The following has been a page on my site for an awful long time. I wanted to move it into a post because I am just trying to consolidate the actual amount of pages at the top of the screen. This was written over the course of a couple months after my internship with Walt Disney World ended. I wanted to write a road-trip/dramedy musical and I think, for a first draft, it is decent. Give it a read over, one of these days I will go at making a second draft.

Mickey Pin

FADE IN:

INTERIOR: HOUSE-DAY

MAN 1 sits staring into the screen. He sits on a couch against a white wall and listens to MAN 2 ask him questions.

MAN 2 (OS)

Why are you doing this?

MAN 1 looks down.

MAN 2 (OS)

Steve?

STEVE (MAN 1) looks back, into the camera.

STEVE

I’m Lost.

MAN 2

Well, what are you trying to find?

STEVE looks to something on the wall, behind the camera.

CUT TO:

EXTERIOR: MAGIC KINGDOM PARK-DAY (FLASHBACK)

STEVE dressed in a custodial uniform carrying a pan and broom; he walks outside, out from a doorway that leads to the lower levels beneath the park. Magic Kingdom Employees from various shops move about the area. STEVE walks towards a gate that leads to the guest area of the park.

STEVE

(Singing)

Rif Raf, Street Rat; I don’t buy that. If only they’d look closer. Would they see a poor boy, no Siree. They’d find out, there’s so much more, too me.

STEVE walks through the gate into the Adventure land area. He walks from the side of the el pirata e perico restaurant all the way to the front of the Pirates of the Caribbean Attraction. STEVE smiles at guests and makes funny faces at the kids who pass him by. He reaches to his belt and puts on a big white Mickey hand he had looped to his belt. He mocks the people around him by making funny gestures with the hand.

A female vendor pushes a cart of toys in the area between Pirates of the Caribbean and the El Pirata restaurant. Kids flock to the cart, with parents begrudgingly following, to look at the new toys the woman brought with her. Steve walks to the side of the cart.

ALEX

(to Steve)

It looks like you are in full form today.

STEVE

I feel good today. I mean look around; everyone just looks happy.

Kids run, screaming, into the Pirates attraction, Parents walk steadily behind them.

ALEX

You have a very unique view. The majority of CP’s I’ve come across in the custodial program detest what they do.

STEVE smiles and looks into the distance.

STEVE

Yeah, but I mean the majority of them focus on what they are doing at the current. Almost none of them consider the potential of what their actions hold for the future of those around them.

STEVE smiles and dances foolishly for the children that have gathered around him.

ALEX

You should have applied for entertainment.

DISSOLVE TO:

INTERIOR: HOUSE-DAY (PRESENT)

STEVE sits on the same couch, staring directly into the screen. He shifts his legs.

MAN 2

Why didn’t you go into Entertainment?

STEVE

I didn’t have enough Experience. It’s what I wanted to originally do. I wanted to be a fur.

MAN 2

What’s a fur?

STEVE

A fur is every costumed Character, a suit.

(MORE)

MAN 2

Well why not apply halfway in? Couldn’t you work part time as something once you had enough recognition in what you were already doing?

STEVE

I liked Custodial too much.

MAN 2

Why’s that?

CUT TO:

EXTERIOR: MAGIC KINGDOM PARK-DAY (FLASHBACK)

STEVE walks from the liberty square bell towards frontier-land. The ropes are set up for the afternoon parade. STEVE walks between the partisans along the parade route. He walks with his broom in hand accompanied by a roll of stickers. The eyes of the guests around the area focus on STEVE for he is the only one on the route before the parade. STEVE stops and looks around the area in Frontier-land where he was positioned. He holds his pan, broom, and stickers in one hand, and puts a “Stitch” glove on the other. STEVE then begins to sing.

STEVE

(Singing, while moving along the lines)

I’m gonna be a mighty king, so enemies beware.

A guest looks up at STEVE as he passes by.

GUEST 1

(Singing)

I’ve never seen a King of beasts with quite so little hair.

STEVE smiles and walks by, continuing his act.

STEVE

(Singing)

I’m gonna be the mane event, like no king was before. I’m brushing up on looking down; I’m working on my roar.

A separate guest speaks up as STEVE passes.

GUEST 2

Thus far a rather uninspiring thing.

STEVE moves on.

(MORE)

STEVE

(Singing)

Oh I just can’t wait to be King!

A group of 4 custodians pushing vacuums; followed by their 3 area managers, walk by the area.

STEVE

(Singing)

No one saying do this.

A manager walks over to STEVE

MANAGER 1

Now when I said that

CUSTODIAN 1

(Singing)

No one saying be there.

MANAGER 2 walks over to CUSTODIAN 1.

MANAGER 2

What I meant was

STEVE

(Singing)

No one saying Stop that!

MANAGER 2 walks over to STEVE.

MANAGER 2

What you don’t realize is.

STEVE

(Singing)

No one saying see here!

MANAGER 1+2

(in unison)

Now see here!

STEVE runs to the other side of the partitions and addresses the crowd.

STEVE

(Singing)

Free to run around all day.

(MORE)

MANAGER 1

Now that’s definitely out

STEVE

(Singing)

Free to do it all my way!

MANAGER 3 walks over to STEVE

MANAGER 3

I think it’s time you and I arranged a heart to heart.

CUSTODIAN 2 walks behind MANAGER 3.

CUSTODIAN 2

(Singing)

Kings don’t need advice from little hornbills for a start!

MANAGER 3 walks over to the other Managers and points at STEVE.

MANAGER 3

(Singing)

If this is where the monarchy is headed count me out: out of service, out of the park, I wouldn’t hang about! This child is getting wildly out of wing!

STEVE readdresses the crowd

STEVE

(singing)

Oh I just can’t wait to be king!

The custodians flank STEVE; one and two on his left, three and four on his right.

CUSTODIANS 1+2

(singing, in unison)

Everybody look left.

The crowd looks left.

CUSTODIANS 3+4

(Singing, in unison)

Everybody look right.

The crowd looks right. STEVE walks directly to the ropes that hold back the majority of the crowd.

(MORE)

STEVE

(Singing)

Everywhere you look I’m

CROWD

(Singing, in unison)

Standing in the Spotlight!

The Managers walk behind Steve and pull him back to the center.

MANAGERS 1-3

(in unison)

Not Yet!

The CUSTODIANS get in front of the crowd; STEVE unhinges from the MANAGER’s grasps and stands atop a Vacuum.

CUSTODIANS 1-4

(Singing, in unison)

Let every creature go for broke and sing! Let’s hear it on the heard and on the wing! It’s gonna be King Steve’s greatest fling!

STEVE

(Singing, from atop the vacuum)

Oh I just can’t wait to be King!

The CUSTODIANS go back to their Vacuums.

CUSTODIANS 1-4

(Singing, in Unison)

Oh he just can’t wait to be king!

STEVE

(singing)

I just can’t wait!!

CUSTODIANS 1-4

(Singing, in unison)

I Just can’t wait!

The CUSTODIANS push the Vacuums with STEVE atop of the two Vacuums.

STEVE and CUSTODIANS 1-4

(Singing, In unison)

To be King!

The CUSTODIANS push STEVE along the parade route, and veer off to the side to wait for the parade to pass.

DISSOLVE TO:

INTERIOR: HOUSE-DAY (PRESENT)

STEVE sits on the couch and looks into the camera.

MAN 2

So…

MAN 2 discontinues talking as he sees STEVE look away.

MAN 2

Steve.

STEVE looks back at the camera.

MAN 2

I’m sorry; I guess I still am not sure the point of this.

STEVE

I can’t write.

The room is silent for a moment.

MAN 2

Can you elaborate on that?

STEVE

I came back here, to Albuquerque to finish my degree, to start my career, to begin writing for a living. But I get here, and I can’t write.

(Laughing)

Ironic isn’t it?

MAN 2

So what are you doing about it?

STEVE

Have you ever seen Lost?

MAN 2

What?

STEVE shifts in his chair.

STEVE

It’s kind of like that. You spend all this time on this island, with a bunch of people you don’t know, and the only things you think of while your there is what you will do when you get off the island. No one ever tells you that once you’re off the island you just want to go back.

MAN 2

Talk about the transition back to Albuquerque a bit. You’re a reporter now, what was it like seeing your first published work?

STEVE smiles

STEVE

Incredible

CUT TO:

EXTERIOR: CNM MAIN CAMPUS-DAY

STEVE walks outside of the MAX SALASAR Building’s third floor entrance. He walks towards the parking lot as he intently reads the paper. STEVE stops at the top of the stairwell. He closes the paper swiftly, looks up and smiles.

STEVE

(Singing)

My Gift is my song! And this one’s for you.

STEVE slides down the stairwell ramp. A group of women approach him from his right; he walks to the one in the middle.

STEVE

(singing)

And you can tell everybody, that this is your song! It may be quite simple but, now that it’s done.

The groups of women giggle and walk by. STEVE follows behind, addressing those he passes. STEVE moves in front of the group of women.

STEVE

(Singing)

I hope you don’t mind, I hope you don’t mind; that I put down in words. How wonderful life is, now you’re in the world.

The women blush and enter the building. STEVE walks over to a statue in the courtyard where various people pass by. He type-ropes around the statue.

STEVE

(Singing)

Sat on the roof and I kicked off the moss. Well some of these versus well they’ve, got me quite cross.

STEVE hops of the statue platform and follows a different woman walking by.

STEVE

(Singing)

But the sun’s been kind, while I wrote this song. It’s for people like you that keep it turned on.

The woman laughs, smiles and walks by. The original woman from the earlier group walks out from the building and taps STEVE from behind.

STEVE

(Singing)

Excuse me forgetting, but these things I do; you see I’ve forgotten if their green or their blue! Anyway the thing is, what I really mean, yours are the sweetest eyes, I’ve ever seen.

STEVE dances with the woman and then stops when his phone rings. He smiles and points to his phones. She smiles and walks away. STEVE answers his phone.

STEVE

(into phone)

Hey

(pauses)

Yeah it came out today, it looks good.

(pauses)

Of course, I’ll send you a copy.

(pauses)

Ok, I’ll talk to you later.

STEVE hangs up the phone, looks around, and walks to his car.

DISSOLVE TO:

INTERIOR: HOUSE-DAY (PRESENT)

STEVE sits in front of the camera.

MAN 2 (OS)

So what happened next?

STEVE

What do you mean?

MAN 2 (OS)

After you started writing for a living?

STEVE

Nothing.

MAN 2

Something had to have happened.

STEVE sits quietly, staring into the screen.

MAN 2

Ok, how about something about the program, maybe something outside of the actual work.

STEVE

Ok.

CUT TO:

EXTERIOR: DOWNTOWN DISNEY-NIGHT (FLASHBACK)

Steve walks with a group of people in front of the planet Hollywood sign. The group of men and women head towards the AMC theaters on the other side of the lane.

