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Thinktinknpixiedust
04-11-2006, 10:14 PM
I can pinpoint exactly when I fell in love with WDW and it became a part of my life forever.

I had just gone through and ugly divorce, my ex made absolutely nothing easy and I swear fought everything just for the sake of fighting. After 2 years of crazyness, my new boyfriend (now my DH!!) and I took the kids 4 and 7 (DS's) to Disney for the first time. Neither of the kids had adjusted well going through all of that... and I really tried to keep it away from them. My oldest was on a get mom and dad back together kick and my youngest followed suit, this was to be a bonding trip for the my bf and the kids. we were only there for 4 days... but each day things felt better and better. On our last night there we gathered to watch the Fireworks at the MK for the first time. The lights dimmed, the music started, Jiminy spoke, and then Tinkerbelle came right out of the castle and flew!! Both of my boys were so excited!! My youngest hugging my BF and jumping while yelling "Tink, Tink, Tink" and my oldest grabbing BF and my hand because he was in shock, "she really can fly!" We all watched those fireworks for the first time as a cohesive family... and I cried tears of elation through the whole thing!!

You have to know we have been extrodinarily happily married now for 10 years and the boys are doing fantastic!! We have gone to Disney every year since then with the kids and now we have a DD that is turning 3 this year... this summer will be her 3rd trip to WDW. All of us agree that we are happiest when we are together, no matter where that is, especially at Disney world. Last year, my daughter really saw Tink fly for the fist time (awake) and got as excited as her brothers did 10 years ago... The boys confessed to "choking" back the tears because they remembered. Me... I just bring a box of kleenex with me!! Cuz I can't even make it throught typing it now without crying.

So anyhow, that bonding of our family is the reason I love WDW... how bout you????

Deedlbugg
04-11-2006, 10:44 PM
I know it sounds hokey, but honestly the first moment we drove up to the resort and saw the CM with the big Mickey hands directing us. it was so unexpected to me and it really made me laugh for some reason :)
I've been a goner ever since!

Goobergal99
04-11-2006, 11:14 PM
I have been hooked on Disney since I was a little kid, so I can't pinpoint the exact moment. However, I know when I realized it would become an annual vacation.

The year after my DD was born, my then DBF (now DH) went for his first time ever, without DD (I know we are terrible, but really at one, she wouldn't have remembered anyway ;) ) We would watch the old planning videos, my family home movies and we would play on the Disney World Explorer all the time, He was always really excited and curious about Disney. So, of course we were elated to be going and when we arrived on Disney's property and took that bus to the MK, The look on his face when he saw the castle was just like "WOW" it was so adorable. We had such a fantastic time that I knew it had to be repeatable. :wizard:

Dustmouse
04-11-2006, 11:15 PM
My moment came after obsessively planning our 2001 trip. I had read every map, itinerary, guide book, restaurant review, etc. I was totally prepared....until we drove up to the gate at the POFQ and the cast member said "Welcome Home!" I had missed hearing about that little detail and at that moment was instantly and completely in love with Disney! :love:

momrek06
04-11-2006, 11:25 PM
Growing up in the 60's and 70's in a LARGE family...going to WDW was not an option...(mainly because it wasn't even built yet) BUT DL was never ever happening. :sad2:

When I :bride: got engaged(1979) it was my DH :groom: that suggested WDW. He said you will love it. He had been there on his spring break from college in 1976. I agreed..... ::yes::

AND IT WAS LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT WHEN I WALKED INTO THE MAGIC KINGDOM HEADING DOWN MAIN STREET TOWARD THE CASTLE!!! :love:

I was in awe, simply amazed!! AND remember all we had in 1980 was the MK. We stayed one full week. We LOVED IT. :love2:

Minniespal
04-12-2006, 03:13 AM
The first time we drove to the resort and then as we entered the MK and started up Main Street :goodvibes

PoohGal05
04-12-2006, 06:29 AM
I think I started my fascination for Disney when we were actually at another park in another state, Sea World in San Antonio. When we were packing to come home from that trip, my mom asked me, 'Angi, do you know where should go next year?" I was thinking myself Disney World, but I hadn't said it outloud. The next words out of my mom's mouth was 'We should go to Disney World.' I was so excited when she said that! :lmao: As soon as we got home, we called a local TA and booked a trip to Disney. Broke it down to how much I would have to pull out of each paycheck to afford the trip as well as how long we could stay and when we would go.

I started buying guidebooks, checking the Disney website. I even did an internet search and came upon this website completely by accident. This site just added to my already building excitement. I discovered character dinings and wondered if two adults would have as much fun as person with kids. I chose appropriately because I knew what my mom would and wouldn't eat. The first dining I made was Crystal Palace because of the buffet. I told my mom about this dining and told her who would be there. She asked me, 'Can we have a dining with Mickey Mouse?' I did more research for a buffet dining for Mickey Mouse. Found Chef Mickey's and called and made an ADR.

I think I first fell in love with Disney as we were walking down Main Street and looking up and seeing Cinderella Casle! :love: I couldn't believe we were there!!

carolfoy
04-12-2006, 06:36 AM
My first trip was totally unplanned, we arrived at some motel type place on maingate and asked after their courtesy shuttle bus service to MK, we were gutted to find it went at 10am and returned at 7pm ONLY!!! even though I'd not planned I knew the parks were open a lot longer than that. I was considering making a call back to the UK to arrange car hire when a lady approached me, she was a cast member and showed us which Lynx bus to catch and gave us time tables etc, she even accompanied us on our first visit and led us through the cast members only entrance and showed us where to go, what to do etc. THAT was the point where I realised that the Disney magic does live on, that she was doing EXACTLY what WAlt would have liked her to do.

stemikger
04-12-2006, 06:44 AM
The first was when I was a kid.
I was walking around the magic kingdom with my mouth hanging open.
I was in awe.

The second time was for my first ten day trip on my honeymoon. My wife at the tender age of 29 years old was never at Disney. It was great to experience it with her like that.

The third was my first time at Pop Century for another 10 day trip. I was blown away by that resort and my daughter loved it as much as I did.

