some friends and I were talking about this, how old were you when you first went to Disney? What are your earliest memories of it and what do you miss most when you go back?
Old. My very first trip was not something I'd like to remember. It was a day trip only to MK and I was not with folks who made it anything but stressful. (They thought EPCOT was only for drunks, if that gives you any indicaiton of what sort they were).
So, my first "real" trip, where we stayed over and did all the parks came on a spring break when I was nearly done with Uni (non-traditional student here [another way of saying old ] ). It was an offsite stay, for about three weeks. We had a wonderful time and I fell in love with Disney! Discovered EPCOT, and it became my favorite park. I remember having a very close budget so we did a lot of things like carry our lunch, snacks, ate at the suite, those sorts of things. We did have a wonderful dinner at the French Cafe (it was open air back then) and watched some of the fireworks. We went to Firecrackers at PI. It was a fun place. Had some nice snacks. Shared cheese plates and sips of wine... that sort of stuff.
We had a ball at MK running around like kids (there were four of us, the other two were quite young and kept us lively).
Those early days were such fun. We didn't have much money at all (we all shared a turkey leg ) but we enjoyed every minute of our stay!
I was 24 on on our honeymoon in 1995 - DH had been once before with his family - I remember just wanting to get the wedding out of the way so i could get to Disney!
We stayed at a villa in Davenport - we were living in a tiny 2 bedroomed house at the time so it was complete luxury having this enormous villa with pool all to ourselves
We had a 4 day hopper ticket for Disney, we did BG, SW and US, Gatorland and KSC.
I burst into tears when I walked into Town Square for the first time (still do now tbh ) it was somewhere i had dreamed of visiting since i was little.
I remember eating at Tony's in MK which had a character meal at the time and being completely blown away by the fireworks and parades.
How we managed with only 4 days at Disney - we will have 21 days next year and that still won't be enough for me
31 first trip to DLRP and 36 first time to WDW
1997 - Newport Bay Club -DLP
1998 & 1999 - Disneyland Hotel & Sequoia Lodge- DLP
2000 - Caribbean Beach Resort WDW
2001 & 2002 - Newport Bay Club -DLP
2003 - Hotel New York - DLP
2004 - Grand Floridian - WDW
2005 - Hotel New York - DLRP
2006 - Grand Floridian - WDW
2007 - Yacht Club - WDW
2008 - Disneyland Hotel, DLRP
2009 - Yacht Club WDW, HRH & BLT
2010 - Beach Club WDW
First trip to Disneyland 1984, age 36
First trip to WDW 1987.
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OK, so maybe I wasn't so very old.