2018-01-27 / The Bullhorn

RCS teacher revisits Disney World after 29 years

BY CAMDYN FICKES
BULLHORN REPORTER


RCS high school teacher Phillip Gillis is pictured with his wife, Beth, daughter Darby Ella, and son Jack, at Disney World. Taking his children brought back memories of his own childhood visit. 
SUBMITTED RCS high school teacher Phillip Gillis is pictured with his wife, Beth, daughter Darby Ella, and son Jack, at Disney World. Taking his children brought back memories of his own childhood visit. SUBMITTED Recently, Phillip Gillis, RCS high school English teacher, went to Disney World for the first time with his family. The last time he was there, Gillis was in second grade.

This was also Gillis’s first time in an airport and on an airplane.

“I was not really freaked out by the plane but more by the airport,” said Gillis.

He explained how he had to get coffee after he passed the main security checkpoint to calm him down. Take off, however, was fun for Gillis, and the two-hour flight was much better than the transportation for his first trip to Disney.

On his visit in February of 1988, Gillis said he rode 13 hours in a van with seven other people.

“I had a little schoolwork to do, plus we were playing cards and other things just to kill the 13 hours,” he said.

Until this day, he said he is always teased about how he got sick on the Mad Hatter tea cup ride in Magic Kingdom back in 1988.

When he went with his kids this month, his favorite ride was Snow White’s Scary Adventures.

“It was one of those dark Disney rides that you think is going to be funny, but no, it was creepy,” Gillis said. “Like, when the witch came and jumped right out at you.”

“Watching my children ride many of the same rides I rode when I was a kid, like Peter Pan’s Flight and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, was very memorable,” said Gillis.

His son, Jack, loved Hollywood Studios because he is a big Star Wars fan. His daughter Darby Ella’s favorite ride was Peter Pan’s Flight, and she also enjoyed it when she got to be Pocahontas for the day because that is her favorite princess. The worst ride experience for Gillis with his family was Mission Space in Epcot. He said it affected his vertigo and his head was unsteady for the rest of the day.

“It’s got to be a tie; a tie between Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios for the best park, but I’m leaning more towards Magic Kingdom.”

When asked if he would want to go back, Gillis exclaimed, “Absolutely, I would go back tomorrow.”

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