Disney will always remain a special place to me and I hope to continue to go for many years to come.

belle and woody fans
04-12-2006, 09:30 AM
Our first family trip was offsite last June. We went to disneyworld everyday. My husband and I thought, okay, what's the big hoopla about this place anyway? Yeah, it's nice, but ... whatever, I'm not sure what we were expecting. Anyway, one day we went to eat at the crystal palace at 8:30 p.m. We watched the parade and the fireworks and I finally felt something. Since my son was 1 and daughter 6, we never stayed at the parks late. After that, we stayed late every night.
Now we are staying at the WL in august!

:wizard:

Mandalou
04-12-2006, 09:39 AM
I fell in love TWICE with WDW. . .

Because I grew up in a household where money was pretty tight, we never visited WDW when I was a child -- though it was always my dream to. Then, when I was married, my DH and his parents (who had been to WDW a few times before) thought it would be great to go. I couldn't wait! Then, weeks before our trip my Dad suffered a heart attack and needed a quintuple by-pass. I did NOT want to go. . . but my Dad encouraged me, so, with great hesitation, we went. Once we were there, I fell in love with WDW. I felt like I was 8 years old! I couldn't stop saying things like "Look at this! Can you believe how wonderful this is?! My parents would absolutely LOVE this place!"

Our third day there, we called my Mom on that 6 ft tall white phone that used to be in the area off of Spaceship Earth. What we thought would be a "fun" phone call (how many people can say "Hey, I'm talking to you on a 6 ft tall phone?!), turned into a horrific moment. Over that huge, white phone, my Mom said I should get back immediately because my Dad took a turn for the worse and he wasn't expected to make it through the night. We left right away. Thankfully, Dad recovered completely and, even though I had the scare of my life while AT WDW, I still fell in love with it on that trip.

Fast forward three years. . . my Dad is fully recovered and my DH and I had our first DS (15 months old). We finally convinced my folks that we should all go to WDW together. From the moment they saw Cinderella's Castle, they loved it. . . and THEY acted like 8 year olds! :rotfl2: It was an amazing experience to have our roles reversed -- they were the kids and I became the parent. I found myself telling them things like "Yes, Splash Mountain IS great, but you haven't even been on Pirates. . . Let's go!" and "Maybe you should eat lunch before you have another Mickey Ice Cream bar. . ." :lmao:

Just a few years earlier, while at WDW, I thought I'd lose my Dad and that made me wonder if going back would be a little painful -- even though my Dad was with me. But when we were there all together, creating new, wonderful memories, I fell in love with WDW all over again.

Since then, my family and my folks go to WDW almost every year. . . and we get to create more, wonderful memories each time we go. :grouphug: :Pinkbounc

WDW is a very special place to us and what can I say???. . . WE LOVE DISNEY! :mickeyjum :donald: :tigger: :sulley: :stitch: :simba: :dumbo:

Wish Upon A Star
04-12-2006, 09:40 AM
When we took our kids for the very first time in 1999. DD was 9 and DS was 5 and we stayed at our dream resort the Grand Floridian and had a lagoon view . . .without any discounts at all . . .so we always said that was going to be our one and only trip since it was sooooo expensive . . .we really lived it up and had a blast . . .

On our last day . . .we felt so sad that we had to leave . . .that vacation was just so magical and everyone got along and had a great time . . .it was then we knew we'd have to go back . . .the rest is history . . .we've gone back practically every year . . .its a very hard habit to break! :sunny:

DisneyWorldWisher
04-12-2006, 11:20 AM
I fell in love with Disney World when I first heard about it. :lovestruc

pamouselover
04-12-2006, 11:44 AM
:cloud9: I was in love with WDW before I even want there. As a child growing up watching the wonderful world of disney, I dreamed of doing there someday. My Aunt had been to WDW and had pictures that I would always ask to look at. I can still see those pictures in my head, of small world and the castle. :love:
In 1982 My Aunt moved to FLA. and we want and visited her in June 1982 as a surprize she took me to the Magic Kingdom for the day. I still have my ticket stub! I still can feel still how excited I was to go.
Thank you Aunt Dee for giving me my love of Disney World and my first Mickey ice cream bar :mickeybar

:mickeyjum :donald: :goofy: ::MickeyMo ::MinnieMo pluto:

jaycns
04-12-2006, 05:12 PM
I feel in love at age 5. I remember clearly walking down mainstreet holding a balloon in one hand and my dad's hand in the other. I remember I was wearing a yellow sun dress and had little Mickey ears perched on my head. I remember thinking I must be the luckiest girl on earth to be at WDW...to this day, I remember that as one of the best childhood memories ever!

Fast forward to the year we took our sons (we had only two then...now we have three) and I took one look at the faces of my then 4 year old and 11 and 1/2 month old and we were HOOKED!! That was in 2000. We have been back 3 times since then and I think I may love it even more than the kids!! I hope that one day many years from now my boys are looking back on their trips to Disney as fondly as I remember my own childhood visits!

byoung
04-12-2006, 10:40 PM
It was my second trip. After going Easter week we went in Nov( first week) The crowds where low. For instance during the Easter week waited almost 3 hours to get in the Bears Show, on the Nov trip got in the first show.

lorrainesy
04-13-2006, 01:09 AM
This one is easy for me. :) It was the first time we took my nephew. He was 6 months old and we were watching the afternoon parade. The characters were dancing and bring kids out to dance with them. He was only a baby so we didn’t think about him being part of the parade. Well to our surprise Cinderella princess: came over and asked his mother if she could hold him. :banana: We got great pictures of her holding him and then she took him out with the rest of the parade and danced with him!!! It brought tears to my moms eyes…it felt so magical. :wizard:

Then later that day (or the next I can’t remember). We were waiting in line at the Judges tent to meet the characters and my nephew fell asleep when we got in the room Tiger sat down on the floor and held my nephew. Once an again we got great pictures. :tigger:

Characters, pictures, my nephew….doesn’t take much to make me happy :cloud9:

Thinktinknpixiedust
04-13-2006, 03:44 PM
Oh you guys!! I think I just fell in love with WDW again just reading your responses!! pamouselover, I had all of the records of IASW etc, I had that place memorized years before ever going there!!

