Friday, November 20, 2009

The Happiest Place on Earth

I'm a small town girl, and for the vast majority of my life (outside of a 8 year stint in Va Beach when I was a little girl) I've been a small town girl.

The town I grew up in has a Wal-mart. That's really it. We also have a lot of closed down stores and farms and people who sell corn on the corner in the late summer/early fall. I live in the middle of nowhere and I see deer and animals in my yard, not city buildings and sights.

In very late 1999 I was a Junior in high school, and a giant chorus nerd. If I could redo high school all over again I'd still be a chorus nerd. Anyways, when it was announced that the music department of my school was going to be taking a trip to Orlando, FL to go to Disney World, you can imagine that something so huge and seemingly unattainable to my small town eyes shook my entire world.

After begging my parents to go (and raising something like $2000 from selling crap and help from my family) we were on our way, leaving the day after Christmas to spend the Millennium in the happiest place on earth.

We all piled into 4 tour buses and got ready to start the 21 hour drive to Orlando. Literally 3 miles away from the school, however, one of the buses broke down and the air lock on the luggage compartment under the bus got stuck so we spent an extra 4 hours crammed on the buses, not moving, still in PA.

But when we got there ... oh it was magical.

I've got to tell you, I'm pretty sure Disney is the epitome of awesomeness and as an adult (who hasn't been there in 10 years) I'm still so very in love with that place. And I can't wait to take my kids there!

Here is Tigger and I, who literally followed me around the place there for like a solid 15 minutes and rubbed my back and gave me countless hugs. I was too excited at the time to realize how strange that was, and after a few hours and my friends commenting on how gross that it was I realized, with a huge laugh (because I didn't care and I was in Disney World for crying out loud) that Tigger was coming on to me.

The best part. I was watching the news a few years later and saw THIS. Tigger, my not so secret admirer, was arrested for "pawing a 13 year old girl while posing for a photo". And here I just thought he was an overly friendly Disney character. :)

Feel like reliving some old school memories of your own? Then head on over to the fabulous blog of Christopher and Tia for a Friday Flashback of your own!


Nen said...

I'm a small town girl from PA as well... although I never made the cut for chorus!
That's a little odd about Tigger following you around..... especially with the uhhh... arrest later on. Weird!
Thanks for sharing your pics!

The Momma said...

Disney is the BEST! It's especially wonderful seeing through the eyes of your child!!

That Tigger incident is rather creepy!

AlyGatr said...

I love those pics!!! My first trip to Disney was Disneyland...and I didn't make it there until I was 21. I had the best time, even though Disneyland is lame compared to Disney World in Orlando. I made it to Orlando a year or two later...but I only ever got to visit Epcot because I was only in town for 3 days visiting a friend. Wow, who knew Tigger was such a pervy?

Whimsical Creations said...

I grew up in a really small town, too. We had a stop light and that was it.

I LOVE disney!! We went on our honeymoon. I was soooo excited and had such a fabulous time. I can not wait to take my kids there.

Crafty Mama said...

I love hearing stories about Disney. The best ones are from people who work there! Those Tiggers- tsk, tsk. :)