Molly’s First Trip to Walt Disney World

In the ’80s, my mother and grandfather took me on a day trip to the Magic Kingdom when I was five years old. Emily was only a few months old, so she stayed home with my grandmother. I don’t remember a whole lot about the trip, but I have snippets in my mind, helped out by a few pictures that we still have of that trip. When we left it was dark out, and the 2 hour drive seemed to drag on forever! The one vivid memory I had is that it was very crowded. Back in those days, we didn’t have fast passes, so we waited in line for an hour to ride Dumbo.

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Me and my grandpa on Dumbo. We are in the pink one on the right.

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You can see his face and my little head peeking out behind him.

Here are some pictures taken from the Skyway:

These are a couple of random pictures. I love the vantage point of seeing the Liberty Belle with the castle behind it. I like how you can see Main Street Station in the background of the parade picture.

My favorite memory of this trip was meeting Mickey as we were leaving the park. He was just standing there near the Main Street train station, and I walked right up to him. My mom quickly snapped this photo. Back then, you didn’t have to wait in line to meet characters.  I thought meeting Mickey was the coolest thing ever. You can see my souvenir red Mickey ear balloon in the right hand corner. I was really young at the time, but I knew that the Magic Kingdom was a special place. I was very fortunate to return many times during my childhood.  img008

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  1. In college, I finally spoke to a girl who had worked at the local pizza place for as long as I could remember. Turns out she really liked me, which was a great surprise! While getting to know her, I found out that one summer she had taken off and drove to Florida to work at Disney. She said that you had to be the right height and weight, and learn all the different signatures the characters had. There were time schedules and underground tunnels to help them transverse the park and never run into another person dressed as the same character. Needless to say, there’s a lot of work that goes into making all that magic possible- but she did say that no matter who she was dressed as, she always felt equally as special as whoever she was taking pictures with.

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