2017 Disneyland FAQ

Each year the choir program travels to Anaheim for a performance at one of the Disneyland theme parks, a soundstage workshop, and other educational and recreational activities. The trip is a wonderful experience, and we encourage all students in the program to attend. 

Q. When is the Disneyland tour?
    A. Sunday, April 22 - Tuesday, April 25, 2017 (students will miss two days of school).

Q. Are all students eligible to go?
    A. All students are eligible to go on the trip. Depending on the number of students traveling, we will probably send one treble choir and one mixed (SATB) choir.

Q. Is the trip mandatory for choir students?
    A. No. Students are not required to go, and their grade will not be impacted one way or the other.

Q. Will there be extra rehearsals required?
    A. Yes, there will be a number of extra afternoon and early morning rehearsals in March and April that will be mandatory for all students traveling (sports conflicts, zero period AVID, etc., will be honored). These will be announced in the fall.

Q. How much will the trip cost?
    A. The trip estimate is $625 per student, depending on the number of students traveling. This includes transportation and lodging (Embassy Suites in Buena Vista), admissions to Disneyland and California Adventures, soundstage workshop and performance at Disneyland, admission to Los Angeles opera performance, and an afternoon at Newport Beach. Breakfasts are included in the trip costs.

Q. Will there be fundraising opportunities to help pay for the trip?
    A. Absolutely, we will be holding fundraisers throughout the fall and winter to help raise money for the trip. 
  • Popcorn Palace (Oct)
  • See's Candies (holiday) (Nov-Dec)
  • Carol-o-grams ($10/ea. for customized musical holiday greetings) (Nov-Dec)
Q. We have heard that all trips have to be free. Is this true?
    A. Yes, and no. We cannot mandate any fees to participate, but the trip still costs a lot of money which must be raised in order to go. The passage of AB 1575 in the California legislature mandates that no students be excluded from any class activity due to lack of funds. We can no longer collect mandatory fees from families to pay for trips. Instead, we will set fundraising benchmarks based on the number of students traveling and our total trip costs. In order to go on the trip we must raise an average of $210 per student by September 30, $420 per student by October 28, and the balance of the total trip fees by December 2, 2016. If the fundraising benchmarks are not met for ALL participating students, we will not be able to go on the trip, and all donations made must be returned.

Q. Will there be chaperones for the trip?
    A. There will be approximately one chaperone for every ten students.  Chaperones pay a reduced fee, based on double occupancy. Other family members of chaperones are welcome to come on the trip if there is room on the bus. Their fee is typically similar to the chaperone fee. Pricing is on a case-by-case basis and depends on occupancy. Please contact Mr. Rockwell if you are interested in chaperoning.

Q. Other than the chaperones, can friends or family members of choir students accompany the tour?
    A. Depending on the number of students and whether space on the bus is available, non-chaperoning family members are usually welcome to accompany the tour, to travel "in parallel" with the students, and to socialize with the students outside of official activities. It is usually possible for family members to travel on the bus with the students, depending on space availability. We can help make travel arrangements through our tour provider if we know about it before the September 30 payment/donation deadline. But after that, we would ask that you make your own transportation arrangements, and purchase your own admissions to Disneyland. If you are traveling in the area you are welcome to meet up with the students in Disneyland and at Newport beach, but we ask that you not take students away from any part of the group travel experience.

 
Suggested Packing List

Here is our travel itinerary for the 2017 trip: