Have A Blast in Branson

Last summer, our family was planning a series of quick jaunts. We wanted to jump in the car and spend a few days somewhere we’d never been! As we tossed around ideas, my husband suggested Branson, Missouri. I snickered a little, remembering the Branson trips Great Uncle Frank and Aunt Ruth had taken to hear their favorite crooners. I pointed out that while I was sure it was a lovely place, it probably wouldn’t be much fun for the kids.

It’s tough admitting to not only being wrong, but off the charts wrong! This beautiful town in the heart of the Ozarks was one of our favorite vacation spots EVER! There was so much to do- we could have stayed much longer! Not only was it super kid-friendly but wholesome fun for the entire family. The people of Branson were gracious and welcoming, the scenery spectacular and the adventures endless!

Titanic Museum - Branson

Both of our children are completely enamored with anything related to the Titanic, so a stop at the world’s largest Titanic Museum attraction was definitely on our agenda. It was like stepping back in time as we each took on the role of one of the original passengers (not even knowing if we survived until the end of the tour!). Artifacts, oral histories and an experience with the frigid waters made our visit interactive and, at times, quite poignant.

Missouri/Branson/Kayak Branson

While I tend to be more of an “indoor” girl, my family loves to explore the great outdoors. Kayak Branson fit the bill perfectly, and we enjoyed a beautiful afternoon gliding through the stunning waters of Lake Taneycomo.

Missouri/Branson/Ride The Ducks

We followed our experience on the water with a drive INTO the water as part of the Ride the Ducks Branson experience. We bumped along as we climbed to the top of the mountain quacking all the way, only to ease into the water for a completely different perspective. We were fascinated as we learned about the unique military vehicles we passed during our 70-minute ride and the kids loved helping the captain by steering the amphibious vehicle once we were cruising the lake.

MIssouri/Branson/The Track Family Fun Parks

The Track Family Fun Park was a definite highlight of our Branson excursion! Featuring three high-rise go-kart tracks (one smooth concrete and metal and two of the jaw-jarring wooden variety), we careened through the twists and turns as we raced to the top and back down. I wish I could say I won, but found my foot on the brake more than the gas and watched as my kids flew right by me! We also happened to be visiting during the inaugural spin of the Ferris Wheel– talk about a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the Live Music Capital of the World! Of course, we couldn’t leave the Track without a visit to Andy’s Frozen Custard, which serves my version of heaven in a dish!

Speaking of heavenly experiences, our show at the Sight and Sound Theater was a phenomenon not to be missed! Moses captured the audience with astonishing special effects and live animals while drawing us in to a story as old as time itself. Remarkable!

Silver Dollar City train

Regardless of where we travel, we seek out the nearest theme park to the destination. My adrenaline-loving family is always game for new coasters and rides while I am usually content riding the benches or taking in a show. Silver Dollar City managed to exceed all our expectations! This 1880’s theme park in the heartland of America was nestled in abundant shade and offered exceptional entertainment and thrilling rides. There was so much to do, we considered going a second day!

National Partner/Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede

Tagged as the “most fun place to eat” in Branson, our dinner and show at Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede did not disappoint. Competition between the North and South is still alive and well in this arena and featured astonishing horse riding stunts, special effects and the tastiest of family feasts. We ate, whooped and laughed, all while cheering on our favorite riders. Loved the energy of this show!

I’ve shared some of our family’s favorite Branson highlights, but really didn’t even scratch the surface of all there is to do- Parakeet Pete’s Zipline, shopping at Branson Landing, the Branson IMAX, and a wonderful visit to Shepherd of the Hills (which I understand is now temporarily closed) rounded out our escapades in Branson. Since our visit, a new family-friendly attraction has been added that just may entice us to take another road trip. Frtiz’s Adventure opened in November of 2016 to stellar reviews. One visitor commented that it is a “fully interactive adventure where everything you see is meant to be crawled under, climbed upon or through.” Who wouldn’t want to check it out?!?
Branson is an amazing and vibrant town, still brimming with the energy of live shows and entertainment daily but with a youthful edge of activity. It is so completely  family-friendly and reasonably priced that it’s a great vacation option for anyone.

