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The next day, I prepared myself for a fun-filled day in Ovationia, wondering if
my request to the stars came true. Thankfully, I was pleased with the clean
sight of the Clare Restaurant, graffiti-free and arranged for the "Celebrity
Morn." I was lucky because I did not have the same dilemma about the character
greetings as my dream. I spotted Mr. M happily waiting for his order identical
to mine: a cheese omelet with a side of Belgian waffles and milk. He asked me
for my camera because there will be an army of characters greeting people. I
greeted five of them as I ate my breakfast fare: two flautists, a pair of
oboists, and, of course, 'Soonist Sally. All five of them had their photos taken
with me by my sixth grade math instructor, and they all signed my autograph
As we boarded the monorail after we filled our bellies and my camera was handed
back to me, we learned that if we stay at a hotel, we would enter the theme
parks two hours before the general public (i.e. the people who stayed in hotels
outside the resort). When we arrived in Ovationia, another ecru-colored sign
regarding the entry was posted and it read in large, green letters:
TO ALL GUESTS: ALTHOUGH OVATIONIA IS GRAFFITI-FREE, IT IS OFFICIALLY OPEN ONLY
TO THE INSPIRATIONALLY GOOD PACKAGE AND MAKIN' ROOKIE PACKAGE USERS WHO STAYED
IN THE REGIS MANOR, SLARSHYWOOD VALE, AND BOCAL VILLAGE HOTELS. WE APOLOGIZE FOR
ANY INCONVINIENCE THAT MAY HAVE CAUSED YOU.
As we passed the security checkpoints at the entrance (thank goodness that Mr. M
stayed at the Bocal Village hotel), we felt a crumb disappointed because it was
unfair to some others, but the lines seemed to be more stunted than usual. We
rode a faction of the rides shortly before the "Golden Carnivale" parade which
starts a half hour after the usual lunchtime (i.e. noon). The parade headed to
our area and it filed by us, making it a grand procession similar to the Party
Gras parade in the early 1990's in Disney parks. Because it was Kartrina's
fiftieth anniversary, gold was an outstandingly dominant color throughout its
props, floats, and costumes. It was a splendid spectacle blending Mardi gras,
Caribbean, Brazilian, Venetian, and other Latin varieties. Music and
choreography possessing them marry together in a display that clichéd the
pre-Lenten festivities and people can revere them yearlong besides the period
between Epiphany and Ash Wednesday. What a superlative and spectacular
counterpart of the Disney parks' Party Gras, with scores of Kartrina's costumed
characters, showgirls, mambo groups, calypso bands, samba ensembles, and the
famous Brandenburg Boppers!
Everything was functioning smoothly until a stubby-haired boy drew a rocket on
the second float in Brazilian style and all the performers, security personnel,
and the once-thrilled crowd gasped appallingly. What was once a day of merriment
was now a day of horror, alarm, and vandalism. They all happened because of that
five year old who was a total Picasso of the whole resort!
"Stop the parade! Stop the parade!" the security guards barked out.
"Why would you stop it? We have already started it." One of the showgirls
"I'll tell you what, young lady," one of the guards scolded sardonically, "That
young man made a criminal offense against the park and we will not and I mean
WILL NOT start the parade with a float looking like this."
"But we have started it," she complained, "You must know the meaning of 'the
show must go on,' sir."
"Young lady, unless that runt with Crayola in his hand gets a good time-out in
the klink, we will not start it! Do I get myself crystal clear?" he asked with a
strict teacher's face.
The showgirl discounted him abruptly and the parade stood stagnant as a moment
of silence in a football game. Hans Glutcher, CEO of ComMedia Della Artesia
Parks International, gaited through the dismayed crowd and performers. He then
stepped up on the first float with a microphone in hand and he spoke in an
"Visitors, I would want Whiz Kid Forte and Mr. M to join me, the security
personnel, Playful Peasgood, Rompin' Rachel, Kitty Arfken, Cherry Plucker and 'Soonist
Sally in capturing the reprobate named Doodlin' Davey. As described in the
juvenile records, he was wearing a T-shirt with blue and white stripes and a
pair of red pants. He is also five years old, triangle-nosed, stubby-haired, and
has a reputation of inappropriate behavior in the household. His so-called
'crayon drawings' expanded from the household to the world's favorite
family-friendly vacation spot three times the size of Walt Disney World devoted
to all areas of the arts. If he spends at least a year in jail, we will extend
the daily parade until the fall of 2009. Everyone should stay in your resorts
until further notice. We apologize for any discomfort that may have caused you
to ruin your stay and we were very sorry for the unhappiness of your kids. Thank
you for your cooperation."
"You mean, I'm going on some mission?" I asked as I faced Hans.
"Absolutely," Hans responded, "You are having this adventure around the park
because you have an extensive musical knowledge and Mr. M, like yourself, solves
such conflicts in a creative way"
"Thanks, Hans," I smiled, " That is all I need to know, sir."
My vacation, which was family-oriented and full of fantasy, turned into an
adventure. I came to Kartrina not only for a morsel of R and R; I landed head
first on a mission throughout the resort with Mr. M, Mr. Glutcher, and five of
the Brandenburg Boppers. It was about something that moms and law enforcement
gripe about: putting an end to vandalism in public places. We had to investigate
the theme parks alongside Ovationia: Grosso Rico, Rhymbina, and Point Slarshy.
In addition, we would search Throto Village, Cyber Splash, Doff City, Aquatic
Ruins, Nitepolis, and all the resort hotels. If we are lucky to have Doodlin'
Davey captured in time, my vacation will have ample memories for years (even
decades) to come. Thank goodness, my inference about the con artist from a
children's book (i.e. Doodln' Davey) was correct!
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