When I was really little we lived down there, but could never ever afford to go it was 1974ish. So for fun we used to "drive by" and look at everything... at a really little age a knew I wanted to go and take my own children. So when I had finally been able to do that it was a full circle moment for me!! :love:

phantom728
04-14-2006, 08:30 AM
I can remember watching the Wonderful World of Disney and thinking that I would love MK. We went in 1979 when I was 5. We only visited for 1 day and I don't remember a lot from that trip, just being there.
When I was a sophomore in HS, our band was invited to march in one of the parades and we spent a week there. I got to hang with all my best friends and we really had a fantastic time...no parents! I think that was when I got my love for WDW.
When DH and I decided on WDW as our Honeymoon that was when I knew that this would always be the one place that would hold special memories for us. Although we've been to other places...WDW is still our favorite and can't wait to get back there. It's been tooooooooooo lllllooooonnnnngggg!

bpmorley
04-14-2006, 08:49 AM
I'm not exactly sure. We had gone to WDW when I was little back in the 70's. The only thing there was MK and River Country. Never got back til 2000. My girlfriend(wife now) wanted to go. I was shocked at how much I remembered about MK. Happy and kind of sad at the same time. I remembered 20,000 leagues under the see(gone), Skyway to Tomorrowland(gone), Jungle Cruise(closed for refurbishment at the time). But Oh my God there was so much more. I think she was shocked when I still remembered the words in the Tiki Room and remembered my way around Tom Sawyer Island.

And now we are DVC members. We're going on our 4th trip in a year period on our annual passes. It's hard to pinpoint when I fell in love with DisneyWorld.

PS. We even got married and honeymooned down there.

ktnlxismom
04-14-2006, 10:57 AM
For me it was the second we walked into the lobby of the Wilderness Lodge. That GORGEOUS lobby, the wall of glass in front of us, and at least 2 CM's greeting us with "Welcome Home" and escorting us to the check in desk. There was a little bit of a line at the desk (well, 3 or 4 people in front of us), so the CM entertained our DD's (9 & 3) with stories and games and gave them stickers and not once did I hear a complaint from my girls about having to wait! For us the Disney Magic started the second we arrived on Disney Property. We are going back twice this year, once for DD's birthday in May and again for me and DH's Anniversary in October.

:tink: party:

java
04-14-2006, 11:06 AM
Oh this is easy. We went to Walt Disney World in 1971. Stayed at the Contemporary(it was shortly after it opened probably around December...) We were walking around and came around a corner and I saw a bench and sat down(I was 6) Then from around each side- Mickey came on one side and Minnie the other and sat down with me. I was in heaven and I have the photo to prove it(now if I could only scan it into my computer) I am working on that. But at that moment I was hooked!

mikymouse
04-14-2006, 12:01 PM
We were at CM for dinner, when my son was soooo excited to see Donald Duck a few tables down that he tipped over his chair and fell to the floor with the chair on top of him. Donald came right over and gave him a kiss on the top of the head.M :thumbsup2: My son was so happy and hugged the stuffings out of the duck. It was then I realized that Disney is full of folks and Ducks paying attention to my kids and going out of their way to make them happy. I have been offically hooked ever since.

bpmorley
04-14-2006, 04:44 PM
Oh this is easy. We went to Walt Disney World in 1971. Stayed at the Contemporary(it was shortly after it opened probably around December...) We were walking around and came around a corner and I saw a bench and sat down(I was 6) Then from around each side- Mickey came on one side and Minnie the other and sat down with me. I was in heaven and I have the photo to prove it(now if I could only scan it into my computer) I am working on that. But at that moment I was hooked!
You beat me there. We were there late Jan or early feb of 72. I was 4 at the time. I don't remember that much from that trip. Went back summer of 75, that's the one that I remembered everything from. Stayed at the Poly. If they hadn't refurbed the pool area and 1st floor of the main building, I could have found our old room when i finally went back in 2000.

WIDisneyFan
04-14-2006, 08:38 PM
For me it happened in two steps - the magic cleary started when my wife and I arrived at the Polynesian for our first "real" vacation since our Honeymoon 6 years prior in Jamaica. It was my first time staying on site and the first time either of us had been to WDW in over 15 years. We had booked the trip having heard good things about the resort and at the time with a big discount so we decided to go all out and stay concierge (only mistake with that is now we are hooked!) On arrival we were greeted warmly and wisked off to a wonderful room by a great cast member who started things off as only Disney can.

Shortly after our arrival we made our way to the concierge desk to check in and get our tickets. Since it was only early afternoon we decided to head over to the Magic Kingdom. As we walked into the Magic Kingdom we were both very excited, almost like little kids. Making our way through the crowds up towards Main Street - thats when it happened - we came around the corner hand in hand and there it was, the Castle in all its splendor. At that moment I was hooked. We have now been back every year since and are counting down the days until our trip in July.

Such a simple moment but one that I will never forget, and I do have to say that this really is not the king of thing that gets to me - If you ask my family they will all tell you that heat crowds and lots of people are not where I am at my best yet for whatever reason at Disney its just fine with me. :earsboy:

HappyLawyer
04-14-2006, 08:50 PM
The very first time i visited their website and began reading the dis boards

snowbirdguy
04-17-2006, 02:10 PM
I can remember as a kid watching the wonderfull world of disney and thinking some day it sure would be nice to actualy go there, and of course never thinking I would ever get there. Well last year I was there and again this year, lol. and planning to go next year as well, lol. Well on last years trip got there the hotel it was almost midnight. The first day in the park was at magic kingdom. Was there for the rope drop, I could not believe that I was actualy there, a dream come true for sure. And when mickey, pluto wave to welcome you the park well I got tears in my eyes. I was hooked for sure then. Now try and explain to someone who has never been the feeling that you get, you can't do it, they just look at you funny like you were crazy, lol. :confused3 :confused3

bpmorley
04-17-2006, 03:39 PM
When I was little we had dinner and Grandmom's house every Sunday night. The Wonderful World of Disney was on every week. It must have started there.

In Luv with Disney
04-17-2006, 04:03 PM
All of these posts are giving me chills!!!! :wizard:

I first fell in love with WDW on my VERY first trip ever! It was in 1997...I was 24 years old. DBF (now DH!) and I went on a trip and stayed at Doubletree Suites Main Gate. We decided to go on a timeshare presentation to get FREE WDW tickets! Well, we went to Vistana Resort and decided we loved Orlando and Disney so much, we bought timeshare! And have been back EVERY SINGLE YEAR since...as many as 3 times in a year!!!!!!

The first time I ever saw the castle was during the 25th birthday celebration. When we first caught sight of the castle it was decorated like a birthday cake!!!! I thought it looked ADORABLE!!! Lots of people make fun of the way it was decorated but not me...that was the way I saw the castle for the first time and that was the moment I fell in love with WDW. :love:

Now that we have kids, it is AMAZING to experience WDW with them! We will go every single year. I hope to start a nice tradition with them, and I hope they grow up loving our trips as much as I do.

