It was a dark and cold winter night. I just came home from work and I seemed to have misplaced my house keys. The wind was howling, the roof was shaking, my teeth were rattling, and it was beginning to snow! So I got into my car and turned the key and all I heard was click, click. Oh no, my car won’t start! I can’t even call my wife. She’s away with the kids visiting my mother in law. So, I pulled my phone from my pocket to text a friend when a saw a glimmering shine on the dashboard of my car. It was my house keys. Thank God, at least I can now get into my house. I braved the cold wind and snow from my car to my door step and I entered my home.
Finally, inside my warm cozy house I went searching like a scavenger for something to eat. There was plenty of food but my way of cooking is using a microwave and on special occasions the toaster oven. Then I remembered there was something I could eat, a genuine Swanson Frozen TV Dinner from the 1960’s that was handed down by my mother to me. She made me promise that I would save it for an emergency. Well, this was close enough to an emergency. So, I scraped the ice off the box. Hmm, Salisbury steak, corn kernels, mashed potatoes and apple sauce. Yummy! As I read the directions, I realized this was made before the microwave was invented. So I did what any other dad and husband would do. I opened the box placed it in the microwave and hit the frozen meal button. A couple of minutes later dinner was served.
I was still somewhat hungry and I was having this craving for soft vanilla ice cream with something pineapple when my phone rang. It was Fast Freddy an old college buddy of mine. We called him Fast Freddy because he was fast! Freddy asked what I was doing and I told him what I was craving but my car was presently out of commission. Freddy said “don’t worry I know just what you need.” He said he would be right over and to be ready for a road trip.
About 15 minutes later I heard the horn of a car honking outside my house, it was Fast Freddy. Our quest was just about to begin. I climbed into his car and off we went. We drove all night. The wind died down and the snow turned to rain before it eventually stopped. The sun was now shinning, not a cloud in the sky and for the first time since we embarked on this journey we needed to turn on the air conditioner. All of a sudden Freddy shouted “Welcome to Disney World!” I finally knew what Freddy had in mind as my hunger grew stronger for that special elixir made of soft vanilla ice cream and pineapple.
We weren’t paying attention to the signs as we were overcome with excitement. Somehow we ended up at the Animal Kingdom. The heat in the park was so intense I thought I was going to faint. As we walked through the Animal Kingdom following signs to the Wildlife Express Train we came upon this lion. He said his name was Simba. We asked Simba where we could find the amazing concoction of soft vanilla ice cream and frozen pineapple. He pointed us out toward the road and wished us success on our trek.
So, it was back into the car and on the road.
As we drove around we came upon this great big parking lot. Thinking this was the right place we parked the car and made our way to the entrance. Once inside the park we realized we were in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. “Woe is me” I said. “This isn’t the home of the fantastic frozen soft vanilla ice cream and pineapple dessert.” A voice behind me said “I think you boys are lost.” It was Buzz Lightyear! Freddy said “Buzz will you rescue us?” So, Buzz agreed to help us on the condition that we beat Woody in Toy Story Midway Mania. All I can say is Buzz kept to his word. When Woody kicked our rear ends, Buzz put his head down in disgust and walked off somewhere down Pixar Place. We then left Disney’s Hollywood Studio’s to continue on our search.
Once again, we lost our way and this time we wound up at Epcot. We made our way over to Club Cool and sampled some good and not so good soft drinks from around the world. The Kinley Lemon from Israel was good but the Beverly from Italy may be dangerous to your health. After, spending a little time at Club Cool we wandered into The Seas with Nemo and Friends. We saw the sign for Turtle Talk with Crush so we decided to go in. We found the theatre empty and no sign of Crush. After calling his name out with no response we decided to leave but, just as we got to the exit doors we heard a voice, a very recognizable voice. “It’s Nemo,” I shouted! We quickly turned around and there he was. What a character, Nemo really likes to clown around. Anyway, we told Nemo of our plight and how far we traveled on our magical ride in search of the most magnificent soft vanilla ice cream and frozen pineapple dessert. Well, Nemo was kind enough to give us directions to Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom. He said make two left fins and a right. We thanked him, said good-bye and it was back on the road once again.
Although the drive to the Magic Kingdom was short it seemed like it took forever because all we could think about was that awesome frozen snack treat of soft vanilla ice cream and pineapple. We entered through the gates of the Magic Kingdom and followed the directions to Adventureland. Then all of a sudden we came to Aloha Isle home of the great Dole Whip. We got down on our knees and thanked God for bringing us to the place of the great delicious dessert. Then in perfect unison we rose to our feet and stepped forward in line to place our order. The cast member gazed into our eyes and in a very pleasant tone said, “I’m sorry we’re all sold out!”
The cast member’s hands extended out to us with the Dole Whips which we ever so gingerly reached out and accepted into our hands. Then with the dignity of triumphant warriors we savored every last bit of the greatest dessert known to mankind, the Dole Whip.
Contributed by: Stuart S. (NDD #47). Stuart is a contributor to the Disney Driven Life and is the author of the Disney Geek Dad blog.