Lake Buena Vista, FL - August 15, 2019
By: William A Guerro Sr.
There's Good News and Bad News, for the start of the 2019 College Football Season.
First the Good News: College football is back in less than 10 short days with two “Week Zero” games, Miami vs. Florida and Arizona at Hawaii.
And here’s some more good news.
In advance of the highly anticipated college football game between the University of Miami and the University of Florida, the “College GameDay” crew will be coming to the most MAGICAL place on earth!
Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, Desmond Howard, David Pollack, and Maria Taylor will be broadcasting live from Magic Kingdom Park on Saturday, August 24, 2019. Check out this exciting announcement video from the Walt Disney Company, featuring Mickey and Friends with Coach Corso.
Now the Bad News:
The “Gameday” you’ll be seeing on Aug. 24 will look almost nothing like the “Gameday” you’ve come to look forward to and enjoy over the last quarter-century or so, There will be no fans holding up funny signs or the Washington State flag.
This airing apparently will have none of that.
As announced Wednesday by game officials, to get anywhere close to the set you’ll first have to purchase a Disney World Magic Kingdom admission ticket, which currently checks in at a wallet emptying $109. And don’t bother making a funny sign in hopes of catching the camera operator’s eye: Flags, banners, signs, horns, whistles, large megaphones and artificial noisemakers are prohibited at Disney World.
Don’t expect to even come close to the camera operator’s eye either, because there will be no designated access to the ESPN commentators or the College GameDay set. Fans are only guaranteed the chance to “catch a glimpse” of the show.
The shows set will be at the elevated train station on Main Street, U.S.A.. Even Ol’ Crimson, the Washington State flag that has made it on air for 224 consecutive “Gameday” airings, more than likely will see it's streak end.
The crew will all be at all four of the theme parks preparing for the broadcast as they experience all that the Walt Disney World Resort has to offer including getting an inside look at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge!
If you are visiting Magic Kingdom Park on Saturday, you can hopefully catch a glimpse of the show. If not, you can watch “College GameDay” on ESPN (9 a.m. – noon ET) on Saturday, August 24.