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HS Chamber Orchestra Orlando Trip Information


Attached, you will find the most up-to-date itinerary for the HS Chamber Orchestra’s trip to compete at the National Orchestra Festival in Orlando, Florida. I’m so excited about the opportunity to be invited to compete against some of the finest orchestra programs in the United States. I’m also excited that we will get to be tourists and visit Universal Studios and a few of the Disney Parks.


On Tuesday, December 17, 2019, we will be having an Orlando Trip Meeting in the GPFAA orchestra room at 7:00PM. It will be a short informative meeting to answer any questions that you might have about the trip.


We welcome any parents who are interested in being chaperones on this trip. In order to chaperone any school trip, you must register through the school district’s website. (link attached - you may have to copy and paste it into your browser)

Chaperones may ride the bus with the orchestra. We have about 5 spaces available. You must make your own hotel reservations at the Hampton Inn (information is included in the itinerary). Chaperones must also purchase your own meals and park tickets during the trip. The chaperone duties will not be too heavy. You will mainly be extra eyes to make sure the students are safe and to assist Mr. Galvan or Mr. Garduno with any situation that may arise. If you are interested, please email Mr. Galvan.


Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy Chamber Orchestra’s invitation to compete at the American String Teachers Association’s National Orchestra Festival – Orlando, Florida


Hampton Inn

5621 Windhover Dr.

Orlando, FL 32819

(407) 351-6716


National Orchestra Festival Hotel

Hyatt Regency Orlando

9801 International Drive

Orlando, FL 32819

(407) 284-1234


March 4, 2020 (Travel Day) - Wednesday

5:00AM Depart from GPFAA for Orlando

8:00AM Breakfast stop in Shreveport, LA

12:30PM Lunch Stop in Hattiesburg, MS

6:00PM Dinner Stop in Tallahassee, FL

9:00PM Arrive in Orlando, FL for hotel check in.

10:00PM Room Check and Lights Out

March 5, 2020 (Rehearsal & Universal Studios) - Thursday

6:30AM Breakfast at hotel

7:30AM Load bus for nearby hotel (TBD) for morning rehearsal

9:00AM Return to our hotel

9:30AM Load Complimentary Shuttles for Universal Studios

10:00AM Arrive at Universal Studios for the day.

10:00PM Return to our hotel

10:30PM Room Check and Lights Out

March 6, 2020 (National Orchestra Festival Competition Day) - Friday

8:00AM Breakfast at hotel

9:00AM Depart for Hyatt Regency Orlando

10:00AM Attend Educational Workshops

11:00AM Lunch

12:00PM Visit Exhibit Hall

1:30PM Tune and Warm up

2:00PM Rehearsal (International Ballroom D)

3:00PM Performance (Florida Ballroom)

4:00PM Clinic (International Ballroom F)

5:00PM Drive back to hotel to change clothes and rest

6:00PM Depart for Univeral Citywalk for Dinner (Hard Rock Café)

8:00PM Return to hotel for pool time/rest

10:00PM Room Check and Lights Out

March 7, 2020 (Award Ceremony & Festival Disney Competion Day) - Saturday

7:00AM Breakfast at hotel

7:30AM Depart for Hyatt Regency Orlando for Awards Ceremony

8:30AM Awards Ceremony

10:00AM Depart Hyatt Regency for Disney Resort Competition Venue (TBD)

11:00AM Arrive at Disney for Competition and Enjoy the park afterward

7:00PM Leave Park and Travel to Disney Springs for shopping and dinner

10:00PM Back to Hotel

10:30PM Room Check and Lights Out

March 8, 2020 (Disney’s Hollywood Studios Park) – Sunday

7:00AM Breakfast at hotel

8:00AM Hotel Checkout and load bus

8:30AM Depart for Disney’s Hollywood Studios

9:00AM Spend the day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

1:00PM Student Check-in at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

6:00PM Student Check-in at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

9:00PM Load bus and start driving back to Grand Prairie, TX

March 9, 2020 (Travel Day) – Monday

12:00AM Break stop in Tallahassee, FL

5:00AM Break Stop in Hattiesburg, MS

9:00AM Breakfast Stop in Shreveport, LA

12:00PM Approximate arrival at GPFAA

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