Wednesday, July 24, 2013

July 25, 2013: Carousel Day; Chili Dog Day; Walter Brennan and Estelle Getty.

Today is Carousel Day. The Prince Charming Regal Carousel is one of the most valuable rides in the park because each horse on the ride is a highly collectable work of art. When you are riding the carousel, you are literally riding on a valuable piece of history. Many parks have sold off their original horses and replace them with fiberglass replicas but these are the original horses, almost 100 years old. Get on your horse and ride.

Today is national Chili Dog Day. If you were in Huntington, West Virginia I would recommend Hillbilly Hot Dogs. If you’re at Walt Disney World you know where to go: Casey’s Corner for a top-notch dog.

Walter Brennan is a classic; born in 1894 in Swampscott, Massachusetts he was one of our great American character actors. Brennan won three Academy Awards and his turns for Disney include: The Gnome-Mobile, Those Calloways and The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band. I think a turn in Frontierland would be an appropriate tribute to Mr. Brennan.

Estelle Getty was born on this date in 1924 in New York City. No doubt her most famous role was that of Sophia Petrillo on the Golden Girls. The Golden Girls had roots at Hollywood Studios when Disney-MGM was a real working studio. At one time you could see the fa├žade of their house on the Back Lot Tour. You can still take the Back Lot Tour, and I would recommend that you do so now because they may need to take even more of it for the Pixar and Star Wars expansions that I am sure are to come.

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

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