If you ever go to Disney World during Mardi Gras like we just did, then you'll probably notice that about a third of the people there are wearing LSU, Saints, Ragin' Cajun or Tulane apparel. Basically, anyone escaping Mardi Gras madness was in Orlando this past week.
The LSU fans outnumbered everyone else though, and it was apparent even before we got into the park. For instance, when waiting for the monorail, the group waiting to go to the Magic Kingdom would let out a resounding "Geaux!" while the group waiting for Epcot would yell "Tigers!" And anyone wearing a Ohio State or Florida jacket got Tiger Baited.
Once you get past the monorail you still have to get into the park, which requires you to go through security - which meant several Tiger fans had to explain why they were bringing in pots, grills and propane. "It's for my roux!" was the reason most often cited.
Those cooking utensils came in handy, too. We were hot, tired, hungry and thirsty while waiting in line to ride Space Mountain, so we sparked up some conversations with some Tiger fans tailgating under a tent. They shared their beer, plus I ate some jambalaya while waiting to ride. I also had crawfish etouffee outside of the Finding Nemo ride in Epcot and watched the LSU basketball game on a 22 inch TV rigged up under a tent outside of Mission Space.
Disney has a Fast Pass system, which allows you to reserve a time to ride any of the attractions. But once you Fast Pass one ride you can't Fast Pass another until you've used your first pass. That's why we were happy the Saints fans were there - we bought several scalped Fast Pass tickets and rode our way through the parks in no time.
I knew the Tiger fans were in full force when every Tigger in the Winnie the Pooh ride had on an LSU hat.
And on our last day, someone dressed up like Mike the Tiger and stole the show. Even Mickey Mouse was standing in line to take pictures with ol' Mike.
After being in Disney for a week, all I can say is... Geaux Tigahs!
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