My best friend/co-worker is the senior class sponsor at the high school I work at. We typically choose to attend Grad Nite, but our silly students chose Grad Bash at that other Orlando park this year. I guess it was an attempt to lure us back, but Disney offered us a free preview on the 27th. They gave us park hoppers and free parking at the Magic Kingdom. He couldn’t attend and didn’t feel appropriate with 3 girls as the senior class officers. I only had a week’s notice, but there was no way I could turn this down!
The three class officers met at 6 a.m. at my house on a Saturday. Seriously! After a quick stop for gas, money, and my morning coffee we were on our way. Fortunately, we just missed a few accidents on I-75 that could have slowed us down. Driving straight through, we made it to the parking lot at about 9 a.m. The weather was overcast and there was an ocassional sprinkle, but we were happy because we were at WDW!
Valerie is from Ecuador and vaguely remembered going to WDW when she was young. Kim had went to the world a few times, but she hadn’t really explored it. Laura had attended 3 of the 4 parks (not Epcot), but she didn’t remember a lot about the MK. They had no idea what they were in for! About 30 minutes before we reached WDW, I was already sprouting off all of the various tidbits I knew and why I loved Disney so much.
Kim and Laura both said that they had always taken the ferry over. I gasped with disbelief and we were off to monorail I did my butchered Spanish imitation of “Please stand clear of the doors…” and Valerie was gracious enough to say that it sounded close.
We made it the MK and picked up our park hopper tickets at a special table just past the left entrance to the park. We had one requirement for this trip…to attend a preview presentation. For a free trip, we didn’t mind. We made our way to the Diamond Horseshoe.
Our presentation was made by both the head of the Grad Nite division and the head of Disney’s Youth Groups division. They asked a question about which Disney movie featured songs by Elvis Presley…easy! My hand had to be the first one up. I answered correctly (of course) and got to choose between Herbie the Love Bug (the Lindsay Lohan version) and Remember the Titans. Not being a Lindsay fan and knowing my DH, I chose Remember the Titans.
We were expecting one of the Grad Nite perfomers “The Last Goodnight” to be there. I had never heard of them and didn’t expect them to be great. I was SO impressed. The lead singer, keyboardist, and guitarist were the only ones performing and the lead singer’s voice was fantastic. I was thinking about buying the CD. At the end of the show, one of the two Disney executives said that this was the year of a million dreams…so they were going to give us the CD. But that was not all, they were going to give us a poster signed by the band. Yet another surprise, each school was going to get their picture taken with the band and have it mailed back to our school. Finally, we all received one fast pass good throughout the Magic Kingdom. We walked out floating on cloud 9! :wub:
To Be Continued