Senior Class Trips to Orlando: It’s a Grad Bash!

Want to reward the hard work and efforts of your high school seniors?  Want to take them to an exciting and safe destination?  Then, a 12th grade class trip to Orlando is the tour for you!  If you want to celebrate with your fellow seniors, Orlando offers everything under the sun … warm tropical weather, cool entertaining nights, the most exciting attractions, pristine beaches and the best senior class celebration in the U.S.

Orlando’s hottest senior class party is Universal’s Grad Bash.  This graduation event takes place in two spectacular theme parks, Universal Studios® Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure®.  On Grad Bash nights, the parks are closed to everyone except high school seniors.  This all night celebration features today’s hottest music stars performing LIVE in concert at various locations in each park. Plus, this unforgettable experience includes tons of dancing, high-energy roller coasters, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, exciting rides and attractions, and mouthwatering food.

In order to reserve a place at Universal’s Grad Bash, teachers and trip organizers will want to begin planning now.  Admission to this exciting event is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

There are lots of reasons to recommend a senior class tour to Orlando, especially to parents.  At home, many senior class parties may include the opportunity to consume alcohol.  This truly is a concern for many parents who do not want their children drinking and driving.  Therefore, a senior class trip to Orlando is certainly warranted because Universal’s Grad Bash is an alcohol-free event and is monitored by park employees, adults and local law enforcement.  The event takes place only at the Universal Orlando Resort® and transportation will be provided to and from the event.

Senior class travel to Orlando is fun and rewarding.  For over 21 years, Kaleidoscope Adventures has organized student tours to Orlando for thousands of schools.  We are experts in booking senior class tours to Orlando.  We are a Top 30 Walt Disney World Travel Planner and specialize in planning complete travel services for any student group.  We plan everything from A to Z, thus giving you peace-of-mind.  We even give you a tour director who helps you every step of the way during your trip.

Put your trust in us to meet all of your student travel needs.  Why not give your group an exciting senior class trip to Orlando?  Let us bring your classroom to life and create lasting memories for your student trip.

Going on a Student Group Tour? You’ll Need a Packing List!

Whether your student group trip involves transportation via motorcoach or airline flight, you’ll need a packing list.  Bottom line when traveling:  pack only what you need!  Keep in mind you’ll be toting your own luggage on and off the bus or at the airport, and to and from your hotel.  So we suggest planning ahead and bringing what you need for each day of the trip.

On the Day of Your Departure
On the day of your departure, you will most likely stow your luggage in the storage bins under the motorcoach, hence you will not have access to these items until hotel check-in.  Therefore, pack any valuables (camera, money, medicine, etc.) and/or a change of clothes in a carry-on bag prior to departure for your first day.  Same goes for the final day of the trip.  You will not be able to access your luggage until you arrive at home as it will be stowed in the bins under the motorcoach.  Again, pack your valuables, change of clothes, medicine, etc. in your carry-on bag.

How to Dress
Plan to dress comfortably during your trip (jeans, shorts, slacks, comfortable walking shoes, etc.).  Depending on the time of the year and your destination, it makes sense to bring informal outfits that match the type of weather you will experience.  Check to find out average temperature highs and lows of the destination you are traveling to, as well as to set up weather advisories that can be sent directly to your email or as an app on your cell phone.  Always be prepared for weather extremes, such as rain or wind with cooler than expected temperatures.  All clothing must be clean, neat and modest.  Students, your teacher/sponsor may require you to adhere to your school dress code as well.  Lastly, if your group is going to the theater or planning a fine dining experience, include one dressy outfit.


To sort it all out, we suggest packing the following items:


  • Comfortable walking shoes and one pair of nicer shoes
  • Shirts (short- and long-sleeved)
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Shorts/pants/jeans
  • Pajamas
  • Bathing suit (if applicable)
  • Dressier outfit (reserved for a theater night, special night out, fine dining, etc.)
  • Raincoat, poncho or umbrella
  • Sweater and/or jacket (if applicable)
  • Trip tee-shirt (if applicable)
  • Laundry bag with plastic liner

Keep in mind that some religious sites and churches require that shirts cover the shoulders and arms, and do not allow shorts, short skirts or flip-flops.

Personal Items:

  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Hairbrush/comb
  • Sunscreen
  • Spare set of contact lenses/glasses (if applicable)
  • Medication (if needed)

Special Note:  Remember, when flying with carry-on luggage, any liquids including shampoo, conditioner, liquid soap, sunscreen, etc. as well as toothpaste can’t be larger than 3 oz. and needs to be placed in one-quart Ziploc bags.

Music Students:

  • Instrument
  • Extra supplies (reeds, valve oil, mallets, etc.)
  • Music stand
  • Folder and music
  • Costume and accessories (ties, shoes, stole/robe, dark socks, etc.)


