Begin the Registration process by submitting an Application from the Trills & Thrills website. A deposit of $100 per performing group must be received in order to process the Registration. Upon receipt of the Application, an invoice for the deposit will be emailed to the applicant. Space in the festival is NOT reserved until the deposit has been received. There is no separate Application Fee required for Trills & Thrills' festivals, just the deposit. Deposit will be credited to the school's festival invoice and is not refundable. On peak festival dates, Trills & Thrills reserves the right to limit the number of performing groups from any one school. Minimum group size for participation in Trills & Thrills festivals is 25 students. Schools registering fewer than 25 students may be accepted on a space available basis and solely at the discretion of Trills & Thrills.
Once the school has been confirmed for the festival, the remaining payments are divided into two installments. Payments are due in our offices NO LATER THAN 60 & 30 calendar days prior to the festival date. Applications received within 40 calendar days of the festival will require payment in full in order to be processed. Schools not adhering to the payment schedule may be subject to removal from the performance schedule, or complete cancellation.
Forms of Payment
Deposits, and subsequent festival payments, can be made by ACH transfer, check or money order. We do not accept credit cards for the festivals. ACH transfer information will appear on the school’s invoice. In order to avoid potential delays in mailing checks, schools are encouraged to pay by ACH transfer, if possible. When paying by check, one check should be sent on behalf of the entire group. Individual checks from students will NOT be accepted. Receipt of a Purchase Order is NOT considered receipt of payment. A fee of $25.00 will be assessed for any check returned to Trills & Thrills by our banks due to non-payment.
School cancellations received more than 30 calendar days prior to the festival will result in the loss of the initial deposit. Cancellations received 30 - 15 calendar days prior to the festival date will result in the loss of the initial deposit, or a cancellation fee of $250.00, whichever is greater. No refunds will be given for school, or individual, cancellations received within 15 calendar days of the festival.
Changes in Group Size
Changes to group size can be done at any time after registration has been processed however, final changes must be received by Trills & Thrills NO LATER THAN 15 calendar days prior to the festival. If no changes are received by that date, the school will be responsible for payment based on the number of participants listed on their most recent invoice.
Students that participate in the festival performance, but do not require admission to the park (either because they have a season pass or will be departing the festival immediately after the performances), will be extended the discounted Festival-Only rate of $26.00 per person. Please notify Trills & Thrills of any Festival-Only students prior to submitting the final payment, BUT NO LATER THAN 15 calendar days prior to the festival.
Park Meal Tickets
For most locations, Trills & Thrills offers optional, pre-paid meal tickets that can be added to the festival upon request. Requests for meal tickets must be received before the final payment due date of the festival. The number of meal tickets needed can be amended up until 15 calendar days prior to the festival. Meal tickets are NOT available at the performance site for last-minute purchase on the day of the festival. Meal ticket costs include any applicable taxes and a minimal service charge.
Requests to add students or chaperones within 15 calendar days of the festival are generally not a problem, but will be subject to the availability of park tickets. In this situation, it may be necessary to present payment on the day of the festival. Payments made on the day of the festival must be in the form of cash, check or money order. Trills & Thrills' Site Directors have the right to refuse to allow a group to perform and/or withhold park tickets for groups failing to present payment at the festival.
Upon request, Trills & Thrills will gladly furnish additional information and pricing for special services such as motorcoach transportation, itinerary planning, hotel accommodations and meals in order to complete your Trills & Thrills program. Special payment and cancellation policies may apply, and will be noted at the time of booking.
Statement of Liability
Trills & Thrills (T&T) and Short Hills Tours (SHT) act only as agents for various companies whose services and accommodations are made available and accept no responsibility, in whole or in part, for any personal injury liability, personal liability, physical damage, loss, accident, delay, or irregularity which may happen by default of any hotel, airline, amusement park, restaurant, motorcoach company, or person rendering any of the services included. No responsibility is accepted for any damage or delay due to illness, pilferage, labor disputes, machinery breakdowns, quarantine, governmental restraints, weather/natural forces, or other causes, beyond their personal control. T&T and SHT also disclaim any responsibility for personal injury liability or personal liability and/or physical damage arising from acts of negligence of any member of a group attending a T&T event. If it becomes necessary to cancel or alter the schedule of events, such alterations or cancellations may be made. By registering for the festival or program, the school agrees to indemnify and hold harmless T&T, SHT, and it's officers, directors, employees and agents from any financial liability or obligation incurred by either the School, or any individual participant, and from any injury or damage to the person or property of others which any participant causes, or contributes to, while participating in a T&T program. Each participant hereby agrees to indemnify and hold harmless T&T, SHT and it's officers, directors, employees and agents from any financial liability or obligation incurred by that individual participant and from any injury or damage to the person or property of others which that participant causes, or contributes to, while participating in a T&T program. The school, by submitting the application, releases T&T, SHT and it's officers, directors, employees and agents from any and all causes of actions, claims and damages of any kind, or nature, whatsoever, arising from any injury, loss, damage, cost, accident, delay, irregularity, or expense arising out of, or in any way connected with, the performance or operation of a T&T program. Trills & Thrills reserves the right to change any arrangement set forth should conditions necessitate offering substitutes of equal value or to cancel operation of any festival and its sole responsibility shall be the refund of monies paid.
The sole and exclusive forum for any legal action by a festival participant, or parent/guardian of, against Trills & Thrills arising from or relating to a festival, to these terms and conditions, including, without limitation, the Statement of Liability, or to the brochures and website and any other information relating in any way to the festival shall be a court of competent jurisdiction in Essex County, New Jersey or the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. These terms and conditions shall be governed and interpreted solely and exclusively by the substantive law of the State of New Jersey.