Saturday, December 13, 2014

Disney Day #1

Hello all! I know it has been some time since I've posted, but I'm back in action! After a busy Thanksgiving week, cheering in the Disney Christmas Extravaganza Parade, and a long week of choir functions and basketball games, I have finally found time to sit down and write. 

In some earlier posts, I had mentioned my opportunity to cheer for the National Cheerleading Association in the Disney Christmas Parade that airs on ABC Christmas morning. I was able to have this honor due to my All-American nomination at camp this past summer. When I first heard about the opportunity, I knew I had to do it. It is such an unique experience, something that I would never forget. 

After months of practicing the routine on my own, last weekend I headed to Disney World to embark on this once in a lifetime chance. I first got there on Wednesday to do a routine preview. I was so nervous for the preview, because basically it was a tryout for your position in the parade. I kept pushing off walking into the preview room, but when I finally previewed, I was so relieved. I felt confident with my "tryout" and was ready to hit the parks. Thursday morning we headed to Animal Kingdom. Although I don't live very far from Disney, I had only been to Animal Kingdom once before, and I'm not sure if I would ever go back. There is truly nothing to do besides going on the safari (which was pretty cool) or riding Everest (I didn't even go on it). The park didn't even seem very "Disney." There are barely any signs of Mickey or other original characters. It was a disappointment to me. Even though the park didn't have much going on, it was great spending some quality time with my parents. We always seem to have fun in any situation. Like I mentioned, the safari was one of the best parts. For it, you ride around in a Jeep-like car to observe the reserve that is on the Disney property. (Fun Fact: Magic Kingdom can fit inside the reserve!). Apparently on most days, one barely sees any of the animals. We got so lucky! We saw every animal, and we were so close to them! 

It was incredible being so up close to these creatures. I love looking at giraffes because you can really see God's intricate design. 

"I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well" 
Psalm 139:14

Thursday night, I had my first practice with all 830 cheerleaders (that's more people than in my high school). It was incredible to see how it all came together. With just a few words, the show directors could make the performance come to life with depth and visual magic. I can't wait to see how the performance turns out on TV. 

Ever been to Animal Kingdom? Let me know your thoughts!

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