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The guarded theater entrance. Photo by Mark Goldhaber. The logo at the end of the carpet. Photo by Mark Goldhaber. Goofy works the carpet. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.


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Goofy works the carpet. Photo by Mark Goldhaber. Chris Sligh. Photo by Mark Goldhaber. Justin Guarini. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

Justin Guarini. Photo by Mark Goldhaber. Chris Sligh. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

Chris Sligh. Photo by Mark Goldhaber. Bucky Covington. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

Bucky Covington. Photo by Mark Goldhaber. David Cook. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

David Cook. Photo by Mark Goldhaber. David Cook. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

Carrie Underwood. Photo by Mark Goldhaber. Ace Young. Photo by Mark Goldhaber. Ace Young. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

Sanjaya Malakhar. Photo by Mark Goldhaber. Jason Castro. Photo by Mark Goldhaber. Diana Degarmo. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

Phil Stacey. Photo by Mark Goldhaber. Paula Abdul. Photo by Mark Goldhaber. Taylor Hicks. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

Jordin Sparks. Photo by Mark Goldhaber. Jordin Sparks. Photo by Mark Goldhaber. The Idol stage. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

Jay Rasulo gives opening remarks. Photo by Mark Goldhaber. Jay Rasulo gives opening remarks. Photo by Mark Goldhaber. The host explains the show. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

Is Steve Harvey laughing? Don't look! Don't look! Photo by Mark Goldhaber. The host went out into the audience and sat next to David Archuleta to give voting instructions. Photo by Mark Goldhaber. Paula Abdul and Ryan Seacrest. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

Paula Abdul and Ryan Seacrest. Photo by Mark Goldhaber. Idol judges. Photo by Mark Goldhaber. Idol judges. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

Caleb Banks performs 'Sway'. Photo by Mark Goldhaber. The Idol judges. Photo by Mark Goldhaber. Alayna Rivera sings 'Respect'.  Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

Mark Ellis sings 'Superstitious'. Photo by Mark Goldhaber. David Cook sets up to play. Photo by Mark Goldhaber. David Cook. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

David Cook. Photo by Mark Goldhaber. David Cook. Photo by Mark Goldhaber. Carrie Underwood. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

Carrie Underwood. Photo by Mark Goldhaber. Carrie Underwood. Photo by Mark Goldhaber. Carrie Underwood performs. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

David Cook and Carrie Underwood duet on 'Go Your Own Way'. Photo by Mark Goldhaber. David Cook and Carrie Underwood duet on 'Go Your Own Way'. Photo by Mark Goldhaber. All seven Idols on stage together for the first time ever. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

Kelly Clarkson and Ruben Studdard. Photo by Mark Goldhaber. Jordin Sparks and David Cook. Photo by Mark Goldhaber. Jordin Sparks receives her silver microphone from Simon Fuller while David Cook looks at his trophy. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

The seven Idols receiving their silver microphone trophies. Photo by Mark Goldhaber. Mark Ellis is named the day's Dream Ticket winner. Photo by Mark Goldhaber. Mark Ellis is named the day's Dream Ticket winner. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

Mark Ellis celebrates his win with Ryan Seacrest. Photo by Mark Goldhaber. Mark Ellis celebrates his win with Ryan Seacrest. Photo by Mark Goldhaber. The seven winners pose with their new silver microphone trophies. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

The seven winners pose with their new silver microphone trophies. Photo by Mark Goldhaber. The Idols continue to hang out during the photo shoot. Photo by Mark Goldhaber. Oh Mickey, you're so fine... Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

Oh Mickey, you're so fine... Photo by Mark Goldhaber. The Idols joking around during the photo shoot. Photo by Mark Goldhaber. The Idols hanging around during the photo shoot. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

The Idols pose with Mickey. Photo by Mark Goldhaber. The Idols pose with Mickey. Photo by Mark Goldhaber. The Idols pose with MIckey, Paula and Ryan. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

The Idols pose with Paula, Ryan, Jay Rasulo and Simon Fuller. Photo by Mark Goldhaber. Damon Weaver interviews Ruben Studdard. Photo by Mark Goldhaber. Ruben Studdard. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

Damon Weaver interviews Jordin Sparks. Photo by Mark Goldhaber. Damon Weaver interviews Paula Abdul. Photo by Mark Goldhaber. The After-party. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

Legends of Hollywood dressed up for the after-party. Photo by Mark Goldhaber. 2009 Walt Disney World Ambassadors Vanessa Rosas and Clay Schoonmaker. Photo by Mark Goldhaber. The Idol logo on the arch leading to the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster courtyard during the after-party. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

The Idol logo projected on the ground during the after-party. Photo by Mark Goldhaber. Idol logo on the giant Fender Stratocaster during the after-party. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

 



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Mark (@MPMark) is a veteran of dozens of trips to Walt Disney World starting in 1972, with a few Disneyland trips thrown in for good measure. As a Disney stockholder and a Disney Vacation Club member, Mark is always in touch with what's going on with The Mouse. Mark serves as MousePlanet's Walt Disney World content coordinator. Mark is a senior information technology manager working for the State of New York. He lives in the suburbs outside Albany, New York, with his wife and son.