Unforgettable Senior Class Trips: Universal Studios and Walt Disney World Orlando Florida

Senior Year-A Time to Remember

Most high school students consider senior year the most important year of high school. It is a time when teens get to reap the benefits of hard work, celebrate the beginning of adulthood and spend time with friends they will always remember. Senior class trips are just one of the events students most look forward to before graduation. It is important that a senior class trip be memorable, fun and special. Orlando, Florida offers a variety of destinations perfect for teens including Universal Studios Park and Walt Disney World.

Grad Nights-Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Events Created Specifically for Senior Class Trips

The best way to plan a senior class trip to Orlando, Florida is to organize around Grad Nights. Grad Nights are held at both Walt Disney World Orlando Florida and Universal Studios Orlando. Each year for two nights in April Walt Disney World Orlando FL opens up only to high school seniors from 10 PM to 4 AM. Major park rides and attractions make the evening unforgettable. Universal Studios Orlando also features a one night of Grad Bash at the Universal Studios’ Islands of Adventure. In the past performances by Brandy, Brittney Spears, Backstreet Boys, Goo Goo Dolls and more have rocked teen audiences, as well as dance parties and thrilling rides.

Universal Studios Theme Park and Islands of Adventure

Beyond just the annual Grad Bash the Universal Studios Theme Park and Islands of Adventure offer thrilling adventures for students and chaperones alike. According to UniversalOrlando.com, “the world’s most cutting edge rides, shows and attractions challenge all your senses.” Enjoy the breathtaking 3-D ride, The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, Incredible Hulk Coaster, Jurassic Park River Adventure and much more.

Great Ideas for Student Trips to Walt Disney World Orlando Florida Theme Parks

Walt Disney World Orlando Florida has four theme parks to explore, all of which provide superb entertainment, food, rides and educational experiences.

Epcot: The 300-acre Epcot Theme Park is home to Future World and the World Showcase. Future World offers inspiring attractions and entertainment focused on technological advancement and scientific innovation. The World Showcase contains multiple pavilions and a lagoon where 11 countries are represented: Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, United States, Japan, Morocco, France, United Kingdom and Canada. Live performances and interactive activities can be found throughout Epcot.

Animal Kingdom: The Animal Kingdom Theme Park houses more than 1,700 animals from 250 species on 500 acres. Animal Kingdom is divided into 7 areas where visitors encounter wildlife firsthand: Oasis, Discovery Island, Camp Minnie-Mickey, Africa, Rafiki’s Planet Watch, Asia and Dinoland, U.S.A.

Hollywood Studios: Hollywood Studios provides students with the chance to see behind-the-scenes glimpses of Hollywood life. Created to appear like a busy movie set, Hollywood Studios celebrates the glamour of the 1930s and 40s. Students can also enjoy new attractions like the American Idol Experience. Discover the magic of stardom at Hollywood Studios.

Magic Kingdom: Magic Kingdom was created to capture fairy tale enchantment. Magic Kingdom has 7 distinct sections students and adults will love: Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland, Mickey’s Toontown Fair and Tomorrowland. Let fantasy become reality at Magic Kingdom.

Walt Disney World Orlando FL Water Parks

Walt Disney World Orlando Florida has two water parks students can visit during a senior class trip.

Typhoon Lagoon Water Park: According to legend the Typhon Lagoon Water Park was created accidentally by a storm. Now waterslides of all shapes and sizes, Mount Mayday, the surf pool and snorkeling in Shark Reef are the main attractions.

Blizzard Beach Water Park: Blizzard Beach is home to one of the world’s fastest, tallest waterslides. Supposedly created when an unexpected snowstorm hit Florida, Blizzard Beach is one of the only water parks in the country with a ski theme. Blizzard Beach is the perfect place to cool off in the hot Florida weather.

Exciting Evening Entertainment for a Senior Class Trip

While on a senior class trip students can enjoy once in a lifetime dining and entertainment experiences at some of Florida’s most popular theme restaurants. The Medieval Times, Pirates and Arabian Nights Dinner Theaters offer the exhilaration of authentic, live reenactments. The Hard Rock Cafe and Planet Hollywood provide a more metropolitan style of dining and students can enjoy learning more about the music and Hollywood icons they adore.

Student and senior class trips to Orlando, Florida are an excellent way to give students a chance to learn about the world around them and have wonderful experiences with friends. So don’t wait, start planning a student travel tour or senior class trip to Walt Disney World Orlando Florida or Universal Studios Parks today. Email info@educationaltravelconsultants.com for more information, or Request a Quote today.

Celebrate Graduating Seniors in Style: Plan the Ultimate Senior Class Trip to New York City

Educational Student Tours to NYC Designed for Senior Class Enjoyment

A senior class trip can be one of a student’s most memorable high school experiences and is often the first time many teens have been on their own with their friends. It is a taste of adulthood most seniors savor. Unlike other educational field trips and student travel tours, a senior class trip is really about bonding and celebration. New York City is a popular senior class trip destination because of the city’s history, size and limitless options for entertainment, arts and culture. The metropolitan areas around NYC are rich with museums, sports events, concerts, theaters, festivals, parks, shopping and history. These places are perfect for day trips while on a senior class adventure.

