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Intergenerational Walt Disney World: For the Young and Young at Heart

Program Number: 13886RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/13/2014 - 7/18/2014; 6/21/2015 - 6/26/2015; 8/2/2015 - 8/7/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Orlando, Florida
Price starting at: $1,248.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational
Intergenerational
Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Program intended for grandchildren from 10 - 16 years of age.

Explore the Wonderful world of Disney through interactive experiences and amazing attractions. At Epcot® see how technology, communications, commerce and people impact our world. Go on an adventure to uncover clues and complete tasks during this examination of science and culture. Get into the creativity and innovation of animation at Disney Hollywood Studios and see how it all supports storytelling in today's visual media. Learn about animal behavior, social structure and survival with a trip to Animal Kingdom. Explore America’s story at Frontierland, the Hall of Presidents and Splash Mountain. In the Magic Kingdom® become a theme park scientist as you explore sound, light, magnetism and marvel at the power of human imagination.




Highlights

• Get into the creativity and innovation of animation at Disney-Hollywood Studios and learn about animal behavior, social structure and survival while exploring Animal Kingdom Park.
• In the Magic Kingdom® become a theme park scientist as you explore sound, light, magnetism and the power of the mind, and at Epcot®, see how technology, communications, commerce and people impact our amazing world.
• Explore America’s story at Frontierland, the Hall of Presidents, Space Mountain and Splash Mountain.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to three miles per day, some standing in line for entry to attractions, getting on/off motorcoaches.



Coordinated by Stetson University.




Orlando

A bustling city of more than 200,000 people, Orlando is most famous for being home to the Disney World Resort. Millions of visitors from around the world flock here to experience the magic of Disney and neighboring attractions such as SeaWorld.



Accommodations
Walt Disney World® Resort hotel, private balconies or atriums, swimming pool, exercise room. Free transfers to Disney theme parks.
Meals and Lodgings
   Best Western, Lake Buena Vista Resort
  Orlando, Florida 5 nights
 Best Western, Lake Buena Vista Resort
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 allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $99 - $159. Please contact Nikesha Winfield for any pre/post stays at the Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort. Her number is 407-828-1981 Rates can vary, please ask for the Road Scholar rate.
  Check in time: 3:30 PM
  Additional nights after: $99 - $159. Please contact Nikesha Winfield for any pre/post stays at the Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort. Her number is 407-828-1981 Rates can vary, please ask for the Road Scholar rate.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 pm on Sunday You will be staying at Best Western, Lake Buena Vista Resort that night.
  End of Program:
1:00 pm on Friday You will be staying at Best Western, Lake Buena Vista Resort the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. All PIF forms or health and safety forms must be signed and returned for all adults and children before the start of the program. All adults must have a photo ID. Please list any and all health or dietary needs that you have so that we may better accommodate you while you are here with us. Closed toed shoes are also required for some aspects of the program.
  Parking availability:
Free Parking at Resort
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Orlando, Florida
  Nearest city or town:  Orlando, Florida
  Nearest highway: I-4
  Nearest airport:  Orlando International Airport (MCO), Orlando, FL.
  From End of Program
  Location: Orlando, Florida
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Orlando

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Mears
phone: 407-423-5566

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Varies, please call for pricing.
Prices are subject to change.

   

Shuttle available from airport to Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort. About 1/2 hr commute. Mears Shuttle 407-423-5566.

 

Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort - Orlando

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
CBC Transportation
phone: 877-939-8294
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$53.00 (1-4 passengers)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

20 miles

   

www.cbctransportation.com This is from the Orlando International Aiport (MCO) only! All prices are subject to change without notice. Other options may be available. You are responsible for all travel arrangements.

 

Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort - Orlando

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Mears Transportation
phone: 407-423-5566
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

varies
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

20 miles

   

www.mearstransportation.com From Orlando International airport - prices: Shuttle $21 - p/p - one way, $34 - p/p - round trip, $73 - towncar - one way (up to 4 people). All prices are subject to change without notice. Other options may be available. You are responsible for all travel arrangements.

 

Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort - Orlando

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Taxi 4 hire.Inc.
phone: 407-550-0204
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$59.00 (1-4 people)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

20 miles

   

www.taxi4hire.com This is from the Orlando International Airport (MCO) only! All prices are subject to change without notice. Other options may be available. You are responsible for all travel arrangements.

