SEI 2016 Day 26 Update

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Buses loaded up this morning to head out on the most anticipated day of travel week: Universal Studios and Disneyland! Last week students has the opportunity to choose which of the two parks they would like to attend. Both groups had a wonderful time experiencing two of the greatest tourist attractions in California.

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Created in 1955, Disneyland: The Happiest Place On Earth, is the only Disney park built under the supervision of the infamous Walt Disney. Disneyland has a rich history – upon opening,  the park had 18 attractions, 14 of which are still in use today. The park has the largest cumulative attendance of any theme park, welcoming over 650 million guests since its opening. Additionally, last year it was the third most visited park in the world – hosting over 16 million guests from all across the world. SEI students were overwhelmed by the beauty and vastness of the park! Students loved visiting many of the famous Disney attractions such as Sleeping Beauties Castle, the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, the amazing fireworks show and Frozen LIVE! Disneyland is truly a magical place. Today was full of many smiles and joyous laughs as students got to visit such an iconic landmark with their SEI friends.

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Universal Studios

Just like Disneyland, Universal Studios is one of the most popular destinations in California. Built in 1964, the park is the official “movie lover” destination, offering more than 20 high-caliber interactive attractions. Unique to Universal Studios is the large amount of 4-D, HD, and interactive attractions. Rather than offering thrilling rides, the park takes pride in the special effects, paired with their rides, that create the “ultimate interactive experience!” Many SEI students were ecstatic to visit one of the parks newest attractions: the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. This large addition to the park offers detailed replications of famous landmarks in various Harry Potter Movies, amazing shopping and excellent Potter style food. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened less than four months ago and is already one of the most talked about attractions in the world. Many students purchased a variety of Potter paraphernalia to commemorate their visit to the park. These larger than life film-based exhibits brought smiles, laughter and an occasional scream! Whether SEI students visited Disneyland or Universal Studios, they all created memories that will last a lifetime at some of the happiest places on earth.

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Question of the day: What would you do with $1,000,000?

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Ms. Stanton is a graduate of a WAnet high school in the suburbs of Chicago. Ms. Stanton is currently studying political science and will start her senior year at Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida this fall. She hopes to continue her studies in law school with a focus on constitutional law. She is very thankful for her mom and dad and two younger sisters. Ms. Stanton loves building relationships with students and is hoping to come back to SEI in the future. In her free time, she likes to read, dance, and participate in student government at her school. Fun fact: Cassie is a dance minor at her university.

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