The NBA Finals mayors' bet - Disney style
Published: June 3, 2009 at 12:41 PM
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.