About the Orlando Thanksgiving Tour

Join us November 25-28, 2020 at the Universal Orlando Resort for the Orlando Thanksgiving Tour! The Orlando Thanksgiving Tour is SOLD OUT. 

Eligible Participants:

  • Varsity Dance All-Americans & All-American Nominees
  • Junior Varsity All-Americans & All-American Nominees
  • Junior High All-Americans and All-American Nominees
  • USA Varsity All-Americans

Year in School: 4th grade and above

Location: Orlando, FL

Trip Dates: November 25-28, 2020

Itinerary

Please note: This itinerary is subject to change based on city and state health regulations. A final, more detailed itinerary will be emailed to all registered attendees closer to the event date. Limited space available.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25: Arrive in Orlando, Florida.

  • Arrive to Loews Royal Pacific Resort (SOLD OUT) or Cabana Bay Beach Resort (SOLD OUT) no later than 3:30 pm eastern time.
  • Event registration will be at Loews Royal Pacific Resort. You will receive Universal Dining Cards, Park Tickets and informational packet once you register with the Varsity Spirit staff in Orlando.
  • Hotel check-in at Royal Pacific Resort (SOLD OUT) or Cabana Bay Beach Resort (SOLD OUT) at Universal Orlando.
  • Mandatory rehearsal at Royal Pacific Resort™ for all performance groups. Those staying at Cabana Bay Beach Resort will need to walk over to Royal Pacific Resort for rehearsal.
  • Chaperones and parents will have an Orientation Meeting that will provide details on the week.

*Travel arrangements to Orlando are NOT INCLUDED in the cost of the performance package. Please call ALTOUR to arrange your flight at 1-866-719-0379. You are responsible for airport transportation to and from the resort. We recommend arrival to your assigned hotel no later than 3:30 PM local time.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26: Happy Thanksgiving and performance day!

  • Breakfast on your own.
  • Short dress rehearsal at the Royal Pacific Resort™. Those staying at Cabana Bay Beach Resort will need to walk over to Royal Pacific Resort for rehearsal.
  • Performance in Universal Studios Florida Theme Park in groups.*

*Performance day is tentatively scheduled for Thursday; however, depending on attendance we may need to have some performance groups on Friday. Attendees will only perform one time. Performance groups will be assigned once all registrations are received.

FRIDAY,  NOVEMBER 27: Free day at the Universal Orlando Resort!

  • Morning breakfast and performance review at the Hard Rock Cafe® Orlando
  • After breakfast head to the parks and enjoy awesome rides and attractions like Hollywood Ripe Ride Rockit, Skull Island Reign of Kong, Revenge of the Mummy and more

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28: Return home.

  • Check out of the Royal Pacific Resort™ (SOLD OUT) or Cabana Bay Beach Resort (SOLD OUT) and depart for home.

*You are responsible for airport transportation.

Please note: One (1) chaperone 21 years or older is required per three (3) participants. 

Pricing

The Orlando Thanksgiving Tour is SOLD OUT.

Tour Cost, Reservations & Payments: The total number accepted for the tour is limited. Completed reservation application and $200 (non-refundable) per person deposit must be received in the Varsity Spirit office on or before the dates listed below. You may fax in your registration forms to Varsity Spirit. However, rooms are not guaranteed until deposits or a school purchase order has been received in the Varsity Spirit office. (Deposits are credited toward your total cost.)

There are two hotel package options available. Please read all information carefully about what is offered in each package before you make your selection.   You will need to indicate on your registration form which hotel you are requesting to stay in.

Pricing for spectators and participants is calculated based on the total number of people in the room. For example, if there are three total people in the room, it is a triple, two people is a double, etc. Once you have the total number of people who will be in each room, each person will pay that price based on if they are a spectator or participant. For example, if there is one participant going with two family members, they will be in a triple room. The participant will pay the triple participant price and each of the two spectators will pay the spectator price.

Royal Pacific Resort Participant Pricing (Per Person): SOLD OUT

Quad: $715

Triple: $769

Double: $903

*No single for participants

Royal Pacific Resort Spectator Pricing (Per Person): SOLD OUT

Quad: $675

Triple: $729

Double: $863

Single: $1173

*Extra nights are available at an additional $235 per room per night. The Royal Pacific Resort no longer has availability for early arrival (November 23 or 24)

*To upgrade from a 2-Park 3-Day Park-to-Park ticket to a 2-Park 4-Day Park-to-Park ticket, it is an additional $25 fee per ticket. To upgrade to a 2-Park 5-Day Park-to-Park ticket it is an additional $50 fee per ticket.  