 

Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort - Orlando

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Flytours Transportation
phone: 800-516-0675
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Varies, please call for pricing
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

20 miles

   

This company is based at the hotel you will be staying at for this program. We use them for all of our travel needs (that isn't done through Disney) in this program. Please ask for Valmir or Talita and let them know you are with the Road Scholar Program. http://www.flytourslimo.com/

 
Driving Directions
  Best Western LBVR FROM THE WEST Take I-4 East to Exit 68. Make a left off the exit. Go to the second stoplight and turn left onto Hotel Plaza Boulevard. We are the first hotel on the right. FROM THE EAST Take I-4 East to Exit 68. Make a right off of the exit. Go to the next light and turn left onto Hotel Plaza Boulevard. We are the first hotel on the right. FROM the ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Take the Beachline Expressway (Route 528) West to I-4. Take I-4 West to Exit 68. Make a right off the exit. Go to the next light and turn left onto Hotel Plaza Boulevard. We are the first hotel on the right.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration, orientation, and getting ready for a great week!
(Sunday, July 13)
   
 Afternoon: REGISTRATION will begin at 4:00 in the designated room. You will receive a Sunday schedule when you check in to the hotel. During registration you will receive your name badges and other information. Once everyone has arrived we will do a get acquainted session so that everyone can become acquainted with one another.
 Dinner: You will have a plated meal for your opening banquet.
 Evening: After dinner you will have an orientation session. We will pass out the folders and go over the week's schedule. We will then answer any questions you might have.
   
Accommodations: Best Western, Lake Buena Vista Resort
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Disney's World of Physics: Energy and Waves
(Monday, July 14)

Note: This schedule is 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: Students become Theme Park scientists of the Magic Kingdom for a day as they apply the scientific method to explore the physics concepts of sound, light, and magnetism. Students experience how sound, combined with other special effects, can make an attraction frighteningly real. Students investigate electromagnetism and its applications to transportation technology. Students step behind the scenes to see how illusions are created. Trained and knowledgeable Disney Institute Cast Members facilitate this high quality and educationally sound seminar, while never forgetting that fun is a vital part of learning.
 Lunch: In Epcot.
 Afternoon: Students become Theme Park scientists of the Magic Kingdom for a day as they apply the scientific method to explore the physics concepts of sound, light, and magnetism. Students experience how sound, combined with other special effects, can make an attraction frighteningly real. Students investigate electromagnetism and its applications to transportation technology. Students step behind the scenes to see how illusions are created. Trained and knowledgeable Disney Institute Cast Members facilitate this high quality and educationally sound seminar, while never forgetting that fun is a vital part of learning.
 Dinner: Weather permitting we like to have a pool barbeque.
 Evening: We give the evenings free so that kids can enjoy the pool and relax to get ready for the next day.
   
Accommodations: Best Western, Lake Buena Vista Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Disney's Animation Magic/Cirque du Soleil
(Tuesday, July 15)

Note: This schedule is 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: Participants discover aspects of the history, creativity, and innovation behind the Disney animation process. Students discover the steps in the animation process. In an exclusive drawing session, students apply knowledge of simple geometric shapes and proportions to the task of animation. Using the Disney- MGM Studios as a living classroom, students discover the evolution of animation and explore the animation process as a form of communication. With their new found knowledge, students get a hands-on-opportunity to design and produce an original story. Students create a story, understanding the importance of a clear beginning, middle, and end. In the tradition of Walt Disney, students "pitch" their story using various methodologies.
 Lunch: In the park
 Afternoon: Enjoy a few hours of down time before going to Cirque du Soleil. We will not eat until after the program so you may want to have a small snack before going. We should be eating around 8:00 pm
 Dinner: We will not eat until after the Cirque du Soleil show so you may want to have a small snack before going. We should be eating around 8:00 pm
 Evening: Attend Cirque du Soleil to see this amazing act of artistry, acrobats and more.
   
Accommodations: Best Western, Lake Buena Vista Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Disney's Wild By Nature
(Wednesday, July 16)

Note: This schedule is 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: To inspire students to actively participate in the protection and preservation of wildlife by increasing their understanding and appreciation of animal behavior, social structures, and survival. Students observe, categorize, collect, and analyze data on a wide variety of animal behaviors. A ride on Kilimanjaro Safaris gives students an exciting introduction to African wildlife and their interactions with each other in the environment. In Asia, students learn how animals' natural adaptations aid them in survival and how human development changes ecosystems in ways that can put animals' well-being at risk. During observations of animals on the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail and Maharajah Jungle Trek, students compare social structures of animals from all around the world.
 Lunch: At the resort.
 Afternoon: Enjoy an after 2 pm pass to any one of the Walt Disney World Parks to see how the magic is performed in the eyes of a park guest. This will be a new view of the park knowing what you have already learned. Please remember this is not a park hopper. You will only have a ticket for one park of your choosing after 2.
 Dinner: Dinner will be on your own at the park of your choosing. (Remember you can go to one park of your choosing with your after 2 pass.)
 Evening: Enjoy your evening in the one park of your choosing.
   
