Our kids are putting on a show Thursday and Friday nights. The Drama Dawgs at Louisa Middle School will be performing Disney’s Aladdin, Jr. (No, I didn’t pick the musical and past musicals have included: Cinderella, Oklahoma, Once Upon A Mattress, Beauty and the Beast and The King and I.) The kids always manage to produce an entertaining evening and it is sure to be a night to remember.
On this date in1789, George Washington, standing on the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York, takes his oath of office as the very first President of the United States. Washington chose to be the first among citizens and not a king. In fact, he set most of the precedents that those after him would follow including walking away to become a citizen again after two terms. At Disney World's Hall of Presidents, Washington is one of three A-100 model Audio-Animatronic figures - a line of the most advanced, lifelike, and expressive human figures WDI has ever built! Go see for yourself.
Al Lewis was born on this date in 1923. Lewis appeared in Disney’s live-action film, The Boatniks, as Bert but he’ll always be Grandpa: Grandpa Munster. Lewis was in scores of shows but he will always be remembered as the vampiric, mad-scientist father-in-law of Herman Munster. The Haunted Mansion has the proper environment to foster fond memories of Grandpa and the entire clan.
Cloris Leachman has a career that far exceeds my lifespan. She was the great Frau Blucher in Young Frankenstein and is currently the Great Grandmother on Raising Hope (“Best field trip ever!” If you don’t get that line, go watch “The Blue Dot” episode of Raising Hope.) Her Disney credits include: The North Avenue Irregulars, Herbie Goes Bananas, Phineas and Ferb, and The Nutt House. Get over to Hollywood Studios and hang out with Phineas and Ferb and celebrate the long and entertaining life of Cloris Leachman.
On this date in 1952, Mr. Potato Head becomes the first toy ever advertised on television. When I was a kid, Mr. Potato Head was a fun and deadly toy and no one really saw a problem with it. All those parts that Mr. Potato Head famously uses to express different emotions, all had very sharp points so they could also be used to pierce fresh fruits and vegetables allowing them to join in on the fun. In fact, most of the toys that I loved as a child were actually pretty dangerous and we survived, most of us with all body parts intact and operating. Kids just weren’t babied and pampered then like they are now. Mr. Potato Head has changed and become “safer” down through the years and, in 1995, he became a movie star in Toy Story. He is also a star at Toy Story Midway Mania at Disney Hollywood Studios. Go, ride, compete, enjoy.
We might as well make it a triple threat at DHS by adding a trip to The Tower of Terror. Kirsten Dunst of Spider-Man fame, born on this date in 1982, also starred in the TV movie Tower of Terror. So, all together, scream for Kirsten, the Twilight Zone and The Tower of Terror.
1803: The United States doubles in size with the addition of the Louisiana Purchase. Go to the Port Orleans Resort and appreciate what all we gained with that territory.
1988: The largest banana split ever, 4.55 mile long, was built in Pennsylvania. Get on down to Beaches and Cream, get a kitchen sink and feel the love that is an ice cream induced coma.
1933: Willie Nelson. The redheaded stranger has certainly changed down through the years but he has always had a distinctive sound and pure country voice. Honor Willie by getting on the road again and going to Walt Disney World.
Remember, your best excuse is always: waiting for your dreams to come true.