Disney Land Field Trip Invite
- We would like to invite all home educators and their families to
join us for our 2nd Annual ¡§Not Back to School Days¡¨ field trip at
Disneyland ¡V September 15-17, 2008.
Our organization did this on September 24-25 of 2007 and the trip
was awesome! Many people wrote in and commented that the trip
helped their family to make memories that will last a lifetime º
This year, we have added more features and benefits to the field
trip, and hope that more of you will join us:
What: Not Back to School Days at Disneyland
When: September 15-17, 2008
Key Features of this Field Trip:
Ticket Price: $109 per person ¡V includes a 3-day park hopper
ticket, plus up to 2 Y.E.S. classes. Tickets cannot be purchased at
the gate ¡V you must book through the group to get these. Classes
must be reserved in advance. Classes are not required to purchase a
ticket through our group reservation.
Hotels: This year we have blocked rooms for you at great rates!
Disneyland¡¦s most luxurious spa hotel (and the most convenient for
enjoying both parks) the Grand Californian ¡V has been blocked for
less than 50% off the rack rate. In addition, we have blocked
rooms at the nearest good neighbor hotel to the main gates for your
convenience at pricing that is far below the rack rate.
Special Activities: The Youth in Education Series classes are
taught by Disneyland staff and there are 4 classes to choose from.
Your ticket price includes up to two of these classes (although you
are not obligated to both or any to get the group rate). Parents
can download pre-teaching material directly from Disney¡¦s site.
Learn about the history of California; take a class on Animation; or
choose from one of two Physics classes. To find out more about what
is included in the Disneyland YES classes, use this link:
We have reserved the Festival Arena (inside Disneyland) for a
special private-party dinner on Monday evening from 5-8 pm.
Entertainment will be provided by homeschoolers ¡V if you are
interested in performing, you must contact us prior to March 31,
2008. This is an additional option, and the price is $33 for adults
(10 and older), $20 for children (3-9 years). Children 2 and
younger are free. Reservations are limited to 600 people for the
arena, and tickets will be available until sold out.
Other activities that are being planned are: A beach bonfire party
on Sunday evening; a teen pool party; a parents reception; character
breakfast; T-shirts and souvenirs; and many group bonding activities
for teens, preschoolers, and in between.
For more information, FAQ, and to make reservations, please visit
Please email me directly with any immediate questions, fieldtrips@sw-
home-edu.com or if you ask a question on the yahoo group list,
please do not change the title of the post as I may miss your
question as I sift through digests trying to help everyone.
Additional posts may follow for individual activities.
Hope to see you there!
Director, Southwest Home Educators Association
*please ask questions before you make assumptions ¡V we are NOT out
to make money off of homeschoolers, and you can follow the money
trail very easily. This trip is designed for homeschoolers to
combine a fantastic learning experience that their children will
remember along with a wonderful family vacation. A lot of effort is
being put forth into making this trip wonderful. I welcome all
questions ¡V so please ask. Any links that are not working are
probably the result of Yahoo adding spaces in the post. Check for
spaces, and type the link into your browser ¡V it should work fine.
- I was in Indiana this past weekend visiting family, and the WiFi
that we were supposed to have in our hotel did not work so when I
got home there were over 450 emails to go through! These two FAQ
were asked by enough people that I thought perhaps there were many
others who were thinking the same questions.
So if the moderators do not mind, I would like to address just these
two important questions regarding the 2nd Annual Not Back to School
Days at Disneyland Field Trip for Sept. 15-17, 2008.
1) THE PARENT CHAPERONE TICKETS ARE RUNNING OUT. AM I REQUIRED
TO ATTEND THE Y.E.S. CLASS WITH MY TEENAGER/CHILD? HOW LONG IS THE
CLASS? (asked by 34 people)
No. You are not required to attend the class. As a matter of fact,
Disneyland prefers that there be more students than adults in the
class. SHEA will be providing (just as we did last year) chaperones
for each class at the ratio of 4-6 children per adult. Once we
receive the class times from Disneyland, you will be notified of
pickup/drop off times and locations. Children are given a wristband
(provided by SHEA) for identification, and a name tag (provided by
Disneyland). Disneyland is very good about keeping track of their
groups, and SHEA chaperones had no problems at all last year. If
you do not want to attend the class and would like to take advantage
of the 2.5 to 3 hour time to see the things you want to see at
Disneyland, or to entertain your younger children, please use the
ticket option "Guest Pass Only" on the registration page. This is
the same price and is still a 3-day park hopper pass. Should you
have a special needs child, and feel you must be in the class,
contact me directly and I will take care of it for you. Write to:
2) I PAID FOR MY TICKETS ALREADY WHEN WILL I RECEIVE THEM?
(asked by 14 people)
When you purchased your tickets, you should have received a
confirmation from the eventbrite module (it is emailed to whatever
email you provided on eventbrite) that explained when you will
receive your tickets. Disneyland *will not* issue any tickets to us
until our entire group order has closed. We will tally up the class
totals, and Disneyland will schedule their staff accordingly and
mail the tickets to SHEA. Once we receive them, we will put them in
an envelope with all of your other information (hotel info, class
info, additional activity info, etc.) and send it to you via
CERTIFIED MAIL which you will have to sign for. This will be no
later than 30 days prior to the event. In case anyone has lost
their email, I have resent them to the entire attendee list.
So these are the two most FAQ if you have any other questions,
please ask I don't want you to miss out because you did not ask a
To place your order for the Southwest Home Educators Association's
2nd Annual Not Back to School Days at Disneyland field trip and
family vacation, please visit our website:
Don't forget about the Amateur Talent Show and welcome dinner on
Monday, September 15th! One more thing: You DO NOT have to be a
member of SHEA to attend any of this!
Director, Southwest Home Educators Association