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This upcoming Spring the Eisenhower Instrumental Music Program will be travelling to Walt Disney World/Universal Studios in Orlando Florida!!  The dates of trip are  early morning Thursday, April 26th until very late Sunday, April 29th and will be offered to all instrumental music students who’s home school is Ike, as well as 9th grade members of the Marching Eagles. We will keep updating this page along the way with all the information you will need for the Disney/Florida trip so please check back often. For questions please contact Mr. Traskal or our trip coordinator Mrs. Sue Swartz at

Update: April 10, 2018

Here are some more details for the trip, as well as some forms that need to be completed before we leave. Please look over them carefully as their is a lot of very pertinent information.

MB Rehearsal: Also please note that we will be having a mandatory Band rehearsal for students attending the Florida trip on Wednesday, April 25th at 3:30pm in the Band Room.  This will be to go over the 2 pieces we will be playing in the Magic Kingdom, “Can’t Stop the Feeling” and “Handclap”. Please make sure to re-familiarize yourself with the selections so rehearsal can progress quickly and easily.  If you need music you can find it below:

We will also be using this time to load the truck driving to Orlando with our gear so as to make the morning’s departure easy and efficient.  If for some reason you can’t make this rehearsal/loading session you need to let Mr. Traskal know ASAP so you can figure out how you’re going to get your equipment loaded.  This vehicle will be leaving for Florida immediately after the rehearsal is over.  We will also be taking time to try on uniforms before they get loaded in case a student’s size has changed.

If you have any questions please contact Mr. Traskal or Mrs. Swartz.

Update: March 14, 2018

Get your Ike Bands Florida Trip T-Shirt!  While certainly not mandatory, this is a fun way to walk around the parks showing your Eisenhower Band pride!  See below for more info:

Update: February 19, 2018

Below please find the final itinerary for our 2018 Florida Trip! Students/chaperones are expected to participate in all activities and adhere to set calendar of events.  We have set the park schedule to maximize hours and still manage all of our performances efficiently.  During the “It’s Instrumental Clinic” guard students will be allowed time at a park TBD.

Keep in mind that FastPasses will become available to us on February 25th, so please check over the itinerary very carefully when selecting them.  All of the Disney Park tickets have been sent electronically through the Bob Rodgers Travel email server.  Please look very carefully when setting up your FastPass app so you don’t accidentally assign the wrong tickets.  For issues with FastPass you need to contact Bob Rodgers Travel before the 25th.

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Update: September 27, 2017

PDF Version with Online Registration Info Florida 2018 Info-Registration Packet

Dear Instrumental Music Parents and Students,

The Instrumental Music students will be visiting Walt Disney World/Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida this school year for their biennial trip. Students will leave by airplane very early on Thursday morning, April 26, 2018, and return home late Sunday evening, April 29, 2018. This trip is voluntary and is open to ALL Eisenhower Instrumental Music students and any student in the Marching Eagles. If we can get enough participants we are happy to announce that the Marching Eagles will perform in a parade at one of the Disney Parks!! This trip will tentatively include the following (itinerary to be released at a later date):

  • Round Trip Air on Southwest Airlines from DTW or Flint International
  • Built in Luggage fees!
  • Deluxe motor coaches for airport transfers in Michigan and transportation needs while in Florida
  • Cost of Trailering instruments/uniforms to Florida and back
  • Gratuities for your motor coach drivers
  • Three night’s accommodation at the Disney Coronado Springs or Equivalent Off-Site Lodging
  • Private nighttime security at the hotel from 10:30pm-5:30am (Two Guards)
  • Three Breakfast Meals
  • Four Dinner/Lunch Meal Coupons for use in the parks
  • Two $10.00 Dining Cards for use in the parks
  • Disney Performing Arts on Stage 3-Day Park Hopper Pass
  • One day at Universal Studios Florida
  • Student participation in Disney’s “You’re Instrumental” workshop for band
  • Insurance Coverage as Recommended by Student Youth Travel Association

The cost of the trip will be approximately $1464 per student, based on four students to a room ($1620 for chaperones, based on double occupancy). These costs are based on available trip/flight information as of right now and may be lowered if the travel company is able to secure cheaper flights and other arrangements.

NEW PROCESS FOR THIS YEAR: For your child to be included in the trip, you must register at by FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13th. You will then have until Oct 20th to pay your $325 NON-REFUNDABLE deposit. See the linked document for instructions on creating your step-by-step Bob Rogers Travel IPS Account. Enter Trip I.D. MI017500018. After completing the process, you will receive a conformation email with options to purchase trip insurance(highly recommended) if desired. The rest of the money will come in four payments of $285.00 due on November 24th, January 5th, February 9th, and March 9th (this payment could be adjusted based on final cost). Bob Rogers Travel will be processing all payments through their IPS System! Through the fundraising efforts of the Instrumental Music Boosters, your last payment could be reduced, so please come and volunteer to help the organization! You can find more information at Also, please note that you may purchase Trip Insurance for an additional cost when you register. The pricing info has been included in this packet for you

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mr. Traskal at (586) 797-1438 or  Thank you for helping to make this experience one your child will never forget!

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