Walt Disney World ICP - Day 67 & 68 - The end of a journey - 8th and 9th August 2013

8th Aug
Today the reality that my program was coming to an end really hit home. What with graduation last week and my final day of work yesterday, it really set in today when I had to pack up my room. My mum came over to help clean and empty out my room and it was really sad seeing it empty. Blair was at the parks with his friends and Dan was with his parents so I never got to say a proper goodbye to either which was sad but hopefully we’ll see each other in the future. It really seems that you only get to say goodbye to those you spend most the time with and towards the end of the program that was my Fantasyland friends!

It’s almost impossible to say bye to everyone you met on the program! I checked out of the apartment, handed in my key, kept my Disney ID card and nametag as souvenirs and was bid “good luck” by the front desk!

The room I've spent the whole summer in...empty :(
My parents, brother and I went to Walmart and I bought us a Disney photo frame and photo folder for $8 each which was a bargain compared to the park prices. Admittedly they weren’t quite as nice but they were a great deal!

After that it was the Poly beach for Wishes which was great, followed by a tour of the other resorts around the Seven Seas lagoon as my family had yet to go on the monorail.

9th Aug
Today I checked into Pop Century officially with my parents which meant having to check out and back in again, but we kept the same room which was good. The goal for today was to visit all four theme parks and do the things which were left in each. I’ll let you know now...we failed.

At Animal Kingdom I rode Expedition Everest through the single rider line, then we all went to watch the Festival of the Lion King which was great of course, and Flights of Wonder which surprised me by how entertaining it was! It was really quite funny!

Lunch was at the Captain's Grille at the Yacht Club which was delicious and Cast get 40% off dining at select resorts which made the meal even better!

The lobster sliders were incredible!

We walked over to Epcot and my family wanted to watch a few of the shows at World Showcase, so while they ventured to Reflections of France and the American Adventure I went and rode Test Track as a single rider. At this point we realised we were shattered and if there was one thing I wanted to do today it was watch Wishes on Main Street, so we called it a day for now by going back to Pop Century. Walking past Spaceship Earth I thought it would be a shame not to do a last quick ride on it so off I went with my brother - fun as usual.

Back at the hotel, I had a nice two-hour long nap, only then realising how tired I was. The night was perfect just as planned, though my Dad decided not to come. We watched Celebrate the Magic, followed by Wishes with a few more tears in my eyes...but no crying. Then it was time to tick off a few of my favourites after I had dinner at Cosmic Rays. In 30 minutes I rode Under the Sea, followed by Philharmagic where I said a final final goodbye to Oriol, Patricia and Ashleigh and then it was a quick dash to Space Mountain. As well as this I even managed to fit in getting my graduation ears embroidered.

We got a few final photos of Main Street with my graduation ears and I walked out for the very last time. It felt so strange hearing the turnstile click as I went through and knowing I wouldn't be coming back in - it was the end of an incredible journey.

A last look at the castle before it all ended.
The Disney international college program was the best summer of my life, I met some incredible people, made incredible unforgettable memories and had incredible fun. To anyone considering doing it - do it, apply! You will love it and I can guarantee you won’t regret it one bit. It’s a time unlike any other you’ll ever have in your life. Apply now and have memories you will cherish for a lifetime.

P.S. I’ll be doing a full post on the pros and cons of the Disney College Program in the near future on the blog.

P.P.S - If you were simply here reading about the Disney college program experience then you can stop reading now. However, if you want the rest of my summer’s blog then here’s what you can look forward to: Clearwater beach with the family, Universal Florida, New York, Disneyland in Anaheim, Hollywood, LA and Universal Studios Hollywood and anything else that crops up in between. Just keep reading the blog for more future posts. Either way thank you for your readership.

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