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Walt Disney World Resort: The Mystery Behind the Magic

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Program #12987RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Feb 22 — Feb 27, 2015

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Type: Resort

Description: Located on Walt Disney Resort® property walking distance to Downtown Disney shopping.

Contact info:
2000 Hotel Plaza Blvd.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 USA
phone: 800-348-3765
web: www.orlandoresorthotel.com

Room amenities: coffee/tea maker, full size iron board and iron, hair dryer, in-room safe, high speed internet, private balconies, tv

Facility amenities: Disney Gift Shop, complimentary transportation to Disney parks, entertainment and shopping, convenience store, high speed internet café, fitness room, game room, outdoor heated pool, business office, evening security

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $99 - $159.
Rates are seasonal.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day One: Sunday, February 22 - Check-in, Registration, Get acquainted session, O...
Check-in, Registration, Get acquainted session, Orientation, and meeting new people.

Afternoon: REGISTRATION will begin at 4:00 p.m. where you will meet the hostess for the week and receive your name badge and any other pertinent information. After everyone is registered, you will be asked to do a "get acquainted" session.

Dinner: Dinner (this evening) will be a plated meal. If you have any dietary restrictions, please make sure you let us know about those prior to your arrival on your health and information forms.

Evening: After dinner we will have our orientation session. Here you will receive your folder of information along with your schedule. We will answer any questions you may have about the program. After your orientation the rest of your evening is yours to relax, settle in, and get ready for a great week of Disney fun!

Lodging: Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Located on Walt Disney Resort® property walking distance to Downtown Disney shopping.

Contact info:
2000 Hotel Plaza Blvd.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 USA
phone: 800-348-3765
web: www.orlandoresorthotel.com

Room amenities: coffee/tea maker, full size iron board and iron, hair dryer, in-room safe, high speed internet, private balconies, tv

Facility amenities: Disney Gift Shop, complimentary transportation to Disney parks, entertainment and shopping, convenience store, high speed internet café, fitness room, game room, outdoor heated pool, business office, evening security

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $99 - $159.
Rates are seasonal.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Two: Monday, February 23 - Disney's Animal Kingdom - Behind the Scenes
Note: There is a lot of walking and standing on this day. Please wear comfortable shoes and rest when you can.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be at the hotel. Delicious buffet with everything you can imagine, including Mickey waffles and made to order omelets.

Morning: Find out what happens behind-the-scenes at Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park"! During this in-depth program, you'll get an insider's look at conservation, animal nutrition and medicine, animal care and behavioral studies. Highlights include visits to a backstage animal housing area, the Animal Nutrition Center, the Conservation Station Veterinary Hospital, and Kilimanjaro Safaris. This program takes place completely behind-the-scenes. Please note: no photos will be allowed in backstage areas.

Lunch: We travel back to the resort for lunch to give you a chance to freshen up and get ready for the rest of your afternoon.

Afternoon: Board bus back to Animal Kingdom for their Wild By Design tour. On this tour of the Animal Kingdom, you’ll learn how another continent was created in the midst of Florida. By sharing in the vision of the Imagineers, you’ll see how the use of authentic artifacts, native crafts and regional architecture led to the formation of the Animal Kingdom theme park. You’ll “Walk on the Wild side” as you explore the park and its inhabitants.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the Best Western

Evening: Your evening is yours to relax and get ready for the rest of your week. You may choose to go to Downtown Disney. There is a shuttle at the hotel that runs from 6:00 pm - 3:00 am that will take you there.

Lodging: Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Located on Walt Disney Resort® property walking distance to Downtown Disney shopping.

Contact info:
2000 Hotel Plaza Blvd.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 USA
phone: 800-348-3765
web: www.orlandoresorthotel.com

Room amenities: coffee/tea maker, full size iron board and iron, hair dryer, in-room safe, high speed internet, private balconies, tv

Facility amenities: Disney Gift Shop, complimentary transportation to Disney parks, entertainment and shopping, convenience store, high speed internet café, fitness room, game room, outdoor heated pool, business office, evening security

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $99 - $159.
Rates are seasonal.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, February 24 - Epcot and Cirque du Soleil this evening.
Note: All schedules are subject to change without notice.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be at the hotel. Delicious buffet with everything you can imagine, including Mickey waffles and made to order omelets.