STEVE (VO)

This was the night of the double showing of Toy Story one and two. I was in a big group of people that went.

STEVE and the group of people he was walking with meet another group at the gate to AMC theaters. STEVE looks across the group of people and sees a woman talking with her friends. STEVE walks over to his friend FREDERICK. He inconspicuously points at the woman.

STEVE

Dude do you know her?

FREDERICK

Nah, go say hi.

(Pauses)

You know what, wait right here.

FREDERICK runs to various portions of the people they were traveling with, he whispers things quietly and then positions himself at the ticket window in front of everyone.

FREDERICK

(Singing, pointing)

Percussion

A spotlight shines down on a portion of the people they were with.

FREDERICK

(Singing, Points in a different direction)

Strings

A spotlight shines down on another portion of the group.

FREDERICK

(Singing, points)

Winds

Another light shines down to highlight the last portion of the group. And then a light shines on FREDERICK as he slyly crosses his arms.

FREDERICK

(Singing)

Words

FREDERICK runs over to STEVE and stand by his side, positioning himself so both men clearly focus on the girl. FREDERICK slowly guides STEVE to the ticket booth.

FREDERICK

(Singing)

There you see her, sitting there across the way; she don’t got a lot to say, but there’s something about her.

The men stop at the ticket booth. FREDERICK positions STEVE in front of the ticket taker and heads slowly towards the girl.

FREDERICK

(Singing while walking)

And you don’t know why, but you’re dying to try, you want to kiss the girl.

FREDERICK arrives at the woman. He introduces himself, whispers in her ear and then grabs her hand to pull her over to where STEVE stood in front of the ticket taker. Once there, he stands behinds STEVE’s shoulder.

FREDERICK

(Singing)

Yes you want her, look at her you know you do. It’s possible she wants you too, there’s one way to ask her.

FREDERICK nudges STEVE forward.

FREDERICK

(Singing)

It don’t take a word, not a single word go on and, kiss the girl.

FREDERICK looks at STEVE and then at the girl. Realizing he has to up the ante, he turns back to the groups of people.

FREDERICK

(Singing)

Sing with me now

The large quantity of people splits into two groups, one grabs STEVE and another grabs WOMAN 1. They pull them through the doors and position them in the middle of the Movie Theater Foyer.

FREDERICK and CHORUS

(Singing)

Sha-La-La-La-La-La look like the boy too shy, he aint gonna kiss the girl.

FREDERICK takes the two by the hands and leads them through the concession stands; he places them in front of the Popcorn stand. He hops behind the counter and puts his arm around CLERK 1 and points at the couple. The other people they were with follow behind and circle themselves around the couple.

FREDERICK and CHORUS

(Singing)

Sha-la-la-la-la-la, aint that sad, aint that a shame, too bad, you gonna miss the girl.

The music subsides for a moment and STEVE speaks to WOMAN 1 while they stand at the popcorn stand.

STEVE

Do you like popcorn?

WOMAN 1

(Laughing)

Who doesn’t like popcorn?

STEVE

(Nervously laughing)

Ha, ha ha. That’s true; I’m not good at this. I’m Steve.

STEVE extends his hand to properly meet the woman.

(MORE)

WOMAN 1

Hailey; Nice to meet you.

STEVE and HAILEY shake hands while FREDERICK hops over the counter and stands behind STEVE. He guides them towards the theater where the movie was playing.

FREDERICK

(Singing)

Now’s your moment, floating in a blue lagoon;

CLERK 1

(Singing)

A yie, yie, yie.

The trio walks over a prop bridge with fake fish and a coming attraction poster.

FREDERICK

(Singing, in STEVE’s ear)

Boy you better do it soon, no time will be better.

CLERK 2

(Singing)

Ya, ya, ya, ya, ya.

They hold up their tickets to CLERK 2 as FREDERICK pushes them into the massive theater. He positions himself behind STEVE as they walk towards the seats.

FREDERICK

(Singing)

She don’t say a word, and she won’t say a word until you kiss the girl.

FREDERICK makes sure the two are seated, and then runs up to the stage in front of the screen. The GROUP CHORUS and CLERKS 1&2 follow behind him and stand around FREDERICK on stage.

FREDERICK, GROUP CHORUS

(Singing)

Sha-la-la-la-la-la

CHORUS MEMBER 1

(Singing in background continuously)

Sha, la, la, la, la, la

FREDERICK and CHORUS

(Singing)

Don’t be scared, you got the mood prepared go on and kiss the girl!

CLERKS 1&2

(Singing)

Whoa, Whoa

The GROUP CHORUS splits into two groups and walks in the aisles around them. FREDERICK stands on stage with CLERK 1 and CLERK 2.

FREDERICK and CHORUS

(Singing)

Sha-la-la-la-la-la, don’t stop now, don’t try to hide it how, you want to kiss the girl.

CLERKS 1&2

(Singing)

Whoa, whoa

The GROUP CHORUS is positioned around STEVE and HAILEY in the aisles, while the audience sways in their seats around them. FREDERICK moves to the music on stage and his flanked by CLERKS 1&2.

FREDERICK and CHORUS

(Singing)

Sha-La-La-La-La-La, float along and listen to the song; the song say kiss the girl.

CLERKS 1&2

(Singing)

Whoa, Whoa

FREDERICK and CHORUS

(Singing)

Sha-La-La-La-La-La, Music play, do what the music say, you wanna kiss the girl.

CHORUS MEMBER 1

(Singing)

You’ve got to

FREDERICK, CLERKS, CHORUS

(Singing)

Kiss the girl

AUDIENCE

Kiss her! Kiss her!

CHORUS MEMBER 1

(Singing)

Why don’t you

FREDERICK, CLERKS, CHORUS

(Singing)

Kiss the girl

AUDIENCE

Kiss her! Kiss her!

CHORUS MEMBER 1

(Singing)

You’ve got to

FREDERICK, CLERKS, CHORUS

(Singing)

Kiss the girl

AUDIENCE

Kiss her! Kiss her!

CHORUS MEMBER 1

(Singing)

Go on and

FREDERICK, CLERKS, CHORUS

(singing)

Kiss the girl

AUDIENCE

Kiss her! Kiss her!

FREDERICK

(Yelling, excited)

Go on and!

The music over the PA stops, the people sigh, return to their seats and an announcer comes on. The lights fade.

ANNOUNCER (VO)

Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls; are you ready…

DISSOLVE TO:

INTERIOR: HOUSE-DUSK (PRESENT DAY)

STEVE sits on the couch in front of the camera. He smiles softly.

MAN 2 (OS)

So what happened between you and the girl?

STEVE

That’s a very interesting question.

MAN 2

Because?

STEVE stares into the camera and temporarily ignores MAN 2’s question.

CUT TO:

EXTERIOR: MAGIC KINGDOM PARK-NIGHT (FLASHBACK)

STEVE, HAILEY, FREDERICK, RANDY and a group of various people stand at the foot of Casey’s Corner staring at the parade passing them by. As the parade vacates, the people around their group disperse in different directions. The announcement for the firework show plays over the park’s loud speakers and STEVE and HAILEY run towards the front of the Castle to get a better view of the upcoming show. As the group around them goes in different directions, FREDERICK and RANDY watch STEVE and HAILEY move towards the Castle.

FREDERICK

(SINGING)

I can see what’s happening

RANDY

(CONFUSED)

What?

FREDERICK

(SINGING)

And they don’t have a clue

RANDY

Who?

FREDERICK

(SINGING)

They’ll fall in love and here’s the bottom line, our trio’s down to two.

RANDY

(DEPRESSED)

Oh.

FREDERICK

(SINGING)

The sweet caress of twilight, there’s magic everywhere. And with all this romantic atmosphere, disaster’s in the air.

FREDERICK points to where STEVE and HAILEY are. STEVE and HAILEY stand side by side pressed against the ropes to the castle, and they watch the fireworks as wishes plays in the background. STEVE looks over at HAILEY.

STEVE (VO)

(SINGING)

So many things to tell her, but how to make her see? The truth about my past, impossible, she’d turn away from me.

STEVE looks back into the sky, and HAILEY looks back to STEVE.

HAILEY (VO)

(SINGING)

He’s holding back he’s hiding. But what I can’t decide. Why won’t he be the king I know he is? The King I see inside.

HAILEY looks back to the sky and the can you feel the love tonight chorus plays in the back ground.

DISSOLVE TO:

INTERIOR: ALBUQUERQUE APARTMENT-DAY

STEVE sits on the couch staring at the camera screen. He finishes the answer to MAN 2’s question.

STEVE

Sorry. It’s an interesting question, because there isn’t an answer to it.

MAN 2 (VO)

What does that mean?

STEVE

That means I don’t know.

MAN 2 (VO)

How can you not know something you were a part of?

STEVE

Selective Sequencing

MAN 2 laughs.

MAN 2 (VO)

So what did happen?

STEVE is silent

CUT TO:

EXTERIOR: ORLANDO APARTMENT COMPLEX-DAY

STEVE and HAILEY stand by the driver’s side door of STEVE’s packed car. STEVE holds HAILEY but she is frustrated and looks away.

HAILEY

I just don’t understand why you can’t write here? This would be the perfect place. You could enroll into a community college here, write for their paper! I just don’t see why you have to go half way across the country.

HAILEY looks back at STEVE, searching for his approval. STEVE pauses for a moment to reassess why he is going.

STEVE

I’m going because I failed there before and I want to accomplish it just to prove to everyone I can.

HAILEY

What’s there to prove? You failed, so what! You haven’t failed here, so make it work here. With me.

HAILEY turns around and looks STEVE in the eyes. STEVE remains silent, he fights the urges to appease her and say yes, but after a moment, due to STEVE’s silence, HAILEY backs away from him.

HAILEY

I thought love was enough?

STEVE

It will be. Eventually.

STEVE moves to kiss HAILEY but she backs away as he approaches. STEVE, dejected, opens his car door, climbs in and starts the ignition. He rolls down the window as he shuts the door.

STEVE

I’ll call you when I stop for gas.

HAILEY says nothing. STEVE realizes that the both of them are barely hanging on and puts the car in reverse. As he pulls out of the parking lot and heads toward the exit HAILEY’s reflection grows smaller in the rear view mirror.

DISSOLVE TO:

INTERIOR: ALBUQUERQUE APARTMENT-DAY

STEVE sits on the couch and formulates an answer to MAN 2’s question.

STEVE

Thank you

MAN 2 (VO)

Do you want to stop this for today? Your acting weird

STEVE

I was thanking you for the amazing set up to a cliché answer. You gave me the chance for the “What always happens” Setup. I love when I have the ability to spout off falsified romantic thoughts.

MAN 2 (VO)

Falsified?

STEVE

Fake

MAN 2 (VO)

I know what falsified means. What I’m curious of is why you think these thoughts are falsified.

STEVE

What’s true anymore? Is there anything that is absolutely genuine? I mean I could spout off the ways of how I love her, but the fact of the matter is if I wanted to be with her, I’d be there.

