Today is Aviation Day and it is Orville Wright’s birthday. Orville and his brother, Wilbur, were bicycle repairmen from Dayton, Ohio who ended up at Kill Devil Hill in North Carolina where they flew their airplane. The rest is history. If you are in Dayton, you can visit Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Wright State University, and the Flight Museum. North Carolina’s license plates read First in Flight and it seems there are a lot of places that want a piece of the legendary first flight. Before men flew in airplanes, they flew in hot air balloons (look up the Montgolfier Brothers for more on that). Let’s go to Downtown Disney (soon to be Disney Springs) and enjoy the Wonder of Flight hot air balloon.
William Jefferson Clinton was born on this day in 1946 in Hope, Arkansas. When Clinton was governor of Arkansas, he and his family visited Walt Disney World for Donald Duck’s birthday in 1984. As President, he was the first to record his own dialogue for his Audio-Animatronic figure for the Hall of Presidents. Bill is still there, although not as prominent as back in the day, so visit him there. You know I love it.
This is Cupcake Day. There are few places at WDW where you can’t get a cupcake. So get one. Enjoy.
1839: Louis Daguerre’s photograph process is released in Paris. Take advantage of Disney’s Photopass.
1921: Gene Roddenberry was born. He created Star Trek. Which makes him the grandfather of most space based sci-fi since. Visit Star Tours at Hollywood Studios. Don’t kid yourself; there is less of a huge gulf between Star Wars fans and Trekkers than they would have you believe.
With that in mind…
2335: William T. Riker, first mate of the Starship Enterprise on Star Trek, The Next Generation, will be born in Valdez, Alaska. Ride Star Tours again.
Remember, your best excuse is always: waiting for your dreams to come true.