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Speling Bee Champ

I'm Going To

DISNEY WORLD!!!

5/31/2013 11:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE


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It's bigger than the Super Bowl ... so it makes total sense that the 13-year-old winner of the Scripps National Spelling Bee plans to celebrate his victory by going to Disney World.

Arvind Mahankali won the competition last night on live TV -- correctly spelling the word "knaidel" (look it up) -- and his father tells TMZ, Disney World was Arvind's one request after he was crowned champion.

Arvind's dad says the family is planning to go during the summer -- and Arvind says he desperately wants a photo with Mickey Mouse.

Arvind tells us, "[Mickey is] really the only Disney character I know of." (Seriously, the kid can spell "knaidel" ... but he can't remember Goofy?)

As for the people saying Arvind didn't look too excited when he won -- Arvind tells us, he WAS excited ... it just took him a while for the reality to set in.

And the $30,000 prize? Arvind's dad says it's going straight into his college fund ... Harvard or MIT, naturally.

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Amanda    

And TMZ can't even spell Disney correctly?! #ironic

456 days ago
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Kat    

There is a typo in the title.. unless that is part of the irony?

456 days ago
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Grandma Cracker    

D I S N E Y

456 days ago
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Spanky    

Great job!

456 days ago
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D-INCARNATION    

They tried to J the kid.....

456 days ago
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TCYB    

"spelling" "Disney" TMZ is just looking for attention.

456 days ago
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whocares    

Bigger than the super bowl, I don't think so TMZ.

456 days ago
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Ace    

He can use some of that money to pay a handicapped line jumper for Disney.

456 days ago
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penguin    

He should work on the hair first

456 days ago
10.

Nikki    

This is no news TMZ... NEXT

456 days ago
11.

Tony    

Spelling bee's are to Indians as marathons are to Kenyans .

456 days ago
12.

Vik    

Forget college fund; buy a 7-11 or Holiday Inn!

456 days ago
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Youphemism    

Let's face it, when you're named "Arvind," you're expected to win spelling bees. It's either that or entomology.

456 days ago
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Loan Shark    

A 13 yr old can't wait to have his pic taken with Mickey Mouse? What a geek, he is obv intelligent but no 13 yr old male should be excited to see mickey

456 days ago
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KnuckleDragger    

That's great to hear, Arvind. And you're going to college...and bathe in the world of auto-correct. How ironic!

456 days ago
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