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.
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.