Can't wait to go back in December!!!!

laura001
04-18-2006, 10:06 AM
The moment that I stepped into Magic Kingdom and looked down mainstreet......aaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh!!!!!!

jblb1020
04-18-2006, 11:01 AM
I LOVE DISNEY! I only went once as a child with my parents and in 1993 on a school trip. In 1997 my finance (now husband) and I planned a trip and stayed at the All Star Music. In 1998 we spent our honeymoon at the Beach Club and also did the Disney Cruise Line. Now we have two children and get to experience Disney with them. Disney is a magical place where we make a lifetime of memories that I will treasure for the rest of my life. :love:

hawkeyesparks
04-18-2006, 02:43 PM
Two moments stick out in my mind. The first was in 1998 when I set foot on Main street USA, I felt like every stressful thing in my life was gone. To date, WDW is the only place I have ever been where I can completly forget about my work, and just enjoy myself and my family.

The Second Moment came in 2004 when my wife and I took my son to WDW for the first time. We walked in to the lobby of the WL and my 18 month old ran right up to the spring inside, and I knew again why I love this place and why its the best place on earth for families.
pluto:

bpmorley
04-19-2006, 03:01 PM
Two moments stick out in my mind. The first was in 1998 when I set foot on Main street USA, I felt like every stressful thing in my life was gone. To date, WDW is the only place I have ever been where I can completly forget about my work, and just enjoy myself and my family.

The Second Moment came in 2004 when my wife and I took my son to WDW for the first time. We walked in to the lobby of the WL and my 18 month old ran right up to the spring inside, and I knew again why I love this place and why its the best place on earth for families.
pluto:
I've done the first, but I can't wait to do the second. Working on the first one now.

mannatee
04-19-2006, 03:24 PM
Hmmm -
First time to go was in 1976 - 8 years old - Magic Kingdom.
I can remember the fun of thinking we actually knew a shortcut to the newly opened Space Mountain! (as we ran with the 200+ others when that rope dropped!)

My mom took me (we left my dad and brothers) down for a girls' vacation in 1984. The love was beginning at that point.

Visits in 85, 89, 92, 95, 00, 01 were all wonderful. For some reason, I wasn't fully aware of my devotion until...
bringing my own 3yo son for his first time in June 05. Then and only then did the light come on. I knew I liked WDW, but I didn't really realize I LOVED WDW.

Now, he's getting ready for his third trip in May 06, and is so hoping and praying that he'll make the 44 inch height requirement for Expedition Everest.
He's an avid VMK fan, and definitely has his favorite spots at the parks. I just can't believe how much he enjoys the Carousel of Progress!

Thanks for reading and sharing your stories! :wave:

kcork1026
04-19-2006, 03:37 PM
Last June 14th, as the music started for Wishes, and the tears just started rolling down my cheeks as I watched the expressions on my dd's (13 and 8) faces. THat's it, it's over, I am a DISNEY ADDICT

DisFlan
04-19-2006, 03:51 PM
April 2, 1977. On the ferry to the MK. There was ONLY the MK back then, and I knew I was in love. My DH and I had waited through his years of medical training to take our first trip. WDW was the first place we wanted to go, and we've been going back ever since.

We're now DVC owners. We've watched WDW expand and change over almost three decades, and we contiue to enjoy it as much as the first time. Our son will soon be starting a Management Internship at WDW - he met our wonderful daughter-in-law when they were both in the WDW College Program. So it looks like we'll remain a WDW family for a long time to come.

DisFlan

klineyqueen
04-19-2006, 04:07 PM
I fell in love with Disney on my first trip when I was 14 years old. My parents saved for a long time for our "trip of a lifetime." It truely was the best trip of my life (to that point.) When I came home I worked extra hard in school because I wanted to go to college and get a good job so I could return often! It worked.

Now I am a teacher and when I go on trips the kids all say they wish they could go and I just tell them to work hard in school and get a good job so that they can afford to go too!

Ahhh...Disney Love :cloud9:

Thinktinknpixiedust
04-19-2006, 07:13 PM
Keep them coming guys!! I love knowing how it happened for everyone else. When Disney becomes a part of your life it becomes a part of some of our souls! ... It truely is more than a place, it is most definately a state of mind... :goodvibes

LiLIrishChick63
04-20-2006, 06:52 AM
i went once when i was 16, but i only got to do MK(don't worry i've gone many times since! lol). don't get me wrong, it's still my favorite park, but there was so much i missed! anyway, my mother, her friend, her son, and i were in the park. we were going on Pirates of the Carribean and i was so excited because i heard a lot of good things about this ride. we got on and there was a bunch of guys, around my age behind us on the same boat. we just had such a great time. we got stuck on the ride for a little bit and they guys all started singing "yo ho yo ho a pirates life for me! ARRRRRRRR!" lol it was so funny, i had the best time. i think that's when i fell inlove with Disney for the first time.

Boncho
04-20-2006, 07:23 AM
The moment I fell in love with Disney. Well, let me say, I grew up watching 'The Wonderful World of Disney' every Sunday night.(I know, yes it was way back when Ed Sullivan was still on TV but we won't go there today).
It's funny, I always knew WDW was there but I never thought of taking my son (now 10) until his father started asking him (repeatedly) when he was going to ask me to take him there. Finally, I told dear old Dad that if he wanted me to take our son there (Dad isn't into that kind of vacation), he better cough up part of the money. Well, from there it's history. He coughed up the money for the plane fare for the three of us (my sister comes with us -both her kids are grown up), and we were off. As soon as we arrived at the resort it was love at first site. The magic just engulfs you. The magic starts to build as you leave the airport and you start seeing the WDW signs and then you get to the resort and you're hooked. Now, there's nowhere on earth we would rather go on vacation!!! :cheer2: :cheer2: :cheer2:

LisaMaz
04-20-2006, 08:31 AM
I think I really really feel in love with Disney in 2002.
It was our second trip. My DD(7) and DS(6) were crazy about Peter Pan at the time. Everything was Peter Pan! So I decided to Book The Family Tour. At the end of the tour Peter Pan made such a fuss about them because thery both had Peter Pan on their shirts. Peter took my son's hand and WEndy took my DDs and they marched down Frointerland singing with them and laughing I was walking behind crying the whole time. It was just a very magical experience!