Homeschool Odyssey Branson by Group Travel Odyssey

Group Travel Odyssey has hand-selected Branson as an ideal destination for a September Homeschool Odyssey, a travel experience designed exclusively for homeschool families. GTO has captured the best of Branson in a six-day package with flexible scheduling and homeschool programming, all at a discounted rate. They’ve done the work, you just have to join the odyssey! For more information or to book now for early bird discounts, go to Branson Homeschool Odyssey. Our family just may join yours for another great week of family fun!

*Photos courtesy of the Branson Convention and Visitors Bureau

Stone Castle Hotel & Conference Center

by Angie Roberts Harris

Hue and Cry

Traveling is about enjoying new experiences; trying new food, seeing different sights, and immersing our family in local cultures and adventures. Choosing a hotel, however, can cause indecisiveness between the regular franchises or being brave and picking privately owned hotels.

Stone Castle Hotel & Conference Center in Branson, MO is a privately owned hotel option that will transport you back in time to the ‘castle era’ of the 9th and 10th centuries along with all the comfort and convenience of 2016.

Medieval elegance with luxurious modern amenities

Throw Down the Gauntlet

Stroll down the indoor corridors within the castle walls where you will be safely tucked into your medieval suite. Relax in the jacuzzi with soothing water pouring from a rock or nestle into the beautiful Ozark scenery with a waterfall, gazebo, and indoor and outdoor sitting areas while savoring the free hot breakfast buffet.

Outside, the castle moat is full of bass fish caught in Table Rock Lake and relocated to the premises. Walk on the beautiful path of Ozarks rock and landscaping features for amazing photo opportunities.

Savor breathtaking views of the majestic Ozarks

You are sure to find a captivating room to fit your style in one of the 36 themed suites.  There are Branson scape themes such as ‘Titanic’, ‘Dixie Stampede’, or a more classical experience in the ‘Presidential’ suite. None of the suites have the same theme so book early to secure your favorite!

By Hook or by Crook

Several areas located around the castle make you feel at home with a comfortable atmosphere such as the large living area with a fireplace and the library which are available 24 hours a day.

Seven rooms with over 10k square feet of conference space are available to rent for weddings, crafting, family/military reunions, etc. The conference center can accommodate all your knights in shining armor!

Expert staff will exceed your every expectation when you plan your event at Stone Castle Hotel & Conference Center

Stone Castle houses all of your modern travel desires; free hot breakfast buffet, two heated pools and hot tubs, indoor corridors, elevators, free Wi-Fi, refrigerators in every room, pillow top mattresses, and even a vintage arcade game room. Various room rates welcome every budget, whether you are seeking a royal experience or an inexpensive place to lay your head.

A Nest Egg

There are over 40k hotel rooms in the Branson area and Stone Castle is a true Branson gem. It is conveniently located on Green Mountain Drive where you will have the best access to any interests on the Hwy 76 Strip.

Conveniently located on Green Mountain Drive, Stone Castle puts you right in the middle of Branson’s best attractions!

‘Your home is your castle’ and when visiting Branson, you will want to make Stone Castle Resort and Conference Center your home and favorite Branson family tradition. Their utmost personal attention and Ozark Mountain hospitality will bring you back with and for generations!

Branson, MO is a first-rate student performing group destination and The Stone Castle Hotel & Conference Center is perfect for student groups! Group Travel Odyssey has a fabulous working relationship with the entire Branson community and understands the best venues and accommodations to fit the needs of your students.  Just click ‘request a quote’ and begin to plan a remarkable trip to Ozark Mountain Country for your group! Call 1-800-774-7337.


