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My Trips to Disneyworld

There's a good reason that the main part of Disneyworld is called the Magic Kingdom; it truly is a magical place. Yet, that magic - tragically, has a brief (shall we say?): shelf life. As it happened, I didn't make my first trip to Disneyworld until I was thirteen; it just wasn't affordable prior to that. So, while I enjoyed it, I had pretty much gone past my - expiration date, so to speak. Disneyworld was merely a fun theme park for me, nothing more, and not all that economical.

Some years later, I came to Disneyworld with my niece and nephew. By then, EPCOT had been added, and they wanted to see it. Both of them were teenagers; so this was again merely a day of fun at a park. As it was my niece's birthday, we wanted to show her a good time, and we took her to dinner at the Italian restaurant there. It was an incredible meal, my first taste of fettuccini Alfredo. Talk about rich food; I must have gained a pound just from the smell of that dish! It also wasn't all that cheap, but that has improved these days.

Still later, I came to Disneyworld with my wife for our honeymoon. One of the presents from my mother had been one-day tickets for the parks; so we went and enjoyed a very economical day in Disneyworld. Back then, Mickey's Toon Town had just been added to the park, and it was clear that Disneyworld was set for some major expansion in the coming years.

And then came the most special Disneyworld trip. A few years later, we brought our young daughter to the park. An old college friend was now working at Disneyworld (they call employees cast members), and he got us the cast member discount to stay at the Contemporary Resort Hotel. This made staying there quite affordable. Here at last was a Disneyworld vacation as it should be. The magic of that place can only be appreciated when seen through the eyes of a child. Well, our daughter was four, and as far as she was concerned, this was the greatest place on earth.

We went to every area of the Magic Kingdom on that Disneyworld trip, and I saw each of them as if for the first time. Our daughter delighted at the Lion King Show, sang along with the children in the It's a Small World ride, and squealed in delight when we flew in our own private ship in Peter Pan's Wild Flight.

As we were staying at one of the Disney hotels, we decided to take a break at lunchtime, and go back and take a dip in the pool. The pool was - of course - shaped like Mickey Mouse, and they had all kinds of toys and games for the kids, and a DJ who played lots of music. We almost had a tough time pulling her away from the pool to go back to the park!

And then came the best of the best. Disneyworld had added a new feature over in Mickey's Toon Town; you could now go in and meet some of the characters. Well, our daughter wasn't about to pass up a chance to meet Mickey. So, we got in the line late in the day, and it was actually quite short. Sounds like an oxymoron, doesn't it: a short line in Disneyworld! But, we got in and met him, and then walked through his house, and Minnie's house. They live right across the street from each other in Toon Town.

As if that wasn't enough, we saw another line for meeting characters; we could meet some of the princesses. Here again, this was a must-see for us. For her fourth birthday, we'd gotten our daughter a white cat, which she'd named Snow White. So, she just had to meet the real Snow White, and tell her all about it. I have to give that actress credit; she was very patient and understanding, and listened to the whole story. Disneyworld is good about such things.




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