I taught in Maryland for 20 years and I have traveled as a band director with large groups to Disney and other destinations. I planned my own trips for 8 years and used a tour company starting in 2010 and never looked back. I now work for that tour company, CCIS Travel. We are currently working with Madisonville High School in TX on their Disney trip.
I hope you will consider reaching out to me. You will likely find if working with CCIS that the cost is very similar to planning on your own, but you will have the added protection of our liability insurance, the option to add Travel Protection, a completely customized itinerary, online payments, and more time to work with your students creating art instead of planning your trip.
I would be happy to give you advice about your trip even if you decide to plan it on your own. Remember, using a tour company does not always equal additional cost.