Recommended Destinations to Explore on a Senior Class Trip to NYC

Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey

Six Flags Great Adventure is a popular destination for senior class trips. A quick ride from New York City to Jackson, New Jersey, students will enjoy a variety of educational presentations, as well as the thrill of the area’s best amusement park rides. Students can book guided, educational Safari tours of a 350-acre wildlife preserve, home to over 1,200 exotic animals from 6 continents. Brown bears, giraffes, elephants, rhinoceros, lions and kangaroos are just a few of the animals currently living there. Physics, Math and Science days are also organized each year. Concerts featuring performers such as Raven Symone, Lee Ann Rimes and Flo Rida are planned for the summer. Seniors will have great fun on Great Adventure’s most popular amusement park rides including the Dark Knight Coaster, Superman: Ultimate Flight and Batman the Ride.

The Medieval Times Dinner Show in Lyndhurst, New Jersey

The Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament first started in Majorca, Spain in 1973 and since then has delighted audiences across North America. Medieval Times is dedicated to serving delicious food and providing exceptional entertainment. Special attention is paid to the accuracy of all weapons, costumes, equestrian skills and storylines. Medieval Times has castles in New Jersey, Florida, California, Illinois, Texas, Toronto (Ontario), South Carolina, Maryland and Georgia. Diners are seated in areas named after the regions of medieval Spain and encouraged to cheer for the knight representing their region during the tournaments. This is an unforgettable experience, perfect for any senior class trip.

Dinner at Mars 2112: Make Your Senior Class Trip Out of this World!

If you want to have a dinner on your senior class trip that is out of this world Mars 2112 Restaurant is an excellent choice. Mars 2112 is a space themed restaurant sci-fi fans will love. It is located in the heart of Times Square and combines the fantasy and reality of space to spark the imagination. A truly unique dining experience, the 35,000 square foot space includes a view of the Martian sky and a 300 square foot window looking out onto the Martian landscape

Sports Events: Plan to See the New York Yankees, Mets, Knicks, Jets or Rangers on a NYC Senior Class Trip

In New York City student tours and field trips have the opportunity to see a variety of well-known sports teams. This kind of event can be the perfect outing for a high school senior trip. Visit the incredible Yankees Stadium or go to the Citi Field to see the NY Mets. If major league baseball isn’t a favorite then plan to see the New York Knicks play basketball, the NY Rangers play hockey or the New York Jets play football. The Knicks offer basketball clinics and camps for youth that are a great addition to any senior class trip. The NY Jets have plans in 2010 to open a new Jets Stadium, a permanent home for the football team. The NY Rangers also run the Junior Rangers Program and youth hockey camps for students.

See New York City in a Different Light on a Spirit Dinner & Dance Cruise

You are only a high school senior once; that is why senior class trips are so important to students across the country. For many students it is the last trip they will take with high school friends before college begins. One way to make a high school senior trip spectacular is to plan a Cruise around Manhattan. Dinner is provided and dancing encouraged. Cruises can be booked during the day or in the evening, but sunset cruises are the most popular. As you circle Manhattan you will also have an amazing vantage point from which to see historic landmarks of New York City such as: the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, the World Trade Center site, South Street Seaport, Governor’s Island, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

Senior class trips should be an extraordinary moment in time, a rite of passage, an acknowledgement of all the students have accomplished and what they will go on to achieve in the future. Make the experience unforgettable when you plan a high school senior trip to New York City. Email info@educationaltravelconsultants.com or Request a Quote today.

Take a Science Focused Student Trip to Orlando, FL

Educators who have not yet sampled Disney’s Youth Education Series (Y.E.S.) need to take note. Teachers, administrators and parents will find the programs appealing on many levels. Student travel groups participate in interactive learning experiences aligned with National Standards in education. Many of Disney’s Y.E.S. programs appeal to the 6-12 grade levels. Some Y.E.S. programs are geared for audiences beginning in third grade. Consider building a science-focused itinerary to Orlando, FL with trips to Disney Theme Parks such as Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom on the itinerary and learning as a top priority.

Student travel leaders can chose to immerse groups in Natural Science, Physical Science, or select Y.E.S. programs from each category. For the student travel organizer who is looking for resources and justification for a trip to Disney World, these Y.E.S. Programs are structured to meet educational objectives as well as creating a fun environment for active learning.


Epcot Center Offers a World of Discovery for Student Groups

Disney’s Ocean Discoveries is a program facilitated by Epcot Living Sea Educators who are trained and knowledgeable about Marine Science. Students will learn about challenges to the marine environments of: dolphins, sharks, sea turtles and manatees. They will also take an active role in a town hall meeting about a conservation issue and swap places with the animals from the deep to understand how they are trained and cared for.

