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  4. Please register for this trip before placing your order: https://www.travelinghomeschoolers.com/ozarks-retreat/

    May 2020

    Join us for our retreat in the Ozarks and enjoy indoor and outdoor games, arts and crafts, archery, hiking, campfires, and more!

    From $52.00

  5. I live in the area - can I join your group for the day? Can we opt out of the hotel? We have a group package, with hotel, meals, and group activities included in the price. What will our rooms be like? They're similar to hotel rooms, but without the frills. They have Wi-Fi, but don't have a TV, microwave, phone, or mini-fridge. Towels, bedding, and soap is provided, but you'll need to bring your own hair dryer, shampoo, conditioner, and any other personal items. Maid service will be provided daily. Each room has a private bathroom. I have a family of 6, 7, etc., and have very young children. Can we all share one room? The hotel I use allows up to 5 in standard rooms, and up to 6 in loft rooms. If you have more in your party, you'll need to have two rooms. Can I stay fewer nights? This is a package deal, so the price remains the same whether you arrive later or leave earlier than the group. What ages do you recommend for this trip? All ages - babies, grandparents and everyone in between! We have teens - will there be other teens on this trip? Yes - we have a lot of teens on most of my trips. Will the children ever be required to be away from their parents for group activities? Children are never required to be away from their parents for group activities. What are meals like? I have food allergies, a special diet, food issues. Can they accommodate me? They're buffet style, with a wide variety to accommodate food allergies and special diets. There are always vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free choices on the menu. Here's more information about their dining (with a link to a typical menu): What are the group activities? How much do the extra activities (like horseback riding) cost? I'll schedule some group activities, but they may be limited due to the size of our group. Families can also sign up for activities while we're there. Here's a list of all the activities and their cost. Children are never required to be away from their parents for group activities. What airport do we fly into? Is there shuttle service? For families flying in, round-trip shuttle service from St. Louis Lambert International Airport to the YMCA is available at an extra cost. I’ll email information about this to travelers before our departure. Do we have to be members of the YMCA to go? No. Here is the trip description and registration link: http://www.travelinghomeschoolers.com/ozarks-retreat/
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  7. Our interactive maps are working again: Where We're Going: https://www.travelinghomeschoolers.com/where-were-going/ Where We've Been: https://www.travelinghomeschoolers.com/where-weve-been/ They're still a little quirky, but they're working on fixes. Warmly, Dianna
  8. Some travel expert say looking on Tuesday afternoons is a good strategy. Initially I could not find any tickets in my price range for Rochester or Buffalo, New York to Orlando on May 30 on Southwest. The cheapest I could find pp was $254 out of Buffalo. On Tuesday, June 5th @ 3:45PM I found $99 each way out of Rochester (which is where I live). That made it $198 pp and within our budget. I did not make my purchase until Thursday morning. Friday afternoon I went to the site out of curiosity and at that point the price was up to $160 each way for the same flight. YMMV ❤ Stacy
  9. You can go, but will have to attend the required program. Double-check with the schools, though - they may not let the kids take the time off. Warmly, Dianna
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  11. KimberlyHale

    November 2019 FAQs 1 - Registration, Payment

    Does anyone in the group have to be homeschoolers this year to attend? My oldest is going off to school this year (and the others have already started school). But we've been following your page for a while and we will have an exchange student this year ...so it might be a great time to take time off school to go on this trip.
  12. We've extended the registration deadline for our Yellowstone Road Trip to June 15. Come join us!
  13. We've extended the registration deadline for our Grand Teton Road Trip to June 15. Come join us!
  14. Dianna

    Just heard about you!

    Please email me and tell me details about your sister's age, and who will miss the educational program. We'll go from there.
  15. VacationDreamer

    Just heard about you!

