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Disney Magical Memories: Marching Down Main Street


I can picture it like it was yesterday. The year is 1998, my junior year of high school. I’m walking into band class listening to former Mouseketeer, Justin Timberlake, singing with NSNYC on my Sony Walkman. Our band teacher is motioning excitedly for us to get seated. He has a major announcement. Drum roll……

We are going to Disney World! Stinging hot tears of pure joy are now rolling down all of our faces. We are hysterical! We had been dreaming of performing in Disney for years, and begging our teacher to go.  Now he was granting our wish. This was a big deal in our small rural town as most of us had never visited the house of mouse.

Over the next few months we held a fundraiser in which we sold those candy bars to literally anyone and everyone. We were determined to all be able to afford to go on this once in a lifetime trip with one another.

Fast forward a few months to our departure day.   Four coach buses were lined up, waiting to take us on our journey to the most magical place on Earth. Our instruments were loaded, suitcases as well. We were ready for our overnight bus ride from Kentucky to Florida.

We arrived and finally got to live out our dream, performing in the Magic Kingdom. It was every bit as magical as we had dreamed. Onlookers were clapping and cheering. It was pure magic.

The rest of our time was just as magical; riding rides, enjoying treats and having the time of our lives with my fellow students.

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Side note: These glorious memories were likely photographed with a Kodak camera in which case the film is still in a drawer somewhere having never been developed as was typical of the 90’s.

Cut to 2019 and I now get to help students make those same dreams come true as they did for me in 1998. I married a music teacher and I help coach the colorguard for the marching band. This past February was our third time taking the band to Walt Disney World!

With each trip I see sixteen-year-old old me in their eyes and it’s 1998 all over again. The same excitement at becoming a cast member for the day; going backstage and marching down Main Street.

So the next time you see a band marching through the park give them some positivity! They’ve dreamed hard and worked even harder to make this dream a reality.

Dreams do come true, if only we wish hard enough–Peter Pan

If you can dream it, you can do it–Walt Disney

Amanda Wesche


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  1. I have had the opportunity to take 6 different trips with my bands! I’m a band director from a small town in Kansas. We’ve done trips in 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2014, and 2018. Every trip has been magical in its own way! Wouldn’t trade it for the world!

  2. I was fortunate enough to watch my daiughter march down Main Street twice with her high school marching band spinning her flag with pride. She was in color/winter guard all 4 years of high school. I had tears of joy watching her do what she loved so much in our happy place! Her senior year she marched right before Spectro Magic, and it is one of my most absolute favorite memories. They traveled from Cincinnati, OH.

  3. I went my junior year in 1998 and we got to record “a whole new world” with Disney music people and they overlayed our recording into the actual movie and gave us a copy. I think this was at the Disney institute. We also played on the stage in Tomorrowland

  4. YES! I got to do this in the mid 90s to Disneyland. It was AAAAAMAZING. The last time I was in WDW I was hooting and hollering when I saw the high school band come through. People thought I was crazy, but I knew to encourage them!!! :)

  5. Fun memory. I have the same from 2 different trips. 1980 to WDW (Epcot was still under construction) and even better, 1978 to DL, while also marching in the Rose Parade. Both were first trips to Disney for me, and most of my classmates.

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