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    Smile I Remember...

    Let's get a thread going concerning your first ever WDW attraction!

    Mine was June 1972, I was 9. The family drove down from NC. DDad had just come home from Vietnam (career military).

    We were all so excited. Every Sunday evening we'd all watch the Wonderful World of Disney and we just loved the old Gulf gasoline commercials they played during the show. You know, they were encouraging you to drive to Florida and see the 'magic'!

    We entered the park and we made a beeline for the HM, but there was a CM out front telling us it was closed! We were devastated. We wanted this to be our first attraction!

    So we headed over to Frontierland and rode the Davy Crockett Explorer canoes!

    Remember it like it was yesterday! Bright, hot, humid Florida day. Early morning, paddling my little arms off while racing another canoe!

    Since then I can proudly say that I have been able to ride almost every single ride ever at Disney, with the exception of the short lived Swan Boats and the Discovery River Boats at DAK.

    This was my first ever Disney ride!

    Who else wants to share???

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    The only thing I remember about my first trip to the MK (1976) was the Electric Water Parade, we were staying at the Contemporary and I was 3. That thing scared the **** out of me so much, I really thought there was a dragon in that water. I still remember it clear as day. It took my parents a while to convince me to go in the pool the next day!!

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    My first trip to WDW was in late November, 1971, just after the park opened. I was only a little over 3 years old at the time, and having been fortunate to go to WDW every year since then, the memories often blend into one another (how my dad carried me on hi sshoulders through the MK in the middle of summer sometimes I have no idea!) (thanks, Dad!)

    However, I do have this oh-so-very flattering picture of me to remember the visit by:



    (Dig the shoes...and the outfit... and the hair!!
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    The first thing I ever remember was the way our twins eyes lit up when we saw the castle!!! What a fantastic treat! Tis a shame we waited until we had kids to go...but before we kids we always did Disneyland! But now we are official WDWholics!
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    My parents took each of us when we turned 3 and then once a year after that - as Ace said the memories tend to morph together - but I do have some distinct memories of when I was 5 -we were at Disneyworld when they were filming a wonderful world of Disney show with John Ritter as a reporter - it was something about Mickey being Kidnapped before his birthday

    Sorry -- back to the point - they were filming the Mickeys Bday parade and the CMs pulled me out put Minnie ears and a little apron-type dress on me and handed me flowers and then sat me on top of a Mickey ear float-thing --
    all I remember is that it was summer and the float was metal and incredibly hot - so I had a big mean look on my face... :angry:

    The sad part of the story is that they told us when it would air and we missed it

    the good part of the story is that I found someone on the DIS sight who had it and sent it to me saying there was a little blond girl - about my age at the time sitting on a mickey float with a grumpy look...

    The second sad part of the story is - I got the tape... and it wasn't me...

    so there you have it! Years of saddness because I did not have a tape of me on the Wonderful world of Disney - Years of anticipation -- and it wasnt me!


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    Well, it was about 1977 (I think) when we first visited WDW. And, of course, for us the first thing we had to do was Space Mountain. I remember how our friends built up how exciting and scary that ride was. And then to listen to the pre-board speel ("if you have any heart conditions you shouldn't ride this. If you are pregnant you shouldn't ride this. If you have back conditions you shouldn't ride this....."). So we get on and ride it while they waited for us with our small children. They were laughing so hard at us when we met up with them afterwards. I told them that I was really scared prior to boarding but wanted to go on it again afterwards.
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    All I can remember is walking thru the gates at the Magic Kingdom and having tears coming down my face ! I had waited so long to get there-I couldnt believe it! I still cry when I see the castle and whenever I hear when you wish upon a star!

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    I have to say that going to the MK when I first arrive definitely stirs memories and emotions for me and my family as well. Having spent so many good times there over the years, I'm still amazed at how a place can bring about such strong feelings from those that have been there and continue to return.



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    The only thing I remember from my first trip in the early 80s was MSEP. I still wish that parade was here. The last time I visited with my family was in 91 when they were building Splash. Got re-addicited to WDW when I visted in 96 with friends. Now that I live here I have finally will be back with mom and sister in July when they visit.

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    my first trip was years ago, and it was only for a few days. there was no animal kingdom or mgm, either. i see stuff written about on this site taht I never even heard of before! now i can't wait to go back this year and play catch up!

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    Welcome to the board Judy. Yes you have plenty to catch up on if even MGM wasn't there on your last trip. MGM & Pleasure Island just turned 15 May 1st!

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    I remember ...

    Our first trip to WDW was when my son was a little over 1 year old...and WDW was not yet a month old. Wow! Even then his young eyes his eyes lit up and he was mesmerized! Unfortunately, aside from his reactions, the castle, and walking down Main St., USA, there's little more that I remember about that day. Hmmmm, but I do remember staying in the silver streamers of FW! Taking the ferry and seeing the castle coming towards me gave me goose bumps and reminded me of our family trip to Disneyland a month after it first opened....I was 9 years old! And, now, being able to share this with my son was incredible! Small World, Pirates of the Caribbean, Dumbo, Carousel of Progress, Casey's, Space Mountain, twinkling lights late at night in all the trees, and Huck's Island soon became our favorites! And, as the years progressed, and my daughter was born, my children soon learned what *that look* on mommy's face meant when on a Friday evening at dinner, I'd ask, "ok...anything going on this weekend?" Then they'd grin, look at each other and happily groan just a little.....knowing full well that it meant we were out of bed the next day at 4:30 a.m. and headed for the Magic Kingdom! Unfortunately, we usually had tohead back within 24 hours so mommy could go back to work to pay for yet another day! lol Of course, for the longest time...there was only one road in WDW and it went to only one place....the Magic Kingdom! And now, more than 30 years later, nothing has changed ... we still get goose bumps at the thought of that one wonderful road, although now it goes to 3 more wonderful parks and Downtown Disney!

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    i remember standing in line in the rain for some ride while everyone else ran for cover. the original was like an hour and a half and we ended up getting on in like 10 minutes. but we were soaked of course.

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    I remember . . .

    The main thing I remember is that it was raining! I couldn't believe it. It was 1972 and I was 12 years old. My Mom worked at the local college (F.I.T.) and they had a group of students going in their bus so we were able to go along.

    The first thing we did was go in the Main Street Arcade. I still remember putting a quarter in the one man band that was on the left wall when you walked in. I was amazed at how it worked. I also had my fortune told and my brother and I played baseball.

    After that, we headed to the Haunted Mansion. It's still my favorite attraction at WDW, even after all these years.
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    The first thing I remember in my life is performing on that stage in WDW at the age of three (same event mentioned in the signature). The entire story is at http://www.disneyworldtrivia.com/for...read.php?t=998 .
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