Yesterday, new American Idol Scotty McCreery lived up to his promise, just as all Idols and sports stars do now, and went to Disney World.
The streets were abuzz with excitement as Scotty made his way down Hollywood Boulevard with Mickey Mouse in a sports car, and an announcer gave fun factoids about Scotty, that sounded like they were pulled from his Match.com profile ("Scotty is a baseball fanatic, and his favorite country music stars are Johnny Cash and Conway Twitty. He also likes long walks on the beach with pina coladas and getting caught in the rain." [Okay, I made up that last part.]) As he rounded the corner in front of the Hat, he stopped to take photos and sign autographs with people who had been waiting hours before the park even opened, before he made his to the stage in front of the Diamond Screen to be interviewed by one of the American Idol Experience hosts. The North Carolina Native was very humble, marveling at how he went from bagging groceries to being America's newest music star. He answered pre-submitted questions from the park guests, telling them to follow their dreams. At the end he sang his new single, "I Love You This Big", and talked about it's many meanings, from a child telling his mother how much he loved her, to Jesus Christ up on the cross with his arms open wide.
Later, he appeared at an American Idol Experience performance to give the contestants advice and announce the particular winner of that show. It was rumored that he and the other Top 5 contestants from Season 10 were out and about in the parks and getting a glimpse at how the American Idol Experience attraction works. If I had to guess, they were also shooting the promos and shots to update the attraction to include Season 10.