I'm so glad you asked about such an important topic to me. You truly are a kindred spirit of the Disney kind.
What's your favorite Disney memory?
I've been thinking about Disney memories since you asked me a couple days ago, trying to determine what was the shining moment that stands out in all of my Disney vacation history. I don't believe there's any one thing that I can say is my favorite memory. You see, the magic of our years of Disney vacations cannot be summed up in just one thing. It is one big package of sights and smells and sounds and feelings that make up the memory that is Disney for me.
First, I need to take you back to when this all began. My parents sparked our Disney addiction at an early age. We took our first vacation to Walt Disney World in 1979 when I was 5 years old. Way back then there was just one park - The Magic Kingdom. My parents knew how to pinch a penny, so my dad converted the inside of our van into a makeshift camper. He laid carpet, paneled the walls, and even built a bed frame at the back and put a mattress in there, just so we could camp in it. We actually got to lay on the bed as we traveled. That was high class to me and Kath. Mind you, this was before the days of children being required to ride in a car seat. We camped at a nearby Jellystone Campground.
After that we got even fancier, borrowing campers or tents and actually moving into the Disney complex, staying at Fort Wilderness year after year. The Disney property grew as the years went by. I even love to tout the fact that Epcot opened just for my birthday in 1982. We got to see Danny Kaye and Drew Barrymore filming a Disney special at the park. I know. You envy me right now, don't you?
Those are fun memories, but like I said, the memories are all just one big bundle of magic I carry with me in my heart. And when I think about Disney, it's these things that bring on the longing to return someday...
- Upon arriving at Fort Wilderness, having to hurry to the restrooms just to hear the bluegrass music playing
- Eating pizza at the Trail's End buffet at Fort Wilderness and listening to the banjo player
- Taking a boat ride at night from Fort Wilderness to the Contemporary Resort
- Riding in the nose of the Monorail
- Riding on the buses and knowing you're having a shared experience with the people sitting around you
- Arriving at the front gate of the Magic Kingdom and seeing Mickey's face done in floral landscaping
- The music that surrounds you at every turn
- Walking up Main Street USA and gawking at Cinderella Castle
- All the smells (flowers, mulch, food, water, Florida)
- Wanting to ride Peter Pan's Flight, even though it's a kiddie ride and you've done it a hundred times
- Browsing through the candy shop and wanting one of everything
- Playing in the old arcade at Contemporary Resort and then watching Summer Magic in the little theater
- Riding the monorail from resort to resort, looking for souvenirs to buy at each stop
- Swimming at the Polynesian Resort pool
- The tropical foliage in the center of the Polynesian Resort
- Watching the sunset at the Caribbean Beach
- Eating sundaes at the ice cream parlor on Main Street
- Country Bear Jamboree
- The original Enchanted Tiki Room (it's my favorite!)
- The entrance music at Epcot
- Standing at the base of Spaceship Earth and trying to fathom the ginormousness of the thing
- Getting goosebumps during the American Adventure
- Taking a boat ride from Dixie Landings to Downtown Disney
- Shopping at Downtown Disney
- Eating ice cream sundaes at Ghirardelli's
And honestly... this is only scratching the surface of everything I love to remember.
Wishing I was there,