Today is Bald Is In Day. I know bald is in. I’ve been making the gradual, inevitable move to baldness for years. There are two things that I have never wanted to do: 1. Dye my hair, 2. Wear fake hair. I have adjusted to wearing caps, not for vanity’s sake, but to keep my scalp from burning in the summer sun that I love so much. If you are going bald care for your head, caps, sunscreen, take care. Go ride what you will, the faster the better and laugh when your hair is not messed up because you don’t have any.
Before I rush into the next excuse, I must first note that I am allergic to peanuts. Today is Carver Day, as in George Washington. The man with all the uses for the peanut, and it is hard to imagine a world where we did not use or consume peanuts. First, if you are allergic to peanuts, make sure to let any table service restaurant you eat at know of your allergy. You chef will visit your table and it’s nice to get a little attention. Second, if you can eat peanuts there are dozens of wonderful things for you to enjoy at Walt Disney World. Either way, eat and enjoy.
Today is Embrace Your Geekness Day. Disney has embraced their geekness. There are numerous products, clothing and tech, which allow you to express your inner geek in Disney style. We love Disney and we love geeks.
Today is National French Fries Day. Whether you like a burger and fries, hot dog and fries, fish and chips or chili cheese fries, Disney has it all. One of the best tips that I can give you is the presence of chili cheese fries on the snack menu at Cosmic Ray’s and Pecos Bill’s. The fries are the meal you can get for a snack credit. Get an order of chili cheese fries and a free cup of ice water and you are set. We’ve done it many times and it’s the bomb. Also, at Cosmic Ray’s, I have gotten my counter service meal with chili cheese fries as my side instead of regular fries and don’t forget to ask for a large drink, it doesn’t cost you any more than the regular drink on the meal plan.
On this date in 1925, Walt Disney marries Lillian Marie Bounds. Lillian was a secretary and inker of cels for the fledgling Walt Disney Studio. Visit the trains and ride the Lilly Belle or go to Downtown Disney (soon to be Disney Springs) and visit Fulton’s Crab House, the former Empress Lilly.
Quickies (or, it seems today, not so quickies):
1928: Bob Crane was born in Waterbury, Connecticut. Crane was Colonel Hogan on Hogan’s Heroes but he also appeared in Superdad and Gus for Disney. Crane also appeared in an episode of The Twilight Zone. Understanding that he died under unusual circumstances we will visit The Tower of Terror in his honor.
1940: Patrick Stewart was born in England. Stewart is the voice of Mr. Woolensworth in Chicken Little, the Great Prince in Bambi II as well as playing Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Professor Charles Xavier from the X-Men. Look for Chicken Little at the parks, we’ve found him and you might too.
1942: Harrison Ford is born in Chicago, Illinois. This is easy: Han Solo and Indiana Jones. Two iconic roles that are also a huge part of two attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Star Tours and the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular. Enjoy both but let me warn you, if it rains, even a little, you will not see the third act of the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular. We have been to Walt Disney World eight times and we have never seen the third act; it seems to rain every time.
1946: Cheech Marin of Cheech and Chong fame was born in Los Angeles, California. Cheech was in The Lion King as Banzai the Hyena, Oliver & Company as Tito, Beverly Hills Chihuahua as Manuel and Cars & Cars 2 as Ramone. I think Cars Land is coming to WDW but at this time you will have to satisfy yourself with visiting Art of Animation’s Cars section for Ramone and The Festival of the Lion King at Animal Kingdom in honor of Banzai.
1962: Tom Kenny is born in East Syracuse, New York. Tom is the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants. He also appears in Sky High as Mr. Timmerman, the voice for Mr. Willerstein in Meet the Robinsons and the voice of Rabbit for the 2011 version of Winnie the Pooh. The Pooh ride at The Magic Kingdom is one of our regular stops and the best chance to honor Kenny.
1836: US patent #1 (after 9,957 unnumbered patents) was issued for locomotive wheels. Ride those trains at The Magic Kingdom.
1928: Sudie Bond was born in Louisville, Kentucky. Sudie starred in Flo, Love Story, Where the Lilies Bloom and Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. Visit the 50’s Prime Time Café in honor of Sudie.
Remember, your best excuse is always: waiting for your dreams to come true.