Drizella and the Pirate King

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While on vacation for my 60th birthday last January, our family of four stayed together at our DVC home in Bay Lake Tower. My sons, Brad and Tyler  are now older, 23 and 22, so it was especially nice that we were all together for the celebration.

At dinner at 1900 Park Fare, we were enjoying our buffet in the side room of the restaurant when we were visited by Cinderella, Prince Charming, Anastasia, and Drizella, who, we were warned by our server, liked to flirt with the young men. The room was filled with very young pirates all made up with beards and equipped with swords and other pirate props. They were poking away at the stepsisters. Soon intense flirting ensued at our table and Drizella plopped herself into a chair next to Brad and asked if he too was a pirate. He replied, “I have been.” Intrigued she continued, “Can you sing a pirate song?” “I have been known to do so.” my son replied. Drizella called her sister and Cinderella over and proclaimed to the entire room that Brad would sing a pirate song for everyone.

Brad stood up, propped his foot onto a chair and proceeded to sing “The Pirate King” from Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance.” The room became quiet as he belted out the lyrics with his beautiful bass-baritone voice. Unbeknownst to Drizella, Brad is an aspiring opera singer! Even Prince Charming ran over to exclaim his surprise. Drizella clapped furiously. I was thrilled as the room burst into applause. What a delightful night for our whole family. I’m sure the diners thought he was a Disney plant and part of the show. It’s truly a special Disney memory!

– Frances, 61, Glen Rock, NJ

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