By Katie Meena
Disney World is the most magical and happiest place on Earth. This year, Marist Band and Singers traveled to Orlando, Florida to perform in Downtown Disney as a part of Disney World’s Magic Music Days. Magic Music Days is a multiple month event program that gives colleges and high schools the opportunity to perform in Disney World and showcase their musical talent. When I was a senior in high school, I performed in Disney World with the marching band as a member of the Color Guard. However, I was even more excited to perform in Disney once again – this time with a different music group.
As part of Disney Magic Music Days, the band and choir each had two performances during the week-long trip – the rest of the time was ours. We had five days to go to whichever Disney parks we liked – we even were given Hopper passes! Hopper passes allow you to hop from one Disney Park to the other in one day, without any extra charge. In addition, we were given four days to spend at any of the Disney water parks (Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach) and/or Disney Quest, which is a virtual arcade and theme park.
My Marist music trip to Disney was awesome! It was so much fun to go to all the Disney parks with my friends from college. We were given a lot of freedom to roam around, yet that means a lot of responsibility. However, I had a blast spending time with my friends and acting like a little kid again: wearing my Minnie Mouse ears, taking pictures with all the characters, and collecting all the souvenir pennies (my absolute favorite). It was also great to experience Disney World with a few of my friends who had never been there before.
We spent an entire day in Magic Kingdom watching the SpectroMagic Parade and riding on Space Mountain, “It’s a Small World”, and Pirates of the Caribbean (to name a few). The following days were spent riding Rock ‘n Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (formerly known as MGM Studios), learning about technology and our environment and traveling around the world in Epcot, and going on safaris and riding Mt. Everest at Animal Kingdom. Our hotel was right by Downtown Disney, so each night we would venture off to new shops and sample some free Ghirardelli chocolate. In addition, we spent a few nights fighting Pirates, riding on a magic carpet like Aladdin, and creating wildly outrageous songs with “Radio Disney’s SongMaker” in Disney Quest.
Every day was an exciting new adventure and I can’t wait to travel to Disney World with my Marist music family once again as a senior.
Katie Meena (Class of ‘12) is Communications-Radio/TV/Film major/ Spanish minor from Long Island.