Corn Dogs: Disney's Unlikely Hero by guest
writer Brent Dodge
December 23, 2012
July 3, 2010. I had recently moved to Florida after
the release of my first book and had made one simple promise to
myself: I would take advantage of every unique opportunity presented
to me. So when the 4th of July fireworks were going to be shown on
both July 3rd and the 4th, I opted for the obvious choice of going
both days. I wanted a good spot however and decided that I could try
and hold a spot for an hour or two. So I nestled into the Hub just
in front of the Partners statue and I waited, and waited, and
I began to talk to the guests around me. The
majority of them were families that were enjoying their holiday
together and they eventually all began to feel bad for me not having
any family around. While we talked about the ultimate American
things we decided that Disney World was at the top of the list, but
the one man kept insisting that corn dogs were right up there too.
Now I've never had any real interest in eating corn
dogs. They have never seemed too appetizing to me, but this man
constantly insisted to everyone in the area that he was right. He
eventually excused himself and returned about ten minutes later with
his hands completely full with roughly thirty to forty containers of
Casey Corner's mini corn dogs. In the spirit of the holiday he began
to pass them out to everyone in the area stating that it's the most
American thing and everyone should have a piece of America on the
fourth of July.
While I never really grew to enjoy corn dogs, these
little miniature bites began to play significant roles with brining
people together. Recently a new friend and I shared a box of them
while learning about each others past, my brother and I shared one
while rushing to our annual first attraction, Space Mountain, my
good friends Amy and Craig Peterman talked for hours while munching
away on them, and just hours ago I shared a few with some of my best
friends on their last night of the vacation.
It's weird how food brings people together, but
what's even more odd is it isn't always the big meals that are the
most monumental. Just like most things in life, it's the little
meals and moments that truly make the memories that last a lifetime.
So next time you are walking down Main Street, go grab an order of
mini corn dogs. Who knows what it'll lead to?