Middle and High school bands as well as school choirs have always been a part of the history of Disney Parks. With Festival Disney wrapping up its 13th annual event, that tradition continues as the Disney Performing Arts program prepares to plays host to thousands of choirs, bands and orchestras at next year’s annual event.

As part of that program, Festival Disney provides a magical, multi-weekend musical festival experience that offers instrumental and vocal ensembles the opportunity to perform and receive feedback from nationally-recognized collegiate music educators. If your child’s music group hasn’t experienced the magic of Festival Disney, now is the perfect time to start making plans for it. That’s because ensembles who are registered and have registration fees received by October 15, 2017, will receive an additional director’s Festival Disney Theme Park ticket package, per school. For more details about the festival and to register, visit FestivalDisney.com or call 866-752-0423.

Your school could join the more than 6,000 other ensembles from across the nation and countries like the Cayman Islands, the Dominican Republic, Scotland, Canada, Brazil, and Japan, who have participated in Festival Disney during its 13-year history.

Directors can choose competitive or non-competitive performance opportunities while still receiving educationally-meaningful adjudication. Past adjudicators include – Dr. Jerry Blackstone, University of Michigan, Dr. William Powell & Dr. Rosephanye Powell, Auburn University, Dr. Mitos Andaya, Temple University, Dr. Ken Dye, University of Notre Dame, Dr. Stephen Benham, Duquesne University, and Dr. Johnny Vinson, Auburn University.

Each festival weekend ends with a high-energy awards ceremony where each group earns a Festival Disney award and each student takes home a Festival Disney medal. Competitive groups can earn Best in Class, as well as Festival Disney Gold, Silver and Bronze awards for their performance.

The National Association for Music Education endorses Disney Performing Arts and its programs fulfill many of the standards set forth in the National Core Arts Standards.

Walt Disney World Resort is the perfect place to experience a Music Festival with Character!