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Program #21345RJ
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 16 — Feb 21, 2014

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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.lakebuenavistaresorthotel.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 16 - Arrival & Check-in, Program Registration & Get Ac...
Arrival & Check-in, Program Registration & Get Acquainted, Welcome Dinner, Orientation

Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 3:00pm. PROGRAM REGISTRATION: 4:00pm in a location in the hotel that will be posted. In addition to registering with the program staff, you will have an opportunity to meet and socialize with your fellow participants.

Dinner: We will have a plated meal at the resort as our opening banquet.

Evening: ORIENTATION: We will gather for a warm welcome and introductions, followed by an orientation to the program. We will review the schedule and any changes; discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures and contact numbers for key staff; and answer any questions you may have.

The remainder of the evening is yours to relax, settle in, and get ready for an exciting new program.

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.lakebuenavistaresorthotel.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 17 - Full Day Sea World Field Trip
Note: This is a FULL DAY of walking! Please wear comfortable shoes.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be in Trader's Restaurant. Enjoy a wide assortment of delicious breakfast foods including Mickey pancakes and an omelet station.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: SeaWorld. Board the bus for our full-day field trip. SeaWorld in Orlando is one of the world’s foremost marine-life based zoological theme parks. Its educational programs and activities connect people to the sea and sea life in innovative and entertaining ways. Collectively, the SeaWorld parks nationwide maintain one of the largest animal collections in North America: approximately 67,000 animals including 7,000 marine and terrestrial animals and 60,000 fish.

During our field trip, you will go behind the scenes as your knowledgeable guide provides fascinating information about SeaWorld’s standards of care, state-of-the-art animal habitats, and commitment to animal welfare through a broad range of best practices based upon behavioral enrichment, preventive health, veterinary medicine and facilities design and management.

Highlights include learning how animal experts care for rescued manatees and sea turtles, touching a shark, exploring a hidden polar bear den, and interacting with a penguin. One of the most popular aspects of the experience is getting up close with dolphins to learn what makes these clever characters. You will see how the park cares for them as you participate in a training session and even be able to touch a dolphin.

Lunch: Lunch will be in the SeaWorld park

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP continues: Seals and Sea Lions. During an approximately one-hour guided walk, see what it takes to care for SeaWorld's seals and sea lions. Learn about their life cycles, habitats, and behaviors. You will also be able to help feed buckets of fish to dozens of sea lions and harbor seals at Pacific Point Preserve — plus, photo opportunities!

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possibly spend some time with the dolphins in our care and you'll quickly understand what makes these clever characters some of the parks most popular animals. See how they care for their dolphins, participate in a training session and touch a dolphin.

These trips are subject to change without notice!

Dinner: Dinner will be at the hotel. You will have your choice of 2 items in a private room.

Evening: Social hour. We will get together and play cards or socialize. If you do not care to... the evening is yours to relax for the evening.

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.lakebuenavistaresorthotel.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 18 - Jungle Adventures tours and airboat ride.
Breakfast: Breakfast will be in Trader's Restaurant. Enjoy a wide assortment of delicious breakfast foods including Mickey pancakes and an omelet station.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Jungle Adventures Nature Animal Park. This natural habitat is the home of wildlife including rare Florida panthers, black bears, gray wolves, white-tailed deer and other mammals, tropical birds, and reptiles including what is claimed to be the world's largest alligator. In addition to wildlife observation — including the feeding of 200 ’gators! — you will see how Spanish Conquistadores and Native Americans lived in replicas of a Native American village and a 16th-Century Spanish fort.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch in the jungle adventure.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: The Everglades by Airboat. Aboard state-of-the-art airboats, explore the Central Florida Everglades along the St. John’s River, a natural paradise of abundant flora and fauna. Depending on local circumstances at the time of the program, you will have an opportunity to see alligators, bald eagles, otters, blue herons, and much more.

Dinner: Dinner will be back at the resort. Your choice (buffet style) in a private room.