    @Dianna my travel party would be me and my four daughters, plus my mom and sister. Given the dates I’m finding for airfare (11/11-11/21) my sister might have to leave before we did the education piece. Would this cause a problem? She may need to get back to work on 11/19. Thank you.
  16. Yes. It was open at 9:30 EST. Sadly it was out of my budget. As yet i still can’t commit. Somewhat sad. Somewhat over Disney anyway. 😜
  17. I checked this morning and the schedule had not been posted, so I called Southwest. They are opening the flight schedule at 8:00 AM CDT.
  18. Jessica French

    Universal Lodging

    Yes! I too called Universal last night to confirm and ended up switching my Saturday night stay to a hotel with the Unlimited Express Pass. It is more money than I was originally anticipating, but cheaper than adding on once there. Thankful for this thread!
  19. SnorkelMommaTo3

    Universal Lodging

    That's a really good question! We're not doing this in November, but there is a chance we'll be doing it in the future. Short answer? Yes, you'll have that option for both the check-in day AND check-out day. We just called Universal and they confirmed that if you are staying at a hotel w/the Universal Express passes, those passes will be on your room key. You can check in as early as 7:30 am and get a room key - it just won't open any rooms until your room is actually ready. It WILL, however, instantly give you the Express passes. You will also have the Express pass feature tied to your room keys on the day of check out. Your park ticket is separate from this. I never considered this!
  20. Jessica French

    Universal Express Pass Advice

    Perfect. Thank you, Joe and Claudine.
  21. Joe

    Universal Express Pass Advice

    The express pass is valid for every day of your stay at a premium resort, including the day you check in and the day you check out. So if you're arriving on Friday and want to visit the parks on Saturday and Sunday, you would want to book the cheaper room for Friday night and move over to the premier resort on Saturday so that you get the Express Pass for Saturday (check in) and Sunday (check out)
  22. Jessica French

    Universal Express Pass Advice

    Ok, I see. Trying to walk through the details in my mind. Check-in on Friday, but visiting parks on Saturday and Sunday, checking out Sunday morning. Should I do the cheaper property for Friday night, then the Express Pass hotel the next night? Would the unlimited express pass option be available for Saturday if I have not checked into the the higher end hotel as of Sat morning? I guess I can call Universal and ask them these details too. Thanks for the insight!
  23. Jessica French

    Universal Lodging

    Claudine, so if you split 2 nights between 2 hotels at Universal, will you have the Unlimited Express Option for both park days? Or only for 1? Wasn't sure how that works. Thanks!
  24. Claudine

    Universal Lodging

    Endless Summer looks great! We have been watching it being built. We usually stay at Cabana Bay to be near Volcano Bay and its cheap and have split it with a higher one for one night for Express if thing we need it. The kids like the pools at Cabana Bay. Im going to book Endless Summer at some point because I love the decor! LOL!
  25. Claudine

    Universal Express Pass Advice

    You do get the hour early admission with any of the hotels. It doesn't include all the rides but its a good start and might be enough during that time of year. You could also book one night for the express passes and then move to the cheaper hotel if you don't mind doing that. Then you would get it for the day you check in and the day you check out of that property. Then you could move to the cheaper property and get early admission for the day you check out.
  26. Claudine

    One parent, 2 kids

    Hello! Im trying to figure out a way that my 13 year old can do the animation and my 10 year old can to the elephant program. My husband won't be able to make it. Is anyone else in this situation? Im thinking I might have to push for the Gentle Giants! LOL
  27. Hi Jade, we've never had a problem entering the parks for our breakfasts. There's usually no one at the parking "toll booths," that early, so we just cruise right in. Warmly, Dianna
  28. We will be staying off of Disney property and driving to the parks. We are attending the breakfast events and I just wanted to touch base regarding parking. On previous personal trips when we have had early breakfast reservations it has sometimes been a hassle to get into the parking lot as the cast members have not permitted entry, and that was a Disney breakfast scheduled through their reservations system. Since these are private group breakfasts, is there anything special we will need to do or plan for in order to be allowed entry into the parking lots and arrive at the breakfasts on time?
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