Do you remember where you were on December 31, 1999? If you were alive and older than, let's say 6, you probably remember that night. The whole world was terrified of the Y2K bug. Some believed that all technology as we knew it would cease. They thought everything that ran on a computer would shut down at midnight because the computers would go crazy and not know how to handle the date changing from 1999 to 2000. There were some people who stockpiled food, water and basic supplies because the world as we knew it was going to change.
My family didn't stockpile or even worry about what would happen. If all technology was going to fail at midnight, then it would fail. If the world was going to change, then it would change. We really didn't think twice about it. In fact we thought, "If the world is going to cease and technology is going to go berserk, where would we want to be?... WALT DISNEY WORLD!!!" So we made plans to head south the week after Christmas.
The Disney resorts had a three night minimum stay for the week of New Year's Eve and we only needed 2 nights. We ended up staying at a shady Quality Inn on International Boulevard. Since we weren't staying on property, we had to choose which park we wanted to visit on Dec. 31. Our original plan was to go to Epcot. We got to the park at opening and it was already closed and so was Magic Kingdom! We freaked out a tad bit and sped to MGM Studios. Luckily we got in without any problems. We spent the entire day at MGM. I don't remember how many attractions we were able to experience but I remember it being cold and crowded. I remember thinking we needed to be in the streets at midnight and not on Tower of Terror at midnight- Just in case the computers did go hay wire!
At some point early in the day (before noon) we were near a TV screen and saw the New Year, New Millennium celebrations in Sydney Australia. When we saw the celebrations in Australia and the TV cameras were still working after midnight we figured things would be OK in the USA! Throughout the day we saw coverage of countries celebrating as the time zones reached midnight. At 11:59 EST, we were on Sunset Boulevard in front of the Beauty and the Beast Theatre counting down to Y2K. Everyone was happy, cheering and excited to see what the next year, decade, century and millennium would bring.
Where were you to ring in 2000?
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