by Blake Taylor
WDW Radio’s 6th anniversary is just around the corner, and while there’s lots of fun planned for the big day, it’s a far cry from what the festivities almost became. Saturday, February 9, will be a party for all us, whether you’re in the Parks or watching from home, as Lou and company romp around Epcot completing tasks chosen by you, the WDW Radio reader/listener. You voted for what challenges the Epcot crew will have to complete, but the final list of choices was certainly different than it could have been. When suggestions were asked for early on in the selection process, we didn’t know how… creative… some of you would be.
Take, for example, this email sent from username TowerEscapeArtist: “It would be so incredibly amazing if everyone took their shoes off and just pranced through the grass (maybe that nice patch outside of The Land). That would make it the best day ever! Just be sure to tie your hair up so it doesn’t get tangled in the dirt. You could go running, and racing, and dancing, and chasing, and leaping, and bounding, hair flying, heart pounding, and splashing, and reeling, and finally feeling! That’s when your life begiiiinnnnnnnnnns! Yeah… oh, sorry about that. I was, ah, having a little moment there. But yes, frolicking through Epcot dancing would be a marvelous way to celebrate WDW Radio’s birthday, I think.”
Then there was a postcard sent from Danville. It read: “Wow! This is so exciting, being able to pick what Lou gets to do in Epcot for the website’s anniversary. I know what they’re going to do that day! They should totally build an awesome new roller coaster, one that goes all over Future World and World Showcase, in and out of different pavilions. Oh, and maybe put a pyrotechnic salute to the world’s greatest inventors in the center of it, just as a nice extra touch. Once the blue prints and construction are finished, they should have to get six people to ride it, and then… well, then it will probably just disappear on its own or something, so you won’t even have to worry about clean-up.”
And another email, sent from HatsAndTea4Realz: “I really can’t help you think of anything for WDW Radio’s birthday. The very idea of celebrating something like this. Why, that’s just silly! Get in touch with me for the un-birthday party and we’ll talk.”
Things got a little nasty with a hand-written letter in curious red ink, looking a bit like… hmmm… well, I wouldn’t put it passed her. It’s signed Regina Mills—Mayor, Storybrooke, Maine. Here’s what Miss Mills had to say: “While I find celebrating one’s day of birth a waste of time, particularly for a frivolous Internet community rather than a superior human being, I am not ignorant enough to neglect your impact on the community of mouse-lovers. As queen, my one request—which you would be most wise to adhere to—is that you plant the seed of an idea into the minds of your higher-up Disney connections. My image on Walt Disney World property is to be properly revered, not scornfully shamed as it is today. Signing autographs and posing for pictures, with a petty crown like I am depicted to wear, no less, is insulting. Change this—immediately. If you do not, you will face the consequences. You have no idea what I am capable of.”
In response, Regina was respectfully sent a list of respectable psychiatrists.
Then, of course, there was a note from a listener who wishes to remain anonymous. It contained a list of tasks including:
- Park hop to Magic Kingdom and visit Gaston
- Spend six hours in Gaston’s Tavern
- Find Belle and tell her to marry Gaston
- Do six push-ups every six minutes so that you’ll have biceps to spare like Gaston
- Park hop again to Hollywood Studios and see the Beauty and the Beast show six times, but get up and leave before Gaston is defeated by the Beast
- Find six people and make them list six things they like about Gaston
- Sing Gaston’s song in six different locations at the top of your voice
- Purchase six stuffed hunted heads so that you can use antlers in all of your decorating like Gaston
- Eat six dozen eggs so that you’ll REALLY be roughly the size of a barge, like Gaston
- Demand that Imagineering create a new fireworks show called IllumiPerfect: Reflections of Gaston.
Anonymous’s list goes on with several dozen more ideas, but I think you get the point.
And then there was that reader who donated a bunch of Agrabah goods to the auction (with a single slip of paper signed “Al”), but they were returned to sender after receiving a tip that they might have been stolen.
So while none of these ideas made it into the final list of birthday tasks, there are lots of other fun activities–you have to watch tomorrow to see which ideas won!! So now tune in on the Box to see all the action on Saturday, February 9 at 10:00 a.m. EST and let’s celebrate this special anniversary!. You won’t want to miss it!
Blake is a college student focusing on Creative Writing and Media Studies. He enjoys making his family of six watch the parade on Main Street and then sprint to Frontierland in time to see it again. You can follow Blake’s random Disney ramblings on Twitter at @blakeonline, or at BlakeOnline.com.