:woohoo: Thank you Peter and Wendy! :banana:

Disney just has such a way with children.. I remember too when my DD wore her princess dress and wanted to keep in on. The CMS kept calling her princess and making such a fuss over her. They really are wonderful!

marbleso
04-20-2006, 09:59 AM
One of my first memories ever is from my 2nd trip to WDW, I was around 2 or 3. I remember Cinderella waving at me going by in her coach in the Spectromagic parade, I was in total awe. I think that's when I fell in love, I think that's why it has stuck with me for so long.

I'm reminded of why I love Disney every trip, but this my favorite moment. We were in disney with my two girl cousins who were around 7 and 10 at the time. We went to the AK and they wanted to go to a character greet to see Pooh. When we got to one a cast member said that Pooh was taking a break and would be back soon. We walked away; but all of the sudden Pooh came up behind us, took my 7-year-old cousin by the hand and they walked back to the greet together. Just seeing the silouette of the two of them was enough to remind me of what Disney is all about. :sad:

bpmorley
04-20-2006, 10:17 AM
Alot of these stories are bringing back memories of when I was 8 and on my second trip to WDW. My biggest regret is not going back in my late teens or some time in my twenties. But at age 33 I rediscoved the magic. My GF(DW now) drug :rotfl2: :rotfl2: me down there for a stay at ASMov's. I was an 8 yo again. Keep them coming everyone.

tomspixie
04-20-2006, 10:30 AM
I don't know how many times I have been to WDW...it has been a part of my life since March 1972...I was six. My parents were kind enough to take my sister and I every year growing up. When my DH and I had our first child it began a multi-trips a year lifestyle. Disney is simply a part of my soul.

When you walk underneath the train station and enter Main Street, the smell of popcorn always makes me think of my dad. And I smile. The hustle and bustle in the Harmoney Barber Shop makes my boys return to babies in my mind's eye. Passing the Emporium and seeing the princess dresses in the windows puts a lump in my throat and makes it hard to swallow. It takes me back to my DD, now almost 14, standing in Tinkerbelle's Treasures clutching a Belle dress to her little body and her eyes sparkling with hope as she asks if she could have it. She waited almost two years for that gown of gold...and we still have it. That DD takes the time on DCL to get photo with Belle almost every cruise, because she knows that I love it.

Disney is a tie that bonds a family in subtle little ways. Almost imperceptible...yet ever strenghtening the threads of a family. Thank you for the joys and the tears, the laughter and the fireworks! It is a world we will continue to enjoy and explore!

Wishing you all pixie dust,
:tink:
tomspixie

Big J
04-20-2006, 10:32 AM
My DGF (now DW ) "made” me go to WDW one spring break when we were in college in 1995. I had no idea what WDW was, and I had no interest in going. Of course, she won out and I relented to stay there a few days while we were in Florida for the week. Now, we are from Michigan, and I thought that the MK was WDW. Near us is Cedar Point, a terrific amusement park. I thought that WDW was just an other amusement park, but for little kids.
We had reservations to stay at POFQ (which at the time was called Dixie Landings ) for 3 nights.
The entire car ride I was making jokes about how awful this was going to be. That all changed as we approached the grounds of POFQ. They were so beautiful and well manicured. The resort was just nothing that I expected and I felt like a king. I was hooked at that point. I came to realize that WDW was not an amusement park, but an unbelievable “World”.
Since we have gotten engaged there, had our honeymoon, joined DVC, brought our DD, and visited many other times.

jeancbpugh
04-20-2006, 10:51 AM
I never went to a disney theme park as a kid. My neighbor went to DL, and rode the monorail, and went to the park. I was GREEN with envy.

When I was in my mid-20s, I was in LA on business, somewhat near Anaheim and had a free night. I went to DL...arrived about 6pm and wandered mesmerized down Main Street. I ended up in Fantasyland as it got dark and all the lights went on. My first ride was Mr. Toad. Stood in line behind a British family who were singing the song from Mr. Toad.

I was smitten, and have been ever since.

I've finagled my way to a disney park 18 times since then. Not a lot of times compared to some fans, but still a remarkable accomplishment considering I live 1000 miles away and have a husband who would prefer root canal to going to WDW. :rolleyes:

Over the years in times of stress, I spend more time WDW trip planning. Then I get distracted for a year or so, then come back to it. :sunny: Disney is my comfort zone.

Simba22
04-20-2006, 01:16 PM
Mine was when my boyfriend and I went alone together last May. It was so great to share that experience with someone else who actually WANTED to be there and do EVERYTHING! Just to see his face light up at the sight of Mickey was the best feeling in the world

MyTalula
04-20-2006, 01:38 PM
My "BIG" moment was actually just this past December our last night at the Polynesian, it had been cold & raining all day, we gone to AK that day but only made it till 1pm because we were soaked to the bone and cold. After a sad afternoon of packing and watching it rain we went and sat at the bar in the lounge waiting for our time at 'Ohana we had an AWESOME time. The food was amazing the drinks were amazing it was a blast.

Then as we were walking back to our room, the rain had stopped it had warmed up and felt wonderful! We walked down to the beach and watched the fireworks over the lagoon. It was amazing it was just the 3 of us and then another family showed up 1/2 way through. But it was like we had that beach and fireworks show all to ourselves. :cloud9:

I was so sad to be leaving the next day. Now I'm trying to justify another trip in less than a year. :rolleyes1

ms.ojo
04-20-2006, 01:57 PM
Was our first trip w/ ds age 2.5 at the time. I had been to WDW as a child myself, a young adult w/ friends, and later w/ coworkers. Even w/ dh 4mths after we were married. :goodvibes

But it wasn't until we returned w/ ds2.5 and stayed ON-SITE that I fell in love w/ the world. We stayed at ASMo and the Dolphin. Loved both for different reasons. But it was the magic in my sons eyes as he took in all that was around him that made Disney forever a spot in my heart. :love: We have since been w/ ds 4 and dd1...ds5.5 and dd2.5 and most recently when 6 and 3. They (and us) LOVE the World. :cloud9:

MommaMouse
04-20-2006, 03:30 PM
Back when I was a little girl every sunday evening was spent laying on the floor waiting for tinker bell to fly around the castle and begin that weeks episode of The Magical World of Disney.

