It is off to Disney we go.
I have been on a band trip to Florida 3 times so far. Twice to Disney and once to Universal (don’t take a band to Universal, you do not get the royal treatment like you do at Disney, very disappointing). I am so very thankful to Wayne for holding down the fort for all those trips and allowing me to have that time with the girls. The first 3 trips were with Abi. She was very fortunate to start marching band in 8th grade and got 3 trips because Cloverleaf went every other year. So she went 8th grade, 10th grade, and then her senior year.
This year, I get the opportunity to chaperone another trip to Disney. This time with both Liz and Lydia in the band. I am excited to finally get to do the trip with them.
Different schools… different rules! Different way they run the trips. I know that this year’s trip will be just as fun as the other trips, but I have only done this trip (3 times) under the Mr. C rules/way and thus I have to keep reminding myself that it is OK for things to be different. That it is OK if it is done differently because it is a different band director, a different tour company, and different kids. It will be all good. Some things are more lax at this school, some things are not. With Cloverleaf we rarely (hardly ever… almost never) stayed late at the parks for the fireworks/evening show. With Perry we are staying late every night. That is both good and band. Good because it will wear the kids out faster and there will be very little time at the hotel for them to “get into trouble.” Bad because it will wear the chaperones out too and we are old. With Cloverleaf, all meals were included: Subway provided on the way down, Disney dining plan while there, and cash handed to the kids when we stopped on the way back (because really, some kids won’t have saved money for food on the way back). With Perry, meals are “on our own” on the way down and back and only 2 meal while were are there. That could be the way Disney runs the programs now, that could be the way this tour company does it… so while that is kind of a pain, I’m rolling with it because… I don’t have another option. At least, if my girls run out of $$ I will be there to feed them. 🙂 With Cloverleaf, the only hotel security was our own chaperones roaming the balconies at night and not even all night. Perry has hired security at night and will tape the doors. I think that seems a bit much, but again… different school, different rules. Tickets were collected at each park, each day when we went with Cloverleaf. The kids did not get to keep the tickets and thus had no access to fast pass options. As I understand it, the Perry kids will get to keep their daily tickets. They have been warned about “hopping” to another park… if they do they will be hopping on a plane back to sunny Ohio.
I have my bag packed. I feel like I am forgetting something but can’t figure out what. I have my backpack ready to go for the bus with snacks, change of clothes, toothbrush, book, and knitting. 😉
I will double check the girls’ uniform bags in the morning to be sure there are shoes, socks, gloves, hat, and both parts of the uniform.