The NBA Finals mayors' bet - Disney style
Written by Robert Niles
Yeah, it's cliche by now. The mayors of the two cities whose teams are playing for a pro sports championship make some silly "bet," usually involving shipping some famous product from the losing city to the winner. Both cities send out a press release, and bored journalists dutifully write it up.Tweet
Well, with the Los Angeles Lakers meeting the Orlando Magic in this year's NBA Finals, we have a twist. The presidents of Disneyland (located just south of LA) and Walt Disney World (located just south of Orlando) are making a bet.
From Disney's press release, dutifully written up here by this theme park journalist:
If the Magic win, [Disneyland president Ed] Grier will walk down Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park wearing a pair of specially made Mickey Mouse ears in Magic blue and silver. If the Lakers win, [Disney World president Meg] Crofton will don a pair of Lakers’ purple and gold mouse ears and walk down Main Street, U.S.A. at Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom.
Mickey ears? That's the best they could do? How about a Blue Bayou Monte Cristo versus some Le Cellier Cheddar Cheese soup or something?
Update: A reader reminds me that Walt Disney World is not actually located in Orlando (it's in Lake Buena Vista) and Disneyland is not in Los Angeles (it's in Anaheim). In fact, the only theme park chain that is in the actual cities of Orlando and Los Angeles is... Universal.
But "Universal Studios Hollywood vs. Universal Orlando" doesn't fall off the tongue the say way as "Disneyland vs. Disney World." Nor have Universal's PR teams rushed to own this match-up the way that Disney's have.
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