Today is International Talk Like A Pirate Day. That’s right, Talk Like A Pirate Day. I am sitting here trying to think about a way to type like a pirate but it’s not type like a pirate day so it just seems ridiculous. This is one of my students’ favorite holidays that I share with them. I hear a lot of “rrrrr’s” and “mateys” and “walk the planks.” But, if you were at Walt Disney World, you could talk like a pirate, dress like a pirate and ride Pirates of the Caribbean, all within the confines of The Magic Kingdom. “Yo-Ho, Yo-Ho, a pirate’s life for me.”
On this date in 1928, one of the greatest humans to ever live on Earth, Adam West, was born in Walla Walla, Washington. Even his town of birth is perfect. Younger audience members know him as the mayor on Family Guy while those of my age remember his as Batman. West is also in my favorite Disney movie, Meet the Robinsons, as Uncle Art, the super pizza delivery guy and he played Ace in Chicken Little. Take a little walk down Main Street U. S. A. and look for the mayor, just think how much cooler he’d be if he were Adam West.
Jeremy Irons was born in Cowes, Isle of Wight, England on this date in 1948. When I first visited WDW, Irons was the narrator of Spaceship Earth at EPCOT and he also portrayed H. G. Wells in The Timekeeper. Most Disney fans will recognize him as the voice of Scar in The Lion King but, as a big Bruce Willis fan, I always think of him as Alan Rickman’s brother in Die Hard: With a Vengeance. Visit EPCOT, ride Spaceship Earth and take a recording of Irons’ narrative. You might be surprised how much has changed.
Ernie Sabella was born on this day in 1949 in Westchester, New York. Sabella is Pumbaa, the warthog. How cool is that? Sabella has played Pumbaa in a host of shows and games for Disney. Go to The Animal Kingdom and enjoy Festival of the Lion King.
Remember, your best excuse is always: waiting for your dreams to come true.