September 21, 2011

Countdown to Walt Disney World 2011

On October 2nd Lisa, Maddy, Scott, Martha and I will be winging our way south to a certain 43 square miles of swampland in Florida. Walt Disney World has become our favorite home-away-from home and official family vacation spot since the arrival of Princess Maddy.

Having vacationed there individually, and as a couple, Lisa and I were already enamored with WDW. But when we took our first trip there with Maddy we started seeing the parks in a whole new light. It didn't take long for us to make the investment in the Disney Vacation Club and to begin making annual pilgrimages to the Magic Kingdom (and DHS, DAK and Epcot) as a way to celebrate Maddy's birthday, pre-celebrate our anniversary, and just get away from it all.

So with a little less than two weeks to go, I'm going to make a few posts to help get us in the mood. We'll be taking a look back at previous trips and previewing our upcoming adventure. Here is a look back at my first trip to WDW in 1978 (my parents took me and a friend) with these home movies (shot pretty badly by me)...

And these postcards that we picked up while there...

"20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" - Mysterious sunken worlds and strange deep sea creatures lie ahead for guests joining Captain Nemo aboard the submarine Nautilus, for a voyage 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

"Cinderella Castle" - Beautiful Cinderella Castle, with spires reaching to the sky, marks the gateway to the happiest land of them all... FANTASYLAND

"The Country Bear Jamboree" - Frontierland's Grizzly Hall features the zaniest troupe of bears ever seen, in The Country Bear Jamboree. In a foot-stompin', country-Western hoedown, they sing, swing, and strum guitars in the finest tradition of wild frontier musicals.

"The Country Bear Jamboree" - "Big Al" tries to steal the show from his fellow singin', swingin', guitar pickin' bears in Frontierland's wild, country-western hoedown... The Country Bear Jamboree.

"The Haunted Mansion" - Hovering over a riverbank, in "deathly splendor," is the mysterious Haunted Mansion... a active retirement home for 999 happy ghosts, ghouls, and goblins "dying" to meet visitors.

"The Banjo Kings" - The Banjo Kings are one of many groups that strike up impromptu musical fun for guests along turn-of-the-century Main Street, U.S.A., where there's even an old-fashioned sense of merriment about keeping "law and order."

"The Walt Disney World R.R." - Old-fashioned narrow-gauge steam trains depart from Main Street for grand circle trips around the Magic Kingdom.

"Walt Disney World Railroad" - Old-fashioned narrow-gauge steam trains carry guests on grand-circle excursion tours around the Magic Kingdom.

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