Welcome to the "Sunshine State"! Orlando is the vacation capital of the world, and in December it's the warmest place in the continental United States. Walt Disney World lets you relive your childhood at Magic Kingdom, and tour the world and learn about state-of-the-art scientific breakthroughs at EPCOT center (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow).
The Magic Kingdom is where you can meet your favorite Disney movie characters, climb the Swiss Family Robinson's tree house, see American folk culture shows, and ride some exciting rides. Space Mountain (an indoor roller coaster in the dark) is fun for any age.
EPCOT is really two parks in one. The "World of Tomorrow" is the first. It features "state-of-the-art" technology in a variety of fun presentations. It is all indoors, so if there is rain in the forecast, you may want to bypass that and head to the second area, "World Showcase" before it rains. Many of the attractions there are outdoors. You will be thrilled with the breathtaking 360-degree movies, rides, shops, food, and cultural exhibits from 10 different countries.
Another day of sightseeing brings you the choice of the other big attractions (Universal Studios, or Sea World). You’ll spend Christmas Day with an American family, and a half-day conference in our host church will explain the true meaning of this exciting holiday.
IFM Orlando Tour EXPECTATIONS:
By REGISTERING for this Tour, you are agreeing to participate 100% in all scheduled activities including with host family and programs. No exceptions are made without 1 week prior to TOUR confirmation from the IFM Director (Dr. Raj Aluri).
Orlando can be very warm for the Christmas season. Temperatures are likely to be 50°-65° F during the mornings and evenings, and 70°-85° F during the daytime. You should bring a light jacket and be sure to have enough clothing for eight days, and your personal toiletries (toothbrush, soap, towels, etc.) Luggage space is very limited in our vans. Pack your belongings tightly. Please avoid bringing suitcases, if possible. Duffel and/or bookbags are the best.
Planning Your Budget:
Entrance fees to attractions (not included in registration price) -
*Disney Magic Kingdom (c. $109)
*Disney Epcot (c. $109)
*Universal Studios (c. $114)
*Sea World (c. $77)
If you are traveling with IFM from Columbia, SC [for those who live in or near Columbia]
Round-trip transportation from Columbia, SC costs $125/person extra.
Pay IFM a total of $325/person if you ride with us.
Arrive in Orlando on the Tour's opening day, no later than 6:45 pm by air, 5:30 p.m. by bus or train. We will pick you up at airport, bus, or train station. If you are driving a car, we will send you directions to the meeting point.
Friday, December 20:
4:00-8:00 PM - Arrive at the designated meeting place.
Saturday, December 21:
Spend Christmas Eve with host family
Sunday, December 22:
Morning - Sunday church service with host church
Afternoon - with host family
Monday, December 23:
Visit Disney's Magic Kingdom
Tuesday, December 24:
Visit Epcot Center
Wednesday, December 25:
Celebrate Christmas Day with your host family
Thursday, December 26:
Visit Universal Studios
Friday, December 27:
Visit Sea World
6:00 PM - Farewell Dinner and Talent Night with all host families
Saturday, December 28:
Return to home campuses. Host families will drop off students at airport, etc. If your host family CANNOT take you to the airport or bus station, let the tour leaders know in advance so we can make other arrangements. Columbia bus leaves Clarion Plaza Hotel at 2:00 PM.
Payments can be made by Cash (if local), Check, Money Order, or Cashiers Check.
(Ask about paying by PayPal, includes 3% processing fee)
Please make out all payments to:
INTERNATIONAL FRIENDSHIP MINISTRIES
P.O. Box 12504, Columbia, SC 29211-2504