I have been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to go to Disney World more times than I can remember. My parents ran a tight budget, so they could take my sister (Patti) and I. We never flew...always drove. And camped. We always stayed on property, at Fort Wilderness. It is still the most beautiful campgrounds anywhere. We would drive down, from Illinois and after breaking down in Georgia (every time), we would arrive at FW. The sense of excitement that we were finally there was palpable. Patti and I wanted to get to The Magic Kingdom so bad!! But, we had to get to our campsite, get set up, shower, change THEN we could go to the MK. In those early days there was only the MK. No EPCOT, MGM or Animal Kingdom. Not that it mattered. The MK was so wonderful and magical, everything we could dream of was right there for us. And if we weren't going to the MK we had the pool and River Country to keep us entertained! (River Country was the first water park at DW. Located in FW, it incorporated water from Bay Lake.) Then there were those fantastic hotels...the Polynesian and Contemporary. My gosh...the Monorail goes right through it!! How absolutely incredible!! Is that a 5 legged goat?? It is!
In the evenings we would watch movies outdoors at FW, or go to the game room in the Contemporary. My sister and I would play air hockey like it was for the Stanley Cup! We never were at a loss of stuff to do. Of course, when we started going to Disney, in 1972, I was only 2 and don't remember much. Although I do remember that I fell out the camper door onto my head. That could explain a lot, I guess. I'm not sure what my first actual Disney memory is. I think it might be meeting the Aristocats in the MK, or totally freaking out on Mission to Mars. I honestly believed we were going to Mars. I did sometimes freak out on 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, too. (Sometimes? who am I kidding...EVERY TIME) It was the bubbles. Once we started to "dive" and all you could see out the portholes were bubbles, I'd lose it. Ahh...Disney Magic at its finest!! I have always been a sucker for Disney Magic...still am.
Anyway, the Bubble has always been there. There's just more inside the Bubble to marvel at and enjoy. I am so fortunate that my husband, Dan, loves Disney too.
So...what is the purpose of this blog...well, I hope to be able to bring Disney to life for you. I hope to maybe jar a memory in some of you, and in others tell you about something that once was. I hope to share tips and suggestions about vacationing at DW, as well. And for those who do not have kids, or are empty nesters, and think, "We don't have kids/We are empty nesters. No Disney for us", I hope to convince you to embrace Walt Disney World as your own, and GO! Believe me. Would we go every year, sometimes twice, if it was only for families with kids? Walt Disney World is a very romantic place. Just wait til I share our engagement story!
I also hope to share our running experiences at Disney. There is no better place to run a race, from a 5K up to a full marathon, than Disney. There is a separate page on this blog, titled Running (how creative) where I will share those stories.
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