  • Spending money
  • ATM card (if needed)
  • Pouch for storing money and passport under clothing (if applicable)
  • Camera with ample batteries
  • Cell phone
  • iPod/MP3, etc.
  • Pillow/blanket
  • Notebook/pencil
  • Watch
  • Book
  • Copy of the tour itinerary
  • List of important phone numbers, addresses, etc.
  • Passport (if applicable)
  • Copy of prescriptions (Customs officials in both the U.S. and Canada may want to verify that a container’s contents match the label.  Therefore, all medication should be carried in its original container.)

Carry-on Bag:

Here’s a short list of items students, parents and teachers might need on the first and last days of their trip.  As a reminder, each person should have a carry-on bag with them on the motorcoach or flight (in case the checked luggage is delayed).

  • Money
  • Passport (if applicable)
  • Airline ticket (if applicable)
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste (remember, if flying, toothpaste needs to go in a one-quart Ziploc bag and can’t be larger than 3 oz.)
  • Hairbrush
  • Contact lens/glasses (to sleep comfortably on the bus or plane)
  • A change of clothes
  • Medication
  • Any valuables (camera, iPod, book, etc.)
  • Pillow (for travel on motorcoaches only)

This packing list is courtesy of Kaleidoscope Adventures.  For over 18 years, Kaleidoscope Adventures has organized student trips to 40+ destinations for thousands of schools.  We are experts in booking student tours for band, choral and orchestra ensembles, history and science groups, class trips, sports tours, cruises and more.  We are a Top 30 Walt Disney World Travel Planner and specialize in planning complete travel services for any student group.  We plan everything from A to Z, thus giving you peace-of-mind.  We even give you a tour director who helps you every step of the way during your trip.

Put your trust in us to meet all of your student travel needs.  Why not give your group an exciting experience on a Kaleidoscope Adventures tour?  Let us bring your classroom to life and create lasting memories for your student trip.



May Destination Spotlight: Anaheim, California

Known for its ideal year-round climate, this world-class destination is perfect for student tours. Located between Los Angeles and San Diego, Anaheim features inviting beaches, exciting attractions, trendy restaurants, historical museums, unparalleled shopping, professional sports, lively entertainment, the original Disney theme park, Disneyland® Park and Disney’s California Adventure® theme park.

The area’s warm sunshine, swaying palm trees and breathtaking ocean views create a relaxed lifestyle where shorts, sandals and sunglasses are always in season. You and your student group will find plenty of things to see and do in Anaheim!

  • Disney California Adventure® Park

    Paradise Pier at Disney California® Adventure Park. Image: ©Disney

  • OC Sunset

    A sunset in Orange County. Photo courtesy of John Mairs/AOCVCB

  • Huntington Harbor

    A surfer at Huntington Beach Pier. Photo courtesy of Huntington Beach Conference and Visitors Bureau.

  • Disneyland® Resort

    East entrance to the Disneyland® Resort in Anaheim, CA. Photo by Steve Francis. Image: ©Disney

  • Knott’s Berry Farm

    Supreme Scream ride at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, CA. Photo courtesy of Knott’s Berry Farm.

Kaleidoscope Adventures offers student groups a variety of experiences that help create lasting memories. We can customize an itinerary that is fun and meets your educational and/or performance objectives.

For a FREE, no-obligation quote, please call Kaleidoscope Adventures team at (800) 774-7337 or email us at

Looking for a Fun New Destination? We Suggest Branson, MO or Memphis, TN!

Branson, Missouri. Memphis, Tennessee.

They may not be the first places you think of when browsing locations for a student trip, but both are rich with music and performance culture and fun, unique educational opportunities.

Branson boasts 40 theatres showcasing over 100 professional shows, and many of them allow your students to share the stage, complete with lights and sound, with some of the city’s favorite performers.  Nestled into the beautiful Ozark Mountains, plenty of opportunities to get acquainted with nature, from custom science programs to zip-lining through the treetops, coexist with the town’s flashier side.

Memphis rightly labels itself the “home of the blues” and “birthplace of rock ‘n roll.”  Music students can stand where Elvis recorded his first single, trace the roots of modern music from a confluence of styles that came together on the streets of Memphis, and enjoy extraordinary live musicians every night on Beale Street.  Outside of music history, students also have ample opportunity to immerse themselves in Memphis’ unique place in American history –from its roots along the Mississippi to its profound roll in the Civil Rights Movement.

If your group is looking to attend an amazing performance, give an amazing performance, or just have a fantastic time in an amazing location, you might be surprised to find that Branson or Memphis is exactly the destination you are looking for!