It would be 2011 where I found myself sitting in a home amongst like minded Disney friends, chatting about the events of the area. A friend spoke up and said “I think I am going to the Survivor event.” My ears perked up… I am a HUGE Survivor fan, what now? He went on to show me online an event held by “Hearts of Reality” which brought Reality Stars from Survivor, Big Brother, Amazing Race, and so on to the city of Celebration for a charity weekend that supported the wonderful “Give Kids the World.” I was hooked, and went every year from 2011 on, missing 2017 when I had briefly lived back in WI for a bit.
Then they announced they were having the 80s Pop Singer “Tiffany” amongst the rest of the Reality Stars, I jumped not only on the event, but I volunteered for the first time. I figured I would be able to do more with my time helping, than standing in line for hours (which I did every year prior). .
I enjoyed helping them set up for the autograph event, meeting Omar and new friends though the process of the day. Then the Survivors and Racers showed up and I was geeking out….it was hard to wrap around my brain that I was talking about the weather with Boston Rob. LOL And then she sat down….the bubble gum pop Princess of so many moments in my teenage years. Trying to make heads or tails of basically meeting one of your pop icons was quite hard to grasp.
I had to “work” sort of speak, so my interaction with her was “Can I get you a water?” and so on. I was professional, until the end. The perks of volunteering is that towards the end of the event, we would get our own stuff autographed and get pictures with the Celebs. I immediately went to Tiffany first, introducing myself and telling her how much I enjoyed her music. She asked if I was going to the 80s Karoke party that night, and I said yes and that I had hoped she would sing at it. She then asked me to crouch down and said “I can’t, I’m under contract now, but I can sing to you.” And like a dream unfolding in front of me… she sang “I think we’re alone now…” with a couple bars of it. Just me and her, nobody else was paying attention to us. It. Was. Amazing.
At the 80s party that night, I was dancing and drinking with the Reality stars, and then Tiffany walked in with her people. I just happened to glance at her and she said “Hey Amy!” and I remember waving and saying “Hey Tiffany” and that was all. She went her way and I went mine and I was like “Wow, that just happened.”
She would months later be singing at the “Eat to the Beat” concert in Epcot, and I sat with a big smile, singing away. Pre-Covid, these events and moments were WY I moved to Florida. I mean, who wouldn’t want to meet their 80’s Pop Icons? Thanks for stopping by!
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