Monday, October 29, 2012

Rain, rain, go away...

God bless the East Coast of the USA. Sandy is impacting us all, some way, some how. Locally, we are getting a lot of wind and rain and, perhaps late tonight, snow… possibly huge amounts of snow. This summer we were in WDW when Tropical Storm Debbie hit Florida. We arrived on Sunday morning, our usual arrival time, and rushed to EPCOT because my sons and his friend wanted to see DCI (Drum Corps International) bands perform that morning and later that afternoon. We were in a monsoon. The bands actually performed that morning and were wonderful, by that afternoon the weather was so bad that the bands backed out. 

We wandered EPCOT that entire day until we left for Chef Mickey’s that night but the entire day we were drenched. Chef Mickey’s was wonderful and, while we were eating, I asked our troupe how they had enjoyed their day. Their response: Best First Day EVER! You can have a great time at WDW no matter what the weather or circumstances. With this lousy, cold, wet weather from the combination of a hurricane and a cold, Canadian storm from the north, I’d rather be at Walt Disney World.

What is your excuse for today?

1873, PT Barnum debuted his “Greatest Show on Earth” and the world would never be the same. Make your way to the New Fantasyland addition and visit Storybook Circus. My son’s favorite ride from our first trip in 2001 is still there, Goofy’s Barnstormer. The story may have changed but it’s still the same great ride that thrilled my four-year-old son.

1938, Orson Welles panics the radio audience of America with his interpretation of “War of the Worlds.” People actually thought the planet was being invaded by Martians, especially the ones that tuned in mid-show and didn’t hear the disclaimers and tried to find out how to escape the Martian invasion. If the Extra-terror-estrial Adventure was still in Tomorrowland, I would recommend that (it truly terrified my son and daughter). Since it is not, let me recommend Buzz Lightyear. Hey, it’s like fighting off an alien invasion, and I know how to max out the score.

One of my favorite attractions at Walt Disney World is the Hall of Presidents and I recommend it at every opportunity. I am a science and social studies teacher and, I admit, a patriot at heart. In 1735, John Adams was born in Braintree Massachusetts. Adams was the second president of these United States and the father of President John Quincy Adams. While you are in Liberty Square, check out the Liberty Tree Tavern as well. It is one of our favorite meals on property.

Remember, your best excuse is always: waiting for your dreams to come true.

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