MAN 2 (VO)

So is that where all of this stems from? You’re upset with the fact you betrayed your ideals by leaving the love you had at Disney.

STEVE shifts on the couch, he remains quiet.

MAN 2 (VO)

If I had to recommend something, because that is what I am here to do, I say go back.

STEVE visibly tenses

STEVE

What would that accomplish?

(MORE)

MAN 2 (VO)

What that would accomplish is you would find what you are looking for. You claim you are lost; now it’s time to backtrack to where you knew who you were. Writers wait their whole lives on inspiration to come to them; go find yours.

STEVE leans back, lifts his head to look at the ceiling and then reverts his gaze to the camera.

STEVE

I guess I have to go get some time off from work.

MAN 2 (VO)

yeah you do.

STEVE’s smile grows large.

CUT TO:

EXTERIOR: DRIVEWAY-DAY

STEVE stands by the back of a rental van. He throws the last bags into the trunk and looks into the house’s bay window to see the progress of the people who was traveling with him. The people gather inside and prepare to make their way to the driveway. The music of a boom box plays softly and the people inside line up inside the living room and begin to march towards the door.

The Door to the house opens wide and STEVE stands motionless at what he witnesses. The music now plays loudly and the people march out of the home. Three men; JAMES, LEON and ABRAM walk outside with two women, ELIZE and BELLA. they march in a single line towards the van.

THE MEN

(Singing)

High Ho!

THE WOMEN

(Singing)

High Ho!

STEVE rolls his eyes and interrupts the group.

STEVE

Really?

ELIZE

It seemed like a good Idea

(MORE)

BELLA

We were trying to live up to the energy needed for a Disney trip. Or at least the way you keep talking about it.

STEVE rolls his eyes once more. ABRAM, ELIZE, and BELLA hop in the van. JAMES and LEON huddled around STEVE.

LEON

Dude, we didn’t get to do our heigh-ho rap since you cut us off.

JAMES

Yeah man, we worked really hard on it. Come on Leon give me a baseline.

JAMES hovers next to LEON.

LEON

Bumb, bumb, ba, bumb ba dah da da da.

JAMES positions himself to start rapping, STEVE places himself between the two.

STEVE

(Looking at LEON)

Mekiah

(Looking at JAMES)

Eminem

(Looking at both)

Get in the van!

JAMES and LEON take their seats in the van. STEVE shuts the side door and gets into the driver seat.

CUT TO:

EXTERIOR: STUCKEY’s TRUCKSTOP-DAY

The van pulls into a truck stop somewhere in west Texas. STEVE gets out of the van, swipes a credit card at the gas pump and begins pumping gas. ELIZE and BELLA run inside to get a bathroom key while JAMES sits in the front passenger seat playing with his phone. LEON and ABRAM walk towards the convenience store.

LEON

So how long have you and your girl been together?

ABRAM

Bout a year now actually.

LEON

Dang man, that’s big aint it?

ABRAM

I guess.

LEON

Well what are you going to do bout it?

ABRAM

(Shrugging)

Should I do something?

LEON

What do you mean should you do something? Of course you do, it’s your darn anniversary man. You have to do something.

ABRAM and LEON walk through the convenience store doors and towards the soft drinks.

ABRAM

What do you think I should do?

LEON

Man, what do you think I look like? Oprah? You got to do something, that’s all I can tell you.

ABRAM and LEON grab an assortment of soft drinks and head towards the counter.

LEON

What do you think you should do?

ABRAM

I don’t know.

LEON

Well you better figure out soon, because a trip like this is the perfect time to do something.

LEON and ABRAM set the drinks on the counter. The teenage CASHIER pops her gum and adds up the total.

CASHIER

Twelve dollars.

ABRAM

Here are 15. Give me three one dollar scratchers also.

The CASHIER hands ABRAM the scratchers and LEON grabs the bags of soda. The men exit the store and head towards the van. BELLA and ELIZE open the door for the men and the group drives off.

CUT TO:

EXTERIOR: HIGHWAY-DAY

Travel music plays in the background while the van passes various locations

MONTAGE:

1. The van travels through west Texas towns.

2. The van passes through Dallas/Fort Worth.

3. The group stops and looks around downtown Dallas

4. The van passes through east Texas

5. The van travels past the Texas Louisiana border

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EXTERIOR: TRUCKSTOP-DUSK

The van pulls into a truck stop in western Louisiana. As the van pulls towards the pump, JAMES leaps out of the car and runs into the convenience store. STEVE goes to the pump, swipes a card and pumps the gas. After topping it off STEVE takes the receipt from the pump terminal and gets in the van.

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INTERIOR: VAN-NIGHT

The van sits at the truck store parking lot and the group rests for a moment.

STEVE

Are you guys ready to have at it again?

ELIZE

What if we took like an hour or two to hang out at a bar?

JAMES

That wouldn’t set us back too far

ABRAM

We could drink Louisiana’s specialty beers!

STEVE

I guess we can spare an hour or two.

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INTERIOR: BAR-NIGHT

STEVE sits at a side table in a decent sized bar in Louisiana. ABRAM and ELIZE dance together in the middle of the dance floor while LEON and JAMES chat up two townies at the bar front. BELLA brings a BEER to STEVE.

BELLA

Bud, right?

STEVE

Yeah, thanks.

STEVE takes a sip of the beer.

BELLA

You seem perplexed

STEVE looks at BELLA in confusion.

STEVE

What?

BELLA

You just seem like something is bugging you. And you’ve always been standoffish so I thought I’d just ask you straight up if anything was wrong.

STEVE takes a sip off his beer.

STEVE

Nothing’s wrong. I guess I’m focused on getting back to the parks.

BELLA

So you can figure out how to get the writing outside of reporting back in order.

STEVE

It’s not just that. I mean there’s energy there. It’s something that really is indescribable until you feel it.

STEVE stops speaking for a moment. He points towards the bar at LEON and JAMES and begins.

STEVE

Look at them. They are products of a society that guides them in a specific direction with the sole purpose of manipulating them against each other. And no one

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STEVE (CONT)

notices. No one cares. So long as they get the dollar out of them.

BELLA

It looks like they want you to come over.

LEON and JAMES motion for STEVE to join them at the bar.

BELLA

What do they want you for?

STEVE

It’s something I promised I’d do because I wouldn’t listen to their heigh ho rap.

STEVE gets up and walks to the bar. JAMES and LEON stand in front of the two women who sit at the bar.

JAMES

(To STEVE)

Hey buddy

JAMES grabs STEVE by the shoulder and pushes him in front of the women.

JAMES

This is the guy we were telling you about. The writer.

BAR FLY 1

So this is the guy huh? He doesn’t look anything like Ewan McGregor.

LEON

(Emphatically)

This is the brotha who will be making mega money in LA one of these days.

BAR FLY 2

(To STEVE)

Hello Mr. Writer,

(To JAMES)

What’s this big surprise we keep hearing about?

JAMES

Oh yeah that’s right.

JAMES and LEON run to the stage and apprehend the mike from the DJ. STEVE walks behind them and watches from the steps of the stage.

JAMES

(Singing)

Hakuna Matata, what a wonderful phrase.

STEVE

Idiots

LEON

(Singing)

Hakuna Matata, ain’t no passing craze.

JAMES

(Singing)

It means no worries, for the rest of your days

JAMES & LEON

(Singing)

It’s our problem free, philosophy

JAMES

(Singing)

Hakuna Matata

STEVE walks onto the stage and stands next to JAMES and LEON.

STEVE

(Smiling)

Hakuna matata, what’s that?

JAMES

Why it’s our motto

STEVE

(Begrudgingly)

What’s a motto?

JAMES

Nothing, what’s a motto with you?

The Crowd laughs.

LEON

Why these two words will solve every problem.

JAMES

That’s right; Leon here is an excellent example.

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JAMES (CONT)

(Singing)

Why, when he was a young warthog

LEON

(Singing, flamboyantly)

When I was a young warthog!

JAMES

Very nice

LEON

Thank you

JAMES

(Singing)

He found his aroma like a certain appeal. He could clear the savannah after every meal

LEON

(Singing)

I’m a sensitive soul, though I seem thick-skinned. And it hurt, that my friends never stood down wind

(Singing, intensely)

And oh the shame!

JAMES

(Singing)

He was ashamed

LEON

(Singing)

Thought of changing my name

JAMES

(Singing)

Oh what’s in a name?

LEON

(Singing)

And I got down hearted

JAMES

(Singing)

How did you feel?

(MORE)

LEON

(Singing)

Every time that i…

JAMES

Leon, not in front of the girls!

LEON

Oh sorry

LEON waves at the women and is silent for a split second. He then looks at JAMES to resume their performance.

JAMES & LEON

(Singing)

Hakuna Matata! What a wonderful phrase. Hakuna Matata! Ain’t no passing craze!

STEVE

(Singing)

It means no worries, for the rest of your days!

JAMES, LEON, STEVE

(Singing)

Its our problem free, philosophy.

The group huddles together

JAMES, LEON, STEVE

(Singing)

Hakuna Matata!

The three jump off the stage with their mikes in hand. They form a conga line and all the patrons of the bar scurry to the dance floor to join them. The three lead the line along the dance floor while they continue their act.

JAMES, LEON, STEVE

(Singing)

Hakuna, Matata, Hakuna, Matata, Hakuna, Matata, Hakuna, Matata, Hakuna, Matata, Hakuna, Matata, Hakuna, Matata, Hakuna, Matata.

STEVE breaks off after the last Hakuna Matata and stands in the center of the dance floor while everyone stands on the perimeter.

(MORE)

STEVE

(Singing)

It means no worries, for the rest of your days! It’s our problem free, philosophy, Hakuna Matata.

STEVE motions to JAMES and LEON to put their mikes back. JAMES and LEON run up to the stage and bring their mikes to the DJ, and tell ABRAM, ELIZE and BELLA that it’s time to leave. The group exits all the while STEVE keeps singing.

STEVE

(Singing)

Hakuna Matata, Hakuna Matata, Hakuna Matata

STEVE walks towards the door while he continues to sing.

STEVE

(Singing, jazzfully)

Ha-ku-na, Ma-ta-tah, Ma-ta-tah Hakoooona Matatah

STEVE hands his mic to the bouncer when he reaches the door. He shakes the bouncers hand and kisses BAR FLY 1 who was standing next to the bouncer. STEVE walks out the bar, and all the patrons follow him outside. They cheer as he gets into the passenger seat of the van that waited at the entrance, and STEVE waves a hand outside of the van as they drive away.

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EXTERIOR: ALABAMA STATE HIGHWAY, TUSCALOOSA CITY LIMITS-DAY

The Van drives past a sign that says University of Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium next exit.

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INTERIOR: VAN-DAY

STEVE smiles when he reads the sign. He looks around the VAN to see that no one is awake. He switches lanes and takes the exit.

