Schedule

Thursday, August 28

3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Location: Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando® Resort – Tuscan Ballroom Foyer

Registration

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Location: Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando® Resort – Tuscan Ballroom I and II

Opening Kickoff

 

6:30 pm. - 11:00 p.m.

Location: Universal’s Islands of Adventure® and Universal Studios Florida®

6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.:

Welcome Event Dinner at Jurassic Park® at Universal’s Islands of Adventure®

 

Family Forward: Orlando Adventure starts here for an event kickoff dinner set among the lush landscapes of Jurassic Park®. Surrounded by stunning park views and an interactive kids area, you will enjoy a fabulous evening in this truly unique location.

 

9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.:

Nighttime Dessert Reception at Universal Studios Florida®

 

This is a VIP event for Family Forward attendees only that you won’t want to miss! Let’s just say that it will be a magical, once-in-a-lifetime experience! Shops will be open for souvenir purchases.

11:00 p.m.

Transition via bus back to Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando® Resort

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Friday, August 29

7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Location: Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando® Resort – Tuscan Ballroom I and II

Breakfast 

 

Fuel up! We’ve got a busy day ahead of us with workshops geared toward strengthening your family followed by fun events and entertainment.

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Location: Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando® Resort - Tuscan Ballroom Foyer

Registration

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Location: Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando® Resort – Tuscan Ballroom III and IV

Workshop

 

Test out this awesome new design compound and work together as a family to create your very own DohVinci masterpiece!

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Location: Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando® Resort – Tuscan Ballroom III and IV

Break

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Location: Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando® Resort – Tuscan Ballroom III and IV

Workshop

 

Meet a few Southwest Super Heroes—Pilots from our Adopt-A-Pilot program who will lead a workshop about the mechanics and teamwork it takes to get a plane up in the air.

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location: Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando® Resort – Tuscan Ballroom III and IV

Workshop and Lunch

 

This fun, interactive workshop will show your family how to make mealtime more meaningful. Dr. Elizabeth Doherty Thomas will share her tips on creating engaging family meals while Barilla’s Executive Chef, Daniele Baliani, and Nutritionist, Anna Rosales, will host a fun “lunch & learn” experience.

 

1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Location: Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando® Resort – Tuscan Ballroom III and IV Break

Break

 

Note: Pick up your family’s tickets to the Blue Man Group performance at the registration table during the break.

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Location: Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando® Resort – Tuscan Ballroom III and IV

Workshop

 

Get to know the team behind Animal Jam and meet one of Animal Jam’s real scientists, Dr. Brady Barr, during the Animal Jam workshop on Friday at 1:30 PM. You’ll also have the chance to meet some local Floridian animals and test out fun science gadgets! Share the fun by using the hashtags #AnimalJam and #FamilyForward. Get ready to Play Wild!

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Break

 

3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Transition to Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort and enjoy pool time

5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Location: Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Pool and Pizza Party

 

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort opened this year and is the fourth and largest on-site hotel at Universal Orlando Resort, offering more options than ever before with moderately-priced family suites that sleep up to six people and value-priced standard guest rooms. With sweeping vistas and a bold design, Cabana Bay Beach Resort evokes the retro-feel of iconic beach resorts from the 1950s and 1960s and features incredible amenities, including Universal Orlando’s first ever lazy river, a 10-lane bowling alley, two zero-entry pools, a Jack LaLanne Fitness Studio, and more.

 

Note: Bowling and games are available for a separate fee.

 

6:30 p.m.

Transition on your own via Water Taxi back to Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando® Resort

7:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Transition on your own via Water Taxi to Universal City Walk/Blue Man Group Theater


Be in your seats no later than 7:45 p.m. to enjoy the Blue Man Group.

8:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.