Accommodations: Best Western, Lake Buena Vista Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Millennium Cultures
(Thursday, July 17)

Note: This schedule is 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: Discover, explore, and learn to recognize how the various aspects of culture are impacted by changes in technology, commerce, communication, and people. Aboard Spaceship Earth, students observe the evolution and progression of communication, yesterday through tomorrow. Students discover how technological advancement is rapidly changing global communication. Students understand the impact that communication, or its absence, has on modern lifestyles. Looking out over World Showcase Lagoon, students make their first acquaintance with the beauty, splendor, and richness of the cultures of World Showcase nations. Students discover the meaning of culture and its many aspects through a variety of hands-on activities. Entering China through the Gate of the Golden Sun, students discover not only beautiful gardens with exotic lotus blossoms and mulberry trees, they uncover the transformation of China through changes in lifestyle, technology, and trade. Students discover the uniqueness and beauty of foreign lands as they observe architectural details around the World Showcase Promenade. Students explore and discuss the effects of transportation and communication on culture, and how technology has helped overcome barriers and build gateways in the global community. The rich cultural history of Morocco comes to life as students explore the architecture, ceremonies, and traditions of the Moroccan people. Students share new found perceptions and learnings from the day's adventure.
 Lunch: In the park
 Afternoon: Ocean Discoveries
 Dinner: At resort.
 Evening: Free evening.
   
Accommodations: Best Western, Lake Buena Vista Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: The American Story/Program Concludes
(Friday, July 18)

Note: This schedule is subject to change without notice.



   
 Depart From: Have a safe trip home!
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be early today at the resort.
 Morning: The American Story - Discover the diversity of the characters, conflicts and resolutions of the United States of America as its people strive to make a way of life. Visit The Hall of Presidents to learn of conflicts and resolutions in American History. Students get an up-close look at the Audio-Animatronics figures and explore the major conflicts and resolutions during presidential administrations. Splash Mountain takes students on a trip through 19th century South to discover storytelling. Using Frontierland as a backdrop, students assume the roles of prospectors, merchants, or investors and they barter and deal their way to fame or "misfortune" in this re-creation of a western boom town. Students are transported back in time to Colonial Boston and Philadelphia to re-create significant events which led colonists down "The Road to Revolution" and to ultimately ratify the Constitution of the United States.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch before the graduation and special guest appearance.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Orlando, Florida Orlando Chamber of Commerce
For additional information, visit www.orlando.org/
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Remembering Walt: Favorite Memories of Walt Disney


Author: Howard E. Green


Description: Friends, family, and celebrities remember the role Walt Disney played in their lives in this richlyl illustrated book, now available in paperback. Mention the name Walt Disney and one can't help but conjure up images of brilliant animation and magnificent theme parks. But a uniquely creative and charismatic man also sprints to mind -- a man who in his amazingly productive lifetime was many things to many people. Whether as a family member, friend, colleague, employer, or public figure, Walt was there for everyone. In Remembering Walt, Walt's contemporaries pay tribute to a visionary, a perfectionist, a storyteller, and a genius -- and the man they called boss, dad, husband, brother, artist, and friend.



Disney: The First 100 YEars


Author: Dave Smith


Description: Celebrate the birth, development, and success of The Walt Disney Company year by magical year -- now updated and available in paperback. Disney: The First 100 Years explores the Disney story -- the story of a man, a family, and a company. You'll meet the people who helped Walt make his dreams come true, see a museum's worth of classic photos, and participate in the opening day of the most famous tourist attraction on the planet -- Walt Disney World -- plus just about every significant event in between. If you hve ever wished up on a star, whistled while you worked, or believed that elephants could fly, you will undoubtedly consider this magical journey through the past Disney-filled century supercalifragilisticexpialidociously exhilarating!



Hidden Mickeys: A Field Guide to Walt Disney Worlds Best Kept Secret


Author: Steven Barrett


Description: Just for fun... Camouflaged images of Mickey Mouse are concealed all around Walt Disney World. Author Barrett adds to the fun of finding them by turning the search into six scavenger hunts, complete with clues, hints, and points to be scored. You'll find more than 200 new Mickey sightings in this edition — over 1,000 hidden Mickeys in all. Fun for all ages!



Walt Disney: An American Original


Author: Bob Thomas


Description: Walt Disney is an American hero--the creator of Mickey Mouse, and a man who changed the face of American culture. After years of research, with the full cooperation of the Disney family and access to private papers and letters, Bob Thomas produced the definitive biography of the man behind the legend--the unschooled cartoonist from Kansas City who went bankrupt on his first movie venture but became the genius who produced unmatched works of animation. Complete with a rare collection of photographs, Bob Thomas' biography is a fascinating and inspirational work that captures the spirit of Walt Disney.





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