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KAndid Advice for Planning Student Trips to Orlando

Traveling to a new destination with students is exciting… and nerve-wracking! Wouldn’t it be great to have a cheat sheet? Imagine if that cheat sheet came from some of the best student tour professionals in the business. KAndid Advice is just that- expert tips from Kaleidoscope Adventures staff to help you navigate a new destination and get the most from your student travel. Let’s start with some KAndid advice for planning student trips to Orlando…

Everyone knows that Orlando is home to world-class theme parks and attractions. It’s a student favorite for a reason! However, there are lots of amazing things to do with student groups outside the parks – and the KA staff is giving you an insider’s look.

Wild Florida

Anastasiya (accounting and IT manager) loves Wild Florida as an alternative to the hustle and bustle of theme parks. Wild Florida is a one-of-a-kind wildlife experience, offering airboat rides, alligator encounters, and a great variety of wading, floating and flying birds. A petting zoo and some great BBQ round out the fun. Students will talk about this adventure for years – and they’ll never forget their first airboat ride!

Beach BBQ and Escape Room

Joseph (senior tour consultant) has some great ideas for getting off the beaten path. Consider a half day BBQ lunch at the beach. Just about an hour’s ride from the hotels, it’s one of his favorite things to do with students. They love the sun, fun and food while teachers and chaperones enjoy a break from the chaos.
Joseph also follows up a beach day with a visit to an escape room. Orlando offers a few great choices, all guaranteed to test wits and tickle the funny bone. Escape Rooms are also great for team building. Pit the girls against the boys or the trumpets against the clarinets in the ultimate quest to solve a puzzle!

Kennedy Space Center

Not far from Orlando is the Kennedy Space Center, a favorite of both Keith (chief operating officer) and Stephanie (tour consultant). The Kennedy Space Center offers an in-depth look at space and space travel and the role both played in our nation’s history. Students can get up close and personal with the Saturn V rocket or experience what it was like to be in the Firing Room for the launch of Apollo 8. It’s a great way to incorporate STEM into your itinerary and “have a blast” while doing it!

2015 Class Trips and Graduation Parties at Universal Orlando Resort

Hard Rock Café

If you’re looking for a great dining option for students, Steven (tour consultant and resident musician!) recommends the Hard Rock Café. Just steps from both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, it’s group-friendly and features an eclectic, American-style menu to satisfy even the pickiest eaters. Students are also surrounded by cool music memorabilia and encouraged to join in the pop-up sing-alongs. So much fun!

As you plan your student trip to Orlando, tuck these tips in your back pocket. Better yet, call Kaleidoscope Adventures directly to chat with our expert staff. More than 25+ years in the student travel industry gives us some serious street cred! We’ll work with you to create a unique itinerary that meets all your objectives. KA really is travel beyond expectations!

Groups Will Race to Andretti Indoor Karting and Games

I grew up in a small town in rural Pennsylvania. Home mail delivery did not exist and one of my responsibilities was to walk (or ride my yellow, banana-seated Schwinn) to the post office daily. I dreamed of having one of those nifty, electric mini cars and cruising in style to pick up the weekday deluge of junk mail. Oh, how the other kids would envy me!

Of course, I never got that car and my trusty Schwinn saw me through many years of carrying mail. However, I secretly still harbor a love for mini cars and go-karts! Enter Andretti Indoor Karting and Games in Orlando, Florida. Boasting the worlds longest indoor track with the most elevation changes and banked turns, Andrettis also has some of the fastest SODI RTX electric go-karts available. Hairpin twists and turns, super-fast acceleration and the thrill of racing make a day at the track perfect for student groups, homeschool families, youth groups and adults wanting to make childhood dreams come true!

The atmosphere at Andretti Indoor Karting and Games is charged with excitement, and groups will love all the extreme attractions available. Once theyve successfully navigated the real challenges of the track, they can test their skills in the virtual world with Hologate- a completely immersive sensory experience. The XD Dark Ride is an exhilarating 7D interactive movie with special effects and laser blasters- students will love competing for the highest score while they battle on-screen enemies.

Next, they can take it up a notch (literally) on the Sky Trail Ropes Course. This indoor, high adventure course is the first of its kind in Florida to feature a uniquely a curved zipline. So cool! Keep the fun going in the arcade with classic gaming, 3D multi-player games or life-sized games of favorite apps a little Temple Run, anyone?

If the group is looking for a more upscale experience, check out Boutique Bowling. Comfy, stylish seating, four state-of-the-art projection screens and black lit custom-designed lanes elevates bowling to new levels of posh.

Once everyones exhausted themselves racing and playing, they can settle in to eating one of Andretti Grills signature, hand-crafted burgers, delectable sandwiches, fresh salads, gourmet pizzas and more. There are so many choices guaranteed to satisfy the hungriest teen or the most discerning palate!

Andretti Indoor Karting and Games in Orlando is truly an experience not to be missed. Its the perfect attraction for adrenaline junkies and thrill seekers alike. Racing around the track in those electric go-karts is as close as Ive come to living out my childhood fantasy-next time, I just might bring some mail with me!