My DS’s school marching band goes to WDW every 4 years and is due to go in 2023, probably February like they did last time. DW is one of the band parent officers and will go as a chaperone. All the officers and band director are relatively new, so there is not much information from previous trips. I believe that they used a well known agency who specialized in marching band trips.
I do know that they stayed at an All-Stars Resort because there were many complaints that it was dirty and too far from the parks. They did 3 days in WDW including the March at MK and a workshop. They also went to UOR for 1 day, and someone remembered it being a big rush.
My question is, who do you recommend as a travel agency for school bands? Is Touring Plans an option or not because of lack of experience in this group setting?
The other factor is the size of the marching band. It is smaller than it was from the last trip and there are requirements for the number of performers. Currently there are 35 in the band and 7 color guard. It’s possible to grow next year, but not sure how much.
Here are the policies:
Universal STARRS program:
I also found the group ticket pricing from WDW and UOR. UOR is considerably less $. I would imagine the hotel would be less too and potentially close, just thinking of Cabana Bay. Also, these teenagers would like the rides at UOR because more are geared toward older kids than WDW. Universal also offers workshops just like WDW.
So we may not want an agency that specializes in just WDW if we need to book primarily with UOR for the marching and workshop.
I chaperoned with the band Saturday to a competition. The college marching band that performed at the conclusion just blew me away. It was like a pep rally. DS really loved it.
If we can convince DD to join the marching band, I can also go with as a chaperone to WDW/UOR . But right now she is very resistant.