Disney Update – Day #4

It's Thursday and the Clipper Band is headed to the Magic Kingdom for the entire day. It was the hottest day of the week with temperatures in the low-mid nineties. After spending about 8 hours exploring classic attractions such as Space Mountain, Pirates  of the Caribbean, and of course, It's A Small World, it was time to get ready for our parade. Thankfully once the sun went down, the temperature dropped about 15-20 degrees. The group met at the "Golden Oak Outpost" which is the in-park entrance to the back stage area near Frontierland. This is the "top-secret" section of the park for Disney performers only. Everyone in the band got to see what goes on behind the scenes to create that "Disney magic." After getting dressed and warmed-up, the students were walked backstage to the starting position near the front of the park. Tonight was dubbed "New Hampshire Night" as both Laconia High School and Portsmouth High School marching bands were in the evening parade. As we entered the park, the students were immediately greeted by thousands of cheering spectators lining the parade route. Once they rounded the rotary onto Main Street, the Cinderella's castle came into view, all illuminated in a variety of colors. It was an amazing sight. There had to be over 10,000 people or more lining Main Street. We marched towards Walt Disney's Stature in front of the castle and headed towards Frontier land marching right past the home of the Country Bear Jamboree. Portsmouth family members who were at the beginning of the parade, dashed through the various shops and side streets to catch a glimpse of the band multiple times. Before we knew it, we were back at the Golden Oak outpost and the parade was done. It was short but extremely intense. Many tears of joy and exhaustion everywhere. The Clipper Band looked great and sounded great! We headed backstage to change and load the truck. After that, we were escorted back into the park just in time to see the fireworks over the castle. It was a great ending to a long hot & magical day.

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