Hotel check-in from 4:00 p.m. Please be aware that schedules and activities may change on short notice depending on assignments of park staff. We will not know the specific content of our workshops until shortly before the program begins and will provide updates during our Orientation session.
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 Grandparent program. Grandparents are responsible for their grandchildren at all times. If/when separate age group activities are conducted concurrently, program staff will supervise. Universal Orlando is very large and divided into two sections: Universal Studios Florida™ and Universal’s Islands of Adventure™. The two halves of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ are divided between these two sections. Diagon Alley is in Universal Studios while Hogsmeade is in Islands of Adventure. The Hogwarts Express will take us 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.
At the hotel, we’ll have a welcome dinner with pizza and beverage choices of juice and water included; other beverages available for purchase.
After dinner, everyone will get sorted into their “house.” Are you a Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin? The Sorting Hat will let you know. (Grandparents join the same house as their grandkids.) Through a series of cooperative activities throughout the week — from Quidditch to judging Butterbeer recipes, trivia, and more — each house will earn points to win prizes. (Depending on departure schedules at the end of the program, we may announce house points and prizes Thursday rather than Friday.) Continue getting to know the other members of your “house,” then settle in and get a good night’s rest for the fun that awaits!