Saturday, July 20, 2013

July 21, 2013: Cold, Frosty Treats and Ice Cream too.

Today is National Ice Cream Day. In 1984 President Ronald Wilson Reagan declared July National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday in July National Ice Cream Day. Reagan suggested that it be celebrated will all appropriate activities. Walt Disney World offers many ice cream related activities, Mickey Mouse Bars, Mickey Mouse Sandwiches, Beaches and Cream on The Boardwalk and an incredibly varied assortment of ice cream treats all over Disney property. Whatever suits your pleasure, go forth, eat and enjoy.

Today is also Legal Drinking Age Day. July 21st recognizes the establishment of the legal drinking age of 21 for all residents of the United States of America. So, if you are of legal drinking age, you have a variety of potent potables to choose from at Walt Disney World. With the exception of the Be Our Guest Restaurant, there is no alcohol in The Magic Kingdom but restaurants at the other parks, resorts and Downtown Disney (soon to be Disney Springs) offer a range of refreshments to suit your taste. Once again, go forth, imbibe, enjoy.

Don Knotts was born on this day in 1924 in Morgantown, West Virginia. Knotts became famous as deputy Barney Fyffe on The Andy Griffith Show. His Disney credits include: The Apple Dumpling Gang, Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo, Hot Lead and Cold Feet, The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again, 101 Dalmations: The Series, Chicken Little and Air Buddies. Go to Hollywood Studios and visit the TV hall of fame.

Robin Williams was born in Chicago, Illinois on this day in 1952. Williams is the voice of the Genie of the lamp in Aladdin and the voice of the Timekeeper in From Time to Time, part of the Timekeeper attraction now closed at The Magic Kingdom. Williams’ other roles for Disney include Flubber and Old Dogs. You can visit him on the elevator at DisneyQuest in Downtown Disney (soon to be Disney Springs), in Journey to Imagination (he is one of the scientists with an office in the academy), Wishes fireworks at The Magic Kingdom and Fantasmic! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I’m sure there’s more.

Ernest Hemmingway was born on this day in 1899. Hemmingway was a hunter, writer, boxing trainer and world traveller. In 1954 he won the Nobel Prize for literature for the body of his work that mentioned, at the time, his most recent example, The Old Man and the Sea. We visited Hemingway’s house in Key West, Florida on our Disney Cruise in 2008. Even though he died the year I was born (1961) Hemingway has always fascinated me and that visit to his homes was one of the highlights of our trip. Visit Hemingway’s Restaurant at Lake Buena Vista, Florida, very close to Walt Disney World.

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

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