Schedule

*Please note the information below is subject to change.

Tuesday, August 8

Registration

4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Location: Grand Caribbean Ballroom 7 Foyer, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando Resort™

Registration and Photo Booth

 

Sign in for the event, get your name badges, and pick up your printed agenda. While you're there, meet the Tickle Me Elmo team and snap family pics at a fun photo booth.

 

Universal Orlando Influencer Welcome Event

5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Location: Grand Caribbean Ballroom 6, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando Resort™

Travel Blogging Hands-on Workshop

Hear from the hosts. You’ll get an overview of the week ahead and enjoy travel-writing tips and learn how to monetize your travel-related posts from two pros. We ask for this one event that influencers come without the kiddos (babes in arms is fine).

Opening Kickoff Party

7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Location: Grand Caribbean Ballroom 7, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando Resort™

Come dressed in your theme-park casual attire and get ready to meet the 2017 Family Forward family for an evening full of fun.

Opening Dinner

8:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.

Location: Grand Caribbean Ballroom 6, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando Resort™

Welcome Dinner Sponsored by Universal Orlando Resort™

Transition

9:15 p.m.

Family Forward attendees take a bus from the hotel to the entrance of Universal Orlando Resort’s Universal Studios Florida

Family Forward Exclusive Nighttime Event

9:30 p.m. to Midnight

Location: Universal Orlando Resort’s Universal Studios Florida

This is a VIP event for Family Forward attendees that you won’t want to miss! You’ll have the chance to experience Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon—the newest attraction at Universal Studios Florida. After that experience, you’ll have the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley to yourselves, so bring your wands. 

 

Note: The souvenir shops will be open and beverage and dessert service will be available.

Transition

Midnight

Event concludes with attendees returning back to Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando Resort

Wednesday, August 9

Breakfast

8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

Breakfast On Your Own

Registration

9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Location: Grand Caribbean Ballroom 7 Foyer, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando Resort™

Registration and Photo Booth (for those who didn’t register on August 8)

 

Sign in for the event, get your name badges, and pick up your printed agenda. While you're there, meet the Tickle Me Elmo team and snap family pics at a fun photo booth.

Hands-on Workshop

9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Location: Grand Caribbean Ballroom 7, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando Resort™

Family Fun Activity Sponsored by FranklinCovey

Lunch

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location: Grand Caribbean Ballroom 6, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando Resort™

Lunch Sponsored by Loews Hotels

Hands-on Workshop

12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Location: Grand Caribbean Ballroom 7, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando Resort™

Family Fun Activity Sponsored by Invisalign

Hands-on Workshop

1:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Location: Grand Caribbean Ballroom 7, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando Resort™

Family Fun Activity Sponsored by FranklinCovey

Break

3:00 p.m. Until Your CityWalk Dinner Reservation

Free Time on Your Own

Dinner

4:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., or 6:00 p.m.

Location: Universal CityWalk™

Dinner at Universal CityWalk™ (Advanced RSVP Required) Sponsored by Universal CityWalk™ at Universal Orlando Resort™

Tipping servers is recommended and greatly appreciated.

Transition

After Dinner

Take the water taxi or walking path back to Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando Resort

Thursday, August 10

Transition

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

Transition via water taxi or walking path to Universal CityWalk™

Breakfast

8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Location: Universal CityWalk™, Antojito's Authentic Mexican Food

Breakfast Sponsored by Universal Orlando Resort™

Get the day started by grabbing a bite to eat to boost your energy for an amazing day ahead and dancing to the DJ’s fun beats!

Important Note: Your family’s theme park passes will be distributed during this event. They are good for Thursday and two of the following three days: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 11, 12, and 13 only. They cannot be given out prior or transferred, and the dates cannot be substituted. Lost passes cannot be replaced.

 

VIP Guided Tour Break Outs

9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Location: Universal CityWalk™, Antojito's Authentic Mexican Food

VIP Tour Guide Break Outs

 

Break out into VIP Tour groups as indicated on your media pass.

Note: You will spend the day with your tour guide as you tour the parks.

Important Note: The VIP Tour is a press event full of fun, great information, and with a pre-set schedule for your group. This is an opportunity for you to learn about key attractions. Feel free to stop, take pictures, and share throughout your tour on social media. Also, ask your tour guide as many questions as you’d like. This is a great time to get information for future blog and social media posts/videos!

VIP Guided Tour

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: Universal Studios Florida™ and Universal's Islands of Adventure™

VIP Tours and Meal Sponsored by Universal Orlando Resort

At Universal Orlando Resort’s Universal Studios Florida™ and Universal’s Islands of Adventure™, you’ll be transported into a highly imaginative world where you and your family will become heroes of your own adventures.

Important Note: Lunch is included and paid for on your VIP tour.

 

Tipping VIP tour guides is recommended and greatly appreciated. We suggest a minimum of $30 per family or more for stellar service.

Break

4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Free Time on Your Own

Transition

5:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Transition via water taxi or walking path to Blue Man Group at Universal CityWalk® (located between Hard Rock Cafe® and Universal Studios Florida® theme park)

Blue Man Group Show

6:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Location: Blue Man Group at Universal CityWalk® (located between Hard Rock Cafe® and Universal Studios Florida® theme park)

VIP Tours and Meal Sponsored by Universal Orlando Resort

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Note: Please be in your seats by 5:45. This show is open to family members of all ages, babies included, but it is quite loud. Keep that in mind when determining whether to get tickets for your children and have them attend. If you’d like to look into on-site in-room or daycare options, please refer to the child care page on our website for more information.

Break

7:45 p.m.+

Free Time on Your Own

Spend the rest of your day at your leisure in the parks, at a dive-in movie, or back in your hotel room.

Transition

At your leisure

Take the water taxi or walking path back to Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando Resort

Friday, August 11

Transition

6:30 a.m.

Transition on your own via walking path or hotel shuttle to Universal’s Volcano Bay™ Water Theme Park

Family Day at Universal's Volcano Bay Water Theme Park

Time: 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Location: Universal’s Volcano Bay™ Water Theme Park

At Universal’s Volcano Bay™ Water Theme Park, water is life. Life is joy. That’s the carefree attitude the fabled Waturi islanders have embraced on their Pacific isle for centuries. Now you can live the Waturi way at Universal’s Volcano Bay™, an all-new park where thrills and relaxation flow in perfect harmony. With the power of the TapuTapu™ wearable there’s no standing in long lines, wrestling with tubes, or waiting for the fun to begin.

Important note: Family Forward attendees will enjoy a private early entrance party from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. Join us promptly at 7:00 a.m. to enjoy the park without the crowds, get the best seats in the house, and go on rides that are typically crowded without the wait.

 

Volcano Bay Lunch

noon to 2:00 p.m. (arrive at leisure during this time)

Location: Universal’s Volcano Bay™ Water Theme Park Event Area (located towards the front of the park)

Lunch Sponsored by Universal Orlando Resort

 

Transition

At your leisure

Transition on your own via walking path or hotel shuttle back to Loews Sapphire Falls Resort.

Saturday, August 12

Family Day at Universal Orlando Resort's Universal Studios Florida™ and Universal's Islands of Adventure™ 

Time: TBA

Location: Universal Orlando Resort's Universal's Islands of Adventure™ and Universal Studios Florida™

 

Time on Your Own to Enjoy the Theme Parks

 

Important Note: If you are checking out of Loews Sapphire Falls Resort on Saturday, August 12, 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 luggage services, and claim it when you’re ready to head out!

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