Let’s turn the wayback machine to 1947. The following characters came into existence on this day in 1947: The Abominable Snowman in Monsters, Inc. and Hamm the Piggy Bank in all Toy Story features, The Underminer in The Incredibles, P.T. Flea in Bug’s Life, The School of Moon Fish in Finding Nemo, Mack in Cars and Cars II, Mustafa in Ratatouille, John in WALL-E, Construction Foreman Tom in Up, and A Scottish Guard in Brave. John Ratzenberger has been a character in every Pixar feature film but even with all that to his credit he is probably remembered most as Clifford Clavin, the know-it-all mailman on Cheers. Clavin would always chime in with totally wrong but totally official sounding stats and stories on every subject. Go to Pixar Place and honor Ratzenberger with any number of characters.
Scrubs was a favorite program in our household and, on this date, in 1975, Zach Braff, Dr. John “J.D.” Dorian from Scrubs was born. Braff, the voice of Chicken Little, is also Frank and the voice of Finely from The Great and Powerful Oz. We have met Chicken Little in the parks. I don’t know if he is commonly found today but it’s worth a shot and The Great and Powerful Oz has a play area at the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival.
When I was about 10 years old my favorite movie was Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. I probably saw it 10 times. Mrs. Francis Cains showed it at The Garden Theater… a lot. The real Butch Cassidy (Robert Parker) was born on this day in 1866. Paul Newman played butch and of course he also played Doc Hudson in Cars. Visit the Art of Animation Resort and check out Doc there.
Army Day: visit Shades of Green Resort, the resort set aside for members of the military. Special rates and discounts on tickets.
New Beers Eve, in 1933 FDR ended prohibition with the legal sales of 3.2 beer on April 7, there for 4/6 becomes New Beers Eve. Go to the Festhaus in the Germany Pavilion in EPCOT and have a tall one.
International Pillow Fight Day: Stay anywhere on property and have a pillow fight.
1830: Joseph Smith and five others organize the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the Mormons. They kept moving west, so move west to Frontierland.
1906: The first animated cartoon was copyrighted. Don’t tell me you have any problem with this one at Walt Disney World.
1925: The fist film was shown on an airplane (British Air). Fly to WDW, get on the Magic Express bus and enjoy the on board movies.
1930: James Dewar invented Hostess Twinkies. A moment of silence, please.
1914: George Reeves was born in Ashland, KY. Reeves was in Gone With the Wind and played Superman on television. If you are driving to WDW, go through Atlanta, we did one and we liked. (If you don’t understand why this is appropriate, go back and watch Gone With The Wind.)
1937: Billy Dee Williams: Lando Calrissian in The Empire Strikes Back: Star Tours at Hollywood Studios.
1945: Bob Marley: Reggae Legend: There’s a Margaritaville in Orlando, leave Disney property for a few minutes and groove or go to Typhoon Lagoon. It’s fun.
Remember, your best excuse is always: waiting for your dreams to come true.