From the March 25th to March 30th, I was on a band/orchestra (I’m in orchestra) trip to Walt Disney World located near Orlando, Florida. On Saturday, the 25th, I had to arrive at Franklin Heights by 11:30 am. I did so and I was growing very anxious. I was honestly afraid my ever-so loving parents for so long, but I at least had my friends. Besides, my mother wrote me sweet letters for every night I was there. Around 12:30, all of the travel buses were on their way to Disney. I was on the second bus with all of the orchestra members and some band members. At first, I was tearing up because my best friend refused to sit with me because she wanted to sit with someone else(I had no choice because a scary senior pushed me into her seat and wouldnt let me move, so there, From Trinitty the best friend) , so it made me feel lonely and that no one liked me. About 2 hours into the trip, I somehow started talking to this one guy who sat behind me whose name was Zane. He kept me pretty occupied throughout the rest of the trip. We drove from 12:30 pm to about 7:45 am and didn’t arrive to Disney until Sunday.
The first day we arrived there, everyone got to enjoy Epcot for an entire day. Epcot is mainly science related, that was right up my alley. I love science. In fact, I would like to be an astronaut when I grow up. I know, laugh at me… that’s what everyone seems to do, but I’m serious about this. I really want to be an astronaut. In fact, the first ride I rode when I got to Epcot was Mission Space. This was sort of a simulator ride that let you feel what it’s like to blast off into space and float around in zero gravity. Mission Space was super interesting because they put a screen in front of you and you get to look up into the sky until suddenly, the ride starts and you go flying into the sky. Your mission is to get to Mars and so you have to control your spaceship to glide through rocks and debris that threatens to hit your spaceship. The ride flips you upside down, lets you feel intense amounts of gravity, and no gravity at all. I went on the more intense version, so I don’t know what the less intense version was like. All I know is that it was super fun and right up my alley, considering I would like to be an astronaut.
I don’t remember exactly what ride I rode next, but I do remember Epcot having a huge colorful ball that hung suspended in the sky and that you were able to walk under. I was surprised to figure out that there was actually a ride inside of the ball. I did go on this ride and it was super interesting because it was about how our world and technology has changed from ancient times to now. I was pretty worried because the ball was suspended in the air, held by a few thin poles, and I had major anxiety that it would fall or collapse. At the end of the ride, it secretly took pictures of you and asked you certain questions and predicted the future for you and the person sat next to you. Epcot had different countries within it. I visited all of them and they were all decorated with that certain country’s traditional decor. France even had an Eiffel Tower! At the end of the day, my friend was super generous and bought me Minnie Mouse ears! Overall, Epcot was probably my favorite park I visited in Disney because it was space related and as said before, I want to be an astronaut.
On Monday, I woke up around 7:00 to get dressed and drove off to The House of the Blues. This was the very first time I’ve ever had real pork bacon. I ended up liking it, but enjoying turkey bacon more. When a majority of the kids were finished eating, this one guy came out with a fedora and suit on and stood on the small stage that was inside the cafe. He then invited seniors and the directors up onto the stage with him. They made them dance and sing and the rest of the students were dancing along and singing. It was very entertaining and immediately lightened my day. Next, the orchestra students were taken to perform at Disney Springs. We sounded amazing, but the conditions we were in were HORRIBLE. It was so hot and I was wearing black. I nearly had a heat stroke. On the bright side, we got mickey ears that said something along the lines of, “Disney Performing Arts.” The only thing that sucked about those were that they were really hot and we had to wear them during our performance.