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EXTERIOR: BRYANT-DENNY STADIUM- AFTERNOON

The van is parked in an empty parking lot outside Bryant-Denny stadium. STEVE sits on the roof of the van with a bewildered gaze that’s locked on the stadium. The Sliding Door to the Van opens and JAMES trips off the step on to the concrete.

JAMES

(Painfully)

Ow

STEVE

That looked like that hurt.

JAMES

(Perturbed)

It felt great! So when did the University of Alabama start playing in Orlando?

STEVE

(Confused)

Was that a serious question?

JAMES

I thought we were on this crazy intense schedule?

STEVE

An opportunity arose and I took it. Wake everybody up and meet me at the gate.

STEVE jumps off the top of the Van and walks toward the stadium. James shrugs his shoulders and bangs on the van.

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INTERIOR: BRYANT-DENNY Stadium Concourse.

The group walks through the concourse to access the field.

ABRAM

(To Steve)

How did you get them to let you in?

STEVE

I called the athletic offices when I pulled off the exit. I told them I was doing a documentary for a news outlet in New Mexico about the different stadiums of the nation.

ELIZE

Are you?

STEVE

They wouldn’t let me take a straight vacation. I had to make it into a project about road trips. That’s why I’ve been recording something’s as we go along.

(MORE)

BELLA

That explains a lot

LEON

But not why we are here

The Group walks into the tunnel that leads to the stands that overlook the field. The light from the field grows larger as the group approaches the opening.

The Group stops at the mouth of the tunnel and looks over the stadium and its field. They stand silent and take everything in.

STEVE

Well that’s reason A.

JAMES

What’s reason B?

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INTERIOR: BRYANT-DENNY STADIUM-DAY

The group stands at the top of upper level stands in the south endzone.

BELLA

(Dramatic)

Nope! Not doing it!

STEVE

(pleading)

It’s one song!

ELIZE

I’m with her. Now that I know all this is going to be contrived someway, I’m not sure I want to go all song and dance.

BELLA and ELIZE walk down the stairs and into the tunnel.

ABRAM

Yeah, im going with them.

ABRAM walks down the stairs, toward the girls and LEON and JAMES follow.

STEVE

(At LEON and JAMES)

Guys!

LEON

Too Tired

JAMES

Sorry man.

STEVE sits down on the bleachers and stares down at the field. He envisions what the stadium feels like on game day. The smells, sounds and sights penetrate his senses. He looks up and imagines the band playing as the team takes the field. STEVE stands up and heads down the steps toward the field.

STEVE

(singing)

I have often dreamed, of a far off place, where a hero’s welcome, will be waiting for me.

STEVE hops over the railing separating the stands and the field. He makes his way towards mid field, looking at the sides of the stadium as he walks.

STEVE

(Singing)

Where the crowds will cheer when they see my face; And a voice keeps saying, there is where I’m meant to be.

STEVE stops at the 20 yard line and looks around.

STEVE

(Singing)

I’ll be there someday! I can go the distance, I will find my way, if I can be strong.

STEVE runs towards mid field.

STEVE

(Singing)

I know every mile, will be worth my while. When I go the distance, I’ll be right where I belong.

STEVE stops at mid field looks at the scoreboard, and then up at the press box.

STEVE

(Singing)

Down an unknown road, to embrace my fate. Though the road may wander it will lead me to you.

STEVE smiles and runs to the sidelines and pretends to jump into the stands

(MORE)

STEVE

(Singing)

And a thousand years, Would be worth the wait. It may take a lifetime, but somehow I’ll see it through.

STEVE jumps from the stands and walks slowly towards mid field.

STEVE

(Singing)

And I won’t look back, I can go the distance. And I’ll stay on track, No I won’t accept defeat. It’s an uphill slope, but I won’t lose hope; till I go the distance and my journey is complete.

STEVE stops at midfield, grabs a picture in his pocket and clasps it in his hands and brings it to his chest.

STEVE

(Singing, passionately)

But to look beyond the glory is the hardest part, for a hero’s strength is measured by his heart! And Like a shooting star, I can go the distance! I will search the world; I will face its harms. I don’t care how far; I can go the distance Till I find my hero’s welcome; Waiting in your arms.

STEVE unfolds the picture and looks at it before he puts it back in his pocket. He feels his phone vibrate, and walks toward the fields exit.

STEVE

(Singing)

I will search the world I will face its harms till I find my hero’s welcome Waiting in your arms.

STEVE walks off the field and up the stairs into the concourse he originally came out of.

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EXTERIOR: BRYANT-DENNY STADIUM-NIGHT

STEVE walks back to the van, as the others have it started and ready for him. STEVE hops in the van, and they pull out of the parking lot.

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EXTERIOR: STATE HIGHWAYS

The Van travels through the rest of Alabama into the western parts of Florida.

MONTAGE:

1. The van passes the Florida state line while on the highway.

2. The van stops at a toll booth while they are transferring onto the other Highway

3. The van takes the Magic Kingdom resort exits and passes various chain stores while driving. The Van pulls into the contemporary resort parking lot.

4. The group exits the van and lets the valet park for them. They walk inside the resort.

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INTERIOR: CONTEMPORARY RESORT LOBBY

The group sans STEVE sits on the couches in the resort lobby. STEVE stands at the counter getting the tickets from the woman at the counter. STEVE gathers the documents given by the woman and walks over to the couches to hand out keycards.

STEVE

The room assignments are; Elize, Abram, and Bella in the first room. Leon, James and I are in the other. We are all on the 17th floor. I figure we can go unpack and then get some food. I’d like to go to the California grill. It’s supposed to be pretty good. I didn’t get to go there during my program.

The group silently picked up their bags and heads toward the elevators. Steve is the only person with a semblance of energy.

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INTERIOR: CALIFORNIA GRILL in CONTEMPORARY RESORT-NIGHT

The group sits at the table waiting for STEVE before they order.

BELLA

So where is he?

JAMES

He said he was working on something. He said it wouldn’t take that long. I really have no clue what it is, we should just order without him.

LEON

Isn’t that him?

LEON points to the front of the restaurant. STEVE walks with two Contemporary Resort Employees to where the group is seated at the table.

STEVE

Hi guys!

ABRAM

You’re late.

LEON

Who cares? Who are your friends?

STEVE

I’m Glad you asked. This is Melody and Bridgett. I heard them talking about how they never really get to see a lot of Disney “magic” and I wanted to show them that the resorts can be just as eventful as the parks.

ELIZE

What, exactly, are you going to do?

STEVE

(To the ladies)

Sit down girls.

The girls sit down at the table and STEVE walks over to the host and whispers in his ear. STEVE walks to the center of the room as the lights dim. His friends try to get up and leave the restaurant, but he motions for people to make sure they stay in their seats. Once STEVE stops moving, a spotlight shines down upon him.

STEVE

(With a phony accent)

Ma Chere Mademoiselle, It is with deepest pride and with greatest pleasure that we welcome you tonight. And now we invite you to relax, let us pull up a chair as the dining room proudly presents, your dinner.

Various Servers line up behind kitchen doors waiting and watching STEVE’s every move.

STEVE

(Singing)

Be…Our…Guest! Be our guest! Put our service to the test. Tie your napkin round your neck, Cherie and we provide the rest.

The Servers rush out and respond to STEVES singing.

STEVE

(Singing)

Soup du jour, hot hor d’oeuvres, why we only live to serve. Try the grey stuff, its delicious. Don’t believe me? Ask the dishes!

Waiters/Servers run around the table holding dishes. Various people respond to what STEVE is singing.

STEVE

(Singing)

They can sing, they can dance, after all miss this is Disney. And a dinner here is never second best. Go on, unfold your menu, take a glance and then you’ll be our guest, oui our guest, be our guest.

A train of entrée’s, desserts, and other various menu items are trotted out in front of the group.

STEVE and WAITERS

(Singing)

Beer ragout, Cheese Souffle, Pie and pudding “en flambé”

STEVE

(Singing)

We’ll prepare and serve with flair a culinary Cabaret! You’re alone and you’re scared, but the banquet’s all prepared. No one’s gloomy or complaining while the flatware’s entertaining. We tell jokes, I do tricks, with my fellow cast members.

WAITERS

(Singing)

And it’s all in perfect taste that you can bet! Come on and lift your glass, you’ve won your own your own free pass. To be our guest…

STEVE

(Singing)

If your stressed, it’s fine dinging I suggest.

STEVE and WAITERS

(Singing)

Be our guest! Be our guest! Be our guest!

The music suddenly stops and STEVE runs over to the table and puts his hands on Melody’s shoulders. Once the spotlight finds him, he begins singing once more.

STEVE

(Singing)

Life is so unnerving for a servant who’s not serving. She’s not whole without a sole to wait upon. Ah, those good old days when we were useful; suddenly those good old days are gone. Ten months, we’ve been rusting, needing so much more then dusting. Needing

STEVE (CONT)

(Singing)

exercise, achance to use our skills. Most days we just lay around the castle. Flabby, flat and lazy, you walked in and oops-a-daisy!

Melody feels energized and suddenly sings. She runs around the room in a panic and makes sure things are clean and in accord.

Melody

(Singing)

It’s a guest! It’s a guest! Sakes alive, well I’ll be blessed! Wine’s been poured and thank the lord I’ve had the napkins freshly pressed. With dessert, she’ll want tea, and my dear that’s fine with me. While the cups do their soft-shoein’ I’ll be bubbling, I’ll be brewing. I’ll get warm, Piping hot, Heaven’s Sakes! Is that a spot? Clean it up! We want the company impressed!

Melody brings tea to the table where everyone is seated.

MELODY

(Singing)

We’ve got a lot to do, Is it one lump or two? For you, our guest!

WAITERS

(Singing)

She’s our guest!

MELODY

(Singing)

She’s our guest!

MELODY and WAITERS

(Singing)

She’s our guest! Be our guest, Be our guest, Our command is your request. It’s been years since we’ve had anybody here and we’re obsessed. With your meal, with your ease; yes, indeed we aim to please. While the candlelight’s still glowing, let us help you We’ll keep going…

The WAITERS fall out of the way and suddenly STEVE appears on a table.

(MORE)

STEVE, MELODY, WAITERS

(Singing)

Course by course, One by one. Till you shout, “Enough, I’m done!” Then we’ll sing you off to sleep as you digest. Tonight you’ll prop your feet up, but for now let’s eat up; be our guest! Be our Guest! Be our Guest! Please, be our guest!

The music stops in a big denouement, show stopping style. The waiters return to their assignments and STEVE walks over to the table with MELODY.

MELODY

I think I forgot why I came here.

STEVE

What do you mean?

MELODY

I was so excited to come here and be a part of making peoples vacations the way mine were when I was little. But once I got here I guess I kind of forgot about it and made it a job.

