Inaugural ‘Florida Classic Fan Day’ Kicks Off at Disney-MGM Studios Nov. 18

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Nov. 8 /PRNewswire/ — For the first time ever, Walt Disney World Resort is hosting a whole fun-filled day of activities to salute alumni and fans in town for the Walt Disney World Florida Classic, the legendary annual football game between historically black schools Bethune- Cookman College and Florida A&M University.

On Friday, Nov. 18, Disney-MGM Studios will host “Florida Classic Fan Day” with a lineup of events kicking off at 9 a.m. as guests are greeted by a “tailgate party” featuring music and entertainment.

Other special events planned throughout the day include:

* A special “Florida Classic” version of the “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire-Play It” game show featuring trivia on FAMU, BCC and historically black colleges and universities.

* Marching bands — “The Pride” of BCC and the FAMU “Marching 100″ — and college presidents from both schools leading the “Hollywood Holly-Day Parade” at 3 p.m.

* Cheerleader squads facing off in a hot competition to see which school can generate the most crowd spirit — with syndicated radio personality Doug Banks hosting the action.

* Fraternities and sororities vying to give the best sample step exhibition on the Walt Disney World stage in front of the Sorcerer Mickey icon on Hollywood Boulevard.

All of the special fun on Nov. 18 is included with the regular price of admission to Disney-MGM Studios. Admission also includes the opportunity to experience the park’s many shows and attractions, including Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, The Twilight Zone(TM) Tower of Terror, and the brand-new “Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show.”

“We’ve developed ‘Florida Classic Fan Day’ to bring the celebration of this grandest tradition of historically black colleges and universities to Walt Disney World Resort,” said Xiomara Wiley, director of multicultural marketing. “We’re excited to be able to entertain thousands of alumni, fans and friends of both participating schools.”

The Walt Disney World Florida Classic is the largest black college football showcase in the country, attracting sellout crowds of more than 70,000 fans. Game time is 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando. The game will be telecast on ESPNU.

Leading off the weekend of activities, the Inaugural Florida Classic Symposium on Sports & Society will take place Thursday, Nov. 17, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. Top executives from college and professional athletics will take an unabashed look at the business of sports in today’s society. For more information, visit the Walt Disney World Florida Classic page at http://www.fcsports.com/ . The deadline to register is Thursday, Nov. 10.

Walt Disney World Resort has been part of the Classic since 1997 and has been title sponsor of the game since 2000. To date, Walt Disney World Resort has donated more than $1.6 million in scholarships to both BCC and FAMU.

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