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September 19, 2018

Grandma chose an unusual way to celebrate her 100th birthday – at the happiest place in the world

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A Centenarian  embraces her inner child and celebrates her birthday in Disney World

Becky Arinco was born in 1918 in Tucson Arizona, the 22nd of a family of 24 children. This means this feisty lady was 5 years old when Walt and Roy Disney founded their company in 1923. 

Arinco, her granddaughter Rebecah explained, was one of the first children to join the Mickey Mouse Club and she still has her original membership token.

Knowing she grew up with Mickey certainly makes it understandable that she wanted to celebrate her 100th birthday with the venerable Mouse, and her story was shared on Facebook by Starlin Lucy Hilton.

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Instead of blowing out her candles on a luxurious cruise, or at some prestigious "grownup" venue, Granny Arinco went with her family to Disney World, Orlando.

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“It was there in the movie theater that she first saw, and fell in love with Mickey Mouse. In fact, she still has her official Mickey Mouse Club membership from the movie theater they used to always go to.”

Rebecca Tuggle, Babble.com, August 11, 2018.

REBECCA ARICO HAS BEEN IN LOVE WITH MICKEY FOR 95 YEARS

Rebecca explained that from the time her grandmother became a grown-up and started her own family, she visited Disneyland in Anaheim, California every year.

When she was  79 she flew to Orlando, Florida to see Walt Disney World for the first time, and as Rebecca says, “instantly fell in love.” Arino moved to Florida not long after that and has been a season pass holder ever since.

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HER 99TH BIRTHDAY WAS SPENT AT THE MAGIC KINGDOM TOO

This is not the first time Arinco has blown out her candles at Disney World. Last year on her 99th birthday she celebrated by riding on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

It was then that Arinco announced her intention to return for her 100th birthday celebration. 

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ARINCO WAS JOINED BY HER FAMILY AT DISNEY WORLD

Like every birthday party worth its salt, Arinco's was attended by her family - all 72 of her children, grandchildren, great and great-great-grandchildren.

The clan had lunch at her favorite restaurant, Trail’s End at Fort Wilderness and visited every one of her favorite attractions.

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AND FOR HER 101ST BIRTHDAY SHE WILL BE BACK

Arinco had the time of her life visiting the "Pirates of the Caribbean" where she was made her an honorary pirate and had the cast of "Lion King" sing her "Happy Birthday."

The delighted centenarian informed her family that she would be celebrating her 101st birthday at Disney World, and the theme will be..."The 101 Dalmations" of course.

Disney World seems to be the favored venue for celebrating 100 birthdays. In 2010  John Schmitz celebrated his 100th birthday.

The Altamonte Springs, Florida man chose to spend his day enjoying the exciting rides at the Magic Kingdom, and his favorite is “It’s A Small World.”

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In a related story, a 90-year-old woman from Michigan celebrated her birthday by skydiving from a plane at about 14,000 feet.

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