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Yes, that's right, I Won a Car at Disney World.

Updated on July 2, 2011

The Day I Won A Car!

Mickey giving me the winning key! I won out of 90,000 people who walked through the gate, that week.
Mickey giving me the winning key! I won out of 90,000 people who walked through the gate, that week. | Source

Who Me?

I Couldn't Believe it!

This is a story about what could happen in a split second... for the good! It started out that we were going to visit my grandparents in Florida. My brother and his family were traveling with us from New York. Everyone, (except me,) thought it would be a good idea to stop at Disney World, so my nephew could see Mikey, for the first time.

As we traveled through Virginia, bad weather hit. There was a lot of snow that week. We got past it and the caravan, (of two cars, )cheerfully traveled down I-95. As we went through each State, it got warmer and warmer. We started to take off coats, sweaters and gloves, until we were all in tee-shirts and shorts. Our first stop was at St. Augustine, Florida. That was a treat because Rob Lowe was filming a movie there and we got to meet the crew! That in itself was a memory to behold. The next day we went to Disney World.

This is where it got interesting. As I was paying for the rooms and getting the keys to our rooms, the cashier told me that I won a three day stay at the hotel with all sorts of goodies attached. It only cost us $100 for 5 to stay at the hotel for two nights. This couldn't have come at a better time. My husband just went into business and the phone had not rung for any business for a few weeks. He installed windows and doors and no one wanted that kind of work done in the winter. We only had a little over $300 and didn't plan to stay more than one night at Disney World.

We bought tickets to Epcot Center and as my husband, (the gentleman that he is...) handed me my ticket... Bells and sirens went off! As I was entering to go into Epcot I asked the woman who took half of my ticket... "What was going on?" She told me, "Oh, you won a hat or a pin." I was excited to get one of those Mouse Ear Hats that I saw on the Mickey Mouse Club show, when I was a kid. So I told her... "Oh, I always wanted one of those hats!"

Mickey and Me.

All of a sudden, Mickey came up to me and handed me a Big Key! I handed it back to him. Then he gave it to me and his white gloves were waving towards the car, which I didn't see. As I was asking him... "Where's my Hat?" TV cameras and a news reporter came up to me and asked how I felt about winning? Then I heard my brother yell... "She won a Car!"

We all were in the Parade for Disney World's 15th Year Anniversary. The strange part was that we just bought our first new car... three weeks before I won the car! I ended up giving the car to my sister who had three small children and was driving around in a car with baloney skin tires. And you know what... That car is still running, after 24 years!

Until we meet again... Francesca27

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      mckbirdbks 6 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Yeah. Great story, well told. Thanks for sharing. Very warm.

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      A.CreativeThinker 6 years ago

      That is an amazing story Francesca27! The car is still running, wow, that is awesome. :)

      Regards,

      Angel (A.CreativeThinker)

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      SusieQ42 6 years ago

      I love this hub! It's good to hear that YOU WON!!! I know someone who won a car once and she gave it to her mom and dad...

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      saunders 6 years ago

      I loved that story ...so positive ...another story might be how they kept that car going...lol....

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      Francesca27 6 years ago from Hub Page

      Yes saunders, I thought about putting in a few more details in the hub but didn't want it to be too long. My sisters husband is the repair man for the Post Office vehicles, so he knows a lot about maintaining cars and trucks. I'm sure his skill kept the car on the road. Oh, they have 5 children and ALL of them had a turn at the use of the car.

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      bri36 6 years ago

      cool stuff! and the car is still in the family. this is a story in it's self. thank you francesca27 for bringing the fun of winning back into it...

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      NTR57 6 years ago

      Those were the days when the economy was good and companies "shared the wealth". I don't see this happening in this day and age. It's a nice story. Thank you for letting us take the trip down memory lane with you.

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      chonett 6 years ago

      You tell nice experiences and I like reading them. You keep up the good writing and I'll will always enjoy! Thanks!

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      Kurt5777 6 years ago

      I use to drive that car lol

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      seraphimcross 6 years ago

      Nice story.

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      flguyindc 6 years ago

      What an awesome story Cuz.

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      Cassidella 5 years ago

      Hey Francesca I love this true story and that you were kind-hearted enough to share the car you won with family makes it all the better!

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      Joe Bricky 5 years ago from Northern Nevada

      Way cool. And funny.

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      WandasHomePlace 5 years ago

      This could only happen to you! Way to go Francesca27.

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      annamaria123 5 years ago

      Francesca, I love this story. It's so funny. You didn't know what hit you...didn't you!

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