By Harriet Baska, msnbc.com contributor
Like many parents, Rina and Mike Zeller on a video camera to document the screams of joy when they surprised their children with news of a family trip to Disney World.
But kids do not jump for joy. Instead, much to the Zeller's surprise, started Sophia, 6, and Ian, 4, crying and insisting that they would rather spend their holidays in … Chattanooga.
"We live close enough to Chattanooga as we usually go there once a year for a long weekend," said Rina Zeller. "The children love the aquarium and children's museum and the stream that runs through the center. And we had to tell us to take them to Chattanooga this year for fall break."
Instead, planned Zeller, who lives outside Atlanta, a trip to Disney World. "We had been there before and wanted to go back while the kids were still believers," said Zeller. "And we thought it would be fun to strap to their reaction when we told them would be to Disney this year instead of next. Our bags were packed and left the next day."
Zeller said the children warmed to the idea of a Disney vacation rather quickly and had a great time. But the video on holiday "reveal" was so fun to Zeller wanted to share it with friends and the children's grandparents. "Not everyone has a Facebook account, so I put it on YouTube. And I took it to the Chattanooga Visitors Bureau because I thought they would get a kick out of it," says Zeller.
The Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau in Tennessee loved the band and, of course, began to pass around. Since then, the band showed up on television stations in the country and viewed on YouTube more than 70,000 times.
"It's nice to know that there are some children who would rather visit Chattanooga instead of Disney World," said Dave Santucci, vice president of marketing for the Chattanooga CVB. "Especially since most families can not afford to go to Disney World every year. But they can afford to come back to Chattanooga."
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