An Orlando choir trip can be such a rewarding experience for both you and your students. Two of the top attractions in the city are Universal Orlando Resort and Walt Disney World® Resort. They are iconic theme parks that offer workshops, performances, and unlimited fun. Here are some things to do to make the most out of your trip to Florida.
Universal’s STARS Performance Program provides you with a multitude of performance options. Your students will shine on the famous Universal City Walk Lagoon stage. It is an amazing experience where they will perform in front of people from all over the world.
Universal STARS also offers educational workshops where students will score real movie scenes. They will love working with experts to sync music, record choral arrangements, and create sound effects. This will all be added to hits like Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me and The Lorax. It is a unique way for students to take what you have taught them, straight to “Hollywood!”
After a star performance or exciting workshop, reward your students with a trip to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. At Universal Studios, they can navigate their way around familiar movie-themed locations. They can also check out one of the many thrilling rides including Despicable Me Minion Mayhem™ and Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts™. Next door at Islands of Adventure, thrill rides are amplified with popular attractions such as Jurassic Park River Adventure™ and Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure™.
PRO TIP: Get a Park-to-Park admission ticket so you and your students can ride Hogwarts™ Express: Hogsmeade™ Station.
Each holiday season at Epcot, Disney’s Candlelight Processional is a magical experience. The lucky choirs selected will sing with a 50-piece orchestra, while a celebrity narrates the Christmas story. The choirs perform holiday arrangements in front of an international audience. It is one of Disney’s most high-profile events, and a memory those choirs will never forget. Your high school choir could be a part of this Disney tradition!
Disney Performing Arts Workshops also offer many popular choices for your choral groups. The Disney Sings workshop encourages your students to examine performance skills for excellence. This workshop is recommended for high school choral ensembles. They will explore vocal techniques, breath control, and varying musical styles. Best of all, students will learn the music and choreography from an actual Disney production number.
The Disney Broadway Magic workshop shows behind-the-scenes of the world of musical theater. Your students will learn essential techniques for combining lyrics and choreography. They will examine the role of body language and facial expressions in theater. Plus they will become familiar with theater roles and terminology! At the end of their training, they will perform a scene from a hit Disney Broadway musical. It is a unique way to put all this knowledge to good use.
No trip to Disney World would be complete without a visit to Disney’s Magic Kingdom. The themed attractions and rides are immersive and the parades are spectacular. You can even have your photo taken with the beloved Disney characters. There is plenty to keep you and your students entertained for the duration of your time in the park.
Whatever the focus of your trip to Florida, and whatever you choose to do while you are there, it will be a blast! There is no doubt that you will have an amazing time with your high school choir students in Orlando.