Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

October 20, 2021
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In the 1949 Walt Disney classic Donald’s Happy Birthday, Donald’s birthday is anything but: he catches his Duck nephews buying a box of cigars and forces them to smoke the entire package before remembering it’s his birthday and realizing the cigars were meant as a gift for him.

Now it’s 2008 and the world has changed: firstly, a film showing kids — even anthropomorphic duck kids — smoking on-screen would probably not go over terribly well; secondly, the Walt Disney Company’s idea of a happy birthday has evolved somewhat.

Starting January 1, 2009, admission to either the California or Florida amusement parks is free on your birthday. Though the parks’ tickets are notoriously expensive, this offer may just make it worthwhile to book that family trip the kids have been clamouring for. To take advantage of the deal, register your trip in advance online. And don’t forget to bring proof of your birthday, lest you end up with a celebration as uncelebratory as that of Donald, Huey, Dewey and Louie. (407) 939-7500;

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