Remember those very select days that you played hooky from school? Maybe a special relative had come into town and your parents awarded you a day off. Maybe your family was taking a trip, and you were granted permission to miss school. Homework usually went along with you though, and so you never really escaped. And maybe as an adult, you simply took a day off work, because you a)needed time to yourself, b)had important business to attend to or c) maybe you just wanted to play!
Well, I’m in the C category today, but for a special reason. Many of my friends have each reached a special milestone birthday this year. And for the past decade, we’d planned on getting together for something fun to celebrate this monumental year. These are friendships that were maintained since grammar school. Many of us still see each other, visit each other and spend time together whenever we can. We’d talked about taking a cruise, a weekend trip to Palm Springs, having a spa day, but as destiny would have it, we’re going back to our roots and reliving our childhood, a place we were fortunate to visit many times while growing up. The Happiest Place on Earth. The “E” Ticket for sure. Disneyland!
So today as you read this, I may be taking a trolley car on Main Street, riding the Matterhorn, streaming along in a boat and listening to the haunting “It’s a Small World” song or simply eating a Monte Cristo sandwich in the Blue Bayou Restaurant.
Here’s some intriguing facts about Walt Disney:
Mickey Mouse was almost named Mortimer – Yes, it’s true. While traveling with his wife Lily, Walt at the age of twenty-seven, made a sketch of a mouse and asked her opinion. She loved the idea of the mouse but didn’t care for the name he’d decided on. Mortimer was surely too pompous a name. The mouse needed something cuter, and she preferred, Mickey. Thankfully, Walt Disney agreed!
Disneyland had a dress code – I know, unheard of in this day and age. But Walt had a strict policy of no facial hair for his employees. Often, even unkempt guests were turned away from the Park, if they failed to live up to the Disney dress code. Only recently was that code changed for employees. They are allowed to sport neatly groomed beards and goatees to adhere to the code. With one exception – Walt Disney didn’t seem to mind moustaches. After all, he wore one almost his entire life!
“Kurt Russell” — were the last words written by Walt Disney. No one knows why. Not even the Disney child actor, now famous movie star, has any idea why that is. But the words “Kurt Russell” were scribbled on a piece of paper by Walt as he lay dying.
Disney’s Home – Walt Disney maintained a one bedroom apartment above the Fire Station on Main Street in Disneyland while the park was being built. He used to light a lamp in the window, so his employees would know he was working in there. Now, the apartment is just as it was, and that lamplight ever glows in his honor.
Mickey and Minnie Mouse were married—Well, actually the people who were the voices of Mickey and Minnie that is. Wayne Allwine was the voice of Mickey for thirty-two years. He fell in love with Russi Taylor, the voice of Minnie Mouse and married her in 1991. They remained married until Wayne died in 2009. Isn’t that sweet?
Tell me about your Disney loves? Movies, characters, trips to Disneyland or anything Disney from your childhood. Let’s share experiences!
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