Saturday, April 3, 2010

V.I.P. Treatment

Despite the fact that our dinner at The Fireworks Factory (see yesterday's post) ran much longer than anticipated, our Disney Guest Services escort (who had been receiving regular updates from me) was waiting for us when we came out of the restaurant at the back gate to Pleasure Island.  If you have ever spent much time at WDW, then you have probably seen a Guest Services representative.  They wear plaid vests, and are usually seen escorting celebrities or other Very Important People around the parks.  Not just anyone gets to walk around accompanied by a plaid vest.  But our group did!  She walked us through the gate (even though our passes allowed admission to P.I. we never had to show them) and across the area.  She took us behind our destination, The Comedy Warehouse, where we had to wait a few minutes because there was a show already in progress.  After this short wait, the back door (that's the front entrance pictured above) to the club opened and she led us in.  As we entered, it was easy to see that we were the only ones in the building.  They seated us in the best seats in the house BEFORE they let anyone else in.  It was incredible.  We were ready for the show...or so we thought!

The Comedy Warehouse was an improv club, which means every show was different and that information from the audience was used to build the skits they do. They were famous for making fun of tourists and WDW itself.   What we didn't know yet was that for this one night, for this one show, it was going to be all about us.  When the performers hit the stage, they already knew that the Springfield Friends Meeting youth group from High Point, NC was in the crowd.  They knew we were seated down front.  They talked to our students to get what they needed for their skits.  I remember there was a phone located in the audience and they called one of our girls (I think Cheryl Deal or Marie Allen? If anyone is reading and remembers details I would love to hear them!) and talked to them about our group, and it was hysterical.  They asked group members for words and numbers that were used on stage.  They made fun of us being from NC and of our accents.  I remember very few details of what they did or said; I do remember laughing hysterically the entire performance and feeling like a celebrity.  I know the entire group felt the same way.

When the show ended, we were again escorted out the back and to an exit from Pleasure Island.  Everyone was giddy about the night, but I felt a special sense of accomplishment.  I had dreamed of making the trip unique, memorable and special.  I had made phone calls, asked never before asked questions of WDW suits, and pushed the boundaries of what we could do.  But in my wildest dreams I had not imagined a night as spectacular as the one we had just completed.  The food, drinks and fellowship at The Fireworks Factory had been beyond my greatest hopes.  Our V.I.P. treatment at The Comedy Warehouse had simply blown us all away.  In a week full of great adventures, that night was the one that would stick with us.  That was one of the nights, after my 28 years of student ministry were done, that I could point to and say with great passion, "THAT...WAS AWESOME!!!"  I thank God for all such days and nights and pray that even in such "worldly" events we brought glory to His name.  Have a blessed Easter everyone!

Because of Jesus,


  1. Cheryl Deal Meadows4/03/2010

    OK Carl, now is my time to comment. I am pretty sure it was Marie Allen who did most of the I have fond memories of that night, and I think I would remember that. I can't believe you don't remember the improv show though. The comedians did a show and song about High Point...High Poiiiiiiint,....NC. LOL it was hilarious. Some years later, Marie and I were watching some show on comedy central, you know back in the day when they still actually showed stand up, and low and behold if it wasn't a recorded showing of our night at the Comedy Warehouse. Now that, even though it was many years later, topped that night off. I wish I would have been able to record it, but I couldn't. If I had, that would have been something I would have cherished for life. That was most definitely a memorable night. And the every night New Years Party at pleasure island was a blast. I have never in my life seen soo much confetti and ticker Well, homework is calling. If I think of anything else, I will post more later.

  2. Thanks for sharing, Cheryl! A great memory of a great night...


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