“If you can think of it, Stone Castle can do it!” Jay Wilson, General Manager, Stone Castle Hotel & Conference Center

Group Travel Odyssey Update


Hello GTO Friends!

We want to thank you for being a part of our Group Travel Odyssey family. 2016 was a banner year and 2017 is already starting to shine. Our destination count is up to 34 with hundreds of suppliers offering great deals to groups. We are excited to introduce the newest member of our GTO team, share a list of upcoming events for 2017 and highlight the trade shows we attended in 2016. Please feel free to share this information as you see fit!

New Face

Group Travel Odyssey welcomes our newest member, Lisa Martin, from Branson, MO. She brings with her 20 plus years of experience in the tourism industry. As an original employee of the Bobby Vinton Theater she held many positions, including sales and marketing management. Lisa and her husband, Tony, have four sons who are active in sports and band related activities.

GTO is thrilled to welcome Lisa Martin to the team

Time to Update

To maximize the benefit of being a supplier on the GTO site, we need to be sure your information is accurate and up to date. Please take a moment to check your listing on Group Travel Odyssey and let us know if we need to update any information.


When you runDisney, every mile is magical! Whether you are looking to celebrate your inner princess at the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend or put yourself to the ultimate test during the Star Wars Half Marathon, GTO can help you create the ultimate race package.

Get ready to run in the most magical place on the earth!

Trade Shows

Group Travel Odyssey had a notable presence at the major 2016 industry trade shows. Chances are you chatted with Bud Geissler at any of the following:

Conference attendance is an outstanding benefit of being a GTO supplier!

Make a note to meet the GTO team at the many industry trade shows we attend

Homeschool Odyssey Series 2017

We know travel is a significant part of the Homeschool education process. Group Travel Odyssey is the first to meet the unique needs of homeschoolers and provide opportunities to connect curriculum to reality!

The Homeschool Odyssey Series is designed to offer great discounts in top destinations AND travel flexibility to our homeschool friends. We will be adding destinations throughout the year.

Don’t forget to check out GTO’s comprehensive Homeschool Calendar for great homeschool discounts at destinations throughout the country. If you have dates for homeschool events, let us know and we will add them to our growing list!

Homeschool Series Presented by Group Travel Odyssey

Let GTO help you capture the exploding homeschool travel market

Broadway Workshop at the Calvin Gilmore Theater, Myrtle Beach, SC June 19-23, 2017

Broadway Workshop offers young actors of multiple experience levels the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of musical theater. Students will take classes in singing, dancing, acting, stagecraft, and more while learning and rehearsing ensemble-based Broadway musical numbers for a final showcase performance for friends and family on ‘The Carolina Opry’ stage.

Top theater professionals instruct students in performance fundamentals, including dancing, singing, stagecraft and more


Broadway Workshop Press Release

Lisa Martin

Group Travel Odyssey



For Immediate Release: 12-13-16

Broadway Workshop and Group Travel Odyssey

partner with Calvin Gilmore Theater

June 19-23, 2017

Direct from New York, this 5-day summer theatre intensive will be held at the 2200-seat luxurious Calvin Gilmore Theater in beautiful Myrtle Beach, SC.  The Broadway Workshop campers will perform a pre-show to ‘Time Warp’, the all new show in Gilmore’s well-known Good Vibrations series!

Broadway Workshop offers young actors of multiple experience levels the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of musical theater. Students will take classes in singing, dancing, acting, stagecraft, and more while learning and rehearsing ensemble-based Broadway musical numbers for a final showcase performance for friends and family on ‘The Carolina Opry’ stage.

The camp is directed by Marc Tumminelli, (Director of Broadway Workshop New York) and is taught by a team of top theater professionals, who have worked on Broadway, in film, on TV, and at theaters across the country. Past guests include; Taylor Louderman (Bring It On), Heather Parcels (Finding Neverland) Stephanie Fittro (Legally Blonde), Casey Lee Thompson (Legally Blonde), Jessica Lee Goldyn (A Chorus Line), Jessica Lea Patty (Addams Family, 9 to 5).

