday through Thursday. Veterans and military personel with ID cards will get in free with a paying guest!

We’ll also be celebrating another group of our favorite people every Monday through Thursday: Grandparents!! That’s right! Now, with two paying grandkids, grandparents will get in free!

Double Coupon Mondays are now reserved for Publix, so be sure to pick up your $5 off coupons and Publix and bring them to LanierWorld where we’ll count them for $10 off!!

Our loyal Twitter followers will be excited to know that we’re continuing the Twitter Tuesday special! We started with mini beach balls and free fountain drinks, who knows what we’ll give away next!! You’ll have to follow us on Twitter to find out!

And we like that idea so much that we gave QT it’s own day as well! So now Double Coupon Tuesdays are all about the QuikTrip! Same deal as Publix, but with QuikTrip coupons on Tuesdays!

We’ve also decided to extend our Service Hero Wednesdays another month! So bring your firefighting father, your EMT mother, and your police buddy with you on Wednesdays and they’ll get in for free!

All You Can Eat Hot Dog Day - There’s nothing better than a great hot dog on a water park day, except for maybe ALL THE HOTDOGS YOU WANT!! Pay close attention to our social media sites – that’s where we’ll be announcing the news.

 

Red, White, and Luau 4th of July Celebration!

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

The fourth of July is right around the corner and we could not be more excited!! The whole holiday weekend is going to be jam-packed with music, live entertainment, dancing, awesome interactive activities, fireworks, and of course, LanierWorld water slides and fun! If you’re looking for the details on what promises to be a fabulous weekend, you’ve come to the right place!

Let’s go over the actual holiDAY first, shall we?

First and foremost, on July 4th we are super excited that Lyndsey and Axel from Atlanta radio station Rock 100.5 will be doing a live broadcast at Sunset Cove from noon to 7pm. This is actually going to be really cool because Rock 100.5 is a fantastic radio station, and Lyndsey and Axel are both a lot of fun.

From 11-3pm, our Fun Patrol will be interacting with the kids all around LanierWorld, and let us say, this is extremely fun for the kiddos.

In addition to these cool events, we’ll have live entertainment at both Gianni’s noon to 8pm, the Fun Time Players will play some great dancing music from 3-8pm, Blair Crimmins and the HULAgans will play the Sunset Stage from 4-6pm, followed by the Geeks from 7-9pm.

But it’s not just LanierWorld that will be getting the live music treatment! Legacy Lodge will have live entertainment at the Pool Side Patio from 12:30-4:30, and BULLFROGS will have live music from 6:30-10:30pm. Lounge by the pool and enjoy some great tunes before heading over to BULLFROGS for a tasty dinner!

Finally, when the sky turns dark and everyones eyes have begun to drift skyward, Lake Lanier Islands will be pleased to present a huge fireworks display for your enjoyment and in celebration of our nation’s independence!

 

Friday, July 5th also promises to be a great day, with live entertainment at the Lodge Poolside Patio, Sunset Stage, Gianni’s, and BULLFROGS from 12:30-10:30pm and alternating throughout the day. The Fun Patrol will be out and about again from 11am-3pm, and the Fun Time Players will be playing from 3-8pm.

Additionally, Friday is Flip Flop Friday, presented by Marine Max at Sunset Cove! Ditch work and come out early for drink specials and DJ requests all night long!

The No Shoes Nation ticket giveaway will be sponsored by Miller and Kicks 101.5 at Sunset Cove, too! For every Miller product you purchase, we’ll drop your name in the bucket for a raffle to win tickets to the August 3rd No Shoes Nation Kenny Chesney concert in Atlanta at the Georgia Dome!


Also on Friday we’ll be featuring two Dive In Movies! “Free Willy,” a classic from the early 90s about a boy trying to help a killer whale get back to the ocean, will play at the WavePool at 8:30pm, and “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron,” the tale of a courageous and defiant young horse in the Wild West, will play at Legacy Lodge.

 

Saturday, July 6th will be a typically enjoyable day at the Lake. Once again the Fun Patrol will be interacting with kids around the Family Fun Park from 11-3pm. Also, there will be live entertainment at Gianni’s, Legacy Lodge Poolside Patio, Sunset Stage, Boardwalk, Sunset Cafe, and BULLFROGS throughout the day beginning at noon. Our Saturdays are particularly awesome because we host Big Beach Parties on a weekly basis, so come out to Big Beach and see the Mike Veal Band from 5-9pm.