Morning: Everywhere you look at the Walt Disney World® Resort, the trees, shrubs and flowers play a vital role in setting the stage for recreation, entertainment, and beauty. Disney landscaping has become a recognized show in itself, providing color and enjoyment throughout the year. This fascinating program gives you the chance to study the various gardens of Epcot® World Showcase with one of the experts responsible for helping maintain the horticultural “show.” Your horticulture instructor turns Epcot® into a living classroom, using facilities “on stage” to describe the basic process of plant design and how it is incorporated in the landscape for the World Showcase pavilions. In addition, you learn how they can apply many of these design elements to theme their home gardens.

Lunch: Lunch will be served at the Best Western. After lunch you will have a few hours to get ready for the Cirque du Soleil performance this evening.

Afternoon: You may go to Downtown Disney and do some shopping, and have a little snack before we leave for our Cirque du Soleil performance. You will not eat until after the performance this evening.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the Best Western, but not until after the Cirque du Soleil show. (about 8:00 pm). Please grab a snack before you go.

Evening: Cirque du Soleil La Nouba is a mesmerizing and extraordinary avant-garde circus spectacle performed by Cirque du Soleil exclusively in the Downtown Disney West Side area at Walt Disney World Resort. La Nouba is performed at an exceptional theater built especially for Cirque du Soleil. The show's international cast of acrobats, athletes and performance artists—including more than 65 artists representing 15 countries—delights and mystifies with daring acts of grace. La Nouba translates to English as "to party, to live it up," and this theme is evident in the energetic performances, the colorful costumes and the moving live music.

Lodging: Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Located on Walt Disney Resort® property walking distance to Downtown Disney shopping.

Contact info:
2000 Hotel Plaza Blvd.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 USA
phone: 800-348-3765
web: www.orlandoresorthotel.com

Room amenities: coffee/tea maker, full size iron board and iron, hair dryer, in-room safe, high speed internet, private balconies, tv

Facility amenities: Disney Gift Shop, complimentary transportation to Disney parks, entertainment and shopping, convenience store, high speed internet café, fitness room, game room, outdoor heated pool, business office, evening security

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $99 - $159.
Rates are seasonal.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, February 25 - Magic Kingdom and your free afternoon with your "...
Magic Kingdom and your free afternoon with your "after 2 pass" to enjoy one park of your choice. Dinner is on your own this evening.

Note: There are shuttles at the hotel to take you to any one park of your choosing with your after 2 pass.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be at the hotel. Delicious buffet with everything you can imagine, including Mickey waffles and made to order omelets.

Morning: Now you have the unforgettable opportunity to go behind-the-scenes and experience proven Disney business philosophies at one of the leading business operations in the world firsthand. This tour features the five core principles taught by Disney Institute and shows how they come to life each day at the Walt Disney World® Resort for Cast Members and Guests. You will explore the following locations: Textile services: Visit a state-of-the-art laundry facility, one of the largest in the world, to see how committed, responsible, inspiring leaders are able to motivate a team to achieve amazing results. (Highlights from Disney’s Approach to Leadership Excellence and Inspiring Creativity) Epcot® cast services: Experience the “Backstage” area from a Cast Member perspective. See how the Walt Disney World® Resort creates a supportive environment for the Cast Members as they prepare to go on stage. Discover the important role backstage areas play in creating a caring environment. (Highlights from Disney’s Approach to People Management and Inspiring Creativity) Main Street, U.S.A. ®: Take a stroll through this turn-of-the-century walkway to better understand how we strive to exceed the expectations of our Guests. Discover a tool that helps go beyond standard demographics to meet the needs, wants, stereotypes, and emotions of Guests with innovative products & services. (Highlights from Disney’s Approach to Quality Service, Brand Loyalty and Inspiring Creativity) The “utilidor” system: Journey beneath the Magic Kingdom® Park to visit support systems designed to improve the experiences of Cast Members and Guests alike. Discover how we use simple tools to engage and empower Cast Members to create lasting customer relationships that drive repeat business and brand loyalty. (Highlights from Disney’s Approach to Brand Loyalty and Inspiring Creativity)

Lunch: We will head back to the resort for lunch and then you are off on your own at any (one) park of your choice with your after 2 pass.