What’s Included: 

Royal Pacific Resort Performer Package SOLD OUT

  • Three (3) nights/four (4) days hotel accommodations at Royal Pacific Resort™
  • Universal Orlando Resort 2-Park 3-Day Park-to-Park ticket*
  • Special performance in Universal Studios
  • One (1) breakfast at the Hard Rock Cafe® Orlando
  • Two (2) Universal Dining Cards to be used at select restaurants throughout the Universal Orlando Resort
  • Performance uniform/costume
  • Professionally choreographed performance routine
  • Instructional video link of performance routine
  • Souvenir T-shirt

Royal Pacific Resort Spectator Package SOLD OUT

  • Three (3) nights/four (4) days hotel accommodations at Royal Pacific Resort™
  • Universal Orlando Resort 2-Park 3-Day Park-to-Park Ticket*
  • One (1) breakfast at the Hard Rock Cafe® Orlando
  • Two (2) Universal Dining Cards to be used at select restaurants throughout the Universal Orlando Resort
  • Souvenir T-shirt

The cost of your trip does not include:

  • Additional meals and snacks outside of what is provided
  • Transportation from your hometown to Orlando, FL
  • Transportation from the airport to the hotel
  • Optional expenses
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Any other items not mentioned as included
  • Any necessary medical treatment
  • Parking: If you chose to drive to Orlando, there will be a $15 per car, per day parking fee for self park.

Cabana Bay Beach Resort Participant Pricing (Per Person): SOLD OUT

Quad: $672

Triple: $712

Double: $817

*No single for participants

Cabana Bay Beach Resort Spectator Pricing (Per Person): SOLD OUT

Quad: $632

Triple: $672

Double: $777

Single: $1001

*Extra nights are available at an additional $145 per room per night. 

*To upgrade from a 2-Park 3-Day Park-to-Park ticket to a 2-Park 4-Day Park-to-Park ticket, it is an additional $25 fee per ticket. To upgrade to a 2-Park 5-Day Park-to-Park ticket it is an additional $50 fee per ticket. 

Cabana Bay Beach Resort Performer Package SOLD OUT

  • Three (3) nights/four (4) days hotel accommodations at Cabana Bay Beach Resort™
  • Universal Orlando Resort 2-Park 3-Day Park-to-Park ticket*
  • Special performance in Universal Studios
  • One (1) breakfast at the Hard Rock Cafe® Orlando
  • Two (2) Universal Dining Cards to be used at select restaurants throughout the Universal Orlando Resort
  • Performance uniform/costume
  • Professionally choreographed performance routine
  • Instructional video link of performance routine
  • Souvenir T-shirt

Cabana Bay Beach Resort Spectator Package SOLD OUT

  • Three (3) nights/four (4) days hotel accommodations at Cabana Bay Beach Resort™
  • Universal Orlando Resort 2-Park 3-Day Park-to-Park Ticket*
  • One (1) breakfast at the Hard Rock Cafe® Orlando
  • Two (2) Universal Dining Cards to be used at select restaurants throughout the Universal Orlando Resort
  • Souvenir T-shirt

The cost of your trip does not include:

  • When staying at Cabana Bay Beach Resort, you will not have access to Universal Express Unlimited Pass
  • Additional meals and snacks outside of what is provided
  • Transportation from your hometown to Orlando, FL
  • Transportation from the airport to the hotel
  • Optional expenses
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Any other items not mentioned as included
  • Any necessary medical treatment
  • Parking: If you chose to drive to Orlando, there will be a $15 per car, per day parking fee for self park.

Important: The total number accepted for this tour is limited. It is possible that this tour may fill up before posted deadlines. Therefore, we strongly recommend you send your registration forms and deposit in early. Flights to Orlando also fill quickly. Be sure to make flight arrangements as early as possible.

Payment Deadlines: 

  • $200 per person deposit due September 15
  • Balance of payment due October 16

Confirmation: After completed reservation application is received, a reservation confirmation will be sent to you via email. If paying with credit card you will need to call into the office once this confirmation email is received.

Cancellations & Refunds: For cancellations received in the Varsity office ON OR BEFORE September 15, 2020, all monies will be refunded with the exception of the $200 deposit.  For cancellations made in the Varsity office between September 16, 2020 and October 16, 2020, an additional $100 per person penalty will apply to cover guarantees.  For cancellations received AFTER October 16, 2020, there will be no refund.

Not with standing the foregoing, in the event that this event is cancelled by the event producer or if Varsity Spirit terminates its participation in the event, attendees will receive a full refund for their registration fees that they have paid Varsity Spirit as of the date of cancellation/termination.

Flight Arrangements to Orlando: If you plan to fly from your home to Orlando, we suggest you use ALTOUR Travel to make your flight arrangements. If there are flight delays or weather cancellations on arrival or departure days, we will be able to accommodate you better with tickets purchased through ALTOUR Travel Management. ALTOUR’s telephone number is 1-866-719-0379.  You are responsible for providing your transportation from the airport to the hotel in Orlando.

