Saturday, August 24, 2013

August 25, 2013: Tim Burton, Billy Ray Cyrus, Sean Connery and Kiss and Make Up Day.

Today is Kiss and Make Up Day. In our family, we argue, we fight, and we make up. It’s how we’ve lasted almost 25 years. I’ve seen people let things fester and grow to the point that they break so badly it can never be fixed. Let it go. Kiss, make up and let it go. There’s any number of appropriate locations at WDW where you can make it happen.

Walt Kelly was born on this day in 1913 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Walt was best known for his Pogo comics but he also worked for Walt Disney. His work was not shabby either: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Dumbo and Fantasia. Go to the Magic Kingdom, ride Dumbo and eat at Pinocchio’s Fest Haus.

On this day in 1930, Sean Connery was born in Scotland. Before he was, “Bond, James Bond” he was Michael McBride in Darby O’Gill and the Little People. It was Connery’s performance in that film that earned him the role of 007 in Dr. No. Take part in the great Disney spy game with Agent P at EPCOT.

Regis Philbin was born on this day in 1933 in New York City. Live with Regis & Kathie Lee was Disney’s entry in daytime television and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire was such a hit that it spawned an attraction at Disney-MGM Studios. MGM is gone and so is the Millionaire attraction but you can ride Toy Story Midway Mania, which occupies the space that formerly housed the Millionaire attraction.

There once was a young man working on The Fox and the Hound at a time when Disney Animation was quickly foundering and seemingly losing its way. The young man was released by Disney but, after growing up (and perhaps growing stranger), the young man returned to Disney to make Disney a little stranger and a little better. Tim Burton was born on this day in 1958 in Burbank, California. My daughter loves Tim Burton and John Lassiter as much as she does Walt. In fact, I think that Lassiter and Burton are Walt Disney to her. They carry different parts of that spark that makes truly creative people special and dear to our hearts. James and the Giant Peach, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Ed Wood, Big Fish… not all Disney but all wonderful, fanciful, surrealistic views of life with its head cocked a few degrees off skew. The one complaint I have against The Magic Kingdom? I wish they would do some form of the Nightmare overlay for The Haunted Mansion like they do at Disneyland. Until they do, enjoy the Mansion as is and look for the Jack items at the cart outside.

Here is one of those odd moments in life. My wife, daughter and son are all cousins to our next subject, born on this day in 1961 in Flatwoods, Kentucky. I guess I could claim kin but I figure if it’s not blood then it’s not a real relation. Billy Ray Cyrus, father to Miley, actor and country music star is celebrating his birthday today. Bazeal Hayes, patriarch of Deana’s family is also the great whatever grandfather of Billy Ray and Miley. Not only did he star on Hannah Montana but he also provided the voice of Buck Buckerson for Phineas and Ferb. Look for that little house from The Hannah Montana Movie in the queue for The Back Lot Tour.

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

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