Afternoon: Now that you have seen some of the behind the scenes go and enjoy an after 2 pass to any (one) of the Walt Disney World Parks to see how the magic is performed in the eyes of park guest. This will be a new view of the park knowing what you have already learned.

Dinner: Dinner is on your own this evening at whichever park you choose to be a part of. If you would like to eat at some of the more well known restaurants at the Disney parks, please make reservations ahead of time as they fill up very quickly.

Evening: After 2 park of your choice.

Lodging: Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Resort

Description: Located on Walt Disney Resort® property walking distance to Downtown Disney shopping.

Contact info:
2000 Hotel Plaza Blvd.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 USA
phone: 800-348-3765
web: www.orlandoresorthotel.com

Room amenities: coffee/tea maker, full size iron board and iron, hair dryer, in-room safe, high speed internet, private balconies, tv

Facility amenities: Disney Gift Shop, complimentary transportation to Disney parks, entertainment and shopping, convenience store, high speed internet café, fitness room, game room, outdoor heated pool, business office, evening security

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $99 - $159.
Rates are seasonal.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Five: Thursday, February 26 - Magic Kingdom
Note: There is a lot of walking and standing today. Please wear comfortable shoes and rest when you can.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be at the hotel. Delicious buffet with everything you can imagine, including Mickey waffles and made to order omelets.

Morning: A “must do” for any true Disney fan! Ever wonder what it takes to create Disney “magic” at the Walt Disney World® resort? Backstage Magic pulls back the curtain for an “insider’s look” at the heritage, daily operation, and Cast Members’ role. This 7-hour behind-the-scenes adventure guides you through a variety of locations where you will discover what it takes to create and maintain the “magic” every day. This unforgettable experience includes visits to the following locations: Epcot®: Discover many of the finer details of The American Adventure and see what goes on behind-the-scenes at this popular attraction. Magic Kingdom® Park: See Main Street, U.S.A. ® like you’ve never seen it before as you learn the “Language of Vision” while discovering often overlooked details. Then journey behind-the-scenes to explore the famous “Utilidor” system and see how it seamlessly contributes to the “magic” guests experience every day. Central shops: Visit the home of the “Can Do People”—the craftsmen who make dreams come true by building and maintaining much of what Disney Guests see in the Theme Parks and resorts. Disney’s Wilderness Lodge: Enjoy a delicious, family-style lunch at Whispering Canyon Café Walt Disney World® resort nursery & tree Farm: Get a glimpse into the role horticulture & landscaping play in creating a themed environment for Guests. Disney’s Hollywood Studios™: Learn how Walt Disney Imagineers bring innovative ideas from concept to reality. Travel backstage to explore how design and technology make The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ a real thrill. Then, visit Creative Costuming for a glimpse at the process of designing and building the elaborate costumes that enhance Disney parades and shows. Disney’s Animal Kingdom® theme Park: Get a close-up look at Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade. Go behind-the-scenes to find out how this daily pageant comes together through teamwork and dedicated Cast Members.

Lunch: Enjoy a sit down lunch in the park.

Afternoon: A continuation of Backstage Magic with a trip to the Utilidor and to Main Street where you will experience the magic first hand.

Dinner: After a long day, dinner will be back at the Best Western.

Evening: The week is coming to a close. Tonight, enjoy your last night and get all your things in order to head home tomorrow.

Lodging: Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, February 27 - Time to say "See you Real Soon".
Breakfast: Breakfast and graduation.

Morning: Thank you for choosing our program for your Road Scholar experience. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we do. Come back and see us really soon and have a safe trip home!

Meals Included: Breakfast


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Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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Included
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5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
7 Field trips

Ratings

4.8
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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