“Marc Tumminelli and his team are the epitome of professional.  We are so pleased to be able to work with them in presenting such an amazing opportunity for students at such an iconic venue.” exclaimed Lisa Martin Director of GroupTravelOdyssey.com  GTO is a one of a kind travel company that provides users with a one-stop shop for everything they need to complete a group trip itinerary at no cost.

Registration is now open to music and theater-loving students ages 9 – 17.

888-440-5245   http://grouptravelodyssey.com/broadway-workshop/Calvin Gilmore Theater
8901 N Kings Hwy.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina  29572
June 19-23, 2017

Broadway Workshop

Broadway Workshop brings the energy and excitement of Broadway to ALL theater-loving kids ages 9-18



Park Inn by Radisson

Park Inn by Radisson

By Angie Roberts Harris

My family recently stayed at the Park Inn on Maingate Lane in Orlando, Florida and had an awesome visit! If you are considering Orlando as a vacation destination and looking for a great place to stay, Park Inn offers outstanding amenities.


Location is absolutely the greatest benefit of Park Inn! The resort and conference center is less than 5 miles from the entrance to Disney World, 11 miles from Sea World, and 15 miles from Universal Studios. There is also a variety of restaurants within walking distance such as IHOP, McDonalds, Ponderosa, and Burger King as well as shopping areas. Enjoy a leisurely stroll as the area is flat with sidewalks.

The beautiful Park Inn by Radisson on Maingate puts you right in the middle of Orlando's best attractions!

The beautiful Park Inn by Radisson on Maingate puts you right in the middle of Orlando’s best attractions!


Park Inn provides a scheduled free shuttle service to Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores, Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom, Epcot Center, Sea World, and Universal Studios. We took the shuttle to Epcot Center and were dropped off very close to the entrance.

The free shuttle makes getting to your favorite park or shopping quick and stress-free

The free shuttle makes getting to your favorite park or shopping quick and stress-free

The view

The window of our room faced the Walt Disney properties. At night, we settled in to an amazing view of dazzling fireworks from several of the parks. The hotel is tucked in behind the street with a clear view. Animal Kingdom is the closest park and the fireworks are beautiful!

Enjoy spectacular views in the comfort of your room

Enjoy spectacular views in the comfort of your room

The room

Room prices vary, of course, but the rates are reasonable! Our room was clean, had a refrigerator, and included free wireless Internet access. The large garden tub was comforting after a tiring day of walking in the park and the tile floors added a nice touch.

Park Inn rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable with conveniences you'll appreciate!

Park Inn rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable with conveniences you’ll appreciate!

Gift Shop

The gift shop is family friendly and stocks common forgotten items, microwaveable food and snacks, Disney and Florida souvenirs, swim suits, flip flops, and toys.

Forget something? They've got you covered!

Forget something? They’ve got you covered!


The conference center features 30k square feet of flexible meeting space. Park Inn can accommodate up to 1,300 attendees with a full service sales and catering team on property.

The Park Inn will host your group in style with a full service sales and catering team

The Park Inn will host your group in style with a full service sales and catering team


Savannah Bar and Grill serves convenient and delicious food at affordable prices. Room service is available and cocktails can be ordered at the Poolside Sand Bar.

Relax and enjoy a tasty bite at the Savannah Bar and Grill or Poolside Sand Bar

Relax and enjoy a tasty bite at the Savannah Bar and Grill or Poolside Sand Bar

Sports Groups

Park Inn has sports approved status with Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and a proven track record of catering to the unique needs of sport teams. The resort and conference center offers:


  • Team breakfast options
  • Complimentary Wireless Internet Access
  • Special recognition upon arrival
  • Special recognition for coach or team manager
  • Pre-keyed and pre-blocked group rooms
  • Complimentary meeting space for team meetings
  • Directions to fields, sports complexes, etc.
  • Discount coupons for on-property restaurant
  • Internal ‘Sports Group Resume’ prepared and shared with staff
The Park Inn knows how to expertly handle the unique needs of your sports group

The Park Inn knows how to expertly handle the unique needs of your sports group

How to schedule your group:

Park Inn is located at the center of all the Orlando excitement in a comfortable and enjoyable setting. Superb for groups!

