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Destiny -- or luck-- picks family for the first overnight stay at Cinderella Castle

Destiny -- or luck-- picks family for the first overnight stay at Cinderella Castle

A family of four were singled out by fate on Friday to become the first Walt Disney World guests to spend the night in the Cinderella Castle.
Lisa and Jim Fouch and their children, 16-year-old Brad and 8-year-old Hannah, were the winners of one of the top prizes in Disney's "Year of a Million Dreams" celebration.
A computer randomly picked the person sitting in a certain seat in the Star Tours ride at Disney-MGM Studios to stay in the castle Thursday night. Brad Fouch, a "Star Wars" fan, had wanted his family to take the ride. And it was Brad who was the lucky winner when a computer, at random, chose his seat on the ride as the winner of the daily contest.
"I was really stunned," Lisa Fouch told the Lansing State Journal. "Except for little drawings, I'd never won anything."
"It probably took 15 or 20 minutes for everything to sink in," Jim Fouch added in the telephone interview.
Jim, 49, works for IBM. Lisa, 40, is a preschool teacher. The family lives in DeWitt.
Brad is a Bath High School sophomore. Hannah turned 8 on Monday _ the first day of the family's Disney World vacation in Florida _ and loves the castle.
"I think it's beautiful," she said.
The Cinderella Castle Suite originally was empty space about four stories above the park. The plan was to have living quarters for the Disney family, but that never happened.
Then the Disney promotion began. The suite was fixed up with a marble foyer and a bedchamber, bathroom and salon, all suitable for royalty _ and for the Fouches. They all got their own royal sleep wear, were grand marshals at the Disney World parade Thursday and were honored at a dinner in the Cinderella's Royal Table restaurant.
The family had been staying at Disney's All Star Resort.
Other prizes in the contest include trips around the world as grand marshal in the Disney parade, a membership to the Disney Vacation Club and passes allowing guests to skip lines at attractions for the day.


Updated : 2021-04-14 23:13 GMT+08:00