Thursday, April 4, 2013

April 5, 2013: If you walk while you eat, the calories don't count.

We begin this day with two conflicting observations (or maybe not). Today is National Deep Dish Pizza Day. Chicago style deep-dish pizza is wonderful but I really prefer thin crust, huge slices. When I lived in Lexington, Godfather’s Pizza was really doing well and a large Godfather’s Pizza weighed over five pounds. It was awesome. Today is also National Walk To Work Day. I walk to work during the summer and it is just over 6 km to my work. So let’s get some pizza at the World (Pizza Planet, Mama Melrose’s, the Italian Pavilion at EPCOT or the value resort’s food court and then walk it off. Trust me, walking it off is easy at Walt Disney World.
My Home Planet

Hot and Fast, just like a comet.

You have been chosen.

On this date in 1614, Pocahontas (the daughter of the chief of the Powhatan Indians) marries John Rolfe in Jamestown, Virginia. The marriage will ensure peace between the Jamestown settlers and the Native Indians for several years. At one time Pocahontas had a show near the Festival of the Lion King in Camp Minnie Mickey. I miss that show. I hate change. Today, your best way to honor Pocahontas is the catch Fantasmic at Hollywood Studios. There is a very dramatic scene featuring characters from her movie. Love it.

April 5, 1916, Gregory Peck was born in La Jolla, California. An incredibly popular actor for over 30 years, Peck hosted the Disneyland Candlelight Processional in December 1967. Honor him by visiting the American Pavilion at EPCOT, home to the Candlelight Processional at Walt Disney World.

Nigel Hawthorne, the voice of Professor Archimedes Q. Porter in Disney's film Tarzan, is born in Coventry, England on this date in 1929. At one time we could have enjoyed Tarzan Rocks at The Animal Kingdom but no more. Now, your best bet is going to Animal Kingdom and looking for Terk from the movie.

Some quickies:

1930: Mary Costa, the voice of Princess Aurora / Briar Rose in Sleeping Beauty was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. Go to Akershus at the Norway Pavilion in EPCOT and have breakfast with the Princesses. Aurora is a regular there.

1934: Frank Gorshin was born. Gorshin played the role of Iggy the bank-robber in That Darn Cat! But he will always be the Riddler to Adam West’s Batman. Let’s go ride the Iron Manorail to honor all our favorite superheroes.

1927: Johnny Weissmuller was a world-class swimmer and her set records in the 100 & 200 meters free style. Weissmuller also went on to play Tarzan in the movies. Not only can we honor Tarzan but Weissmuller specifically at The Great Movie Ride in Hollywood Studios. Don’t worry, you’ll always see him hanging around, he’s a real swinger.

1926: Roger Corman was born. Corman was the king of B Movies, the ones that used to go straight to the Drive-in triple features. We used to go to a Drive-in in Lexington, KY that would feed you free donuts before the last movie if you stayed. We would stay and take shifts napping to make sure that someone was awake to wake the rest of us so we would get free donuts. Hey, you do what you gotta. You gotta go to the Sci-Fi Dine-In at Hollywood Studios and take five people with you, that way two of you get to ride in the hitchhiker’s seat.

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

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