23433
Florida

Explore the Wizarding World of Harry Potter With Your Family

Delve into the wizarding world as you explore Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade with your family, and go behind-the-scenes with the experts at Universal Studios on this magical adventure.
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Program No. 23433RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,699 / ADULT
1,499 / CHILD
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
5 B 4 L 4 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Orlando, FL
D
Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Activity note: Hotel check-in available from 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, other important information, and to confirm when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. This is a Road Scholar family program. Parents and grandparents are responsible for their (grand)children. If/when separate age group activities are conducted concurrently, program staff will supervise. Children are never to be left unsupervised. The Universal theme park is very large, and divided into two sections: Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. The two halves of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter are also divided between these two sections; Diagon Alley is located in Universal Studios while Hogsmeade is located in Islands of Adventure. The Hogwarts Express will bring you between them. When we go to the park, we’ll take the hotel shuttle that runs all day. Our tickets allow us to spend as much time as we like in the park on Days 2, 3, and 5. We’ll also have vouchers for meals in the park. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll have a welcome dinner with pizza plus juice and water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Next, everyone will get sorted into their “house.” Are you a Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin? The Sorting Hat will let you know. Through a series of cooperative activities througout the week — from Quidditch to judging Butterbeer recipes, trivia, and more — each house will earn points to win prizes. Parents and grandparents join the same house as their (grand)kids. Get to know the other members of your “house” then settle in and get a good night’s rest for the fun that’s waiting for you!

DAY
2
Wizarding World, Three Broomsticks, Harry Potter Activity
Orlando, FL
B,L,D
Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Activity note: Getting on/off a motor coach. Walking at the park according to personal interest.

Breakfast: At the hotel. In order to take full advantage of the early entrance admission, today's breakfast will be shorter compared to other days.

Morning: Especially for kids: We’ll take advantage of early entrance to the theme park to experience the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and enjoy the rides before the lines get long. This will give us an advance look at everything before our workshops begin.

Lunch: At the Three Broomsticks, we’ll have meal passes to choose a main dish, side dish, and beverage. Will you have pumpkin juice or Butterbeer?

Afternoon: Take a break from the sun and engage in a Harry Potter related activity at the hotel. Seize the opportunity to win points for your house!

Dinner: We will have meal passes valid at a selection of locations both in the park and at Universal's City Walk, each with a select menu of choices. Entree, side, and non-alcoholic beverage will be included at all locations.

Evening: At leisure. Your park ticket is valid for the entire day, enabling you to return to the park to spend some more time enjoying the rides and attractions this evening if you choose to.

DAY
3
Technology Behind the Magic, Free Time in the park, HP Craft
Orlando, FL
B,L,D
Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Activity note: Getting on/off a motor coach. Walking and standing 2.5 to 3 hours during workshop.

Breakfast: Hotel vouchers. Today's breakfast will be shorter compared to other days.

Morning: We’ll take the shuttle over to the park for our first workshop at Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure. We’ll learn about the technology behind the magic and get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how one of the most technologically advanced theme park in the world operates. We'll also have opportunities to go on some rides. The rides included in this workshop are likely to be more intense, so feel free to sit out of you like. Due to Universal's varying schedule, the specific rides that will be included in this workshop are not available in advance. Note: This workshop is provided by Universal Orlando Resort. We will be learning about other features at Universal Studios that may or may not include the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Lunch: Meal passes.

Afternoon: For today's activity, we'll be doing a Harry Potter craft with the Group Leader at the hotel.

Dinner: Hotel vouchers. Head to the Bayliner Diner to choose what you like your meal from a wide selection of sandwiches, salad bar, burgers, pizza, pasta, stir fry, a carving station, and more, as well as beverages.

Evening: Enjoy the evening! Return to the park to continue the fun on your own or relax at the hotel.

DAY
4
Quidditch, Wizard’s Owls
Orlando, FL
B,L
Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Activity note: Getting on/off a motor coach. Kids will play Quidditch, adults are welcome to watch or join in. In order to participate in the Quidditch clinic, each child must have returned a signed waiver.

Breakfast: Hotel vouchers.

Morning: Quidditch! We’ll take a short ride aboard our motor coach to a local park where we will be joined by members of the UCF Quidditch team, the Nearly Headless Knights, to learn the rules and play a match on house teams. Adults are welcome to join the kids, or cheer them on from the sidelines. The sport of Quidditch — inspired by the Harry Potter books — has become so popular in America that it has its own governing association. According to US Quidditch, it’s “a co-ed contact sport with a unique mix of elements from rugby, dodge ball, and tag.”

Lunch: Hotel vouchers. Head to the Bayliner Diner to choose your meal from a wide selection of sandwiches, salad bar, burgers, pizza, pasta, and more, as well as beverages.

Afternoon: We’ll connect the wizarding world and nature as we take a field trip to the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey near Orlando and learn about owls with center staff. The center is dedicated to raptor rehabilitation, education, and research. It works to increase public awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of Florida’s raptors and the natural habitats in which they live.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to have what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy!

DAY
5
Special FX Workshop, Pool Party, Blue Man Group
Orlando, FL
B,L,D
Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Activity note: Getting on/off a motor coach. Walking and standing 2.5 to 3 hours during workshop.

Breakfast: Hotel vouchers. Today's breakfast will be shorter compared to other days.

Morning: We’ll take the shuttle over to Universal Studios Orlando for another special workshop. Together with Universal team members, we'll learn some of the secrets of movie-making and how the arts and sciences are responsible for some of the most spectacular special effects in movie history. We’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at what it took to re-create those effects for top Universal Studios attractions, and have a chance to go on some rides. Note: This workshop is provided by Universal Orlando Resort. We will be learning about other features at Island of Adventures that may or may not include the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Returning to the hotel, we’ll get ready for a pool party.

Lunch: At the pool, we’ll have a selection of sandwiches and sides plus juice and water included.

Afternoon: Pool Party! Continue the fun at the pool after lunch, relaxing with your new friends. We'll have some fun Harry Potter activities to do while we enjoy our last afternoon together. If you like, you can use your ticket to return to the park this afternoon instead — your choice. Our tickets allow us into the whole theme park all day.

Dinner: We’ll walk across the street to a popular café at City Walk.

Evening: Performance. Blue Man Group. It’s three guys with their heads painted blue who perform an indescribable mix of comedy, theater, light, sound, and music mixed with technology that’s different from anything you’ve ever seen before. More than 35 million people worldwide have attended a Blue Man Group show. It lasts about an hour and 45 minutes. Because the performers work with some materials that splash and can make a mess (they say it’s washable), wear clothing you don’t mind getting wet if you’re close to the stage. Returning to the hotel, prepare for check-out and departure following our closing session in the morning.

DAY
6
Wrap-up, House Points & Prizes, Program Concludes
Orlando, FL
B

Activity note: Hotel check out by 11:00 a.m. Depending on departure schedules, we may do house points and prizes Thursday.

Breakfast: Hotel vouchers.

Morning: Which House has the most points? What prizes will be given? Regardless of who wins, we’ve had a great time getting inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and making new friends. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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