By Tim Linafelt
Seminoles.com Senior Writer
@Tim_Linafelt on Twitter
LOS ANGELES – Welcome back to another edition of the “California Dreamin’” series.
Things here kick off in earnest on Sunday, when press conferences begin. But the folks at Disneyland kicked off the week in lighthearted fashion with a welcome press conference held at Disney’s California Adventure theme park.
They even had a reporter-themed Mickey Mouse on the press passes.
The gathered media was ushered through Disney’s fancy Grand Californian Hotel, which, while similar in name, looks nothing like the Disney Grand Floridian Hotel with which you might be familiar.
The Grand Californian looks a lot like a big log cabin, with a spacious lobby and high ceilings. After a jaunt through the park, we made our way to the press conference locale. The “California Screamin’” roller coaster and oversized ferris wheel made for a nice backdrop.
Disney had an orchestra present to play some tunes before the conference began.
Once things got going, some Disney executives made some remarks then Oregon coach Mark Helfrich took the stage. He spoke a bit, met Mickey Mouse and then introduced his five team captains.
Jimbo Fisher, of course, did the same.
Afterward, the players moved down for photos and then onto a long sidewalk where chairs had been set up for them to conduct interviews.
Here’s a look at FSU kicker Roberto Aguayo holding court:
Then it was off to the park, where the five FSU captains joined their teammates on a variety of rides, including the aforementioned roller coaster. Here are defensive backs Trey Marshall and Jalen Ramsey. They look pretty frightened to me.
If you’re curious of what exactly “California Screamin’” entails, this video gives an awfully good idea.
That’ll wrap up for today. Tomorrow we’ll have full coverage from the morning press conferences as well as FSU’s practice from the Stubhub Center, a multipurpose facility that serves as the home for Major League Soccer’s LA Galaxy.
Tomorrow’s FSU press conference attendees will include offensive co-coordinators Randy Sanders and Lawrence Dawsey, as well as players Rashad Greene, Tre’ Jackson, Nick O’Leary, Karlos Williams and Jameis Winston.