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EV-W band, choir headed to Florida

By Julie Bulau, Staff writer

Sixty-six members of Eden Valley-Watkins band and choir, along with six chaperones will board two charter busses early Monday for a whirlwind trip to Orlando, Fla.

The group will depart just after midnight Monday for the 26-hour drive. They are scheduled to arrive early Tuesday for the start of four-plus days of sightseeing, shopping and the beach. Both the band and choir will be also performing.

For many, it will be their first trip to Florida. "I can't wait," said junior Allison Pepple. "I'm most excited for the sun and the heat and getting away from the snow."

Choir member Ashley Kelly agreed. "I'm really excited for the beach," she said. "My grandma said Cocoa Beach is really nice."

With the exception of a few side trips, the group will be spending the bulk of their time at the various Disney World theme parks.

Tuesday's agenda includes a visit to the beach, a flea market, and a visit to Downtown Disney. Wednesday the group will spend the day at the Magic Kingdom and the band will have a performance at Downtown Disney.

It's back to Disney World on Thursday to tour Hollywood Studios, and Friday the group will visit Epcot Center. The choir is slated to participate in a choir classroom that afternoon at Saratoga Springs Resort on the Disney property. On their final day in Florida, the group will tour Disney's Animal Kingdom.

This will be sophomore Jared Streit's second trip to Disney World, but he's still eager to go. "I'm excited to see all the parks again and I loved all rides. Magic Kingdom was by far my favorite," Streit said, who added that the test track at Epcot Center was also really cool.

One of most students' biggest fears of the trip is the long bus ride. Kelly plans to spend the time with "music and food," she said. While activities such as talking, eating, and sleeping will take up some of the time, cell phones, IPODs, and DVD players are also high on the survival list.

"I'm worried my batteries are going to die," Pepple said, voicing a common concern of the trip goers.

The busses will depart Animal Kingdom about 4:30 p.m. Saturday for the return trip to Minnesota. They are expected to arrive about 8:45 p.m. Sunday.