Location: Blue Man Group at Universal CityWalk (located in-between Hard Rock Café and Universal Studios Florida theme park)

Blue Man Group has taken their indescribable live celebration of art, technology, and music to a whole new level at Universal Orlando Resort. Experience the wonder of Blue Man Group with incredible new performances, astounding new music, and an all-new stage. You must RSVP to attend, so please make sure to complete the form we send out before heading to Florida.


Important note: This show is open to family members of all ages, babies included, but it is quite loud. Keep that in mind when reserving tickets for your children. If you’d like to look into on-site in-room or day care options at the hotel, please refer to the child care page for more information.

10:00 p.m.

Transition on your own via Water Taxi back to Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando® Resort

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Saturday, August 30

8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Transition via Water Taxi to Universal Studios Florida

8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Location: Universal Studios Florida, Sound Stage 33

Continental Breakfast and Beverage Buffet

 

Grab a quick bite to eat to boost your energy for a fun day ahead. Michael Aiello, Director of Entertainment Creative Development, will talk about the value of having a creative attitude and how those characteristics will help in your daily life. "Out of the box" thinking not only solves many challenges but is a fun way to discover new ways of viewing the world. Michael will describe the steps he and his team utilize to inspire and create some of the most fantastic theme park experiences that have been enjoyed by people from all over the world.  

 

P.S. You don't want to miss this breakfast. Trust us!

Important Note 1: Please turn in your completed Mission Possible cards by 10:00 a.m. ET.

Important Note 2: Your family’s theme-park passes will be distributed during this event. They are good for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, August 28 to September 1, 2014 only. They cannot be given out prior, transferred, and the dates cannot be substituted.

11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Location: Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure

Fun With Your Family


At Universal Orlando Resort’s Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure, you’ll be transported into a highly imaginative world where you and your family will become heroes of your own adventures. The parks are open from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.

4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Transition via Water Taxi to Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Transition via bus to the Give Kids the World Resort

5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Location: Give Kids The World Resort

Pool Party and Barbecue Dinner


Upon arriving at the Village, meet at Julie’s Safari for the Opening Ceremonies. Then, enjoy dinner at the Park of Dreams Pool, take a tour of the village, and join the Wish Kids and families for the Splash Bash Party!

9:00 p.m.

Transition via bus back to Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando® Resort

 

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Sunday, August 31

9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Location: Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida

Fun With Your Family

 

At Universal Orlando Resort’s Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida, you’ll be transported into a highly imaginative world where you and your family will become heroes of your own adventures. The park is open from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Location: Universal CityWalk – Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food or VIVO! Italian Kitchen

Dinner at Universal CityWalk (RSVP Required)

 

Universal CityWalk, which is in the middle of an historic expansion, will be hosting us for dinner on Sunday, August 31, at two of their newest venues. You’ll have a chance to either dine at Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food or VIVO! Italian Kitchen for some exciting cuisine.

 

Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food is a vibrant, two-story restaurant where you can enjoy a unique dining experience, featuring a delicious menu that combines authentic, traditional Mexican fare with all-new flavors – all made from scratch using the freshest ingredients.

 

VIVO! Italian Kitchen is an original concept restaurant showcasing a contemporary dining atmosphere, allowing you to watch chefs handcraft pasta from scratch and create classic Italian dishes with a modern twist.

 

8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Location: “Central Park” Near the Simpson’s Springfield Area and the Animal Actors Show

Event Finale and Dessert Party

 

Join us for a fabulous dessert finale at “Central Park” near the Simpson’s Springfield area and the Animal Actors Show at Universal Studios Florida theme park. The conclusion of the finale will be a special viewing area to enjoy Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular – 100 Years of Movie Memories, an awe-inspiring tribute to 100 years of Universal’s film making history, complete with colorful fountains and fireworks.

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Monday, September 1

9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Location: Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida

Fun With Your Family


Note: If you are checking out of Loews Portofino Bay Hotel that day, note that check out is at 11:00 a.m. The hotel can store your luggage if you’d like to enjoy the park until it closes. Just check out before heading to the park, store your luggage with the bellman, and claim it when you’re ready to head out!

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