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Responsibility Disclosure Notice: VARSITY SPIRIT LLC, D.B.A UNIVERSAL CHEERLEADERS ASSOCIATION, UNIVERSAL DANCE ASSOCIATION, NATIONAL CHEERLEADERS ASSOCIATION, NATIONAL DANCE ALLIANCE, UNITED SPIRIT ASSOCIATION AND URBAN CHEERLEADING EXPERIENCE, divisions of VARSITY SPIRIT LLC, act only as an agent in connection with the tour offered herein and its liability is limited. The travel services including air transportation, carriage by land, hotel accommodations, restaurants, and related services are provided by independent third parties not under the control of VARSITY SPIRIT LLC. VARSITY SPIRIT LLC shall NOT bear any liability to the passenger or any third party for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or irregularity which may be occasioned either by reason or any defect, through the acts of defaults of any company or person engaged in conveying the passengers or in carrying out the arrangements of the tour and/or performance events, venues, etc. as a direct or indirect result of acts of God, dangers incident to fire, breakdown in machinery or equipment, acts of governments or other authorities, acts of terrorism, civil disturbances, strikes, riots, theft, unhealthy conditions, pilferage, epidemics, quarantines, medical, or customs regulations, or from any other causes beyond the control of VARSITY SPIRIT LLC. VARSITY SPIRIT LLC shall not be liable for any losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in schedule or any other causes. The right is reserved to decline, to accept, or to retain any tour passenger should such person’s health or general deportment impede the operation of the tour to the detriment of other passengers. No refunds for tour portions or unused services can be made unless agreed prior to the scheduled deadlines. Your retention of tickets, reservations, or bookings after issuance shall constitute a consent to the above and agreement on your part to convey the contents herein to your traveling companions. Payment of any deposit of final payment shall be deemed to constitute consent be each passenger to these terms. Baggage is carried at the owner’s risk and baggage insurance is strongly recommended. It is also recommended that each participant in this tour have his or her own attorney review this RESPONSIBILITY DISCLOSURE NOTICE before indicated his or her consent by signing the reservation form.

Registration

The Orlando Thanksgiving Tour is SOLD OUT. 

Please complete, print and sign your registrations forms and mail them to our office.  Registration forms are editable so you may complete them electronically before submitting. 

Option 1: Download, complete, print and sign all forms using blue or black ink, and return via mail to:

Orlando Thanksgiving Tour
PO Box 752790
Memphis, TN 38175

For FedEx or UPS:
Orlando Thanksgiving Tour
6745 Lenox Center Court
Suite 300
Memphis, TN 38115

Option 2: Download, complete, print and sign all forms using blue or black ink, and return via fax to:
Attn: Orlando Thanksgiving Tour
800.969.8295 OR 901.387.4357

Option 3: Download, complete, print and sign all forms using blue or black ink, and return via email to:

School Names A-M
LaKeisha Kearney at lkearney@varsity.com
Subject: Orlando Thanksgiving Tour

School Names N-Z
Chelsea Miller at cmiller@varsity.com
Subject: Orlando Thanksgiving Tour

*Please do not email credit card information. After your registration is received, you will receive a confirmation via email. Once that is received you may contact the Varsity office at 800-238-0286 to make a credit card payment.

Registration will not be complete until payment is received.

Uniforms

Includes top and skirt for females and top and pants for males. All participants will need to bring white tennis shoes and white socks. Uniforms will be shipped two weeks prior to the event.

Not sure what size to order? Watch our Uniform Measurement Guide to find out:

Spectators/Chaperones

*Please note: One (1) chaperone 21 years or older is required per three (3) participants. 

The Orlando Thanksgiving Tour is SOLD OUT. 

There are two hotel package options available. Please read all information carefully about what is offered in each package before you make your selection.   You will need to indicate on your registration form which hotel you are requesting to stay in.

Pricing for spectators and participants is calculated based on the total number of people in the room. For example, if there are three total people in the room, it is a triple, two people is a double, etc. Once you have the total number of people who will be in each room, each person will pay that price based on if they are a spectator or participant. For example, if there is one participant going with two family members, they will be in a triple room. The participant will pay the triple participant price and each of the two spectators will pay the spectator price.

Royal Pacific Resort Spectator Pricing (Per Person): SOLD OUT

Quad: $675

Triple: $729

Double: $863

Single: $1173

*Extra nights are available at an additional $235 per room per night. 

*To upgrade from a 2-Park 3-Day Park-to-Park ticket to a 2-Park 4-Day Park-to-Park ticket, it is an additional $25 fee per ticket. To upgrade to a 2-Park 5-Day Park-to-Park ticket it is an additional $50 fee per ticket. 

