Wednesday, August 21, 2013

3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Dinner on Your Own

Grab dinner before joining us for our opening kickoff and welcome event, but make sure to save room for dessert (our treat at 9:00 p.m.).

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Opening Kickoff and Welcome Event, Pacifica Ballroom

You will not want to miss this warm Family Forward welcome and formal retreat kickoff, including photo booth fun for your super hero family.


Family Forward Hosts: Troy and Jyl Pattee 

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

Transition to Universal’s Islands of Adventure®

Take the water taxi or enjoy a nice 10-minute walk over to Islands of Adventure. Water taxis leave every 20 minutes and hold 40 people. Meet us outside the entrance at 9:00 p.m. and get ready to make incredible family memories.

9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Nighttime Dessert Reception, Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Location and additional details to follow.

11:00 p.m.

Transition Back to Loews Royal Pacific Resort

Take the water taxi or enjoy a nice 10-minute walk over to the hotel. Water taxis leave every 20 minutes and hold 40 people.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

7:00 to 9:00 a.m.

Breakfast on Your Own

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 to 9:00 a.m.


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

Thursday Workshop Kickoff, Pacifica Ballroom

Aside from our hands-on family workshops geared toward family members of all ages, we’ve got lots of fun surprises waiting around almost every corner. Join us for our welcome this morning and learn the fun in store for you throughout the day.


Kickoff and Welcome: Jyl Pattee and Heather Johnson

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

Family Traditions Help Us “Stick” Together, Pacifica Ballroom

Sponsored by Cricut™ and Duck Tape® Brand Duct Tape


Traditions provide our families with predictability, a way to connect with one another, a sense of identity, and a way to teach our children values. On top of that, traditions help us form memories that last a lifetime. Learn firsthand how to incorporate family traditions into your everyday life and have some fun with a few new traditions that will “stick.”


This hands-on, project-oriented workshop will help your family learn how to:


• Add meaning and significance into your everyday routines.

• Place importance on family traditions.

• Create ideas for establishing your own family traditions.


Facilitator: Nathan McGee

10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Break on Your Own

11:00 a.m. to Noon

Family Connection: Making Eye Contact and iContact, Pacifica Ballroom

Sponsored by National Geographic Kids


Join National Geographic Kids as they help us embrace the digital age in which our families live, while not losing sight of the fact that some of the most meaningful moments happen when we walk away from the screen.


This educational and hands-on workshop will help your family learn how to:


• Balance online and offline activities.

• Rely on other activities, outside of technology, to entertain us.

• Identify your family’s strengths and characteristics—what makes you the Super Hero Family that you are!


Facilitator: Rachel Buchholz

Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Lunch, Pacifica Ballroom

Sponsored by Loews Royal Pacific Resort


You’ve probably read statistics that share the importance of eating meals together as a family. Family Forward, in partnership with Loews Hotels at Universal Orlando®, is championing that cause by creating a mealtime moment where you can make memories all based on tapping into your family’s super power: communication. Enjoy one-on-one time as a family while you chat.

1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Transition to Universal Studios Florida®, Sound Stage 33

Take the water taxi or enjoy a nice 10-minute walk over to Universal Studios. Water taxis leave every 20 minutes and hold 40 people. We will meet at the entrance of Universal Studios at 1:50 p.m.

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Family Team Building Tournament: Beat the Best, Universal Studios Florida, Sound Stage 33

Regardless of size or compassion, families can be the strongest and most successful team in the game. When a family works as a team, family members flourish, households function smoothly, and the family grows closer together. Join us as we follow a “Minute to Win It” style activity to strengthen your family team. And, plan to laugh plenty along the way.


Your family will learn how to:


• Involve everyone in the family to accomplish common goals.

• Cooperate and work together on activities.

• Face and overcome challenges as a family.


Facilitator: Universal Orlando Resort

4:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Creativity in Life, Universal Studios Florida, Sound Stage 33

Sponsored by Universal Orlando Resort


Creativity is about much more than just “making things.” Creativity is about growing, imagining, solving problems creatively, and finding ways to navigate the challenges that accompany everyday family life. Join us as Universal Orlando Resort introduces us to creativity like you have never seen it before by giving us insider information on how incredible guest experiences are created and how Universal’s Superstar Parade was produced.


Your family will be able to compare the creativity shared in this presentation to learn how to:


• Live a creative family life.

• Use your imagination on projects, activities, and other family events.

• Consult with each other to come up with creative ideas and solutions to family problems.


Speakers: Lora Wallace, Michael Aiello

4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Family Free Time, Dinner on Your Own

Get your thrill on by checking out a few rides, enjoying a little down time back in your room or by the pool, and/or filling your bellies with delicious eats. Then, head over to Universal Studios to the New York area of the park to meet up with the rest of the group. 

7:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Universal’s Superstar Parade, Universal Studios Florida

Feel like a VIP as you watch the Universal’s Superstar Parade in a reserved area located behind Gramercy Park, found in the New York section of Universal Studios Florida, which will be roped off especially for Family Forward attendees.

7:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Transition to Universal Citywalk/Blue Man Group Theater

Be in your seats no later than 8:00 p.m. to enjoy the Blue Man Group.

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

Blue Man Group, City Walk/Blue Man Group Theater

Sponsored by Universal Orlando Resort


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 Back to Loews Royal Pacific Resort

Take the water taxi or enjoy a nice 10-minute walk over to the hotel. Water taxis leave every 20 minutes and hold 40 people.

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Friday, August 23, 2013

8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast and Beverage Buffet, Universal Studios Florida, Sound Stage 33

Sponsored by Universal Orlando Resort


Grab a quick bite to eat to boost your energy for a fun day ahead.


Important Note: Please turn in your completed Mission Possible cards. We will choose and announce winners following the breakfast. One family member of the winning family must be present to win.

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

Creating Family Memories

Join Mike West from Universal Creative as he talks about how families can visit Universal Orlando Resort to build long-lasting memories, featuring information on what’s new at Universal Orlando Resort, including:


  • The action-packed mega-attraction, TRANSFORMERS™: The Ride – 3D

  • Springfield  - the expansive, new area themed after the hometown of “The Simpsons”

  • Despicable Me Minion Mayhem – a hilarious and heartwarming attraction that brings minions, mayhem and tons of laughter

  •  Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort  - Universal’s new 1800-room hotel scheduled to open in early 2014


Presenter: Mike West

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

Fun With Your Family, Universal Studio Florida

At 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 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Make sure to enjoy the Spectacular on the Lagoon at 9:00 p.m. to end your experience with a bang (literally!).

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

(Optional) Early Park Admission to Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Your room key will allow Early Park Admission to Universal’s Islands of Adventure – one hour before the park opens. Beat the lines by getting there before the crowds.

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

Fun With Your Family, Islands of Adventure

Innovation combines with powerful storytelling and incredible adventure at Universal’s Islands of Adventure – home to some of the most thrilling and groundbreaking rides and attractions ever made. Islands of Adventure opens to the public at 9:00 a.m. and closes at 8:00 p.m. You are on your own to spend the last day of Family Forward how you’d like. Enjoy and we hope to see you back at our next event!

Note: If you are checking out of Loews Royal Pacific Resort 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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