Check Group Travel Odyssey for the best group rates!

Disney Grad Nite H2O

Disney Grad Nite H2O

By Angie Roberts Harris

One of the hardest things about high school graduation is leaving the security of home and school and going in a different direction than your friends. Disney World has created a spectacular island party, Disney Grad Nite H2O, which will send you and your classmates off with a splash!

Text your besties for an epic night at Disney's Grad Nite H2O!

Text your besties for an epic night at Disney’s Grad Nite H2O!


Typhoon Lagoon Water Park will host the first ever Disney Grad Nite H20 2017. The attraction is the second most visited water park in the world and Disney turns on the magic to create the beach party of a lifetime! Pass through thundering waterfalls, tube down Mayday Falls, slide under bridges and through caves, or experience a Hawaiian roller coaster ride in North America’s largest wave pool, Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool.

Surf's up! Grab your BFF and ride the impressive waves at the massive Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool

Surf’s up! Grab your BFF and ride the impressive waves at the massive Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool


The Typhoon Lagoon experience is exclusive to groups of ten or more high school graduating seniors and their chaperones. This party is sure to go down in “history, history, history… of course.”

Typhoon Lagoon hosts the ultimate party for graduating seniors and their chaperones

Typhoon Lagoon hosts the ultimate party for graduating seniors and their chaperones

When does the party start?
This once-in-a-lifetime incredible party will be held on April 7, 21 and 28, 2017 from 8:00 p.m. to midnight. The celebration begins after normal park hours as high school seniors converge on the incredible island of paradise! A special ticket is required for this event.

Hang with old friends or make some new ones- just don't forget your ticket!

Hang with old friends or make some new ones- just don’t forget your ticket!

Event Includes:

ï    DJ dance parties

ï    Disney character meet-and-greets

ï    Food and a commemorative souvenir  mug with unlimited drinks

ï    Option to purchase a specially priced Walt Disney World Theme Park ticket

ï    Splash Back bonus visit—a complimentary return to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park and Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park one day over the next year!

Unlimited drinks, dancing, Disney character meet and greets- Awesome!

Unlimited drinks, dancing, Disney character meet and greets- Awesome!


Complete the Disney celebration and add a special Walt Disney World Theme Park ticket.

Keep the fun going all summer long!

Keep the fun going all summer long!



Order your Disney Grad Nite H2O tickets online at Group Travel Odyssey offers a direct link for the best priced tickets in every location.  Adventures make the best gifts!    www.GroupTravelOdyssey.com


“We’re always looking for ways to help guests celebrate their special milestones, and we know our guests like to celebrate their high-school graduation at Walt Disney World Resort,” said Andrea Finger, a Walt Disney World spokeswoman. “With this in mind, we are reimagining this special event and introducing a new way for high school seniors to celebrate their achievements with friends and classmates.”

For more on this story, link to the Orlando Sentinel


New York Group Travel

Have you been considering taking a group to the town that never sleeps?  Group Travel Odyssey has created a site to get group quotes the fastest way possible.  Simply go to the site and choose New York as your destination then browse itinerary options.  Click the ‘get quote’ button on everything you are interested in  then set back and wait for the quotes to come to you.  Here are some great examples of exciting New York venues.


Speed-lovers, be prepared for the newest attraction taking over locations across the country: European-style indoor go-karting at Autobahn Indoor Speedway. Their state-of-the-art electric indoor go-kart racing experience offers perfect racing conditions every day. Change Your Speed at our Grand Prix style tracks with our unique, electric Italian go-karts reaching speeds up to 50 MPH.

