I am always impressed by people who not only perform at high levels in their chosen field but also manage to make their art accessible and Academy Award-winning composer Leigh Harline is one of these individuals and he was born on this date in 1907. Harline’s music appears in Disney greats Pinocchio, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. is born in Salt Lake City, Utah. Among his best known melodies ... "When You Wish Upon a Star," "Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee," "Give a Little Whistle," "I've Got No Strings," and "Some Day My Prince Will Come." With Snow White’s Scary Adventure gone and no Pinocchio ride (we have discussed the restaurant in the past) we need to look to another attraction to honor Harline. Let’s stay at The Magic Kingdom until the end of the day and watch Wishes. It’s my favorite, and no trip is complete without seeing it at least once.
While we’re on musicians, we don’t want to forget Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and American Idol fame was born on this date 1n 1948. Aerosmith, one of the great American rock and roll bands, have self-destructed, recovered and reinvented themselves so many times that they mean an entirely different genre of music to different fans. How does it get any cooler than to have your own roller coaster? Not just any coaster but a Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster. Let’s take a wild limo ride and get to the show on time with Steven and the boys on the Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster featuring Aerosmith. Love in an elevator…
To not visit Walt Disney World would be illogical. 1931 brought us Leonard Nimoy, the famous Mr. Spock on Star Trek. Some people have that iconic, identifying role and Spock is certainly one of those but Nimoy also plays William bell on Fringe and he is the voice of King Kashekim Nedakh in Disney’s Atlantis: The Lost Empire. While we are talking Star Trek, don’t forget that on this date in 2228, Captain James Tiberias Kirk will be born to captain the Enterprise boldly where no man has gone before. I know that Trekkers and Star Wars fans have not always seen eye to eye but I am a uniter, not a divider, so let’s ride Star Tours and, with multiple versions of the ride, go where we probably haven’t gone before.
I must say, it’s Martin Short’s birthday. I first discovered Short on SCTV and later he moved on to Saturday Night Live but he has several Disney connections. Short is the voice of B.E.N. in Treasure Planet, Lars in 101 Dalmatians II: Patch’s London Adventure and the narrator of O Canada in the EPCOT pavilion. So, let’s enjoy a little circle vision and visit Canada with Ed Grimly.
And now, some quick shots for when you’re running out the door. I’m going to Walt Disney World because:
Today is Make Up Your Own Holiday Day and I need to do some Holiday shopping.
In 1885, Eastman Film Co. manufactured the first commercial movie film and I need to record some more footage of Cinderella Castle.
Today is Alan Arkin’s Birthday. He was in The Santa Claus III: The Escape Clause and The Muppet Movie. I need to watch Muppets 3D one more time.
Today is Robert Frost’s birthday and I am determined that the Road Not Taken will not be the road to Orlando. Let’s Go!
Remember, your best excuse is always: waiting for your dreams to come true.