Animal Kingdom Offers Exceptional Active Learning Experiences

Disney’s Team Up for Wildlife is a program that takes student groups through Animal Kingdom while encouraging them to think about engagement with the world of nature as an experience informed by ethical conservation. Student travel groups will learn how humans impact the eco-system of animals, alternative energy sources in nature, Native American beliefs about animals and the natural world, and ecotourism. Or, student groups may want to experience Disney’s Wild by Nature, where participants will collect data on animal behaviors. Student travelers will also learn how animals adapt and survive in the wild. The issue of conservation is posed in this program as well. Students learn how humans may help or hinder animal survival by paying attention to consumption of resources. These programs are appropriate for grades 3-9.

Magic Kingdom’s Energy in Waves for Student Groups Offers Exceptional Learning Experiences

If student experiences are geared more towards the physical sciences, Disney’s Y.E.S. programs have a great deal to offer. Synergy in Science is an educational program for 1st -5th graders and taught by Disney Y.E.S. Cast Members. Students will learn to use tinker toys to collaborate and communicate, watch a 3D film and learn about light polarization, and engage with and examine the imaginative process with Figment. Disney’s World of Physics: Energies and Waves is designed for 3rd to 12th graders and is a great active learning experience that helps student investigate the nature of light and sound waves, and understand how both can be manipulated. Student groups will learn many scientific facts about sound. Compression waves, mediums, frequencies, and speed of sound are some of the topics covered. Student groups will also learn about light by viewing the electromagnetic spectrum. Groups will see how light is reflected and refracted and absorbed. As a final component to the lesson on light, presenters will give an overview of how the illusion of the Haunted Mansion is created by manipulation of light.

World of Physics: Properties in Motion

Appropriate for grade levels 3-12, Disney’s World of Physics: Properties of Motion is another active learning experience that is taught in Magic Kingdom. This Y.E.S program is an up-close examination of roller coasters and how they exhibit certain laws of motion such as speed, velocity, acceleration, kinetic energy, centripetal force, and positive g-force and lateral g-force. The Walt Disney World Resort Monorail Transportation System and Disney’s Space Mountain are two of the rides used as examples.

As any educator can plainly see, Disney has done a wonderful job of creating high quality interactive educational experiences in the parks that will engage and fascinate students while they learn. If students are headed for Orlando, schedule the group for a Y.E.S. program to deepen the educational experience. Email info@educationaltravelconsultants.com or Request a Quote for a Science Focused trip to Orlando.

Student Group Travel: Take a Band Trip to New York City

A high school band trip is one of the most exciting moments in the school year for the student musician. For the high school band, a trip to New York City could mean the ultimate in performance opportunity.

There are certainly plenty of choices for a student group interested in performing in either an adjudicated music festival setting or a performance that is not judged in New York City. This article will give band leaders, music teachers and other student trip planners an overview of some of the major performance and adjudicated music festival venues in the New York City area.

Take the Band to an Adjudicated Music Festival at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey

For high school bands that wish to compete, Six Flags Great Adventure in NJ is just a short bus ride from New York City, and offers superb stages outfitted with excellent equipment. Perform in the auditorium and spend the rest of the day at Six Flags riding the roller coasters, log flumes, and other fun activities.

The Six Flags Music Fest usually occurs in mid-May and is a great opportunity to perform and compete. Bands who do not want to compete in the adjudicated music festival with other schools may still perform and receive a rating from judges. This Six Flags Music Festivals are attended by high school bands, orchestras, ensembles, and choirs from across the United States. Six Flags Great Adventure provides musical performance stages with microphones and amplifiers as well as some percussion instruments.

Adjudicated Music Festivals Held at Universities and Colleges in Early Spring

College is still in session in early spring. Many high school bands that visit New York City compete at two universities within a short distance: Montclair State University or Rutgers University. Student band trip planners may book adjudicated appearances March-April.

Student performances are staged and judged in college auditoriums and award dinner ceremonies are held at nearby restaurants. The benefits of performing in a collegiate setting include ample seating, excellent acoustics and a quality sound system set-up and ready for student performances. Many of the judges are well known as musicians and directors of the finest bands and orchestras in this country.

Band Trips: Perform at New York City Venues

If the high school band wants to perform publicly in New York City without adjudication there are some wonderful venues to select from that will give the students excellent visibility. The company I own, Educational Travel Consultants, has booked student performance groups at the Statue of Liberty, United Nations, or Lincoln Center. Consider one of these locations as a place to reach out and find a wider audience for a high school band. Remember to book well in advance (6 months to one year) to ensure the performance will take place at the chosen venue.

Complement public performances for the high school bands with some exciting itinerary choices. Add some variety to the student travel itinerary. Many student trips to New York City tour Lincoln Center, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island or Chinatown. Student groups may enjoy some of the best art museums in the world or take in a Broadway show. Students may also visit some of the finest delicatessens in the U.S. and dine at the Hard Rock Cafe, or a Medieval Dinner theater.

Most importantly, work with an educational travel consultant who is experienced in music festivals and touring New York City. Whatever a student group trip planner chooses for entertainment and dining — a qualified student travel consultant will assist in building an excellent trip to New York City designed specifically for the high school band. Email info@educationaltravelconsultants.com.