Calling all thrill seekers! Autobahn Indoor Speedway offers fast paced twists and turns with NO SPEED LIMIT!


Located in the center of the city, heart of Times Square, the new Hard Rock Cafe New York will rock your senses with tantalizing food and drinks and an awe-inspiring rock memorabilia collection. As one of the city’s largest entertainment destinations, Hard Rock Cafe New York features a 708-seat restaurant, a recently opened 1,800 square-foot Rock Shop with authentic Hard Rock merchandise and a Hard Rock Live concert venue for performances and special events. Furthermore, the cafe boasts a unique outdoor space above the building’s historic marquee, where guests can host private parties amid the lights and excitement of Times Square.

If it's too loud, you're too...hungry! Satisfy your inner rock star with an epic menu and world-class rock-and-roll memorabilia

If it’s too loud, you’re too…hungry! Satisfy your inner rock star with an epic menu and world-class rock-and-roll memorabilia


HB Burger is the only full-service burger-oriented restaurant in the Times Square area. It features comfortable and spacious seating, wrought-iron chandeliers and a compelling menu with homemade sodas.

Enjoy a mouthwatering American classic with a unique twist! Wash it all down with a refreshing homemade soda- Yum!


Heartland is an established pioneer of the craft beer movement in New York City. The restaurant’s well-prepared food and carefully designed, homey setting won accolades as well. Heartland was named Best Brewpub by New York magazine in 1996 and 1997. Since then, Heartland has grown into the largest group of brewpubs in the region. Their Empire State Building location houses New York’s number one brewery, with 6 classic beers on tap.

Take a break from the hustle and bustle with a craft beer, sophisticated menu and stellar service!


I LOVE GROUPS represents some of the best companies in the United States and Canada. They provide companies with the best equipment, service, ricing and practices for group ground transportation.

They are a one stop shop for sourcing, negotiations, bookings, reconfirmations and compliance for all destinations in North America. They can arrange anything from simple airport transfers to multi-day multi-bus movements.

Experience, expert personal service and high professional standards are the hallmarks of this travel industry leader

Experience, expert personal service and high professional standards are the hallmarks of this travel industry leader


Luna Park is New York City’s largest amusement located right in the iconic Coney Island. Aside from over 50 attractions, Luna Park offers tours within the park. It is the ideal destination to host your next group outing. Whether it’s an educational group or a professional association or anything in between, contact Luna Park!

Experience the best time ever with all the rides, attractions, and excitement all to yourself! The possibilities are endless with delicious food, thrills, and more!

Luna Park can accommodate a wide range of group sizes and budgets.

Luna Park at Coney Island is a New York Treasure.


Built in 1902, Macy’s Herald Square was the first building to have the modern-day escalator, and it has continued to be a trendsetter. Today, “America’s Largest Department Store” covers an entire city block with 11 levels of the latest fashions for you and your home. Macy’s offers a full-service Visitor Center on the Mezzanine Level, plus restaurants throughout the store and exciting events almost every day.  Choose special tours such as the; Historic Tour, Fashion Tour, Modern Man Tour, and Cosmetic Master Class.

Get your shopping on at the iconic Macy’s at Herald Square


Great midtown Manhattan Location with lots of multiple bedded rooms New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania is located across the street form Penn Station and Madison Square Garden. They are one block away from Macy’s and the Empire State Building, in walking distance to Theatre District, Times Square and Jacob Javits Convention Center. We offer unbeatable prices and unsurpassed Value. Wifi, Breakfast, refrigerators, fitness center available.

Hotel Pennsylvania is uniquely situated just steps from top tourist attractions like Times Square and Macy’s


Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square is proud to have been surprising and entertaining NYC visitors as one of the top Times Square attractions since the doors first opened to the public in 1939.Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Times Square invites guest of all ages to experience the unbelievable mysteries of our world. Home to rare artifacts and thrilling interactive exhibits, our one-of-a-kind attraction in NYC is perfect for those who want to immerse themselves in the unusual, the unexpected and the unbelievable. They offer Group-Friendly Tours, and Education / Music Workshops.

