On this date in 1925, Bill Hayes was born in Harvey, Illinois. My wife has a cousin named Bill Hayes but as far as I know there is no relation. When I was a kid I saw Bill Hayes every day because he played Doug Williams on the number one soap opera in the neighborhood, Days of Our Lives. But before Doug became famous on the soaps he was famous as a singer, earning a gold record for recording “The Ballad of Davy Crockett.” Hayes also recorded “Wringle, Wrangle” for the Disney movie Westward Ho, The Wagons. Let’s go to Frontierland and soak up the western atmosphere.
One month before I was born, in 1961, Mary Kay Bergman was born in Los Angeles, California. Mary Kay did a lot of voice work. She was almost every female voice on South Park, she was in Beauty and the Beast, Mulan, Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure and until her death in 1999, she was the official Snow White. Wow! Easy choices for honoring Mary Kay Bergman: Tony’s Town Square Restaurant, The Beauty and the Beast stage show at Hollywood Studios and the China pavilion at EPCOT where you can usually find Mulan.
Jeff Garlin is born on this date in 1962. Garlin is the voice of Captain McCrea in WALL-E, Buttercup in Toy Story 3 and Otis in Cars II. Let’s hit Toy Story Midway Mania at Hollywood Studios in honor of Jeff.
1882: Igor Stravinsky, the Great Russian composer, was born. Walt used “The Rite of Spring” in Fantasia. Igor was not happy. Sometimes visions clash but let’s enjoy Fantasmic at Hollywood Studios and wish Igor well.
This is Apple II Day, the anniversary of the introduction, in 1977, of the first personal computer. Use you Apple product to track the lines while you’re at Walt Disney World. Really, load up the apps and check out the wait times.
This is Hot Air Balloon Day. The Montgolfier brothers sent up an unmanned balloon, you can go up in a balloon at Downtown Disney. Tell Dumbo I said, “hey.”
Remember, your best excuse is always: waiting for your dreams to come true.