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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Huge sorcerer hats, haunted hotels, living toys and ridiculously chipper grown ups at 8 a.m.; Disney is all about fantasy. This weekend ESPN took over Disney World in Orlando and turned it into every sports fan's fantasy. I caught up with some of the pro athletes hanging out around the park (and the Schwab) to ask them about their favorite Disney moment, or any magical fantasies they may have.
What Disney character did you love growing up?
Chad Ochocinco: Goofy. I just like having fun just living life without a care in the world.
Bart Scott: Mighty Mouse. Because he was a little dude that did big things. Tom and Jerry were cool too but they didn't talk much. I don't even know if that was Disney. Is that Disney? Oh, and Duck Tales, I love Duck Tales too. Man, I used to love seeing him swim in all that money. I do the same thing now, but I got pennies.
Alonzo Mourning: Mickey. He's the head honcho. Everybody wants to be the man.
Karl Malone: Minnie, because she's sexy.
Gary Payton: I like Mickey, because he getting it. That's how I roll.
Julius Erving: One time I went on a Tom Joyner cruise and they had a "represent your city" night. And I was living in Orlando at the time and so he got me Goofy. I put Goofy on, I had the big feet, the big ears, the whole Goofy thing, so I was Goofy for one night. I can't say he is my favorite but I did dress up as him one day. So we got to give him some props on that.
What's your favorite Disney movie?
Chad Ochocinco: Bambi. I could cry right now thinking about it.
Howie Schwab: Herbie the Love Bug. I loved Jim Douglas as Dean Jones in that.
What fantasy would you like to fulfill at Disney World?
Bart Scott: I would like to be the maestro and lead the parade. I would also like to stay the night in the castle. I don't make enough money to rent that room though.
Julius Erving: I would like to slay he Magnolia and Palm golf courses here at Disney at least one time. If I could hit near par golf on those two around tournament time, now that would be a real fantasy.
What's the best thing about Disney World?
Alonzo Mourning: Staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, that's a great setup. That really sticks in my mind. It was so creative for them to build a hotel on an animal reserve. You stand on your balcony and you got zebras and giraffe running by. It's no joke, Disney said we going to bring you Africa and then drop a hotel in the middle of it. That's pretty memorable.
Bart Scott: I'm hoping to get into Typhoon Lagoon and get into some of the water parks. I'm a little less timid in the water.