My parents woke me up in the middle of the night had me grab my blanket and pillow and get in the back of the car we were "going for a ride". Picked up my grandparents didn't ask any questions, rolled over went back to sleep. We kept driving , me not knowing where.

Turned down a long road, parents ear to ear grin, ooo goose bumps, we were pulling into the parking lot of Walt Disney World!! I remember everything that happpened ( I was 6) I remember throwing up on the The Mad Tea party, my grandfather went with me, he never did rides, skinning my knees when I fell in parking lot leaving on our last day histarically crying cause I thought I would never be there again,( planning 16th trip this Oct) jumping in the lagoon with father at Discovery Island, giggling at the ghost on my lap in The Haunted Mansion...I could go on forever...with my children now..ooodles of Love alll over again and again!

Couldn't think of a better place to celebrate this fall my sis-in-law b'day, my 40th, wedding annivarsary (Oct31st!!)

bpmorley
04-21-2006, 07:10 AM
... every sunday evening was spent laying on the floor waiting for tinker bell to fly around the castle and begin that weeks episode of The Magical World of Disney.

One of my favorite childhood memories

ToontownPrincess
04-22-2006, 06:54 PM
I practically grew up at WDW. I have always loved Disney but I also had the advantage of going whenever I wanted to. As a young child my parents were both working there and my grandparents would take us for the day to go visit them. My Aunt and Uncle both work there and my and Great Aunt also works there. My sister started working there when she was 16 and was there for three years. So naturally, when I was 18 I got a job there too. I worked at Toontown attractions and to this day is still the best job I have ever had.

Although I had been to WDW more times than I could ever count, I didn't truly fall in love with Disney until I fell in love with my boyfriend. He was working as part of the College Program and we started to get along and visit all the parks together. There is no better place to fall in love....fireworks every night, romantic dinners and it was just a great place to get to know each other. I remember standing on a chair trying to watch Illuminations over at the United Kingdom in Epcot. My boyfriend was supporting me so I wouldn't fall and there was this moment while the music was playing and fireworks filled the air and I just caught a glimpe of him looking at me. It was then that I knew I loved him and I loved Disney.

Another great memory for me was when I was working over in the Hall of Fame.....There was this boy in Cinderella's room who just felt he was too old to be taking pictures with Cinderella and Snow White. He was standing there just trying to amuse his parents when out of no where, Cinderella and Snow White ambushed him and gave him a kiss on either cheek. The shocked look on his face was classic. It was also perfect timing that the photographer flashed the camera. I have never forgot that moment because I knew for that family it was truly a magical Disney moment.

daretodream
04-30-2006, 10:52 PM
I fell in love with Disney when I was a teen visiting with friends. I had tears in my eyes as the castle came into view. It was so much bigger than when I watched the Wonderful World of Disney on Sunday nights.It was then I began to dream of one day being happily married and bringing a family to this wonderful place. My dream did come true. My husband(then fiance) worked at the world during college. That was a loooong time ago. We took our first family vacation last Sept. and have another one planned for this Sept. :yay:

Jesussavedme
04-30-2006, 11:44 PM
Many years ago, on a first date with someone, he took me to Epcot to dinner at Chefs de France. It all seemed to elegant and I felt so special to be there!! That started the madness, back in 1990!

PandaBear & Boo
05-02-2006, 09:03 AM
Went to disney as a kid with my parents. Then went with DH ::MickeyMo for our Honeymoon. 2 years ago was able to go back this time as the parent and with my 3 kids. My DD princess: wanted so desparately to see Alice in Wonderland. We got to the park early and watched the characters welcome us to the MK. My DD looked up with saucer eyes and right above us was Alice. Just to see the look on my DD face and the biggest smile I've ever seen brought tears to my eyes. That is when I knew in my heart that Disney was a magical place where everyones dreams can come true!

Lilo's Mom
05-02-2006, 04:36 PM
My brother and I grew up in a family with parents that didn't drive. So when other kids were driving all over the country going on vacations we spent our summers out of school hanging around the neighborhood park, going to museums, zoos and ballgames. Where ever the bus could take us, we went! My frist visit to Walt Disney World came in June of 1980, I was 19 years old. It was a big trip for me, my first time on a plane, and the first time that I went anywhere without an "adult" along for the trip. The first time my two girlfriends and I got to the Magic Kingdom and we walked through the turnstyles and you could hear the music playing, I knew I was hooked for life.

The most memorable Disney Trip I took was a full family vacation in 1988. My parents, grandmother, brother, my husband and my daughter all took the trip together. Once again it was the first time on a plane for Mom & Dad, Brother, Grandmother and my daughter who was only three. What a great experience it was to see everything through their eyes!

Needless to say after that the entire family was hooked and we started visiting as often as we could. My parents and Grandmother are gone now and my DD will be turning 21 next month...But I will never forget that first magical family trip and the smiles that everyone had!

http://www.wdwinfo.com/photopost/data/501/114079WDW_8-8-88-med.jpg Kelly and her Grandpa, Nana and Honey 1988

JPN4265
05-03-2006, 06:01 AM
December 29th, 1978......our honeymoon. :cloud9:

jaycns
05-20-2006, 10:58 PM
Bumping this one in hopes of hearing about the moment YOU feel in love with WDW (rereading this thread brings lots of smiles). :goodvibes :cloud9:

ton80
05-20-2006, 11:23 PM
when the mrs to be convinced the mr to be to go to WDW in
the fall of 98 but mr wanted to go to a nice tropical isl.
walking down main street the 1st time pretty KOOL. got hooked
and now 8 yrs later DH DW AND DS3 are now members of DVC.
cant get enuff of the Mouse

Dixie landings 9/98 honeymoon
All star sport 9/99
off site 05/01
Bwv 11/04
Akl 03/05
SSR 11/05 1st trip home
BCV 11/06 2nd trip to a NEW HOME

Tanya90210
05-21-2006, 11:15 AM
For me I actually fell in love with DL when I was just a kid.. .we went many times... but didn't go to WDW till I was 16. We only did 1 day... and only a half day Epcot and rest at MK so I don't have major memories but smells from epcot and touring there.

My real Magic moment came when we took oru DS 9 and DD 8mos to DL (10-2004) and we first went under the train and got a glimpse of Main street... Wendy was there giving autographs and when it was DS turn she made him blush and she was oogling all over my DD and even DH had a grin on his face. The whold day was magical.