What’s Included:

Royal Pacific Resort Spectator Package SOLD OUT

  • Three (3) nights/four (4) days hotel accommodations at Royal Pacific Resort
  • Universal Orlando Resort 2-Park 3-Day Park-to-Park ticket*
  • One (1) breakfast at the Hard Rock Cafe® Orlando
  • Two (2) Universal Dining Cards to be used at select restaurants throughout Universal Orlando Resort

The cost of your trip does not include:

  • Additional meals and snacks outside of what is provided
  • Transportation from your hometown to Orlando, FL
  • Transportation from the airport to the hotel
  • Optional expenses
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Any other items not mentioned as included
  • Any necessary medical treatment

Cabana Bay Beach Resort Spectator Pricing (Per Person): SOLD OUT

Quad: $632

Triple: $672

Double: $777

Single: $1,001

*Extra nights are available at an additional $145 per room per night. 

*To upgrade from a 2-Park 3-Day Park-to-Park ticket to a 2-Park 4-Day Park-to-Park ticket, it is an additional $25 fee per ticket. To upgrade to a 2-Park 5-Day Park-to-Park ticket it is an additional $50 fee per ticket. 

What’s Included:

Cabana Bay Beach Resort Spectator Package SOLD OUT

  • Three (3) nights/four (4) days hotel accommodations at Cabana Bay Beach Resort™
  • Universal Orlando Resort 2-Park 3-Day Park-to-Park Ticket*
  • One (1) breakfast at the Hard Rock Cafe® Orlando
  • Two (2) Universal Dining Cards to be used at select restaurants throughout the Universal Orlando Resort
  • Souvenir T-shirt

The cost of your trip does not include:

  • When staying at Cabana Bay Beach Resort, you will not have access to Universal Express Unlimited Pass
  • Additional meals and snacks outside of what is provided
  • Transportation from your hometown to Orlando, FL
  • Transportation from the airport to the hotel
  • Optional expenses
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Any other items not mentioned as included
  • Any necessary medical treatment
  • Parking: If you chose to drive to Orlando, there will be a $15 per car, per day parking fee for self park.

FAQ

How much spending money should I bring with me?
That’s up to you. You will only need money for meals not included in the package and miscellaneous items such as snacks and souvenirs.

My coach is coming to Florida as a spectator. Can he/she attend practice? Can my parents?
In order to eliminate all distractions and comply with social distancing, our rehearsals are closed to all spectators. This will hopefully allow us to streamline practices which in turn should allow for more time in the parks!

What happens if I get injured or become ill during the event?
We will have first aid staff on duty throughout the event. Additional medical treatment is at the expense of the participant.

When do we need to arrive to Orlando?
Normal arrival day is Wednesday, November 25th. We do offer a limited number of extra nights on Tuesday, November 24th for those requesting an early arrival. We suggest arriving at the resort no later than 3:30 PM on Wednesday (2:00 PM arrival to the Orlando International Airport MCO).  This will allow plenty of time for you to get to the hotel, register and be ready for rehearsal that evening.  It will also allow for any potential flight delays due to weather.

Do we have to follow the group itinerary when it comes to visiting the theme parks each day?
No, unless it is your performance day.  You must follow the group itinerary for your group performance times.  Other days you do not have to follow the group itinerary.

We missed our deadline for registration and deposit…Are we too late?
Please call our Customer Service at 800-238-0286 and select Option 2  for availability.

How do we know what size uniform to order?
Watch this short video with instructions on how to properly measure for your uniform. *Please note: Your current Varsity uniform will more than likely be a different fit than the uniform we use for Special Events.

My All-American already has a uniform from a 2019 Special Event (Orlando or Citrus Bowl). Is the uniform the same and do we get a discount?
If your All-American already has the uniform from the 2019 Orlando Thanksgiving Tour, or the Citrus Bowl Pre-Game Performance, please indicate this on your uniform sheet and you may deduct $40 from your cost.

What is the difference between the Participant and Spectator pricing?
The uniform and parade opportunity is the only difference. Everything that is listed as INCLUDED in the tour package is available to everyone.

Are there an advantages to staying at the Royal Pacific Resort™?
Yes, in addition to the convenience of the Varsity check in, orientation and rehearsal being at the Royal Pacific Resort™ the resort is just a short walk from Universal CityWalk, Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure.  Guest at the Royal Pacific Resort™ also receive early park entry and a Universal Express Unlimited pass to skip the regular lines at the parks.  If you select Cabana Bay Beach Resort as your hotel package selection, you will not have access to the Universal Express Unlimited Pass.

What safety precautions is the Universal Orlando Resort taking?
Click here for the Universal Orlando Resort’s safety resources.

What is included in the meal ticket? 
Click here.

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