In 1970 I made my first trip to Walt Disney World. Yes, 1970. The Magic Kingdom was not open then, but the Preview Center was. Then in December 1971 we visited the Magic Kingdom for the first time. Little did I know this would be the first of many, many trips to follow. The photo below is me with my parents and nieces in Adventureland.
|December 1971 - First Trip to the Magic Kingdom|
In 1973 I married the love of my life and took her to central Florida to meet my sister. While we were there I took her on her first trip to the Magic Kingdom. Of course, I had to take a picture of Cinderella Castle. It still is my favorite view at WDW. I love the feeling I get when I walk through the train station and onto Main Street, USA and see the Castle.
|And of course there is always the Mouse. |
|1973 - I love a parade|
I grew up watching the Mickey Mouse Club on TV. This was the one with Annette, not Britney. And on Sunday nights there was Walt Disney introducing some fantastic story you just had to watch. The opening of Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color had Tinkerbell fly across the screen and the announcer would say "and now Walt Disney". Walt would come into your home and tell you his fantastic tales.
In 1973 there were no digital photos. We had a Kodak Instamatic camera. Film came in a plastic cartridge with 12, 24, or 36 pictures. Once you took all the photos you had to have your pictures developed before you could see them. AND they cost, what seemed like then, Lots of money to see your photos.
There was no such thing as a "selfie" back then either. You had to stop a stranger and give them your camera so they could take your photo. So by doing that we were able to get one photo of the Newlyweds together.
|1973 - Honeymoon|
Not really retro, but in a sense it is "retro" as this will be our last photo at the Studios with Mickey's Sorcerer hat. The hat is gone. It's still not a selfie. Our son, Ridge, was with us and took this photo with my digital camera.
|2014 - still going strong|
I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my old photos and some thoughts of the Old Man and the Mouse.
Thanks for stopping by Growing Up Disney.