Our WDW moment would have to be when we first arrived at MK last July for my DH,DS,DD first WDW/Florida experience the looks on their faces as we walked down main street and Cinderellabration was just about to start was glorius... I couldn't believe the luck that we would see that the first thing when we got there. Watching them watch the show made me just cry that we could finally afford to do something like this and had the guts to do it. We enjoyed every moment we could for the 7 day passes that we had...

So much fun we went to DL for New Years and are on our way back to WDW again this year ... Told hubby... I'll make the budget work so we can go each place every year...

Thank you all for sharing your memories too... although you all keep making me tear up :love:

aDVCguy
05-21-2006, 07:37 PM
:cool1:
My Dad took our family to L.A. on vacation and part of the
trip was to "Disneyland"...I remember that day like it was only
an hour ago...walking down Main Street U.S.A....WOW!!!
I was HOOKED!!!
Something interesting happened while walking up to the statue
of Walt & Mickey...although I was taken in by it all, I could hear
my Dad say,"I could have had a job here!"
It wasn't until his death that while at his wake my aunt(Dad's Sis)
and his cousin both told me that he was asked by Disney Studios
to work as an artist there!
WOW! Then it all started to come back of what he'd said
to me on that unbelievable day @ Disneyland...
Dad was quite an artist as all of his family knew...he had a FULL
scholarship to Cooper Union in N.Y.C.!, it all made sense then...
I had to buy into DVC!
Since then I bought one share of stock had it framed &
dedicated to the man who introduced me to the "Mouse!"
God Bless His Soul!
:sunny: :thumbsup2 :teeth:

WI_DisneyFan
05-23-2006, 05:10 PM
Thinktinknpixiedust -- what a wonderful story! I am very glad everything worked out for you and your family. It's nice to think that the Disney Magic helped bring your BF and your kids closer together.

Anyway, I have two memories that really stick with me when thinking of WDW. The first one, I don't remember how old I was. But I was probably 5 or 6. And I remember riding on a ferry with my parents and brother approaching Magic Kingdom. I remember being young, and everything seeming so new and incredible. Everything after that is sort of a blur.

And the trip that reinforced my love of WDW was in 1992, when our high school band took a trip to Orlando. We rode Space Mountain 17 times in a row (I'd never been so happy for rain!). I made a couple friends on that trip that are still my closest friends to this day.

Thinktinknpixiedust
05-23-2006, 09:14 PM
I love love LOVE hearing everyones story... it's nice to know that so many other people get the "warm mushies" when they think of Disney... it certainly has a way of weaving itself through our lives and making them even more beautiful. Thank so much for sharing! :love:

mikesdisneymom
05-23-2006, 11:05 PM
I fell in love with Disneyland before I was even born, my parents had there first date on grad night at Disneyland, and that is where they sent there honeymoon, and I went while my mom was pregent. My parents were the first to realize I was addicted when I would ball when I had to leave.

My first trip to DWD was in 2005, and I fell in love as soon as I saw the words Walt Disney World on the welcome sign.

My son also fell in love with WDW and as waiting for the ME bus he started crying because he did not want to leave, that is when I realized he was in love with the MAGIC too. ::MickeyMo ::MinnieMo

j-ariel
05-24-2006, 11:03 PM
I fell in love TWICE with WDW. . .

Because I grew up in a household where money was pretty tight, we never visited WDW when I was a child -- though it was always my dream to. Then, when I was married, my DH and his parents (who had been to WDW a few times before) thought it would be great to go. I couldn't wait! Then, weeks before our trip my Dad suffered a heart attack and needed a quintuple by-pass. I did NOT want to go. . . but my Dad encouraged me, so, with great hesitation, we went. Once we were there, I fell in love with WDW. I felt like I was 8 years old! I couldn't stop saying things like "Look at this! Can you believe how wonderful this is?! My parents would absolutely LOVE this place!"

Our third day there, we called my Mom on that 6 ft tall white phone that used to be in the area off of Spaceship Earth. What we thought would be a "fun" phone call (how many people can say "Hey, I'm talking to you on a 6 ft tall phone?!), turned into a horrific moment. Over that huge, white phone, my Mom said I should get back immediately because my Dad took a turn for the worse and he wasn't expected to make it through the night. We left right away. Thankfully, Dad recovered completely and, even though I had the scare of my life while AT WDW, I still fell in love with it on that trip.

Fast forward three years. . . my Dad is fully recovered and my DH and I had our first DS (15 months old). We finally convinced my folks that we should all go to WDW together. From the moment they saw Cinderella's Castle, they loved it. . . and THEY acted like 8 year olds! :rotfl2: It was an amazing experience to have our roles reversed -- they were the kids and I became the parent. I found myself telling them things like "Yes, Splash Mountain IS great, but you haven't even been on Pirates. . . Let's go!" and "Maybe you should eat lunch before you have another Mickey Ice Cream bar. . ." :lmao:

Just a few years earlier, while at WDW, I thought I'd lose my Dad and that made me wonder if going back would be a little painful -- even though my Dad was with me. But when we were there all together, creating new, wonderful memories, I fell in love with WDW all over again.

Since then, my family and my folks go to WDW almost every year. . . and we get to create more, wonderful memories each time we go. :grouphug: :Pinkbounc

WDW is a very special place to us and what can I say???. . . WE LOVE DISNEY! :mickeyjum :donald: :tigger: :sulley: :stitch: :simba: :dumbo:
your story brought tears to my eyes. I'm so glad so many people love disney/disney world. i know i'm not the only crazy one in the world :sad1:

LISAMWDW
05-25-2006, 10:47 AM
I'd say it is a tie between the first time I walked up main street toward the castle with my daughter and felt like twirling around like kid. Oh, and I did.

Or it's the same trip, our first trip just the two of us, when I was sitting on the hot concrete walkway in Epcot watching the Tapestry of Nations parade. I think it was 120 degrees or something crazy like that and I was watching my then 4 year old and I just was so entirely and completely happy!

Muziqal
05-26-2006, 03:23 PM
I'd say it was on the plane ride home from WDW after my first time being there. The feeling hit that I had just been somewhere that nothing else compared to. And I was leaving! :sad1: I knew, from that point on, that it would be a place I would always be dreaming and scheming about how to get back.