Strange, interactive and truly unbelievable… undeniably entertaining!


The Ride is a 75-minute production with pick up and return at 42nd street and 8th Avenue in New York City. Guests enjoy everything on board from trivia to karaoke between viewing 5-7 live street performances per show. Professional singers, dancers, and comedians paired with unsuspecting passers-by show guests a dazzling side of New York City that can’t be experienced anywhere else!

The Ride is an interactive entertainment experience- Where the streets of NYC are the stage. They offer Group-Friendly Tours.

Experience NYC in a whole new way as you take the ride of your life! A MUST DO!

Go to GroupTravelOdyssey.com and click for your quotes today!

Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament

Journey back to medieval times when you breach the castle walls

Storming the Castle Gates

By Angie Roberts Harris

The castle is incredible! I was stunned by the magnitude and reality of the castle and surrounding grounds. My family arrived an hour early to find a crowd of people already storming the castle gates. Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament is the #1 dinner attraction in North America.

Inside the Castle

Browse the market fares, take part in a knighting ceremony or quench your thirst with a frosty ale

The castle doors open for dinner seventy-five minutes before show time. Arrive early as seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Once inside the ‘Hall of Arms’, check out the intriguing artifacts, visit the amazing gift shop, walk through the medieval torture museum, grab a refreshing drink at the bar, do a jig on the dance floor, and witness a knighting ceremony.

Call of the Trumpets

At the sound of the trumpets in the great hall, all the Lords and Ladies are gathered together to enter the banquet hall for the grand feast! Serfs and wenches lead honored guests to their tables and begin the evening with a drink of stout brew or Pepsi. Make sure to wash your hands before entering because true to medieval fashion, they are your dinner utensils.

Even the heartiest appetite will be satisfied with this feast fit for a king!

The Royal Feast

The royal feasts begins with delicious tomato bisque soup and garlic bread before the main course of roasted chicken, corn on the cob, herb-basted potatoes, and a soft flaky apple turnover for dessert. Our excellent wench kept the Pepsi flowing throughout the evening.


It’s time to cheer on your favorite knight (and maybe gain his favor in return!)

Let the Games Begin

The suspense builds as the tournament commences. The king and other royal family members attend and sit high on their thrones to watch the knights compete. The banquet hall is divided into six colors, representing different cities within the kingdom.

The crowd roars as blades clash and wood splinters during non-stop arena action

We were seated in the red knight section and of course, he was awesome and won the battle! Out of the many categories in the competition, jousting was my favorite. The snap of the stick and flying splinters were very realistic and I was afraid that somebody was going to lose more than an eye with that big stick!


These noble knights battle for honor and king while the crowd cheers them to victory!

In addition to the tournament, there are demonstrations of stunning horsemanship, a falcon exhibit, and sword fighting. Flying sparks and loud noise fill the banquet hall at the clash of the great swords. Awesome!

Oh what a knight!

Medieval Times Dinner &Tournament was highly entertaining with excellent customer service, and I certainly left very full and smiling! The nine castles are located in Dallas, Texas; Orlando, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Baltimore, Maryland; Lyndhurst, New Jersey; Buena Park, California; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.


Group Travel Odyssey offers a direct link for the best priced tickets in every location. Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament adventures make amazing gifts!  www.GroupTravelOdyssey.com



Air Travel Group


That is one big band! How did they get here?!

By Angie Roberts Harris

Watching grand parades on television such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Rose Parade, Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, and Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade is a tradition in our home. While the incredible bands march and perform, my thoughts run wild as I wonder how these large band groups of 400 + travel across the country to the various parade sites.

Buses can be cramped and chaotic!

