Thursday, January 28, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Today was the day that I planned on auditioning for Disney's newest attraction... American Idol Experience. Being a viewer of every single season of American Idol you can imagine how stoked I was to have the opportunity to audition to stand on a replica of the American Idol stage. I knew everything about the attraction so I came fully prepared with an audition song and everything.
I woke up incredibly early to make sure I got beautified and fully warmed up. I even brought Throat Coat with me in case my allergies decided to close my throat up. Mom and I got to the parks a little later since I knew I didn't want to audition first thing. I didn't want to be in the first show since I hadn't seen it yet. I needed an opportunity to check it out ahead of time.
By the time I got to the audition area it was about 10:00. They have a greeter waiting right outside the long walk way up to the doors to guide you in and explain a few rules. My mom had her coffee with her so they wouldn't let her come into the audition area with it. She just stayed outside and I bravely went in by myself. You just stand there in this really nice waiting area with gold records of the real AI winners and wait for someone to come get you.
The first judge came out and greeted me by name. Already I felt more relaxed simply because he was so nice. I can't remember his name now. He asked me a few questions about myself... where i'm from, who i'm vacationing with, what I do for a living, etc. He told me to just sing my song whenever I was ready. I was able to choose whatever song in the world I wanted to sing so I chose The Wreckers "Leave The Pieces." My voice felt right on and it was shaky or anything. The guy was just all smiles at me the whole time. He then asked me to take a look at a list of songs (the official AIE songlist) and pick a few I might sing if I made it on stage. I already knew my two choices. "This Is Me" by Deme Levato and "Hot Stuff" by Donna Summer. The judge suggested "Hot Stuff" because it was more age appropriate as "This Is Me" is typically sung by a younger crowd. I sang some of "Hot Stuff" for him and after he stopped me he pulled out a card from behind the desk and said "I'm sending you onto the producer!" I was SO excited that I made it to the "red room." A big deal from watching season one of American Idol. Nerdy.. I know.
I basically just listened to songs on an iPod and waited for them to call me in. There was a 14 year old girl (the show age minimum) in the red room with me and her parents seemed like stage parents (not to be mean... but to be factual). After they brought her back out and she was told she made it to the show, they told her they were going to profile her with her family for a clip during the show. Finally, it was my turn! I walked into the producer's lounge and immedietly I recognized the guy from the promo videos for the attraction. This room is set up with amazing acoustically treated walls and an impressive sound system. He gave me a microphone and told me to try my first song, Hot Stuff. He really liked it and I suggested maybe he might like it better in the lower key. I sang my second choice song, "Black Horse & A Cherry Tree" for him after that. He told me he liked the original key version of Hot Stuff the best. Basically at that point I knew I made it by the way he spoke to me. He told me to look up on the screen behind him. Ryan Seacrest came up and told me that I made it onto the show! Thank you, Ryan!! I got my "Vote For Me" sign to wear around my neck and a piece of paper reminding me what time to come back before my show.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Mom and I had the CRAZIEST run in with Push the talking trashcan. I haven't seen Push in action since I was like 14 so this was a huge deal for me. I whipped out my camera and video taped him talking to guests. Only, about 20 seconds after getting my camera out Push came right over and started talking to me. I have a video of him and I having a 5 minute conversation. Seriously was the best moment of the day.
Space Mountain was closed down for refurbishment at the time but they had just opened Tomorrowland Transit Authority to guests again so we rode that. Mom and I were able to see the inside of Space Mountain with the lights on. It just looked like a gray warehouse with a coaster inside.
After Tomorrowland we went and had lots of fun in Adventureland and Frontierland. Ran into Cowboy Goofy which was just adorable. I told Goofy that I have a crush on his son, Max. True story. Before leaving Magic Kingdom we stopped and got some ice cream. Mom got vanilla & chocolate and I got the amazing raspberry sorbet. Yummy in the tummy.
We went back to Pop Century to get around for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party later. After some down time and primping at the resort we went to Epcot for dinner. We had to do some rearranging with dinner because we decided to attend the Halloween Party that night. Had to cancel our previous reservation and the only thing that was available at the right time was Biergarten. I had a bad previous experience when I was 17 at Biergarten. Just didn't care for it other than the sweet German music.
We were seated at the back of the restaurant with this stuffy ass family from North Dakota. In order to make it through what I was already expecting to be an awful dinner, I ordered an Oktoberfest. Biergarten's speciality beer. Oh good Lord folks... I could have drank that stuff 'till the cows came home. Mom and I went up to the buffet and immediately started whispering to each other "What is that? It looks weird and has a German name." We decided to go balls out and just pile stuff onto our plates even if we weren't sure what it was. If it didn't have meat in it, I tried it. There were actually more options for vegetarians than I had expected. I was shocked! After sitting down and taking a few bites... I was in heaven!!! I take back everything bad I ever said about this restaurant. The salad was killer and so was the red cabbage. All around i'd say Biergarten is now a "don't miss" for me at WDW. Yay!
The rest of the night was spent meeting more characters along some "haunted" trails, watching the Villains show in front of Cinderella Castle, and enjoying the Halloween parade and fireworks. While I really liked the events going on, it just seemed really crowded because everyone was in the same spot at the same time. People weren't really spread out enough. I'm glad I did it once and i'd probably do it again but not for a few more trips. I'd also dress up more.
We could have stayed in the park longer but we had to get to bed at a decent time because I needed a good nights sleep. I had a big day ahead of me... American Idol Experience!
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Lunch time at Coral Reef! We waited maybe 10 minutes then we were seated right by the aquarium. After getting our drinks and bread (which we love by the way) our entrees came out. Mom got the new york strip and I got the...? I don't know... some kind of fish. Mom and I both liked our meals. Wasn't the best i've ever had there though. Dessert is the best at Coral Reef. I got The Chocolate Wave and mom got the new and improved cheesecake. Yum yum yum. Successful lunch indeed!
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
My friend Ed was vacationing with his family at WD at the same time we were so I met up with him that night and we went to Epcot. Mom stayed in and relaxed so she'd be pumped and ready for the next day of fun. Ed and I had a blast walking around the World Showcase for the Food and Wine Festival. It was our first time during F&WF and it was SOOO COOL! I can't wait to do it again. Really really. All the different countries represented with great drinks and yummy food. Pure heaven in my eyes. We both got Grand Mariner slushes from France and then watched Illuminations. It's still not my favorite nighttime show. Just kinda short and boring to me.