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“American Idol” fans scream as Kris Allen visits Disney’s Hollywood Studios

“American Idol” fans scream as Kris Allen visits Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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Say what you will about the newest “American Idol.” But Kris Allen is a man of his word. Just 8 days after he stood on stage at LA’s Nokia Theater and said “I’m Going to Disney World!” …

Kris Allen "I'm going to Disney World!"
Photo by Paul Hiffmeyer 

… Here Kris was. Surrounded by cheering fans as his motorcade rolled through Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Kris Allen in motorcade at Disney's Hollywood Studios
Photo by Jeff Lange

Allen hopped out in front of the Superstar Television Theater and then serenaded the crowd (as well as a certain Mouse) with his version of Kanye West’s “Heartless.”

American Idol Winnder Kris Allen seranading Minnie Mouse at Disney's Hollywood Studios
Photo by Jeff Lange

Mind you, Allen didn’t seem to be all that “Heartless” when he ducked into “The American Idol Experience.” From what I could see, Kris was a very gracious guy as he made his way through DHS’s newest show. Going out of his way to shake hands with each Cast & crew member that he encountered inside of Superstar Television Theater. Allen even dropped by the judges table to say “Hello.”

Kris Allen greeting American Idol judges at Disney's American Idol Experience at Disney's Hollywood Studios
Photo by Jeff Lange

Of course, the crowd in the theater Friday morning went nuts as soon as they realized who “AIE” ‘s very special guest star was. The audience stood up and applauded wildly as this 23-year-old took to the stage.

American Idol winner Kris Allen surpised the performers at Disney's American Idol Experience
Photo by Jeff Lange

Allen then stood in “AIE” ‘s MC, announcing that show’s winner. But before he did so, Kris took a moment to commiserate with the three performers on stage. Saying that he felt terrible for the two talented singers who were about to be eliminated. That Allen knew just how horrible it felt to be standing there, wondering what was going to happen next.

But – that said – Kris still did his part. After revealing which singer would be moving on to perform in Friday’s finale show, he congratulated the winner.

Kris Allen congratulating the winner at Disney's American Idol Experience
Photo by Jeff Lange

And then after waving to the crowd …

Kris Allen waving to crowd at Disney's American Idol Experience, Orlando Florida
Photo by Jeff Lange

… Allen headed over to the “Sounds Dangerous” theater for a quick press conference. Where Kris then talked about how his life has changed since he began appearing on Fox’s reality show.

Admittedly, he and his wife-of-eight-months, Katy, have had to make a few adjustments. “We can’t really go out to the store anymore,” Allen said wistfully. But even so, Kris is looking forward to taking part in the “American Idol 2009 Summer Tour.” Which begins its 50 city tour on July 5th with a performance at the Rose Garden in Portland, OR.

Kris Allen talking with reporters at Disney's American Idol Experience
Photo by Jeff Lange

And then – once that’s done – Allen wants to take advantage of that guaranteed recording contract that he just won. See what sort of album he can put together.

But all that lies in the future. And now … Well, it’s time for a little fun. And given that Kris & Katy had never, ever been to Disney World before, as soon as this press conference was over, they planned on heading out into the Park and sampling a few rides.

“I’m looking forward to riding the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster,” Allen said.”I hear that’s a pretty good ride.”

Here’s hoping that Kris Allen actually gets to enjoy the rest of his Rock ‘n’ Roll ride. His year as the new “American Idol.”

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