I was at the DCI Atlanta competition (Georgia Dome) on Saturday, and as soon as I got there, I looked up at the big screen and saw… WALT DISNEY WORLD!!! It made me so happy! They showed footage of the corps marching through MK. And then I looked across the dome, and there was Disney!
So… I had left for dinner, and was late getting back due to rain and heavy traffic. I couldn’t enter the stands while a corps was performing, so I was just shopping around, and noticed the Disney booth. There was no one there except for the lady working the booth, so I decided to go on over and check it out. I chatted with her for a bit. Told her how much I love Disney. She gave me a booklet and a brochure, and my very own Festival Disney button!!! I was so excited!
I had no idea that DCI and Disney had much to do with eachother. But for twelve consecutive years, WDWR will be presenting the “Spirit of Disney” Award during the DCI World Championships. “The award recognizes one outstanding drum corps in each division for its ability to translate imagination into an educational and fun forum for all participants, to utilize new ideas and techniques, and to provide great entertainment value for the audience.” Las year’s Division I winner was The Cavaliers (Rosemont, IL), for their show, “The Green Machine.” YouTube - Cavaliers 2006 - Full Show
After flipping through the booklet, and noticed some dates. I figured they might come in handy knowing, to avoid the crowd. You may want to avoid these weeks because I’m assuming the parks will be crowded with band geeks and chorus freaks (heh…), especially The Disney Honors week. Festival Disney, which is Middle and High School Instrumental, Choral, and Auxiliary Groups, takes place on weekends (excluding Easter) between March 1st and May 10th, 2008 (3-5 day packages). The Disney Honors, which is High School Concert Bands, Orchestra, and Concert Choral Ensembles, takes place from March 7-10, 2008 (3-4 day packages). Disney Magic Music Days and Disney Peforming Arts Workshops take place year round.
Also included in the booklet were Grad Nites, which you’d also probably like to avoid. April 18, 19, 25, 26, 2008 at WDW.
Sorry for the length… I was just really pumped.