Time to get the ball rolling for our return to Disney in 2016!

It is time to start the preliminary planning for the Clipper Band trip to Orlando, Florida in the Spring of 2016. Please note that all of these items are subject to change based on availability and affordability. Here are some of the details based on our trip in 2012.
  • Tentatively planned for Sunday 4/24-Sunday 5/1 (April vacation), pending school board approval of 2015-16 school year calendar
  • Round-trip, non-stop air Jet Blue to Orlando out of Boston's Logan International Airport
  • Ground transportation includes round-trip school bus transfers from PHS to Logan and coach bus transportation while in Orlando provided by Mears transportation
  • Accommodations at the Lake Buena Vista Courtyard Marriott, students in quads (4 to a room) and chaperones in doubles (2 to a room)
  • Theme park tickets to Disney World (3-day, park-hopper passes) and Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure (2-day, park-hopper passes)
  • All meals included (breakfast every morning at hotel), scheduled group meals at Planet Hollywood, Rainforest Cafe, Hard Rock Cafe, Ci-Ci's Pizza and a daily meal per-diem for students while in the parks
  • Disney Performance opportunities include a marching band parade down Main Street in the Magic Kingdom, Festival Disney concert band competition, "You're Instrumental" recording session workshop, Colorguard "Auxiliration" workshop
  • The projected cost will be in the neighborhood of $1,400 per student (cost in 2012 was $1275). Chaperones may be offered "up to" a 50% reduction in costs.
  • While there will be many fundraising opportunities for band students to participate in, I suggest that everyone start their own personal "Disney savings account" at home. If you started this February 1st, putting $100 a month away, you would have a total of $1400 by April 1, 2016 when the final payment will be due.  A formal payment schedule will be published on September 1. Until then, start saving those pennies!
  • Fundraising will fall into two categories. "Individual fundraising" by students will be credited directly into their trip accounts. "Group fundraising" monies will be collected through February 2016, then divided equally amongst the students and credited directly to their accounts. This results in the reduction or even elimination of final trip payment(s).
  • ALL band students must register their intentions to participate (or not) by completing this brief online form.
  • I will need a minimum of 1 chaperone for every 10 students. I expect at least 120 students with the potential of up to 140 depending on final band sign-ups. If you are interested in chaperoning, please complete this brief online form.
  • Any families interested in traveling along with the band as "groupies" will be able to take advantage of our group-rate pricing for hotel, park tickets & group meals. You would find cheaper air fares on your own and would need to be responsible for all of your transportation while in Orlando. Please complete this online form if you are interested in any of these options.

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