Wednesday, November 7, 2012

November 8, 2012: Coneheads and WDW

It’s over 24 hours since the presidential election and the world has yet to end. So I guess we take it day by day. Remember you can always go to Walt Disney World where the presidents stand up every day, say exactly the same thing and do it all again roughly 30 minutes later with no surprises and no need for fact checkers.

This being two days after the election, I thought this was an appropriate excuse for attending WDW. Read into it what you will and apply it to whomever you will. Today is National Dunce Day. Dunces are generally associated with dunce caps and even though you won’t find any dunce caps at WDW you will find traffic cone cabanas at Disney’s Art of Animation. What more excuse do you need to visit Disney’s newest resort?

Today is the anniversary of the death of Frank S. Land, the founder of the Order of DeMolay. Walt was a proud member of DeMolay and was greatly influenced by its precepts. Jim Korkis devotes a chapter of his excellent book, The Vault of Walt, to the influence DeMolay had on a young Walt Disney and, as well as recommending the book, may I also recommend visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios and spend an hour or so in One Man’s Dream. Look at all the artifacts from Walt’s career and the history of the Disney Company and especially be sure to watch the 20-minute film at the exit of the exhibition.

In 1789, a Baptist minister and distiller named Elijah Craig is said to have invented bourbon whiskey by aging his whiskey in charred oak casks giving it its unique color and taste. There are a number of apocryphal stories about the origin of bourbon whiskey and this is as good as any. Of course the whiskey was produced in Bourbon County, Kentucky, named for the French house of Bourbon. The France-Kentucky connection goes way back, it’s why Louisville is Louisville. Let’s have a little love for the Yak and Yeti at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and their Bourbon Chicken or just go the lounge at the Dolphin and have a nice sip for yourself.

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

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