STEVE

I get what you mean. I was that way for my first month, but then I kind of got sick of trying to be a strict by the book adhere to everything type of person. After awhile, if I saw the opportunity To make someone happy I took it. And overall that’s really what people are required to do. So I guess I adapted the rulebook as a set of guidelines.

MELODY

I get what you’re saying. Well, Bridgett and I have to get going. Thank you so much for letting us participate in this.

STEVE

No problem. I’m just happy we were being able to pull this off.

MELODY and BRIDGETT hug STEVE and walk out of the room. STEVE sits down at the table and begins to talk to his shocked friends.

STEVE

I hear the Pizza is really good here.

The table is silent. Steve takes a sip of his water and looks around at the faces that are staring at him.

STEVE

What?

JAMES points to behind STEVE where a line of children have formed with their autograph books open. STEVE Smiles.

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EXTERIOR: CONTEMPORARY RESORT POOL-NIGHT

Elize and Abram sit with their feet dangling in the outdoor resort pool. They stare up at the stars while Bella and James look for a seat behind them. Leon runs from the resort doorway and cannonballs into the pool. Steve is nowhere to be found.

ELIZE

Where’s Steve

ABRAM

He went back up to the room. I think he is nervous about tomorrow. He says there are two possibilities where he might find her, so I guess he is devising a plan to split us up.

ELIZE

Don’t you think this wild goose chase is getting kind of crazy? We’re not even certain that he will find her. And if so, what does he expect her to do once he finds her? This plan just seems ill-fated to me.

ABRAM

I actually kind of respect him for it.

ELIZE

Do you?

ABRAM

Yeah. Free vacation aside, it would suck to wake up 50 years from now and wonder if your life would be different if you hadn’t taken that one chance, or said those certain things you needed to say. And for that, I guess I admire what he is doing.

ELIZE

I guess.

JAMES and BELLA finally find a seat in the beach chairs.

(MORE)

JAMES

(from behind)

Did you guys still want to do something, or are we just going to be hanging here the whole night?

LEON gets out of the water and walks in the middle of the group.

LEON

The parks get crowded if you don’t get there right off the bat. And if you guys want to ride some rides before we continue this quest for that idiot’s holy grail, we’re going to have to get there early.

The group of five gets up and gathers there things. They walk towards the doors of the resort and go inside.

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INTERIOR: CONTEMPORARY RESORT LOBBY- DAY

The sun peers in through the lobby windows and the group sits huddled in the lobby chairs.

STEVE

Hailey is going to be in either the Magic Kingdom Park or Hollywood Studios as a character performer.

BELLA

How will we know who she is?

STEVE

I’ve got a picture for every one of our last day together.

STEVE hands the rest of the group a picture of himself and HAILEY together.

JAMES

What do we say to her, if you’re not with us?

STEVE

Tell her there will be a person waiting for her at the House of Blues in Downtown Disney.

ELIZE

So who is going where?

STEVE

I will be going to MK. That’s where I did my program and I still have friends who work in the park. They might be able to help me out. I was figuring James and Leon

STEVE (CONT)

can come with me, and the rest of you can check out the Studios.

The group looks around at each other for a moment. They then rise and head out the doors to the bus stop to catch a shuttle to the parks. ABRAM, ELIZE and BELLA board a shuttle to the Hollywood Studios while STEVE, JAMES, and LEON walk towards the Magic Kingdom park.

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EXTERIOR: THE MAGICK KINGDOM PARK-DAY

STEVE, JAMES, and LEON stand with their mouths agape at the foot of town square on Main Street in the magic kingdom park. They walk towards the Castle.

LEON

Dude.

STEVE

I know

LEON

Woah.

JAMES

Crazy right?

LEON

Totally

STEVE, JAMES, and Leon stop in the center of the hub, directly in front of the castle. They take a moment to look around at the different lands before they decide what their course of action should be.

JAMES

What’s the next step Steve?

STEVE

We got to look for my friend Randy. He works in west side custodial and he might be able to help us find her. At the very least give us a lead. Let’s start off by heading over to adventureland.

The Trio heads towards the Adventure-land Gate.

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EXTERIOR: DISNEY’s HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS-DAY

ABRAM, ELIZE, and BELLA walk towards the Tower of Terror in DHS.

ELIZE

Where do you think she might be?

ABRAM

It says there is a character show at this outdoor stadium in about an hour.

BELLA

Let’s ride Aerosmith first!

ELIZE

Do we have the time?

BELLA

Yeah! Look at the line.

The group wanders to the Aerosmith Attraction and stands in the standby waiting line.

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EXTERIOR: MAGIC KINGDOM PARK-DAY

STEVE, JAMES and LEON walk around the Magic Carpets of Aladdin attraction in Adventure-land. They look around for Randy.

LEON

So what’s this guy look like?

JAMES

He’ll be in one of the white costumes right?

STEVE

Yeah

The Trio turns the corner and walks past the enchanted Tiki room towards the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.

There is a circle of people in front of the Pirates of the Caribbean. They stand and watch a young custodian draw a water figure of Mickey Mouse with his Broom. The trio stops and watches the custodian amongst the people.

GUEST #4

(to custodian)

How Long did it take you to learn to do that?

YOUNG CUSTODIAN

Not long. They actually pay us to take a class to learn how to do it. It was like Three hours. Its easy to learn. They actually give a class over at the studios where they’ll teach you Mickey and a whole mess of other Characters.

GUEST #5

That’s really cool.

LEON

(To STEVE)

Is that him?

STEVE

Yeah, that’s Randy.

RANDY

And I think, that’s it.

RANDY steps back from the painting and the crowd applauds. As the crowd disperses, The Trio stands still.

STEVE

(To RANDY)

It looks like you missed a little something in his ears.

RANDY looks around and notices STEVE

RANDY

Well look what the cat drug in.

RANDY walks over and shakes STEVES hand.

RANDY

What going on man? Are you on vacation?

STEVE

We’re on a mission.

RANDY

A mission? For what?

STEVE

Love, I think. Love as a supplement for writers block.

RANDY

You need to find her don’t you?

STEVE

I knew you’d know exactly what I wanted to do.

LEON

(To JAMES)

Is he going to introduce us?

JAMES

(To LEON)

Probably not. Want to go for a ride?

LEON

(To JAMES)

Yeah, lets go do the Pirates ride.

JAMES and LEON walk down the pathway to ride the ride. STEVE and RANDY resume talking.

RANDY

So what did you have in mind?

STEVE

I’m not really sure. I was kind of going on the idea of luck once I got down here. I’m not sure if its going to work. I think its really a dream I concocted in my head.

RANDY

Master I don’t think you realize what you’ve got here. So why don’t you just luminate while I illuminate the possibilities.

RANDY escorts STEVE over to the stage in Adventure-land. STEVE sits on the side while RANDY moves around.

RANDY

(Singing)

Well Ali Baba had them forty thieves, Scheherezad-ie had a  thousand tales, But master you in luck ’cause up your sleeves, You got a brand of magic never fails.

The Crowd in the area approaches the stage where the two men are. Various curious cast members line the boarder to the stage to see the performance they have never witnessed before. Randy continues moving around the stage.

RANDY

(Singing)

You got some power in your corner  now, Some heavy ammunition in your camp. You got some punch, pizzazz,

RANDY (CONT)

yahoo and how, See all you gotta do is rub that lamp; And I’ll say

A Cast member from a nearby gift shop throws a toy replica lamp to STEVE. STEVE rubs the lamp which makes RANDY Continue on with his mimics.

RANDY

(Singing)

Mister Steven, sir; What will your pleasure be? Let me take your order, Jot it down. You ain’t never had a friend like me, No no no

RANDY jumps off the stage and pulls two cast members from the Treasure chest up on stage and they huddle around STEVE. They show him various disguises.

RANDY

(Singing)

Life is your restaurant, And I’m your maitre d’. C’mon whisper what it is you want, You ain’t never had a friend like me. Yes sir, we pride ourselves on service. You’re the boss; The king, the shah. Say what you wish, It’s yours! True dish. How about a little more Baklava?

STEVE waves off the cast members on the stage and RANDY tries to find a middle ground while continuing his mimicking. He holds up various ideas to find HAILEY

RANDY

(Singing)

Have some of column “A”, Try all of column “B”, I’m in the mood to help you dude; You ain’t never had a friend like me.

RANDY realizes his ideas are not impressing STEVE. He motions to a person in the crowd and they appear to talk into a walkie talkie. He continues with his mimics and the Song.

RANDY

(Singing)

Can your friends do this?

RANDY points to a person carrying a stack of passes across the stage, STEVE looks to the other side un-impressed.

RANDY

(Singing)

Can your Friends do that?

RANDY points to the same person who comes back with a map of the park. STEVE smiles but holds up his own copy of the map. Randy continues to perform.

RANDY

(Singing)

Can your friends pull this out their little hat? Can your friends go, poof? Well, looky here

RANDY notices the Disney make-up specialists he motioned for run to the edge of the stage. RANDY steps in front of the stage and blocks STEVES view of the Specialists.

RANDY

(Singing)

Can your friends go, Abracadabra, let ‘er rip! And then make the sucker disappear?

RANDY Steps aside and the Make-up staff runs on stage and surrounds STEVE. They bustle and bow over him trying to create a disguise. RANDY moves to the front of the stage and sings to the Crowd, periodically he hovers next to the group of people working on STEVE.

RANDY

(Singing)

So doncha sit there slack jawed, buggy eyed. I’m here to answer all your midday prayers. You got me bona fide, certified. You got a genie for your chare daffier. I got a powerful urge to help you out. So what-cha wish? I really wanna know. You got a list that’s three miles long, no doubt. Well, all you gotta do is rub like so – and oh

The Makeup crew hovered around STEVE vacates the stage and STEVE is dressed as ALADDIN. RANDY runs over and meets him.

RANDY

(Singing)

Mister Aladdin, sir, have a wish or two or three. I’m on the job, you big nabob.

RANDY goes back to the center of the stage where he starts his finale. Every direction he points, fireworks are produced, And the Cast Members who are around the area have begun dancing with the guests.

RANDY

(Singing)

You ain’t never had a friend, never had a friend, You ain’t never had a friend, never had a friend. You ain’t never had a friend like me. You ain’t never had a friend  like me, hah!

Upon finishing singing a singular firework is ignited above RANDY’s head and says applause. The crowd vacates quickly and goes on their way and back to their positions. RANDY looks over STEVE’s Aladdin disguise.

RANDY

Not Bad. This might just work.

RANDY escorts STEVE backstage all the while whispering in his ear.

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EXTERIOR: MAGIC KINGDOM PARK-DAY

LEON and JAMES stand amongst a crowd of people in the center of the Hub awaiting for the parade to begin. The cast members in the area have set up ropes so guest can’t access the roads where the parade will travel.

JAMES

Where is he? Do you see him?

LEON

No. Should I try his phone again?

JAMES

I think he shut it off.

LEON

Well this Aladdin Recreation is about to begin. If Hailey is playing Jasmine, this is the time he will find her.

