My most recent trip was the trip I took with the Quiz Bowl team to the National Tournament of Academic Excellence (NTAE) competition in Orlando, Florida. We were to stay at the Contemporary Disney Resort within the Disney theme park. In mid-April, our Quiz Bowl coaches announced that we would go to compete in the NTAE competition from June 14 – 19 2009. All nine of us became quite excited upon hearing the news. Most of us had never been to Disney world, and I always wanted to go there.
Time passed by quickly, and before I knew it, it was June 14! I arrived to the airport early. Our flight was delayed many times, and we ended up arriving in Orlando at 9:00 A.M. – 12 hours later than anticipated. We arrived at the Contemporary Disney Hotel at 10:30 A.M. The hotel was visually stunning and awe-inspiring. The imposing structure had slanted walls and rose at least twenty stories high. Upon entering the building, I found the dÃ©cor to be simple yet elegant. Marble floors and black leather couches set the mood, but the Mickey Mouse emblems reminded me that this was definitely a Disney hotel.
Our rooms were not disappointing either. The rooms were spacious and decorated with marble tables and cedar cabinets. The bathroom was particularly impressive, with its black and white marble tiles, dual faucets, and mahogany outlined mirrors. We made sure to rest well in our comfortable rooms, for the competition was tomorrow.
The competition did not go as well as planned. In the first day of competition, we came in second to last place. Our coaches were disappointed in us, but I paid no attention to them, for they did not spend much of their time helping us study. The questions were extremely difficult, and we were not familiar with many of those questions. After the first competition, we took the monorail to the Magic Kingdom. We stayed to see the majestic fireworks at Cinderella’s Castle. The following day, we went out of Disney and into Islands of Adventure in City Walk. I had a blast. We went on all the rides, and the parent chaperones took us to the candy store and bought us candy. I felt like a little child all over again.
The next day turned out to be eventful. One of our coaches became upset with us over a trivial issue. She blamed the parent chaperones and embarrassed us publicly. The parent chaperones, as well as one of my team members, could no longer tolerate the coach’s unpredictable behavior, so they left. My fellow team members and I became disheartened when they left, but we could not blame them for leaving.
The rest of the trip was boring at best. Since the parent chaperones left, it seemed like there was no reason for us to stay, either. My coach dragged us to Epcot, which was not interesting compared to the other Disney attractions. She also caused us to be an hour late for the closing dinner/award ceremony, and I no longer felt comfortable around her. Thankfully, we were leaving the next day.
We woke up early the next day, and we were in the airport by six in the morning. I remember sleeping through the whole plane flight. I was happy to arrive back home. My trip to Disney was enjoyable, but I certainly did not experience everything I wanted to experience. I hope to visit Disney again someday, preferably with people who enjoy life as much as I do.
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