Magical moments happen all the time at Disney Parks. A cool one occurred this week at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort, when several Daytona Beach area school kids got to spend the afternoon with NASCAR star Jimmie Johnson.
Johnson, who was in town to promote the Coke Zero 400 race at Daytona International Speedway next month, raced wooden stock cars (think pine box derby cars) with the kids, who built the cars to resemble Johnson’s actual No. 48 race car. Johnson then spent several minutes talking to the kids, answering all of their questions and giving autographs to anyone who asked for one.
It was a dream day for the kids even before Johnson arrived at the sports complex, because the kids got to do some fun training with various NFL players and Olympic athletes who regularly train at the complex. One of the NFL drills involved the kids running across the field tethered to two parachutes.
By the time Johnson left Disney, there were lots of smiles, laughs and priceless memories that will probably last a lifetime.
Oh, and the kids had a good time, too.
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