RANDY, Carrying his Pan and broom, walks up to where LEON and JAMES are standing.

RANDY

(To LEON and JAMES)

Don’t worry. He is on top of it.

JAMES and LEON look at each other perplexed. RANDY walks away from the guys down the parade route. Suddenly, horns start and the Announcer comes over the loud speaker.

ANNOUNCER

Ladies and Gentlemen, please enjoy this special presentation.

Looking down Main street towards the Train Station, RANDY dressed as the Genie, walks down the center of the street. He is followed by a Chorus of caravan workers that is trailed by a large mechanical elephant With a covered seating station on top of it.

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CHORUS

(Singing)

Make way for Prince Ali, Say Hay its Prince Ali!

RANDY walks from left to right down main street, interacting with the crowd.

RANDY

(Singing)

Hey! Clear the way in the old Bazaar. Hey you! Let us through! It’s a bright new star! Oh Come! Be the first on your block to meet his eye! Make way! Here he comes! Ring bells! Bang the drums! Are you gonna love this guy!

The feathers that covered the top of the elephant are now released to show STEVE, dressed as Aladdin, sitting atop the elephant. JAMES and LEON’s mouths simultaneously drop

RANDY

(Singing)

Prince Ali! Fabulous he! Ali Ababwa Genuflect, show some respect, Down on one knee!

RANDY runs behind the boys and pushes them to make them bow. Randy then runs to another group ahead of the boys and dances a little with an elderly couple.

RANDY

(Singing)

Now, try your best to stay calm Brush up your sunday salaam then come and meet his spectacular corterie

RANDY takes his place in the middle of the road and continues forward.

RANDY

(Singing)

Prince Ali! Mighty is he! Ali Ababwa Strong as ten regular men definitely!

RANDY runs to the side of the road and converses with people as he moves along. The first group was a trio of old men.

RANDY

(Singing)

He faced the galloping hordes

RANDY moves on to the kids sitting on the curb ahead of the men.

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RANDY

(Singing)

A hundred bad guys with swords

RANDY backs away from the side of the route and faces the entirety of the crowd ahead of him.

RANDY

(Singing)

Who sent those goons to their lords? Why, Prince Ali!

RANDY jumps on to the front of the first float. A chorus appears on stage in front of the castle. Randy points at the different floats following the lead float. JASMINE appears on the castle balcony overlooking the parade.

CHORUS

(Singing)

He’s got seventy-five golden camels

RANDY

Don’t they look lovely june?

CHORUS

(Singing)

Purple peacocks He’s got fifty-three

RANDY

Fabulous Terry I love the feathers.

RANDY jumps off the float and gets in front of the parade once again.

CHORUS

(Singing)

When it comes to exotic-type mammals

RANDY runs over to the side of the route where another group of kids are seated.

RANDY

(Singing)

Has he got a zoo? I’m telling you, it’s a world-class menagerie

RANDY stops at a group of WOMEN who are swooning over STEVE. The WOMEN sing a chorus while RANDY sings over them.

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RANDY

(Singing)

Prince Ali! Handsome is he, Ali Ababwa That physique! How can I speak Weak at the knee Well, get on out in that square Adjust your vein and prepare To gawk and gravel and stare at Prince Ali!

WOMEN

(Singing)

There’s no question this Ali’s alluring Never ordinary, never boring Everything about the man just plain impresses He’s a winner, he’s a whiz, a wonder! He’s about to pull my heart asunder! And I absolutely love the way he dresses!

JAMES and LEON make their way to the area of the hub that’s directly in front of the stage. RANDY runs up to the stage, out of sight, as the caravan stops in front of the stage and circles around the hub, Gradually positioning STEVES float in front of the stage.

CHORUS

(Singing)

He’s got ninety-five white Persian monkeys

LEON and JAMES

(Singing)

He’s got the monkeys, let’s see the monkeys

CHORUS

(Singing)

And to view them he charges no fee

WOMEN

(Singing)

(He’s generous, so generous)

CHORUS

(Singing)

He’s got slaves, he’s got servants and flunkies

MEN

(Singing)

Proud to work for him

CHORUS

(Singing)

They bow to his whim love serving him They’re just lousy with loyalty to Ali! Prince Ali!

RANDY appears on the front of the stage and leads the charge to the doors of the castle. The doors open as RANDY gets closer and the sultan comes out.

RANDY

(Singing)

Prince Ali! Amorous he! Ali Ababwa

RANDY embraces the SULTAN and dances with him.

RANDY

(Singing to Sultan)

Heard your princess was a sight lovely to see

RANDY turns to the crowd as STEVE approaches

RANDY

(Singing)

And that, good people, is why he got dolled up and dropped by

RANDY with CHORUS

(Singing)

With sixty elephants, llamas galore With his bears and lions. A brass band and more With his forty fakirs, his cooks, his bakers His birds that warble on key Make way for prince Ali!

STEVE stands up on the carpet he was seated on. The carpet lifts STEVE up and he flies into the castle. All the other people on stage run through the doors and the people in the crowd watching clap and cheer. General music plays and the floats drive back down Main Street while basic music plays.

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INTERIOR: DISNEY’s HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS AMPHITHEATER-DAY

ABRAM, ELIZE and BELLA sit in the middle of the amphitheater awaiting the next performance of Beauty and the Beast on stage. The seats around them fill as the actors take stage.

MONTAGE:

1. The first scene happens

2. The trio reacts to the actors singing on stage.

3. Bell and the Beast Dance on stage.

4. BELLA tries to get a clear view with binoculars of BELL on stage while ELIZE holds a picture of HAILEY next to the binoculars.

5. The Show ending number happens and the kids in the area rush to the stage to get autographs.

ABRAM rushes to the stage and ELIZE follows with BELLA behind him. ABRAM pushes his way through the kids and stands directly next to the railing.

ABRAM

(Yelling)

BELL! BELL! I need to talk to you!

The kids around ABRAM look up at him stunned. Bell smiles and waves at ABRAM but continues to sign the children’s autograph books.

ABRAM

(Emphatically)

BELL!

A SECURITY GUARD walks over to ABRAM and taps him on the shoulder. ABRAM looks over his shoulder and stiffens when he sees the guard. He then looks back at the stage.

ABRAM

(Desperate)

BELL!

SECURITY GUARD

Sir

ABRAM

(Looking away)

I have to talk to Bell. BELL!

SECURITY GUARD

We all have to talk to Bell sir. Why don’t you come with me and we can go find a place where Bell could come see you.

ABRAM’s shoulders shrug and he turns around to face the SECURITY GUARD.

ABRAM

I’m getting kicked out huh?

SECURITY GUARD

Probably. I will work on getting you that autograph though, would you follow me?

ABRAM sighs and follows the SECURITY GUARD. The SECURITY GUARD leads ABRAM and the girls past the kids ABRAM threw out of the way. The kids, now in a single file line waiting for autographs, stare down ABRAM as he walks by.

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KID# 1

(looking at ABRAM)

Freak!

ABRAM

(Walking by)

I’m not a freak! I was getting her attention for a friend.

KID# 2

(At ABRAM)

Well, you’re definitely a tool.

ELIZE laughs and ABRAM looks back at her as the security guard pulls him along.

ELIZE

What? It was funny!

ABRAM turns around and follows the GUARD up the stairs.

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INTERIOR: CINDERELLA’s CASTLE 1st FLOOR-AFTERNOON

The doors close behind STEVE and he desperately searches around the AREA for the woman dressed as JASMINE. STEVE darts around the room in a vain effort to find someone who knows where she is. Eventually RANDY grabs hold of STEVE.

RANDY

Dude, Did you find her?

STEVE

No, and it doesn’t seem like anyone around here knows who is dressed as her today.

RANDY

Did it look like Hailey to you?

STEVE

No, but I really didn’t get a good look at her. I was too concentrated on playing the part.

RANDY

Alright. Well, we will find her. I’ll do a little reconnaissance and I’ll get back to you. Why don’t you get some food with your friends and I will give you a call.

RANDY shakes STEVES hand and walks back on stage. STEVE takes the stairwell to go change and then meet with his friends.

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EXTERIOR: SLEEPY HOLLOW-AFTERNOON

STEVE walks onstage, out of the custodial entrance behind Sleepy Hollow. LEON and JAMES sit at a table, overlooking the bridge, eating funnel cakes. STEVE walks over to where they sit and stands in front of them.

LEON

Did you find her?

STEVE

Nope.

JAMES

What’s the plan then?

STEVE

We’re gonna regroup and think about where she could be. I was thinking we all could go get some food.

JAMES

Well, we can’t go to the studios.

STEVE

Why’s that?

JAMES and LEON look at each other and smile.

LEON

That’s a story for the road.

JAMES and LEON get up and throw away their trash. The trio walks across the bridge from liberty square to the hub. The Trio then proceeds to the exit.

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EXTERIOR: DOWNTOWN DISNEY-DUSK

ABRAM, ELIZE, and BELLA sit on the porch at the House of Blues. They sip drinks and watch the people pass.

STEVE, JAMES, and LEON walk to the building from the parking lot. They sit down at the table where the others had waited. The group is silent for a moment.

LEON

Did you really yell at a group of kids?

ABRAM

No

JAMES

That’s weird because, I got this text, and it read; “ABRAM’s getting kicked out of the park. He yelled at Bell and a group of kids”.

ABRAM

STEVE

I think I saw the video on YouTube already.

The Group laughs and a waitress comes by.

WAITRESS

Are you all ready to move to your table inside?

(To ABRAM)

Are you the guy from the studios?

The Table laughs and ABRAM hurries inside. The rest of the group gets up from the table and follows the WAITRESS inside.

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INTERIOR: HOUSE OF BLUES-DUSK

The Group sits at a table by the bar in the House of Blues. A picture of the Blues Brothers overlooks the table.

BELLA

So what’s the next step STEVE?

STEVE

I don’t know.

BELLA

What do you mean you don’t know?

STEVE

This is the first time I honestly don’t know what to do.

The group is silent and no one really gives any inclination to speak.

(MORE)

STEVE

This idea was dumb. There’s no reasonable way I could have suspected to find her here without calling her. Maybe, true love really isn’t meant for all people. Maybe there are a finite number of chances to obtain someone to be happy with, and maybe mine are used up.

The group’s eyes are locked on STEVE as he stands up. STEVE’s eyes circulate around the table. He sees the disappointment in his friends’ eyes, but he wallows in his self-pity.

STEVE

I’m sorry for dragging you guys out here. We can leave in the morning if you guys want.

STEVE throws money down on the table.

STEVE

You guys should check out the fireworks over at the Magic Kingdom. They’re Beautiful.

STEVE walks away from the table and out the building. The group remains seated, stunned at the recent developments. They take turns exchanging glances. The Waitress walks over and hands JAMES the check.

