May 2019 Volume LIV Number 3


Orlando Highlights and Tours

January 2013 Volume XLVIX Number 1

Orlando, "The City Beautiful", is Floridas third largest metropolitan area economically impacted by the tourist industry and the convention industry. Where else can a group personally observe alligators by airboat, experience the only place on earth where you can go to the moon, or go behind the scenes of the worlds most famous theme parks? On an annual basis, an estimated 52 million tourists and convention attendees head to Central Florida to experience the many local attractions Orlando has to offer.

The city of Orlando also provides a wide array of theme park attractions, day excursions, retail shopping, sport activities, arts and entertainment, and popular dining establishments. Imagination defines this destination and inspiration can be found around every corner. Orlando is definitely a playground for all ages!


Phone: (321) 319-0818

All tour tickets will be handed out at the tour desk located at the AAPD Annual Session registration desk. Tickets will not be mailed out. All tours depart and return from the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin convention entrance.

Thursday, May 23

1:30 – 5:30 pm

Airboats and Alligators

Price: $89 Adult/Child

Jump on board the exciting Airboat Adventure that takes guests everywhere except down the "beaten path". Each boat captain uses their years of experience and knowledge to evaluate the current conditions and lead guests into the most unique encounter possible. With the wind at their back, guests skim across the water experiencing some of the best natural views in Florida. Now this is the "real" Florida!

After the exhilarating airboat ride, guests enjoy a gator handling demonstration with a photo op, and can wander through the newly opened Wildlife Park. Here they have the opportunity to feed 10foot gators, and admire the Zedonks, turkeys, hogs, zebras, and other animals.


Friday, May 24

8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Kennedy Space Center Price: $125 Child (ages 3-11) Price: $158 Adult

AAPDs conference is not complete without a trip to Kennedy Space Center. Located just 45 minutes from the Swan and Dolphin Hotel is NASAs launch headquarters the only place on Earth where you can tour launch areas, meet an Astronaut, see giant rockets and experience the new state of the art Shuttle Launch Simulator Experience. At Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, guests get the unique chance to tour – up close NASAs launch and landing facilities.

Begin the day with a narrated drive to Kennedy Space Center where guests experience an up close and personal look at the creativity and ingenuity that has gone into creating the most famous space program in the world. The tour begins with a short security clearance followed by a 2-hour tour of the Kennedy Space Center facility including the Apollo Saturn V Center.


Following the tour, guests enjoy a lunch accompanied by a NASA Astronaut Corps member who mingles with the guests and an swers any questions they may have about the space program. After lunch, guests will board a NASA bus taking them to the Launch Control Center for a private tour. (Note: Kennedy Space Center is an active launch facility where access to various locations may change to meet operational

requirements. If the Launch Control Center private tour route becomes unavailable, an alternative route to another up-close experience will be offered.)


After which the tour concludes guests have free time to explore the Visitors Main Campus; including the 3-D IMAX theaters, the Rocket Garden and NASA Space Shuttle replicas.



9:30 am – 1:30 pm


Disneys Animal Kingdom® Theme Park Backstage Safari

Price: $200 Adults only*




Experience a three-hour adventurous trek on a backstage safari. Guests take a revealing look at the latest and creative ways specialists meet the unique challenges of animal care and behavior and promote wildlife conversation. Engage in discussions with animal keepers as you visit the Animal Nutrition Center, the state-of-the-art Veterinary Hospital, and ride on the Kilimanjaro Safari.

*You must be at least 16 years of age to attend this tour.



Saturday, May 25

9 am – 5:30 pm

SeaWorld Private Tour

Price: $215 Adult/Child

SeaWorld Orlando is the worlds premier marine adventure park, with 200 acres of worldclass shows, thrilling rides and unforgettable animal encounters. SeaWorld takes you on a oneof-a-kind journey to the wonders that exist beyond the oceans floor. A place where up-close encounters connect you to the energy, excitement and mystery of the sea and sea life.

Guests enjoy a three-hour private tour hosted by an expert guide who provides insider tips and animal information. This "sneak peek" includes reserved seating at two shows, a private tour of the rescue animal facility, feeding stingrays, and front line access to one thrilling roller coaster. After the tour, guests have time to explore the park and the wonders of the sea.


9 am – 5 pm

Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure

Price: $155 Child (ages 3-9) Price: $165 Adult

Your most extraordinary Orlando experience starts here, where the once-in-a-lifetime happens every day. With two amazing theme parks, non-stop nightlife and more, Universal Orlando Resort is an entire universe of action, thrills and excitement. Its everybodys fantasy  to leap through the screen and find yourself right in the middle of your favorite movies. Join forces with the Terminator, kick alien butt as a Men in Black agent trainee or face the wrath

of the Mummy on the worlds first psychological thrill ride, all this happens at the Universal Studios Theme Park.

Feel the rush of adrenaline at Universals Islands of Adventure. Ready for some thrill rides, the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man features a high-tech combination of special effects, motion simulator ride and 3-D film including a heart pounding, simulated 400-foot drop over the city. Dont forget Doctor Dooms Fearfall! On the Incredible Hulk Roller Coaster, Dr. Bruce Banners top-secret experiments go terribly wrong and the gamma-ray accelerator suddenly slingshots guests onto a roller coaster rampage. Explore the mysteries of Hogwarts Castle, visit the shops of Hogsmeade and experience pulse-pounding rides and attractions that transport you into a world of magical thrills and excitement at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Take an unforgettable journey through five uniquely themed islands where the worlds most cutting-edge rides and attractions challenge your senses.


Sunday, May 26

9 am – 3:30 pm

Disneys Magic Kingdom® Park Backstage Magic Tour

Price: $372 Adult/Child

Guests journey to places behind the scenes for a magical and engaging experience they are sure to never forget! Have you ever wondered how Disney cast members get from one area to the next? Behind these scenes, guests uncover the innovative ideas that lead to the creation of Disney.

This unforgettable experience includes visits to the nursery and tree farm, Magic Kingdoms® Main Street and the famous "Utilidor" tunnel system, and the Central Shops where craftsmen build and maintain much of what guests see at the parks and resorts. Guests travel backstage to Disneys Hollywood Studios® Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ and the massive laundry facility Textile Services. This journey behind the scenes shows guests exactly how Disney makes "Magic" happen daily!


Special Disney Theme Park Ticket Pricing and Hours

Make the most of your free time with Disneys Special Meeting/ Convention Theme Park Tickets! These tickets offer pre-arrival savings of 10 percent on the

Full-Multi-Day (2 days or longer) Tickets and include a complimentary bonus visit to an additional Disney

Experience at any one of the following (additional details are listed on the website):

Disneys Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

Disneys Blizzard Beach Water Park

DisneyQuest® Indoor Interactive Theme Park

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex with 30 minutes of game play at the PlayStation® Pavilion

Disneys Winter Summerland or Disneys Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Courses (before 4 p.m.)

A round of golf at Disneys Oak Trail

Golf Course

The site also contains partial-day tickets, after 2 p.m. and after 4 p.m. tickets, which are exclusive to the meetings market.

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Come for the meeting, stay for the magic!