St. Didacus Students Get “Disney” Spells
The St Didacus 8th Graders arrived early at school on Thursday morning, May 24th, eagerly anticipating what was to come. No, they were not looking forward to more tests, studying and learning, but rather to their long-awaited trip to Disneyland! This is a tradition among many, if not most, schools in southern California, and for the 8th grade class, all of whom are about to leave the school for good as they head off to high school, this is one last chance to bond as a group and enjoy some Disney Magic.
The shuttle bus left the school at 7:30, and by 10:00, the students had found their way into the park and were quickly on their way to the first ride of the day. Based on their reports, most of them headed directly to Space Mountain in Tomorrowland, where they figured it’s best to get to this one early, before the real crowd arrived. Also, again based on reports, Space Mountain did not disappoint.
The rest of the day brought more rides, more food, more fun, and more magic as they found their way around the park. The most popular attractions, along with Space Mountain, were the Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, Star Tours, the Haunted Mansion, and Indiana Jones.
Also present among the 8th graders were the adult chaperones, who proved that Disneyland is not just for kids. Eighth Grade teacher Mr. Matt Gaulin, principal Mrs. Dean and her husband, and our own pastor, Father Rick Fuentes were all there to keep an eye on the kids, but also to sneak in a few Disney attractions themselves. Father Rick even managed to survive the big, wet drop on Splash Mountain, and also did well to steer the space ship through the galaxy on Star Tours.
By the end of the day, the 8th Graders were reluctant to come back, but they were happy to come home with so many wonderful memories. And thanks to Snapchat, Instragram, and Facebook, their photos and experiences will be remembered for many years to come!