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EXTERIOR: EPCOT WORLD SHOWCASE, ITALY PAVILLION- SUN SET

STEVE sits on a bench overlooking the water at the edge of the ITALY pavilion. He watches the ferries cross the water, and smiles as he sees the different families pass him by.

An OLD MAN walks over to where STEVE sits and sits down next to him. The OLD MAN looks over at STEVE.

OLD MAN

You can’t be here by yourself.

STEVE

Excuse me?

STEVE looks over at the OLD MAN who sits beside him.

OLD MAN

I said you can’t be here by yourself. Where is your better half?

(MORE)

STEVE

I don’t know where she is. I’ve traveled over 2000 miles, across four states, and I have never had a clue where she could be.

The Old man smiles and looks into the water.

OLD MAN

I guess that means you’re in love.

STEVE

What?

The OLD MAN looks at STEVE again.

OLD MAN

You’re in love. You drove extensive miles, overcame various obstacles and suffered humiliation from your friends and family. According to my definition, that’s love.

STEVE looks away. The OLD MAN gets up and walks away. STEVE looks up at the sky and watches the stars for a moment. STEVE then looks back to where the Old man sat.

STEVE

Who are you…

STEVE realizes the old man has left and stops speaking. He hears singing behind him so he gets up and walks over to a building where he sees a CHORUS of kids lined up on risers. STEVE stands to the side and watches them for a moment.

CHORUS

(Singing)

When you wish upon a star makes no difference who you are, anything your heart desires will come to you

STEVE gets a text. The Message is from RANDY. It reads “She is Cinderella! Get here now! They are doing a stage show before the fireworks at 9:30”.

STEVE looks at his watch and the time reads 830. He walks towards the front entrance to board the monorail while the CHORUS of kids sings in the background.

CHORUS (OS)

(Singing)

If your heart is in your dream No request is too extreme when you wish upon a star as dreamers do

STEVE walks towards the entrance of the world showcase. He ventures into tomorrowland as the kids continue to sing.

CHORUS (OS)

(Singing)

Fate is kind. She brings to those who love the sweet fulfillment of Their secret longing.

STEVE exits the park and heads toward the monorail while the Chorus continues to sing.

CHORUS (OS)

(Singing)

Like a bolt out of the blue Fate steps in and sees you through When you wish upon a star Your dreams come true

STEVE steps on the monorail and sits down as the monorail takes off toward the Magic Kingdom.

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EXTERIOR: MAGIC KINGDOM PARK-NIGHT

JAMES, LEON, ABRAM, ELIZE and BELLA sit in the HUB in front of CINDERELLAS CASTLE. They await the 930 pre-firework stage performances.

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EXTERIOR: MAGIC KINGDOM PARK-NIGHT

STEVE enters through the park gates and scurries through the crowd of people, making his way towards CITY HALL.

DISSOLVE TO:

INTERIOR: CITY HALLAT THE MAGIC KINGDOM PARK-NIGHT

STEVE runs to the counter to be greeted by the woman attending it.

WOMAN

Hello sir, how may I help you?

STEVE

I need to talk to a manager.

WOMAN

Why is that sir?

(MORE)

STEVE

I want to propose to Cinderella.

The WOMAN nervously smiles.

WOMAN

One moment sir.

The WOMAN motions a MANAGER over. The MANAGER smiles at STEVE and guides him out of the way to talk about the situation.

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INTERIOR: CINDERELLA’s CASTLE.

HAILEY stands at the castle doors. She is dressed as CINDERELLA and looks toward the stage director LEE ANN. She awaits word on where PRINCE CHARMING is.

HAILEY

Who is the PRINCE tonight LEE ANN?

LEE ANN Smiles and puts a finger up in the air because she is receiving a message over the radio. She puts the finger down once she receives word and answers HAILEY’S Question.

LEE ANN

I’m not sure actually. The plans changed, he is entering from a different site. You won’t know who he is until you get out there.

HAILEY

That’s a little unusual.

LEE ANN

Yeah it is. But the upper levels think it will add for dramatic tension. You will do amazing.

HAILEY

Thanks.

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EXTERIOR: MAGIC KINGDOM-NIGHT

LEON, JAMES and BELLA share popcorn from a jumbo box, while ABRAM and ELIZE sit cuddled together with their eyes fixated on the stage. The lights flicker and an announcer comes on the park speakers.

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ANNONCER

Ladies and Gentlemen, take a seat and focus your attention on Cinderella’s castle. The Prince is returning from a long awaited journey and Cinderella cannot wait to see him.

The lights dim and footsteps are heard over the speakers. A spotlight shines on the castle balcony. The FAIRY GODMOTHER opens the Balcony doors.

FAIRY GODMOTHER

CINDERELLA! Now where did that girl go? CINDERELLA!

A spotlight opens on the CASTLE entranceway. HAILEY, dressed as CINDERELLA walks through.

HAILEY

I’m here FAIRY GODMOTHER! I’m waiting for CHARMING to return. He should be here any minute. I’m so excited FAIRY GODMOTHER, it’s been so long since I’ve seen him.

FAIRY GODMOTHER

I’m glad you’re excited.

Horse shoes clank over the audio system.

FAIRY GODMOTHER

Cinderella do you hear that? I think he is coming!

The Gates in the TOWN SQUARE open. STEVE, dressed as Prince Charming, sits on the top of a horse and proceeds to take the PARADE route through MAIN STREET. STEVE gallops around the HUB in front of the castle. He dismounts in front of the roped off stage steps. He passes by his stunned friends and gives a slight wave when he walks by. STEVE walks up the STAGE steps towards where HAILEY is situated in the spotlight.

HAILEY

CHARMING is that you? I’ve missed you so dearly CHARMING. It’s been so long since the last time I’ve seen…

STEVE makes his way into the light. HAILEY realizes CHARMING is STEVE and clams up in the process of dealing with the situation at hand. After a moment, she accounts for the fact that she is on stage and continues on with the show.

HAILEY

You. It’s been so long since, I’ve seen you CHARMING.

STEVE walks to HAILEY. He takes her in his grasp.

STEVE

It has been too long CINDY. And you have no clue what I’ve done to get back to you CINDY. I love you so much, and I’m ecstatic that I can finally be in your presence once again.

STEVE kisses HAILEY and the reaction from the Guests is Audible. STEVE and Hailey through the castle doors, The doors close behind them and the spotlight shifts up to the fairy godmother who looms at the balcony.

FAIRY GODMOTHER

Aww, I love happy endings. Oh, I better get inside, it’s almost time for the fireworks!

The FARIY GODMOTHER goes inside and the lights in the Magic Kingdom brighten.

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INTERIOR: CINDERELLA’s CASTLE- NIGHT

STEVE and HAILEY stand facing each other as the doors close behind them; A series of MANAGERS and other personnel wisk them in separate directions which breaks the grasp they have on each other’s hand. Before HAILEY disappears from STEVE’s sight, she yells above the bustle in the crowd.

HAILEY

Meet me in the Grotto

HAILEY disappears from STEVE’s eyesight and he is escorted by the management to the next step in his plan.

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INTERIOR: MAGIC KINGDOM PARK-HUB AREA- NIGHT

LEON, JAMES, ABRAM, ELIZE and BELLA linger in the middle of the HUB area after the fireworks.

BELLA

I wonder what happened.

ABRAM

That was him right? I wasn’t just imagining everything?

ELIZE

It was Him.

(MORE)

BELLA

Well, should we wait around for him? He has been so incredibly detailed throughout this whole trip, he is bound to have something planned next.

JAMES phone rings.

LEON

Is it him?

JAMES looks down at his phone

JAMES

Yeah

JAMES answers his phone.

JAMES

(Into Phone)

Dude, Where are you?

(Pauses)

Slow down man, you’re going too fast.

(Pauses)

The Grotto. Meet you in the Grotto?

STEVE’s voice comes through the phone forcefully.

STEVE (OS)

(Yelling)

YES!

STEVE hangs up the phone from his end and James looks around.

JAMES

Where is the grotto?

The group huddles together around a map BELLA unfolds.

ELIZE

(Pointing)

Well, the only thing on here that has grotto in the title is Ariel’s. I guess we have to go up to fantasyland.

BELLA folds up the map and the group follows a path to the right of the castle to venture into Fantasyland.

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EXTERIOR: MAGIC KINGDON, ARIEL’s GROTTO, NIGHT

HAILEY, along with a group of her assorted cast personnel friends’ stand awaiting the arrival of STEVE. ABRAM, BELLA, ELIZE, LEON, and JAMES rush into the GROTTO.

HAILEY

Can I help you guys?

LEON looks down at his picture and then up at HAILEY.

LEON

(To Group)

It’s her.

The group gathers around HAIEY and the photo. Everyone takes their own glance at her to compare to the picture. Finally they come to the realization that they have found what they are searching for.

HAILEY

Where did you guys get that picture? Are you friends of STEVE?

BELLA

Yep!

LEON

We sure are.

ABRAM

And you have no clue what he has put us through to find you. Where is he by the way?

HAILEY

I don’t know, this is where we would meet up after our shifts. We got separated in the castle, I told him to meet me here.

A soft music begins to play in the distance. A light flickers on at the passageway through the middle of the Castle. The doors, which normally at this time are closed, open to reveal STEVE with a group of cast members.

The Crowd at the entrance to the Grotto parts as STEVE approaches. Finally, STEVE makes his way to where HAILEY stands.

STEVE

Hi

(MORE)

HAILEY

(Laughing)

Hi

STEVE

Kinda cool right?

STEVE nods to the group of people who have assembled around them.

HAILEY

Yeah, it’s a little weird having this many people around and not have to play a part.

STEVE

I know, it’s almost like we are our own characters. How cool is that?

HAILEY

It’s kind of cool when you put it that way.

STEVE

Right?!

STEVE and HAILEY pause for a moment and look at each other. STEVE takes HAILEY’s hand and looks around at the large crowd they now have gathered.

STEVE

I wanted to talk to you about something.

HAILEY regains STEVE’s eye contact and smiles.

HAILEY

Oh yeah? What’s that?

STEVE

Remember when I left, how I said I have to go back to Albuquerque and take care of all my schoolwork. How I wanted to prove to the people there that I could write? How I had all this unfinished business that would haunt me if I didn’t take care of it right away?

HAILEY

Yeah

STEVE

In doing that, in making this quest to irradiate all the things I was upset about; I totally forgot about the one thing I care about more than anything.

HAILEY smiles and tries hard to maintain her composure.

HAILEY

I hope you’re going to say me. Otherwise it might be a disappointment to all these people.

STEVE smiles.

STEVE

(Laughing)

I think you misunderstood; I came back for a funnel cake. I just wanted to say hi, since you were here and all.

HAILEY smiles and the Crowd laughs. STEVE kneels in front of her.

STEVE

I know this is crazy. I get it. But nothing outside of this, outside of us, has made sense since I left here. And once I realized that, once I figured out that you are my storybook ending, I figured it was time to write my story.

