Tomorrow I leave for my 18th trip to Disney World. My mom doubts I’ve been to Disney World 18 times, but I think she’s just not ready to confront how much money our family has spent at there in the last 30 years.
I know the place like the back of my hand. Pirates of the Caribbean? Left after Main Street, over the bridge, past the Jungle Cruise and Tiki Room, on the left. The Haunted Mansion? Through the castle, left at the carousel, past It’s a Small World and Peter Pan, under the now defunct Swiss Family Robinson tree house (Correction: it’s the defunct skyway platform, which closed in 1994. Does anyone actually go to the Swiss Family tree house anyway? Ditto Tom Sawyer island?), on the right. Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride? Shut down in 1997. You need to go to Disney World more often.
I thought I’d share some snapshots from my first trip to Disney. For my fourth birthday, we ditched my baby sister (don’t worry, she’d experience her first touch of Disney magic a few years later) and headed to the happiest place on earth.
I distinctly remember a few things about this trip. 1.) We drove a sky blue Pontiac from Chicago to Orlando and I remember thinking we were going to go right off a cliff as we drove through the mountains 2.) I had a GlowWorm that I flashed at passing drivers out the back window 3.) I loving my Mickey balloon and was devastated when it was all shriveled and deflated the next morning (though I think I got another, because I remember having the balloon within a balloon, not the red one pictured).
You rock those purple pearls, Mom.
Look at those Saltwater Sandals!
The Matching Mickey sweatshirts! Layered over polo shirts! I die.
Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow! (But why is there a bird on my head?)
With those sunglasses, how could I not be sassy?
ANNIE! I’m so glad to see my favorite Cabbage Patch Doll got to go on vacation.
Let’s hurry it up, mouse man.
Are you a Disney fanatic? How many times have you been? What’s your favorite thing about Disney World?