Wednesday, February 27, 2013

February 28, 2013: I hear that train a-comin'...

My grandfather worked for the railroad, The C&O railroad. When my dad was 16 he went to work for the railroad. Except for two years that my dad spent in Korea, he worked for the railroad until he died in 1982 at the age of 54. In 1963 the C & O took control of the B & O Railroad and they operated as the C & O and B & O Railroad until 1973 when they became the Chessie System. Today this railroad, after further mergers and acquisitions is known as CSX. On this day in 1827, the B & O was chartered as the first commercial railroad in America. Since yesterday was no brainer day, let’s call this one a no brainer and get to the Magic Kingdom to ride the Walt Disney World Railroad. Dad would have loved it.

February 28, 1955, Gilbert Gottfried, he of the grating voice, was born in Brooklyn, New York. Gilbert is the voice of Iago the Parrot in Disney’s Aladdin and formerly of the Enchanted Tiki Room: Under New Management. Gottfried has also done Disney TV on Hanna Montana, The Emperor’s New Groove and Hercules. Let’s honor Gilbert with a visit to Mickey’s Philharmagic where Iago plays a key role in keeping the wizard’s hat away from Donald.

Iago's boss.

Genie at Mickey's Philharmagic

Allison with her "Opry" glasses.

The Earl of Sandwich Shop opens at the Downtown Disney Marketplace on this date in 2004. The shop's name honors British naval officer John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, who is credited with inventing the sandwich in 1762 as a means to keep his playing cards clean during marathon poker sessions. Montagu’s living descendant, 11th Earl of Sandwich John Montagu, and his son Orlando collaborated with Robert Earl, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Planet Hollywood, to create the shop. Go get a sandwich.  

Today is Floral Design Day and what more perfect reason could there be to visit EPCOT? Everything is decked out and ready for the Flower and Garden Festival and Micky Dolenz of the Monkees kicks off the Flower Power concert series on March 8th.

It’s also National Public Sleeping Day and anyone that knows me knows that I can fall asleep at the drop of a hat and almost anywhere. It’s the one trait that I surely share with my boss at the Lawrence County School System. The WDW buses are great for quick naps and, if you have been paying attention, you know my favorite nap at Walt Disney World…Ellen’s Energy Adventure. It’s dark, it’s cool and it’s like falling asleep at home in front of the television. Even Ellen is asleep for most of the attraction. It’s awesome. We love Ellen and I adore a good nap.
Unless we forget, today is also the birthday of Sir John Tenniel, who was the political cartoonist for PUNCH magazine for 50 years. But we remember Sir John for an entirely different reason; he was the illustrator for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Have an adventure with Alice or the Mad Hatter and remember Sir John.
Alice and the Mad Hatter in a parade in the rain. This parade 
also featured the only appearance of Walt Disney as a character. Want to see the picture?

Alice is as mad as the hatter.

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

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