After our performance, all the students headed out to Magic Kingdom. OH MY GEEBS, CINDERELLA’S CASTLE WAS B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L!!!! At night, it turned from pink lighting to blue and it was just so beautiful. I felt like a tiny baby ant compared to the castle. It looked so much more different than the beginning of disney movies. I thought it would have those streams around it and fireworks blasting from the building, but it was surprisingly more to the eye than you’d ever think. Around the castle, there were shops and restaurants. It almost looked like a town because there were roads and sidewalks and buildings. Besides the castle, I did walk around the park to ride some rides. There was this one ride me and my best friend had a Fast Pass for that was called Big Thunder Mountain. I am not a roller coaster person, considering I cried on The Racers as Kings Island, a roller coaster where all it does is take you up and down hills. I was frantic to ride is because the description of the ride said it was fast and had sudden, but small drops. I worked up the courage to do it and I ended up being in the very front row of the train. It was SUPER fun! I had a ball screaming and throwing my hands in the air as the ride jerked me around corners and threw me down sudden drops. I am still afraid of roller coasters, but not that one at least! (:
On Tuesday, March 28th, we had to go to an Instrumental Workshop. I absolutely HATED the workshop. All we did was sightread and get yelled at, some of my LEAST favorite things. You know what, I don’t even want to keep talking about that workshop, it just makes me depressed.
Anyway, after the you know what, we departed to the beach. I didn’t go in the ocean but once, I usually stayed in the hotel’s pool and attempted to get a tan in the sun, but didn’t get a single bit darker. Maybe I’m so white that I can’t even get burnt…
After the beach, we got to roam around Disney Spring (used to be called Downtown Disney) for about an hour and a half. An hour of that was taken up trying to order pizza from a restaurant. The waitresses lost our pizza order! Eventually, we did get our pizza and it was very delicious, and I told my senior friend, Katie, that my father jokingly told me to buy him a Harley Davidson. Around our area, there was actually a Harley Davidson store! Obviously, I went in there and since I could never afford a real Harley Davidson, I bought him a small motorcycle figurine. He ended up loving it and wanting to show it off to everyone. The fact that he wanted to show it off made me feel special. (:
On Wednesday, March 29th, we had to check out of our hotel rooms because that was going to be our last day in Disney. For breakfast, we went to this place called the Rainforest Cafe in Animal Kingdom. This cafe was so beautiful!!!! The whole building was decorated in leaves and trees and animals, just like a real rainforest. While I was eating my breakfast, the whole building shook and thunderclaps started booming. The cafe went dark and the fake animals were going crazy. That cafe was just so crazy, I loved it.
After breakfast, we were off on our own to explore Animal Kingdom. Me and some of my friend went on the Safari ride and saw some amazing animals such as elephants, giraffes, gorillas, hippos, etc… At one of the souvenir stores, I bought my mom a key chain that said “best mom” on it and a really awesome looking key that looked like it opened an 1800’s mansion. She loved her gifts just as much as my dad loved his.
Around noon, my tiny group went the Disney Transportation station to get on a bus to Hollywood studios. There, I had a fast pass for a ride called Star Tours. This ride was similar to Mission Space, as it was a simulator ride. It was based upon Star Wars and you sit on a seat, strapped in, in a room with about 25 other people. It front of all the people, there is a big screen that simulated what you’d see if you were in your spaceship. This ride did twists and turns and it was in 3D. Near the end of the ride, our spaceship hit a piece of glass and since it was in 3D, it looked as if we got hit with shards of glass. That had me so shook, I jumped so high.
Around 7:30pm we were told to go to a show called Fantasmic. I didn’t really want to at first but after it started, it really interested me. They lit the water on fire and set off fireworks. They splashed people with water and somehow showed clips from Disney movies on top of the water. Disney princess and princes came out of boats and they looked so beautiful. I wish I was pretty enough to have a job like that.
Next thing I know we’re back on the travel bus heading back to Ohio. My friend gave me a pill to help me sleep and I slept for 16 hours! I felt great, haha. It was like I time traveled back to Ohio in a split second because of how long I slept.
Overall, the Disney trip was just about the most fun I’ve ever had in my life. I made the most of this trip because I bought I’ll ever get to go back. If you ever get to go to Disney World, cherish every moment because it may be the last. (: