ASTRONAUT CAMP - FLORIDA

THE ASTRONAUT CAMP

[TRIP LENGTH: 4 DAYS]

Itinerary can be customized to fit within your time frame or budgetary needs.

Have you ever wanted to step into the shoes of an Astronaut and experience rocket flight and cosmic exploration? On this journey to Florida you will come as close as possible to this experience without actually traveling into space. Experience rocket simulation at Mission Space at Epcot, visit with a real astronaut, sleep under the Space Shuttle Atlantis, take part in ATX (Astronaut Training Experience) and more. This experience will also teach STEM in an organic method that builds a desire to study science ,math, engineering and technology.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Disney Youth Series and Study the Stars

Disney Youth Series – The Science of Gravity
Learn about the mathematics behind Newton’s Laws of Gravity. Discover how Walt Disney Imagineering uses the powers of science to develop our world-famous theme parks and attractions. This includes the engineering of Mission Space.

Study the stars at Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust Planetarium
From traditional star displays and cultural shows that detail the importance of astronomy around the world, to feature presentations that whisk you through the depths of outer space, the planetarium has something for curious stargazers of all ages.

Day 2 – Epcot Experience

Mission Space – You Are Go for Launch – Epcot
What’s it like to be an astronaut? You’ll find out on Mission: SPACE! Before you board, you’ll train for your mission on the X-2 Deep Space Shuttle at the International Space Training Center (ISTC). Each member of your 4-cadet crew will assume an important role: navigator, pilot, commander or engineer. During your flight, cadets will be instructed to initiate a mission-critical sequence… so be prepared!

Epcot Experience
Walt Disney Imagineering invites Guests to witness the progress predicted by Walt Disney himself when he said, “Epcot will always be in a state of becoming.” And now, the biggest transformation in Disney park history is underway as Epcot welcomes the next generation of immersive storytelling with brand-new attractions and astonishing interactive experiences. Visit the Odyssey Events Pavilion to discover a series of engaging exhibits that showcase the relentless innovation, energy and excitement driving the park’s unprecedented evolution!

Volunteer at Give Kids the World
Give Kids The World Village is an 84-acre, nonprofit “storybook” resort in Central Florida. Here, children with critical illnesses and their families are treated to weeklong, cost-free vacations. Group will help with maintenance of this facility.

Day 3 – Astronaut Training and Space Shuttle

Astronaut Training Experience (ATX)
Be a part of the next generation of space explorers that prepare for human’s deep space travel in the all-new Astronaut Training Experience® Center. Train like the next generation of space explorers who will travel and work on Mars.

Lunch with an Astronaut
This 90-minute encounter at the Space Center in Cape Canaveral features a buffet-style lunch along with a personalized presentation from one of NASA’s acclaimed astronauts. At the end of the event, there’s a brief question-and-answer session, plus time for family photos with the astronaut. Astronauts describe what it’s like to live in space – eating, exercising, sleeping and training. No topic is off-limits. There’s no age requirement for this experience, and it’s perfect for self-proclaimed ‘space geeks’.

Atlantis Space Shuttle Simulation
Enter the Shuttle Launch Experience, a 44,000-square-foot simulator that aims to re-create the feeling of a space shot in real time, from the launch pad to orbit. Countdown begins. At just before six seconds, the main engines fire up, and we feel a low rumble. The capsule pitches forward slightly and then back upright in what Bolden refers to as the “twang.” It is nothing compared to the jolt we get as the speakers blare “3, 2, 1. . .” and the rocket boosters ignite. Off we go, with shaking seats and scattered whoops from the crowd. Stay the night at Kennedy Space Center under the Space Shuttle.

Day 4 – Visit the Apollo/Saturn V Center

Learn about the race to the moon as you view launch pads, rockets used during the Apollo launch programs and more.

Itinerary subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control including availability with vendors, weather conditions and flight schedules.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Launch like an Astronaut
  • Meet an Astronaut
  • Take in a space flight simulator
  • Study the stars through guided astronomy program

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Qualified trip leader – Accompanying each expedition is a diverse team of experts from naturalists to regional specialists who will share their knowledge and insights on the wildlife, landscapes and local culture. Your guide is with the group 24/7 and also staying with you at the same hotel
Daily reflections lead by your tour leader
Overnight stays are in hotels with private bathrooms rated 4 star or more on Trip Advisor
All Meals are included but please note: On arrival day only dinner is provided; on departure day, only breakfast is provided
Tour Journal, T-shirt and Luggage tag
Note: Tour cost does not include airline-imposed baggage fees, or fees for any required passport or visa.