Thursday, March 14, 2013

March 15, 2013: Do you see those buzzards buzzing?

Today is Absolutely Incredible Kid Day. We begin with the assumption that all kids are absolutely incredible. I know mine are.  If all kids are absolutely incredible, then all kids deserve a trip to Walt Disney World. Isn’t logic wonderful?

Today is Buzzards’ Day in Hinkley, Ohio. Every March 15th the buzzards return to Hinkley, Ohio. The buzzards have been returning here every year for almost 200 years. Hinkley's combination terrain of open fields, rocky ledges and forests is considered an ideal nesting area for these buzzards. Because they are scavengers, it's also believed that the buzzards first chose this area because of the massive amount of butchered refuse and unwanted game from the Great Hinkley Varmint Hunt of December 24, 1818.  The hunt was organized to help rid the area of predatory animals that were killing local farm stock.  475 men and boys lined up along the town's perimeters and slowly moved inward, in one of the largest drives in history. Thousands visit Hinckley to see the buzzards return but you can visit the buzzards that never leave Walt Disney World, in Splash Mountain. The buzzards laugh about Brer Rabbit and his laughing place but he gets the last laugh in his briar patch. Go laugh with the rabbit.

Andrew Jackson, the seventh United States President, is born in 1767. Jackson was the first president to be exhibited in a Disney park ... a mannequin of "Old Hickory" was part of the Davy Crockett exhibit in Frontierland, later moved to Tom Sawyer Island (a decade before "Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln"). Visit Jackson and all the U.S. Chief Executives at Disney World's The Hall of Presidents.

Actor J. Pat O'Malley is born in Burnley, England on this date in 1904. His Disney credits include Robin HoodThe Jungle BookMary PoppinsSon of Flubber and One Hundred and One Dalmatians. O'Malley also voiced many of the pirates for Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. So let’s ride the Pirates of the Caribbean and honor one of the attractions founding fathers.

Jack Lindquist, born on this date in 1927, was Disneyland's first advertising manager who went on to become President of Disneyland. While an advertising manager, Lindquist created Disney Dollars. Did you know about Disney Dollars? There have been various versions and denominations but they are all accepted as legal tender at Disney stores and on Disney property. It’s a cool way to give your kids some spending money for Walt Disney World and limit how much they spend.

On March 15th, 1892, Jesse W. Reno patented the first escalator. Admit it, an escalator is like another ride. Go to the Land pavilion in EPCOT and ride the escalator up and down to the Seasons restaurant and Soarin’. Be a kid again and ride the escalator with your absolutely awesome kid.

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

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