Monday, May 19, 2008:        Irvine Spectrum (Shopping, Dining, Entertainment)
Thursday, May 22, 2008:   South Coast Mall/Orange County Performing Arts Center
Friday, May 23, 2008:   Disneyland/Disney's California Adventure

Excursion One: Irvine Spectrum (Shopping, Dining, Entertainment)

Monday, May 19, 2008 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM (Multiple departures and returns)

Joins us for an evening of shopping, dining and entertainment at the Irvine Spectrum!

The Irvine Spectrum Center is one of Southern California’s most popular shopping and dining destinations, visited by nearly 11 million people each year. This outdoor complex features 13th-century Spanish architecture and appealing fountains, along with more than 120 stores, restaurants and entertainment venues. Among these are a 6,400 seat, 21-screen movie theater with Orange County’s only IMAX theater, and Dave and Busters - a place for fun, food and drinks that boasts over 200 interactive and video games.  Families will enjoy the two main attractions at the Spectrum: a custom built 108-foot Giant Wheel ($2/ride) and the classic carousel ($1/ride).

Transportation:  Transportation will be provided at no cost, and is on a first-come, first-served basis (each shuttle holds 15 people), so sign up early at the registration desk!

Four departures from the hotel (6:30 PM, 7:00 PM, 7:30 PM, 8:00 PM)

Four returns from the Spectrum (8:30 PM, 9:00 PM, 9:30 PM and 10:00 PM)

The following are links to the venue website, a downloadable directory and walking tour of the complex, and the entertainment options:

Excursion Two: South Coast Mall/Orange County Performing Arts Center

Thursday, May 22, 2008 6:30 PM - 10:45 PM (Multiple departures and returns)

Join us on a visit to this premiere California destination that attracts people from around the world!  Designer shops, fine or casual dining, and performing and fine arts can all be experienced at this famous Orange County locale.

South Coast Plaza’s unparalleled collection of over 280 boutiques and department stores, many exclusive to California, make this a world class attraction. The center reigns as one of the nation’s most luxurious shopping destinations for fashion, home furnishings, spa services, dining and more. Many of South Coast Plaza's restaurants receive top honors in the annual Zagat Survey. South Coast Plaza, combined with the Orange County Performing Arts Center and Segerstrom Center for the Arts, is the retail, commercial, cultural and social center of Orange County.

South Coast Plaza website


Performing Arts Options: There are two productions available on Thursday evening--these will require you to pre-purchase your own tickets on the venue websites or they may not be available when you arrive:


Susannah ~ A first for Opera Pacific! An all-American folk opera of raw emotional power, Susannah is set in rural, Depression-era Tennessee.  Based on the Apocryphal story of Susannah and the Elders, it is a poignant story of a girl’s life and dreams shattered by bigotry, zealotry and the abuse of power. The heartland-vibrant sets and costumes recall the muscular Americana of Thomas Hart Benton’s paintings.  Floyd's 1955 opera – filled with music based on folk songs and dances and revival tunes – has become a standard of the operatic repertoire.

Ticket price range: $27 - $275
Purchase Susannah tickets



Taking Steps ~ If the night before was any indication, the morning after is going to be a whopper, as men and women, attached and unattached, emerge from bedrooms above, mid-level and below, along a very crowded hallway. In the Victorian house where this farcical lunacy takes place, a sale is about to be completed, depending upon which door opens next and what’s going on behind it.

Playwright: One of the world’s preeminent dramatists, Sir Alan Ayckbourn is a prolific writer of comedy plays satirizing middle-class manners. His major plays include Relatively Speaking, Absurd Person Singular, The Norman Conquests, A Chorus of Disapproval, Woman In Mind, Man of the Moment, Things We Do for Love, Comic Potential and Private Fears in Public Places.

Recommendation: Mature audiences (teens and up), as some characters emerge from the bedrooms scantily clad, and smoking and drinking are also depicted.

Ticket price range: $14 - $48
Purchase Taking Steps tickets

Transportation:  Transportation will be provided at no cost, and is on a first-come, first-served basis (each shuttle holds 15 people), so sign up early at the registration desk! 

Four departures from the hotel (6:30 PM, 7:00 PM, 7:30 PM, 8:00 PM)

Four returns from the Spectrum (8:30 PM, 9:00 PM, 9:45 PM and 10:45 PM*)

*The last return will allow visitors to the Opera or the Repertory to depart on the final shuttle.

Excursion Three: Disneyland Park or Disney's California Adventure Park

Friday, May 23, 2008 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM

Join us for a full-day, privately chartered excursion to Disneyland or Disney's California Adventure!

California Adventure Park~ "Immerse yourself in a magical festival of shows, parades and attractions celebrating California's storied past and exciting future. From the gold rush to Hollywood's golden era to the timeless allure of the beach, discover the vast and diverse Golden State."  Disney’s California Adventure is home to some of the Disneyland Resort’s highest-rated attractions and shows, including: Soarin’ Over California, California Screamin’, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and the Broadway-caliber show, Disney’s Aladdin - A Musical Spectacular.  Visit the official website here.

Disneyland ~ "From the charm of Main Street, U.S.A to the whimsy of Mickey's Toontown, explore eight fantastic 'lands' of nostalgia, color and delight. Let your imagination run free in a magic kingdom where life is a fairy tale and dreams really do come true." This is the original park that started it all, opening on July 17, 1955, and which later became one of the most popular theme parks in the entire world.  Visit the official website here.

There are 2 options you can choose from on this day (you do not have to choose one until the day of the excursion):

1) Visit California Adventure. This is the primary excursion and will be led by the Socials chair, so that you can be sure to experience the best attractions.

2) Visit Disneyland.  You will travel to the parks with the main group, then you will be "on your own" once you enter the park and rejoin the group at the end of the day for the return trip to the hotel.

Book early! Sign up is limited to the first 35 who pre-register on the conference website by April 23rd. Don't miss this exciting experience!

Pre-booking for this private excursion will save you $10 off the individual price.  We require at least 20 people for this excursion to get this discount.

Ticket Price:           
  $89.00   Adult (includes transportation)
  $75.00   Children Ages 3-9 (includes transportation)


  Children Ages 2 and under

Trip departs 9:00 AM and returns at 7:00 PM.

For any questions concerning Social Events, please contact Social Events Chair Felicia Harlow, at Felicia.Harlow@wpafb.af.mil.