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Trip Plans & Guidelines

First off, please make sure you have your balances paid 100%.

Also, make sure your liability form is signed by a parent or guardian and turned in. We can't let anyone on the bus without those two important things taken care of.

The remaining balance of your trip is due by May 29th.

This trip is for current 6th-12th grade students in the 2023-2024 school year. Families wishing to attend and caravan with us are welcome to attend.

Once you get your tickets on Friday morning, please take a picture of it and save it on your phones camera roll. Just in case you misplace your ticket. This will ensure we can get a replacement as fast as possible. If you are not able to, it's okay, we have recorded who each ticket belongs to just in case. You will need your ticket to get into the parks. We have tickets for both parks and we are able to enter them as many times as we desire, but you will need to have your ticket for each entry.

Please download the Universal Orlando APP.

You can see ride wait-times as well as a map of the parks.

It will also give you times when the certain shows are performing.

Load a credit/debit card on the app for food/merch purchases.

Some eating places require you to order with the app or online.

The day of the trip, May 31st:

Your Arrival

Please plan to arrive in the Ignite parking lot between 5:15 & 5:30. This will help us get you checked in and help you find a good seat on either the church bus or the van. We will only take the van if needed, but for those wanting to ride with the church, we will have a seat for you. According to our church’s policy on youth trips, transportation on church vehicles is limited to youth aged participants and specifically approved chaperones. If you are taking your own car, you are welcome to caravan with us.

We are planning to leave the church at 5:30am. Please arrive a bit earlier to help us get on the road promptly. This early start allows us to beat the traffic, enjoy a breakfast stop, and spend as much time as possible in the park—making every minute (and every penny of our tickets) count.

Since it will be difficult to monitor and check the Ignite Text number inside the parks, please us Pastor Charlie's cell to check in or ask questions. Call or text, 904-234-1853

In the words of The Grinch, "BUT WHAT WILL I WEAR?"

-Please remember as you plan out what you are going to wear, that it will be around hot outside and sunny. We live in Florida, so there is always a small possibility of light rain, but it may or may not affect the parks.

-Dress appropriately for the day. Jeans, long pants, long sleeve shirts, sweaters, hoodies, and other baggy style clothes are NOT recommended. You may wear such items on the ride down if you would like, but please plan on shorts, a t-shirt, and comfortable footwear while we are in the parks. Please do not wear anything that reveals anything inappropriate. If in doubt, ask us.

-The bus will not be accessible during the day once we are in the parks. So plan to carry what you need and carefully consider if you really do need it because you will need to carry it all day. You can rent a locker in the park, it's around $10-$15 for the day. Otherwise, you will need to carry it into the parks in a small bag. We recommend something small, like a hip bag or fanny pack, since you will be able to wear them on the rides. ALL backpacks, loose bags, or items you carry in your hand will need to be put into ride lockers, since they are not permitted on some rides. You can bring stuff for the bus trip and leave it on the bus as we are in the parks.

 

Please note that there will be no sharing of blankets on the bus. You can bring a blanket for yourself as we are on the bus. The bus is cold sometimes and sometimes its comfortable, so feel free to be prepared.

-There are 3 or 4 water rides, so if you do plan on riding on them understand they are all designed to get you soaked. You can bring a change of clothes, but understand you may need to carry them with you all day. If you ride them early in the day, the sun will dry you off. Just remember that we have a 3 hour ride back home and you will be more comfortable if you are dry. You can also bring a rain poncho for water rides, just remember, you have to carry it around with you. There are cheap disposable rain ponchos on amazon for cheap. Use them once or a few times and then discard them once you are done.

-Sunscreen, hats, and sun glasses are recommended.

Leaving Ignite

Please help us leave as close to 5:30am as possible. Arrive early and have all your liability forms and money turned in. Once we leave, we will drive around an hour and stop @ Buc-ee's in St. Augustine to grab breakfast and snacks for the rest of the drive. This is the easiest place to stop on our way down. We will try to keep this stop to 15-20 minutes. Please take advantage of the restrooms @ Buc-ee's, they are really nice. We will try to leave Buc-ee's and head straight to the parks, but if we do need to stop at a rest area, we will.

Parking @ Universal

Please note that those who are driving their personal cars, you will be parking separately from the church busses. FYI, parking is $32 per car. The church bus will be parking in the Bus/RV parking lot.

Security Screenings @ Universal

Please be aware that you will need to pass through metal detectors and your bag will be scanned by security. No weapons okay, yes that does mean pocket knives. Leave them at home. We will remind everyone as we get off the bus to do a pocket check. For a full list of what they do and don't allow, (click here).

Walking into Universal CityWalk

We will all stop and catch up to each other at the Universal Cinemark movie theater. It's on the right side, at the entrance once you come out of security and off all the moving sidewalks. You can't miss it and we will remind everyone of this. Once we are ALL accounted for and together, we are all able to go into the parks. Going to the right will take you to Universal Studios. Going to the left will take you to Islands of Adventure.

-We are a group, so we will need to stay in groups all day. THREE or MORE is what we are asking you to do. GROUPS OF THREE OR MORE, no single walkers, no duos, please keep it to three or more.

-We will ask that everyone in your group stay together, you don't have to ride every ride, you can walk the line with your group, and as they board, sit in the group waiting area until they finish the ride and then exit together.

-If you want to switch groups at some point, that is fine, but you will need to stay in your group until your new group is nearby. Again, never go off by yourself. We also have plenty of adult chaperones that will be walking around with everyone throughout the day. Please do not make us chase you down, just because you want to ride one ride and the rest of the group wants to ride another doesn't mean you can just go off on your own.

 

"We are better together than separate"
-Pastor Charlie

Remember to stay hydrated.

Most of the food places will give you free ice water if you ask them. You don't even have to eat there, just ask for a cup of ice water. You can also purchase bottled water. Drink Lots of Water!!!
There is a souvenir cup you can buy for that will give you refills on soft drinks throughout the day. Just understand you will have to keep up with the cup all day. But it is a pretty good deal.

Lunch & Dinner

We will eat lunch and dinner in the parks.

It's recommended to have around $50-$80.

Please remember to save your money for food.

ALSO, try not to wait till we are leaving to start searching for dinner.

There will be 1000's of people in the CityWalk area and it's difficult to get food sometimes in a timely manner.

Let's Go Home

Universal Studios Park closes @ 7pm.

Islands of Adventure Park closes @ 8pm.

Please meet back up at the movie theater @ 7:30pm.

 

Be aware that the 1000's of other guest will start exiting around this time and it will be crowded.

Once everyone has arrived at the movie theater, we will head back to the busses and head home.

There is a strong chance of us stopping at the Buc-ee's in Daytona on the way back.

We will probably return to the Ignite parking lot around midnight.

Bring your happy attitudes.

Respect all the guidelines and direction of our leaders.

Smile and Love Jesus!

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