Evening: Social hour. We will get together and play cards or socialize. If you do not care to... the evening is yours to relax for the evening.

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.lakebuenavistaresorthotel.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 19 - Field Trips to Audubon Center for Birds of Prey, ...
Field Trips to Audubon Center for Birds of Prey, Avian Reconditioning Center

Breakfast: Breakfast will be in Trader's Restaurant. Enjoy a wide assortment of delicious breakfast foods including Mickey pancakes and an omelet station.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Audubon Center for Birds of Prey. This urban environmental Audubon Center focuses on the rescue, medical treatment, rehabilitation and release of Florida’s raptors. Its mission is to promote a culture of conservation towards birds of prey and their habitats, and develop future stewards of our natural resources. You will learn about the unique adaptations of raptors and the challenges they face with opportunities to see Bald Eagles, Ospreys, Kites, Owls and Falcons, some of nature’s top predators. The center includes a facility that houses birds currently under rehabilitation, as well as a man-made wetland, and exhibits highlighting conservation.

Lunch: Lunch will be on the road as a group.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Avian Reconditioning Center (ARC). Located in Apopka, Florida, just outside of Orlando, the ARC is dedicated to raptor rehabilitation, education and research. One of its main focuses is the physical reconditioning of raptors. Learn about Florida's native birds of prey species as well as several migratory species, their life cycles, habitats, conservation issues, and more. Depending on local circumstances at the time of the program, you will have opportunities for close-up observation of live birds of prey and, if we’re lucky, the chance to see birds flying free.

Dinner: Dinner will be back at the resort. Your choice (buffet style) in a private room.

Evening: Social hour. We will get together and play cards or socialize. If you do not care to... the evening is yours to relax for the evening.

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.lakebuenavistaresorthotel.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 20 - Walt Disney's Animal Kingdom
Note: This is a FULL DAY of walking! Please bring comfortable shoes!

Breakfast: Breakfast will be in Trader's Restaurant. Enjoy a wide assortment of delicious breakfast foods including Mickey pancakes and an omelet station.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Disney's Animal Kingdom. We will explore the fourth of four theme parks built at the Walt Disney World Resort, the largest single Disney theme park in the world. The 1,700 animals that inhabit Animal Kingdom represent 250 species. We will have a guided, a behind-the-scenes walk that provides a revealing look at the ways Disney’s wildlife specialists meet the unique challenges of animal care and behavior while running a lushly landscaped Disney theme park and promoting wildlife conservation. Expect to see a variety of spectacular and majestic animals, talk with animal keepers at the Animal Nutrition Center, explore the state-of-the-art veterinary hospital, and see other backstage facilities not available to ordinary tourists.

Lunch: Lunch will be back at the Resort.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP continues: Learn how the creative wizards at Walt Disney Imagineering meticulously transformed Florida wetlands into the untamed landscapes of Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. You will be amazed by the efforts that went into creating and sustaining painstaking representations of diverse environments that span the globe, including the African savannah and dense jungles of Asia. See how Disney “Imagineers” combined native art, authentic architecture, indigenous flora, actual historical artifacts, and a sprinkle of storytelling magic to transport visitors to exotic lands of reality and fantasy, all inhabited by magnificent live animals.

Dinner: Dinner will be back at the resort. Your choice (buffet style) in a private room.

Evening: Social hour. We will get together and play cards or socialize. If you do not care to... the evening is yours to relax for the evening.

Lodging: Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, February 21 -
Breakfast: Breakfast will be in Trader's Restaurant. Enjoy a wide assortment of delicious breakfast foods including Mickey pancakes and an omelet station.

Morning: WRAP-UP: Enjoy our informal "graduation" ceremony that concludes the program by 10:00am. We hope you have enjoyed this exciting new program and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar programs in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast


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Orlando, Florida
Orlando Chamber of Commerce
For additional information, visit: www.orlando.org/

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
at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
8 Field trips
2 Hands-on experiences

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3.7
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