Sunday, July 7th should be excellent as well, as live music will entertain guests all over the park all day long beginning at noon.

And if you haven’t booked a plan for this holiday yet, we’ve got you covered! We are still running our GOTOFUN promo!!

From June 28-July 6, with rates starting at $149/night and INCLUDING 4 tickets to LanierWorld, this is a deal you DO NOT want to miss!!

So come on out this weekend and enjoy a magnificent staycation with us here at Lake Lanier Islands!! And hey, have a happy 4th of July!! ‘Murica!

All Ashore and More!

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

We have begun distributing these awesome weekly informational flyers for what’s happening all over Lake Lanier Islands Resort for our guests and visitors! You can find out where the Seafood Buffet will be on Friday, who’s playing at Big Beach on Saturday, and when the party starts at Sunset Cove and plan your vacation according to what you want to see and do! In addition to all of our weekly events like Flip Flop Fridays, you’ll have times and information for special events like the Fun Time Players and Big Beach Parties. And those are just at LanierWorld! Fun Ashore & More also gives you the times for when our boat rentals begin at Harbor Landing, the hours of operation for Tranquility on the Water, when Kayaks and Paddleboards are available for rental, and the hours for our Lake Lanier Canopy Tours. For pure information, this weekend guide simply can’t be beat.

Without further ado, we are pleased and excited to announce: “Fun Ashore & More: Weekend Guide to What’s Happening Around LanierWorld!”

 

SURPRISE!! Our biggest surprise of the Summer!!

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Our biggest surprise of the Summer so far took place Monday morning at LanierWorld: a surprise FREE entry day!! Everyone got to just waltz in to LanierWorld like they owned the place from 10am-noon and stay all day! We were overwhelmed with the incredible response from the community, and even though it took a good bit of time to get through the main gate, once people found out our big surprise, it was all smiles from then on! Looks like you guys have been listening to us when we say our social media followers get special attention.

Was it fun over at WiggleWaves? You bet it was!

How was the water in Georgia’s largest wave pool? Chilly, but with a 100% chance of fun!

Who likes the Raging River? These kids do!

Just how popular are the mighty Twister and Typhoon? Guests cheered when the lifeguards opened the ride!

Where can a kid go to get soaked around here? How about the FunDunker!

We were thrilled to see everyone out having a great time at LanierWorld on Monday, and we want to thank everyone for making it as huge a success as you did! You guys were amazing! If you were one of the few who somehow missed out on our Surprise FREE Day, make sure you get in the know as fast as you can – we have deals and specials going on all summer long! Facebook, Twitter, and our Mobile VIP club (text LLIR to 84700) all run contests for tickets, prizes, and more all the time, and you can even check back here to see all the weekly deals!

Go To Fun Special!

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

 

Hey Lanier lovers! We have got some amazing news!! From June 30-July 3 we are offering the most special of specials just for you – because we love you to pieces! It’s true, if we loved you anymore, we would love you to dust motes, and that’s just not as much fun in the expression world. Are you ready for it? Here it is:

Introducing, the new, the fantastic, the stupendous: The Go To Fun Special!!

From June 30-July 3, we’re offering a room rate of $149/night, INCLUDING 4 tickets to LanierWorld!! AND, because we love you all so much, we are EXTENDING our original dates to include special weekends!! Now, June 27-29 and July 6-7, we’re offering THE SAME DEAL for a weekend rate of only $189/night. Do you have to work on the 4th of July? Surprise your kids with a weekend stay-cation for only $189/night INCLUDING 4 tickets to LanierWorld!!

Did you really just read that?!? Yes, you did!!

This is the kind of deal you do NOT want to pass up!! Seriously. If you pass this deal up, you are just flushing money and fun down the toilet. And that’s a felony, or at least a misdemeanor.

Just use this rate code to claim this AMAZING offer: GOTOFUN. It’s literally that easy.

OR call reservations at (770) 945-8787 and mention the GOTOFUN package. Book yours today!