Saturday, December 29, 2018

Old Disney World

I was only four years old when my parents first took me to Disney World.   I often wonder how that came about.  It's one of the things I wish I would have asked them.  They were not big vacation people and Disney World had only been open a few years.  But somehow, in the summer of 1977 just before I turned five, it was decided we should drive 800 miles to Orlando.  Trips didn't take all the planning they do now, so I'm sure they just picked a week, then just packed up and went.  Found a hotel along the way, bought tickets at the gate.  I remember driving up to the parking gate and being so excited!!  I don't even think I knew what Disney World was.  I remember eating supper somewhere that the monorail passed though, so that had to be what is now Chef Mickey's at the Contemporary.  I had a fried chicken leg.  I remember laying on my Momma after dinner that night while sitting on a ledge at the Magic Kingdom, feeling so tired, almost asleep, waiting for the fireworks to start.  Right after the fireworks started, without warning, I vomited all over my Mom.  Oops.  Too much Disney I suppose.

They took me again when I was ten.  And again when I was seventeen.  Both of those were my doing and took my convincing! 

Here are some of the old pictures from our trips.  It amazes me at how empty the streets of Magic Kingdom look.  In a time where we document every moment of our lives with a click of a button, I also can't believe how few photographs we have and that none are in front of Cinderella Castle.  (????)

The skyway!!

My friend Cindy, Mom, and Me somewhere at Magic Kingdom in 1982


  1. Love seeing these photos! I went to WDW for the first time as an adult in the late 80s and remember those uncrowded days when you could just walk up to a restaurant and have dinner, no reservation needed. I miss that.

  2. I visited Disneyland in Anaheim for the first time when I was in my late 20s. That really was one of the happiest times of my life.

  3. Thank you for sharing these!
    I cannot wait to show my kids, who know only of the fast-paced, crowded, Disney of today!

  4. The old Disney was a magical place.