Disney World’s 50th Anniversary (image courtesy: Julia Almonte)

SNHU’s annual senior class trip is set to take a ‘magic carpet ride’ to Walt Disney World during spring break. Attendees must be full-time, campus-based undergraduate students set to graduate December 2022, May 2023, or December 2023.

After assessing ticket sales for the 2022 senior trip to Universal Studios last year, SNHU switched back to Disney. “This year we planned Universal to try to give it another go-again it did not sell well. While other factors certainly impacted this years attendance, it’s very clear that students would prefer Walt Disney World even given a higher cost,” said Associate Director of Student Involvement, Elizabeth LaClair. “Universal Studios also feels a little small for the number of days and size of our group. Disney World gives us more options for folks who aren’t as into thrill rides.”

SNHU has also chosen to host the trip over spring break rather than the week after spring semester ends. “Airline costs during our usual week are astronomical. The trip would cost students more than $2,000; that just isn’t reasonable. Winter break is too short, and students have other commitments and want to be with family, so it left us with the only other option which would be Spring Break. The option was to host it that week or to really not host it at all,” said LaClair.

The trip features a “three-day park hopper admission for: Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Epcot.” Accommodations include a four-night quad occupancy at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort, along with a meal card of $25. Students looking for double occupancy will need to pay an additional $370 prior to November 15.

Transportation includes round trip airfare and ground-based transit. Luggage and transportation fees are also incorporated in the cost of the trip.

Prior to the trip, there will be a mandatory meeting held in Robert Frost, Walker Auditorium in January. “In the pre-trip meetings, we talk about making a plan – Walt Disney World is big – in three days; you won’t be able to do everything, but making a plan is helpful,” said LaClair.

LaClair recommended checking out the “classics in Magic Kingdom, [such as] Splash Mountain, Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.”

“This is a large expense and sometimes talking to family members can be helpful in making the decision and sometimes affording to go. Make a plan on how you will make the payments. They are spread out as much as possible, but once the semester gets started, they will come rather quickly,” said LaClair.

“It’s your senior trip, perhaps one of the last big things you will do with some of the folks you have become close friends with, enjoy the time most of all,” said LaClair.

Tickets go on sale July 20 at 7am on a first-come, first-served basis. They are available for purchase on snhutickets.com and are paid for in preset quarterly intervals. Should tickets sell out, students can email involvement@snhu.edu to be put on a waitlist. Refunds for the trip will also be available through January 15, 2023.

For more information, contact involvement@snhu.edu with any questions or concerns.

Taylor Posik
Taylor joined the Penmen Press team in her freshman year as a staff writer. Since then, she has been on the copy team, an A&E Editor, and News Editor. She has since moved up to being Co-Editor-in-Chief for her senior year. After graduation, she hopes to get her Masters in Communication and begin a career in journalism. For fun, she writes songs and plays the piano.