June 19, 2011

Daddy's day

Every Disneylander knows the special place that pops occupy in the Magic Kingdom. As Walt said long ago,

Disneyland really began when my two daughters were very young. Saturday was always Daddy's day, and I would take them to the merry-go-round and sit on a bench eating peanuts, while they rode. And sitting there alone, I felt there should be something built, some kind of family park where parents and children could have fun together.

Happy Father's Day to the men who served as regiment commanders while we explored Fort Wilderness, took us soaring in Rocket Jets and down icy slopes of snow-capped mountains, and showed us that the Happiest Place on Earth was wherever we happened to be. They taught us things about Disneyland and life that we couldn't learn as well anywhere else.

Henry might have said it best when he hosted the Country Bear Jamboree and sang about big Fred, mouth harp player of the Five Bear Rugs, who "never took a lesson,

he just picked it up from dad."