September 12, 2015 |
Chip Kelly walked into Disneyland, down Main Street, U.S.A., past Sleeping Beauty Castle, through Tomorrowland, and smack dab in front of Space Mountain. He did all this while playing imaginary games of football, as if he were on a field instead of in one of America's most popular amusement parks. Kelly didn't get on any rides. The roller coaster was in his mind and his companion was another coach. Kelly and Dana Bible liked to talk football. Their conversations always drifted toward X's and O's, and the animated, Northeastern-bred coaches would often act out the plays they crafted in their heads.
May 18, 2014 |
Thanks to our loving and benevolent parents, my brother Dan and I have been to Walt Disney World in Florida numerous times. However, on all those trips, we never met a Hollywood celebrity while there - well, none that made any real impact on me. We did see Cher from a distance while dining at the Rainforest Café in Animal Kingdom in 1999. But I was only 5 at the time and didn't know Cher from Sonny or Chaz Bono, to be honest. Well, this time, the result was far different. The cast of the ABC hit show The Middle happened to be filming in the Magic Kingdom the March day we visited, so we decided to stay near Space Mountain and watch the filming of the show's season finale.
October 15, 2010 |
If he hadn't dedicated his life to baseball, Charlie Manuel would have made an excellent pro wrestler. Vince McMahon, the WWE patriarch, likes to refer to his employees as sports entertainers. That description fits Manuel perfectly. The man has both charisma and guts. One minute he's making you laugh with homespun witticisms, the next he's challenging ornery radio hosts to "stop by" his office to scrap. Give him a steel chair and a different type of uniform and he'd make Hulk Hogan tap out for sure.
January 14, 2007 |
You're walking through Walt Disney World Resort, snapping photos, dodging children, waiting in an hour-long line to ride Space Mountain, when a park employee taps you on the shoulder with a wand. You turn around to learn that you've been picked to receive a prize. The gift could be as simple as a $12 set of Mickey Mouse ears. Or it could be as grand as a $17,000 Disney cruise or an $84,000 membership in Disney's timeshare Vacation Club. Disney is giving away a million such prizes as part of its "Year of a Million Dreams" at the Florida theme park and at California's Disneyland Resort (and through mail-in entries)
May 4, 2003 |
Since February, 8-year-old Tim Henderson has been relentless in his quest to earn $1,500 for the American Cancer Society's Western Delaware County Relay For Life. About $550 short of his planned donation for the event, which will begin May 16, Tim refuses to quit. Every day, he sells cookies, makes posters and collects donations in memory of his sister, Katy Henderson, who died of cancer at age 7 on Feb. 13, 2001. "I loved my sister very much," Tim said. "I never want to see another person die from cancer.
January 18, 2002 |
The Disney World engineer who helped ease the wait for Peter Pan's Flight hopes to do the same for your flight. The Department of Transportation has asked Walt Disney World, a place with notoriously lengthy queues, for help. Chris Billings, Disney's transportation planning director who helped the theme park come up with a computerized way for people to avoid some of its long lines, just got the temporary job of doing something about airport lines. "There's a whole psychology toward guest behavior and waiting in line.
July 8, 2001 |
Why didn't I know about this before? Television commercials boast of the great time I could have at Walt Disney World with the grandchildren, or what a romantic adventure it would be with a spouse/partner. But an adult going to the Magic Kingdom alone? Maybe Michael Jackson, but moi? I was in Orlando on an unrelated assignment and thought how I hadn't visited Mickey and his pals in more than a decade. Still, I couldn't quite picture myself riding Space Mountain all by my lonesome.
December 5, 2000 |
Michael Zollo's first trip to Disney World came in May, but that 10-day vacation was not as enjoyable as he had hoped it would be. His family spent half its time in the hotel with the flu. A 10-year-old fifth grader at Simmons Elementary School in Horsham, Zollo is headed to the Magic Kingdom again today, but Space Mountain and the other rides are not uppermost in his mind. Zollo and his teammates on the Horsham Hawks football team will play in Orlando, Fla., at 9 a.m. tomorrow in a semifinal game of the Pop Warner Pee-Wee Division (95-pound weight limit)
October 11, 2000 |
The Coatesville boys' cross-country team learned the great news, jumped into each other's arms, and announced the team was going to Disney World. The Red Raiders had won Saturday's 36th annual Steel City Invitational at Coatesville, the premier regular-season cross-country event in the state. It wasn't Space Mountain, but Coatesville did conquer the three-quarter-mile hill at the race's midpoint and the 65-team field, scoring 100 points. Central Bucks East was second with 123. "This was definitely one of our goals," Coatesville coach Keith Andrew said.
December 16, 1998 |
Cindy Seldin looked around nervously and confided that, despite its place in the hallowed, palm-treed pantheon of Walt Disney World, Tomorrowland might just be . . . yesterday's news. Not that she was trying to diss the Diz, she explained, it's just that, living as she does practically around the corner from the famed theme park, she is spoiled. After committing every dip and divot of Space Mountain to memory and having taken stroll after stroll down Main Street U.S.A. during 25 years' worth of visits, Seldin admits that her theme-park standards are about as high as the spire atop Cinderella's Castle.