LUVMICKEY
05-27-2006, 08:20 AM
We had always wanted to go there for years before we finally made it there in August of 1982. Our kids were small then and really into the excitment of all the Disney characters and everything in the parks. The looks on their faces the first time they walked on Main Street and saw the Castle. We fell in love with it then as a family and are still in love with it today. Our kids are both married now and have families of their own and still feel the same way. As soon as we step foot on Main Street USA, it really is magic. pixiedust:

Michele

Jrabbit910
05-27-2006, 10:11 AM
Great stories everyone.. Thinktink, you made me want to cry!! :) I am so happy for you...

I think my first time falling in love w/ the mouse was when I was a little kid and my family just got cable. I remember waking up in the morning to watch The Mouseketters and I always thought it would be great to be one. My family didnt have much money so our family trips consisted of packing the car and driving down to the beach for picnics, which I loved, but I knew we were never going to make it to Florida. When I was 18, I had a full time job and saved enough money to go for myself, and I did. I saw the castle and at the time it was the cake. I loved it but had to go back to see it in its original way and I did...
Disney reminds me of being a kid and then it reminds me of becoming an independent "adult" and doing things for myself. Till this day, my mom has never been there and I plan on taking her for her first time for her 50th! :)
Hoping to make it her first family trip.. her and her 5 kids.

My dad gave me a card once that said "life isnt about the breaths we take its about the moments that take our breath away" and thats what Disney does for me.
:goodvibes :goodvibes :goodvibes :goodvibes

2giddy4wdw
05-27-2006, 10:52 PM
I actually have 2 moments. The first was in Feb 1995, my first trip to Disney along with Dsister, DNiece, DNephew, DS8, DD2, (and my first husband :sad2: ). Walking down Main St, and seeing Cinderella's Castle...WOW, my dream had come true. I had been dreaming of this since I was a child. And coming from a big family, it wasn't a place we could afford to go. But here I was as an adult bringing my kids there for OUR first trip. It was the greatest feeling ever. Memories that will last a life time. Fast forward, (went through a rough marriage) second time was Nov 2000, (had met the man of my dreams, my knight in shining armour, a man who loved me for who I was not who he wanted me to be)and he had never been to Disney. Well the kids and I decided to show him what we were always talking about. Watching DH (boyfriend at the time) try to take everything in, and the expressions on his face during the fireworks, Illuminations, just everything, Priceless. (hey we could make one of those commercials for master card!!!!) Needless to say DH is also a Disney addict. That first trip to Disney, we had to buy extra luggage to bring home all the stuff that he had bought. :love:

LUVMICKEY
05-28-2006, 07:47 AM
Great stories everyone.. Thinktink, you made me want to cry!! :) I am so happy for you...

I think my first time falling in love w/ the mouse was when I was a little kid and my family just got cable. I remember waking up in the morning to watch The Mouseketters and I always thought it would be great to be one. My family didnt have much money so our family trips consisted of packing the car and driving down to the beach for picnics, which I loved, but I knew we were never going to make it to Florida. When I was 18, I had a full time job and saved enough money to go for myself, and I did. I saw the castle and at the time it was the cake. I loved it but had to go back to see it in its original way and I did...
Disney reminds me of being a kid and then it reminds me of becoming an independent "adult" and doing things for myself. Till this day, my mom has never been there and I plan on taking her for her first time for her 50th! :)
Hoping to make it her first family trip.. her and her 5 kids.

My dad gave me a card once that said "life isnt about the breaths we take its about the moments that take our breath away" and thats what Disney does for me.
:goodvibes :goodvibes :goodvibes :goodvibes
Now you made me cry. You are so right, It still takes my breath away and probably always will. We also took my Mom for the first time when she was 77. We were all there, our kids and their kids (ours Grandchildren and her Great Grandchildren). She really loved it. It was also the first time she had ever been that far away from home. What a family trip that was. It was really nice to see her enjoying herself as much as she did. She's no longer with me now, so the memories of that trip are very special to me and we have great pics of it.

Michele

Thinktinknpixiedust
05-28-2006, 12:52 PM
I love that quote... "it's not about how many breaths you take but the moments that take our breath away". I seriously need to find the kleenex now!! I really can relate to that feeling about becoming an adult and taking yourself there!! :cloud9:

PolyFish
05-28-2006, 01:11 PM
My brother and I havn't been that cloe and we've just been moving apart and saying that we hate each other. We never laugh at the same things AND WE NEVER HUG OR SAY I LOVE YOU to each other.

It was 2000 and I was 8 and my brother was 11. It was our first trip to WDW and it was perfect. We went to MK and me and my brother rode Space Mountain. I was scared and crying because it was a fast ride. My brother grabbed my hand and told me that it was going to be alright. And than it happened... HE HUGGED ME. I told him I love him and he told me that back.

That was the only moment that we said those words now they've been inverted to "I hate you"

katytrott
05-29-2006, 06:17 PM
I was brought up in Malaysia. The Far East are potty about Disney, and back then, Disney was the only western thing i could understand. I can remember the only english thing on tv was once a week a half hour slot of disney cartoons (interupted half way through for prayers), hence my passion for the classic cartoons.
Everything in my life there was disney, so I dont really know a time when i wasnt in love with it. I also remember my second trip to disneyland was also a surprise to see my big sister all the way from england. All these things make me feel quite choked up and realise just how blessed i am.

Kimmielee
05-29-2006, 06:42 PM
I'm going to date myself a bit here... but I fell in love with Disney on a Sunday night at 7:00 p.m. when I first saw "The Wonderful World of Disney". Seeing Walt introduce each movie - the castle with Tink flying around... it was love at first sight....

Growing up, my parents were "older" (I put that in quotations because they weren't OLD - but they acted much older than they were) and I was the last child born. We did family vacations to KY to see my Dad's parents. Disney was never even discussed. I thought it only existed on TV.

Then.... in 10th grade, after corresponding with my very first best friend from elementary school that had moved to FL - she invited me down. I was excited to be on a plane! I had no idea what was in store for me. Her parents surprised me with a day trip to WDW in 1977. Wow..... the castle DID exist!!!

At that time I was a Jiminy Cricket fan and bought a stuffed Jiminy that I'd DIE to have now.

Just this past trip in April - I saw Jiminy on a float with Donald and Minnie and it was right back to being a kid. I was jumping up and down and waving like he was ELVIS or something.... Oh what a wonderful feeling to be a kid again and again and again..... :love: