I was moving some stuff out of the spare bedroom closet and found a box with photos and our certificate and I just wanted to share this story with all of you.
We were the Grand Marshalls Nov 3, 1995 of the Mickey Mania parade. There use to be a show called WDW inside out and one show was about unique jobs at WDW. So they talked about the Mayor and how he picked the grand marshall.
So we were there and I pointed Ray out to my wife and told her he's the guy that picks the grand marshall of the parade. So she said to go ask him if we can be the grand marshalls. I told her he probably had someone picked. So I got the look (you know) and she said you always tell your clients to ask for free upgrades or anything else because the worst answer could be no. Go Ask!
So we went over and asked for a picture with him and after I took the shot I asked if we could be the grand marshalls today. He smiled and said he already picked a family. He looked at my two kids and asked me how long we'd be at WDW and I told him we were leaving the day after tomorrow. So he asked for our names and resort and room # and said the family he had for the next day may have to cancel and he would call our room before 9 am if that happens.
The next morning we sat around the room and it was 5 minutes after nine and we figured they didn't cancel so we headed out to the park. Just as the hotel door closed we heard the phone. I scramble to get the room key out of my pocket when my wife body checks me and in the same motion slams her room key in and flings the door open. She dives on the bed and grabs the phone before the 3rd ring. It was Ray, we are the grand marshalls!
So we rode in the fire truck and my son who was 3 rang that bell the entire time. My daughter was 6 and she said she felt like a princess. It was so neat to hear your name announced and everybody was cheering us. I remember waving to the people and smiling so wide that my face hurt later in the day. We had such a fantastic time! We got out of the fire truck and the CM had us stand right by the parade exit. Every single CM and character that was in the parade stopped by us. It was truly a magical experience.
Anyone else have the honor? Love to hear your story.
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