STEVE pulls a ring box out of his pocket. He opens the container to show the Diamond Ring he intended to purpose with.

STEVE

I always wanted to save the princess. It’s something that I’ve felt destined to do since I was first read a fairy tale or saw one of these movies. This is the first time in 10 months I’ve really been…

HAILEY

Ask me already!

STEVE smiles, looks around the grotto at the various people with their camera’s ready.

STEVE

Hailey, Marry me.

The crowd around them is silent yet ripe with anticipation. Water from the fountains in Ariel’s grotto jump in the air over the couple. HAILEY, smiling, looks around at the crowd, and then back at STEVE.

HAILEY

Of course.

STEVE puts the ring on Hailey’s finger and stands up to kiss her. Camera’s around them flicker incessantly, and their friends rush around them to congratulate the recent engagement.

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EXTERIOR: THE BOARDWALK AT WALT DISNEYWORLD-NIGHT

The modified group makes way into the ATLANTIC DANCE HALL.

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INTERIOR: ATLANTIC DANCE HALL-NIGHT

The camera pulls back from the stage where a woman stands in front of a microphone. Softly music plays behind her and she turns to speak with the band.

The Camera pulls back a bit further to reveal the dance floor. It is filled with people, but the camera gradually reaches Abram and Elise standing next to each other, watching the woman on stage.

ELISE

Did you think it was going to end like that?

ABRAM

Like what?

ELIZE

All storybook or whatever

ABRAM

How was that storybook?

ELIZE

How wasn’t it?

ABRAM

What?

ELIZE

He found a waiting damsel, came in on a white horse and they reunited. I mean that never happens.

ABRAM

What never happens?

ELIZE sighs and grabs ABRAM by the hand and drags him further onto the floor.

The camera pans to the side and STEVE appears with Hailey. The crowd around them has dispersed and the two sit alone in a corner booth.

HAILEY

So you did all that just to find me?

STEVE

Yeah. Pretty much.

HAILEY

You were Charming.

HAILEY and STEVE laugh.

HAILEY

How on earth did you manage to do that?

STEVE

Well…

DISSOLVE TO:

INTERIOR: TOWN HALL at THE MAGIC KINGDOM-NIGHT (FLASHBACK)

STEVE stands with the GUEST RELATIONS MANAGER inside the MAGIC Kingdom Town Hall.

GR MANAGER

Sir, I’m very sorry, but I won’t be able to let you propose to Cinderella.

STEVE

Im not crazy, I…

GR MANAGER

I never said you were crazy sir.

STEVE

I want to propose to the Woman playing Cinderella

The GUEST RELATIONS MEMBER Straightens upon STEVE making his request clearer.

GR MANAGER

Are you a Cast Member?

STEVE

No, but I used to be a CP

GR MANAGER

And your girlfriend is a Character performer?

STEVE

Yeah, she is supposed to be doing the last castle show.

GR MANAGER

Well, what did you have in mind?

DISSOLVE TO:

INTERIOR: ATLANTIC DANCE HALL AT DISNEYS BOARDWALK-NIGHT

STEVE and HAILEY sit with each other in the corner booth that overlooks their friends on the dance floor.

HAILEY

Why didn’t you just call? What if we couldn’t find each other tonight? What would you have done? You guys are planned to leave tomorrow right?

STEVE

I guess I would have called

The Camera pans to the Dance floor where BELLA and JAMES dance on the dance floor in front of the female SINGER who begins to sing off stage.

SINGER (OS)

(Singing)

Tale as old as time, True as it can be; barely even friends, then somebody bends, unexpectedly.

BELLA

I’m getting married.

JAMES

Are you?

BELLA

Yeah, he proposed to me just before I came down here with you guys. I was going to announce it but I guess I didn’t want to take away from anything STEVE was doing.

JAMES

It’s weird

BELLA

What’s weird?

(MORE)

JAMES

Everyone is pairing up, everyone is finding someone who they love and want to spend the rest of their life with. And I, I have no clue what I plan to do 5 days after we get back to Albuquerque.

SINGER (OS)

(Singing)

Just a little change, small to say the least. Both a little scared, neither one prepared; Beauty and the Beast.

The camera pans over to ELIZE and ABRAM.

ABRAM

There is something I’ve been wanting to tell you.

ELIZE

Oh yeah, what that?

ABRAM

On one hand, I want to give you this big grand display of love. But on the other hand, there have been so many spectacles around us that I keep thinking a quiet proposal where I just slip a ring on your finger right now would be a lot cooler.

ELIZE

(Stunned)

Wait, what?

ABRAM

But I keep wondering if that would be on the right level, if that would be what you deserve. But when it all comes down to it.

ABRAM pulls a ring out of his pant pocket and places it on ELIZES finger.

ELIZE

(Interrupting)

I just want you to marry me.

ABRAM

Yeah

ABRAM kisses ELIZE and the Camera shifts back to the SINGER

(MORE)

SINGER

(Singing)

Tale as old as time, Tune as old as song; Bittersweet and strange, finding you can change, learning you were wrong.

The Camera pans to the bar where LEON sits at a stool. He overlooks the crowded dance floor and checks his phone.

HAILEY and STEVE walk towards the dance floor as the Singer finishes the last verse.

SINGER (CONT)

(Singing)

Certain as the sun, rising in the east. Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme, Beauty and the Beast.

The music continues to play in the background as HAILEY and STEVE grasp each other on the floor.

STEVE

Do you think it was dumb for me to do what I did?

HAILEY

No, why do you ask?

STEVE

Well, I was recapping all of this in my head, in hind sight I realize so many things could have gone wrong.

HAILEY

Isn’t that the point though?

STEVE

The fact that it could have gone wrong?

HAILEY

Yeah. Why would you have bothered if it wasn’t all or nothing?

(Smiles)

And it was all or nothing, because you did get the Princess. Maybe your story would have been more relatable if you had failed and went back to wherever heartbroken. But you succeeded; you found love, you grasped it in your hands and said ‘I can’t live without you. I won’t’. In our world, where the first 10 people to offer an opinion often have no experience, we rarely witness anything without a certain cynicism washed over it. You love me. You genuinely care about me. And

HAILEY (CONT)

I guess you’re alright. That, that connection is worth risking generations.

HAILEY Smiles and STEVE pulls her a little closer.

STEVE

(Whispering)

Why did I ever leave you? I never figured that out.

The music stops and patrons on the dance floor applaud the performer. HAILEY takes STEVE by the hand and the two walk outside.

CUT TO:

EXTERIOR: WALT DISNEY WORLD BOARDWALK-NIGHT

HAILEY AND STEVE walk outside the BOARDWALK HOTEL at DISNEY’s BOARDWALK. They walk amidst the people and street performers. Eventually the two stop and sit on a bench outside the ESPN ZONE.

HAILEY

So how long has it been?

STEVE

Since?

HAILEY

Since you were able to write a page.

STEVE grows silent and looks in the other direction.

HAILEY

So it’s been that long.

STEVE laughs

STEVE

I wrote a little bit when we all first got down here. I woke up at three in the morning and wrote half a page. Half a page, I remember the days where I would wake up at 5am, and finish 30 pages before I took lunch. Now I can barely write half a page.

HAILEY Stands in front of STEVE on the bench and gets inches within STEVE’s face.

(MORE)

HAILEY

Are you going to be able to do this? I don’t want to wake up to a note in 5 months saying you’ve gone to New York to pursue a book deal, or to LA because you might have a script offer. If it comes down to a choice, im going to need you to pick me.

STEVE stares into HAILEYS Eyes.

STEVE

It was always you. The journey of my return to Albuquerque, and most definitely this trip to Orlando, has only highlighted the fact that I’ve had in my head now since that night at the movie theater; it’s you who I want to be with. So if there is a book deal worth pursuing in New York, or a Script offer in LA; the only way I will be taking it is if I schedule a return flight to wherever you are.

HAILEY laughs. And pulls back from STEVE.

HAILEY

I can never stay mad at you.

STEVE

Why is that?

HAILEY

Because no matter what question I will pose to you, you will come back with some well-crafted, articulate response that will only make me want to kiss you.

STEVE smiles, stands up and walks in front of HAILEY.

STEVE

It’s a gift

HAILEY

It’s a gift that in hindsight makes me want to hit you after I kiss you.

STEVE

Isn’t it awesome?

HAILEY

(Sarcastic)

Oh it’s just super.

STEVE takes HAILEY’s hand and the two walk towards the shuttle services.

CUT TO:

INTERIOR: CONTEMPORARY RESORT LOBBY- NIGHT

HAILEY and STEVE walk through the Hotel lobby towards the open hotel bar.

CUT TO:

INTERIOR: CONTEMPORARY RESORT HOTEL BAR-NIGHT

STEVE, HAILEY, ABRAM, ELIZE, JAMES, BELLA, and LEON sit in a booth in a quiet bar. The group is silent, and they seem to recollect their thoughts after what was a very long day. After a moment or so, STEVE begins to speak.

STEVE

There’s something I didn’t tell you guys.

Everyone looks up from their drinks and stares at STEVE.

STEVE

You guys probably expected this to happen, but I do think I’m going to stay, and try to give everything a shot here.

The table is silent for a moment.

JAMES

What about school?

STEVE

The only reasons i wanted to go back to school in New Mexico were out of spite. If I transfer here, I think it will come easy to me. Plus after a semester I will be able to apply for an internship in one of the Imagineering programs.

LEON bangs a piece of silverware on his glass. And he then raises the glass in the air to give a toast to the table.

LEON

To changes

EVERYONE raises their glasses

(MORE)

EVERYONE

To changes

CUT TO:

EXTERIOR: MAGIC KINGDOM RESORT -3 Years Later- NIGHT

Chairs filled with nicely dressed people line FANTASYLAND, and spotlights focus on a Priest standing at the Sword in the Stone behind CINDERELLA’s CASTLE. A red carpet extends from the back entrance of CINDERELLA’s castle to the platform the Sword in the Stone sits upon.

STEVE, JAMES, ABRAM, LEON and MAN 2 walk from out of CINDERELLA’s CASTLE and Stand next to the PRIEST.

BELLA, ELIZE and BRIDESMAID’s 1 and 2 walk down the red carpet and stand on the other side of the Priest. Music starts and all the people who have taken seats move their eyes to the castle doors.

The Doors open to reveal HAILEY, and STEVE adoringly memorizes her every moment as she approaches the ALTER.

MAN 2

It’s kind of awesome what they’ll let you do when you make them a couple hundred million huh?

STEVE looks at MAN 2 quickly and then back at HAILEY as she approaches the ALTER

STEVE

It sure is.

The Camera pulls in on STEVE. STEVE smiles swiftly and responds once more to MAN 2 before HAILEY takes STEVES grasp.

STEVE

Wait till you see what I ask for after I write the sequel.

STEVE smiles, kisses HAILEY and the two stare at the PRIEST.

FADE OUT:

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