The Bus 

A bus holds approximately forty-one people. A group of 400 band members, along with chaperones and band directors, would require about eleven buses with an average travel time of two days. How many drivers would such a trip require and does the school provide them? I can imagine the craziness of the entire travel group getting on and off the buses for pit stops at McDonalds, bathroom breaks, food, and the usual high jinks. Not to mention the thought of arranging hotel accommodations and unloading suit cases.

A quicker trip and room to move

Flying High

Without a doubt, flying is the best option! However, I have personally booked flights for my family of sixteen and it is not an easy task. The arrangements take hours and when finally finished, I hope there are not any changes…oh my. The thought of booking 400 students is inconceivable.

The Air Travel Group makes traveling in numbers simple and stress-free

Stress Reducer

The Air Travel Group is a professional business that exclusively arranges and books airline reservations for groups of ten and up. Family reunions and vacations, sports teams, performance groups, etc. Their air experts will take away the stress and do all the work!

Air Travel Group experts know how to get the best fares and flights for your group


The trained airline experts of the Air Travel Group can find the perfect flight for your group. Their team consists of employees who have worked in the airline industry and understand the reservation process. They work with every airline and will negotiate your group price and find the best itinerary to suit your needs.

Fast and efficient! The Air Travel Group will respond to your request within 24 hours


Once you contact The Air Travel Group, they will respond within 24 hours. Deposits are required at booking with final payment 35 days prior to travel date. The final list of passengers is due seven days before the flight(s).

Proud member of the Student Youth Travel Association


Group Travel Odyssey partners with The Air Travel Group to ensure the highest quality flight experience. Both companies are active members of many trusted travel associations including the Student Youth Travel Association and the American Bus Association.

“Man must rise above the Earth—to the top of the atmosphere and beyond—for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives.” – Socrates

Graduation Parties at Universal Orlando Resort



By Angie Roberts Harris

Universal Studios Florida™ and Universal’s Islands of Adventure™ go into lock down mode as they host two fabulous graduation parties: Gradventure for middle school students and Grad Bash for high school seniors. Both parks are open for the events and students move safely between parks with a reserved cross over path. Tickets are limited and sell out quickly!

Gradventure will turn your teen upside down with epic DJs, rides and entertainment

Gradventure: May 5, 12, & 19, 2017 7:00 p.m. to midnight

Middle school students across the country eagerly arrive at Universal Orlando Resort™ to celebrate graduation! Students have access to Universal Studios Florida™ AND Universal’s Islands of Adventure™with lots of street entertainment and various DJ”s to keep the party hopping throughout the two parks! Admission includes a voucher for dinner that can be used like cash in the park restaurants.

Seniors will dance the night away to the hottest live entertainment or bring down the house with Coca-Cola karaoke!

Grad Bash: April 7, 21, 28, & 29, 2017 7:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

High School seniors converge on Universal Studios Florida™ AND Universal’s Islands of Adventure™. The party hosts street entertainment, DJs, a live concert with one of today’s hottest acts, Coca-Cola karaoke, multiple dance zones, and much more! Party with your best high school buddies while enjoying thrilling rides and attractions.

Who can attend?

Students and chaperones of the attending school are welcome to attend. Outside guests will not be permitted.

Added security keeps the focus on fun (and gives parents peace of mind!)

Is it safe?

An extensive security check is required for all participants including metal detectors and bag/pocket checks. Alcohol, illegal drugs, cigarettes, e cigarettes, tobacco items, weapons, chains, spiked collars and belts, or any accessories that may be used as weapons are not allowed. Extra security is visible throughout the events.

Students and chaperones can celebrate the end of a successful year together with Universal’s Grad Bash and Gradventure


Chaperones are treated as VIP’s with special extras! They will receive a Universal Express Pass which allows them to skip regular participating ride lines and visit chaperone-only lounges for breaks, snacks, and drinks. Grad Bash chaperones also receive a complimentary breakfast and can participate in giveaways and games throughout the night.

Group Travel Odyssey

Order your tickets today!  They are limited and selling fast. Call 1-888-440-5245!