I can officially say that I enjoyed my annual (since this was my third year attending) trip to the Family Forward conference at the Universal Orlando Resort. After attending 3 times I can say that this year was by far my favorite!


What Was New For Family Forward 2016 & Forever Favorites

This year Family Forward had several new things to see and do. Between the new things and taking my daughter with me (first time I brought any family to Family Forward – I know it sounds strange) it was a whole new experience.

VIP Lunch


Last year was my first time participating in the VIP Tour during Family Forward. I already knew that VIP was the way to go but with the addition of this amazing lunch spot the experience has gotten even better. The VIP lunch inside of Cafe La Bamba is ONLY for VIP tours. The meal consisted of signature items from the restaurants located in both of the Universal Orlando Resort theme parks. It was a great treat to not have to choose between our favorite places to eat! It included drinks and a dessert buffet!


Volcano Bay

Even though it is not ready to go yet we received a preview look and presentation all about Volcano Bay. The idea behind this all-new, adventure-drenched water theme park is that there’s no standing in long lines. No wrestling with tubes. No waiting for the fun to begin. It’s a tropical paradise just steps away from everything Universal Orlando Resort has to offer. I seriously CAN. NOT. WAIT. to go next year!


Loews Sapphire Falls Resort


The newest addition to the on-site hotels is Sapphire Falls. The Caribbean-inspired Loews Resort hotel transports guests to paradise where blue waterfalls cascade across lush grounds, and the invitation to cool relaxation is everywhere. We ate at both of the restaurants in the hotel and enjoyed the options that they provided so that everyone in our group had something that they liked.


Forever Favorites


With this being my third trip to Family Forward I obviously have my forever favorites. You may see a theme here as all of my favorites are similar.

  1. 9 3/4


2. Fire


3. Hogwarts


Finally I share with you our motto: