I like to write Eat Like Walt for my audience, with my audience. Today I am working from the Mark Twain (which is temporarily docked while Star Wars Land is being built). I love the view of New Orleans Square, the last land Walt lived to supervise.
The Mark Twain was very personal to Walt. After returning from his stint as an ambulance driver during WWI, Walt had planned to sail the Mississippi with his cohort Russell. When Russell got married, and unable to accompany Walt on the journey, the trip was canceled. Walt was not going to miss the opportunity to sail on a river a second time. When Disneyland funding fell short, he paid for the Mark Twain with his own money.
Even though the Mark Twain was an Opening Day attraction, its inaugural voyage was not on July 17, 1955. Walt saved that honor for he and Lillian’s 30th “Tempus Fugit” wedding anniversary celebration on July 13. (If you flunked Latin, that means “Time Flies.”)
One of Disney’s greatest villians, Dr. Facilier from Princess and the Frog, popped over to see what I was doing with a laptop at Disneyland. He promised no voodoo if I mentioned him in my book. The Kingdom of Good Eating is a time capsule of Walt’s life, so I can’t include him, but we both agreed Walt would have been thrilled with Disney’s first black princess, Tiana.