Friday, November 12, 2010

Welcome to the Magical Blogorail!

Hi everyone and welcome aboard the Magical Blogorail. We're now embarking on a nonstop return journey to the Main Entrance and parking area. During the trip, we ask that you remain seated at all times and no smoking, please.

Sorry, I couldn’t resist quoting a former monorail spiel. If you’re joining us from Meet the Magic, welcome!

DisneyDad and DisneyMom on
their honeymoon in 1973

Growing Up Disney is a family project. I (Amy) am leading the charge. My brother, Chris AKA Ridge, is our man about town/aspiring photographer. My father, known on the blog as DisneyDad, writes mostly about Disney Vacation Club and is the one who initiated our Disney fascination. My family talked about doing a blog or podcast during our Disney vacation in April 2010. Once we got home, I wanted to share what I had learned about traveling with a small child and started writing. I invited Chris and Dad to contribute and the blog has evolved into a place to share our family’s stories of nearly 40 years of Walt Disney World vacations. We also offer lots of tips related to children and have some great guest bloggers who share their own ideas and experiences.

Amy's first trip to WDW in 1979

Raised as a Disney kid myself, I participated in the Disney College Program in 1997 and was a Cast Member at Crystal Palace. After I began running, the Disney marathon became my goal and I crossed the finish line, earning my Mickey medal, in January 2005. In April 2005, my Prince Charming and I married in Disney's Wedding Pavilion and honeymooned on the Disney Wonder. My dad surprised me with special guests at the wedding reception, Mickey and Minnie! My daughter, nickname Tink, celebrated her first birthday at Walt Disney World and had breakfast with Mickey on the big day. She has recently made her second trip to WDW.

We've had great fun on Growing Up Disney sharing these stories, in more detail, and many others. I hope you enjoy reading them as you prepare for a trip or keep the magic going between vacations. Please explore the site a bit while you are here.

Thank you for joining us on the Magical Blogorail. Please take the journey with us again next month on December 10th when we cover a fun Disney topic.

Here are all the stops along the blogorail:



  1. I love that your blog is so family oriented. I think that is the true magic of Disney. Our trips have always been about family, which make our memories all that more special!

  2. Hey I wanna hear more about these great guest bloggers lol :-) a really great idea amy, I'll look forward to this each month

  3. Love the retro photos! We've got a few pictures from Disney trips as kids, but none with us actually in them!

  4. Great post and idea. I love the pic of you in 1979 with a hazy Castle in the background. We had such a wonderful recent trip and cannot wait until Jan 2012 to be back again.

    BTW, did you see the TRON monorail car? Bill was giddy!


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