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PostSubject: Why do you love WDW?   Tue Mar 16, 2010 9:07 am

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PostSubject: Re: Why do you love WDW?   Tue Mar 16, 2010 10:43 am

I guess I've always loved Disney since my first visit in 1978. Even as an adult my wife and I went and had a great time before kids but that first time we took our children in the Spring of 2005 (ages 5 and 3 at the time) and I saw pure joy on their faces I was hooked and Disney has really been magical since then because it means so much to my kids. There is no place on Earth that they had rather be. Experiencing it with my kids is what makes it so magical for me. My wife reminds me about that first trip all the time since I was not looking forward to it and was pushing someplace "relaxing" for vacation but I am very glad that she won that battle!
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PostSubject: Re: Why do you love WDW?   Tue Mar 16, 2010 11:26 am

I was never fortunate enough to visit WDW as a kid. The first time I went to WDW was back in 1998. It was a family trip, I was 35, my DW was 33 and my DD was 4 turning 5. We just took our house off the market and said instead of moving, why don't we take DD to WDW. I had no idea what I was getting myself into at the time. I'm thinking it’s going to be like going to our local amusement park in Bristol or maybe even as big as Six Flags in MA. Boy was I naive.

We went to a local travel agent to book the trip. We didn't know anything about values, moderates or deluxes. The women recommended this new hotel, Coronado Springs. Pretending to know what I was talking about I asked it’s on Disney property right? She said yes so we agreed.

A friend of DW gave her a guide book to read on WDW. We study it and had the whole trip mapped out. This was going to be easy...yeah, I saw Beauty and the Beast (that's another story).

It was April 1998 and we arrived at the Orlando airport. As soon as we stepped outside the terminal to find our Mears van, the heat and humidity hit us like a brick. Holy crap, its HOT but hey we are still excited because this was our first BIG family vacation outside of New England.

We arrived at CSR to a welcoming resort that I knew at that moment was going to be my home away from home. We checked in and the CM asked if we wanted a room right away or if we didn't mind waiting for an upgrade to a waterview room. Sure, we'll wait. First bit of magic was getting upgraded to a 4th floor room overlooking the lake and fountain in casita 5.

As I mentioned earlier, DD was turning 5. She learned quickly that by telling people it was her birthday, a lot of attention was given to her so she told everyone, everywhere. A CM sang Happy Birthday to her on the street in Toontown, another CM on the train at MK had everyone say Happy Birthday Nicole, the mayor wished her Happy Birthday on Main St USA and but her biggest thrill was Aladdin. We were walking to Adventureland and Aladdin was in one of the buildings on the right just after the bridge. He called us over, starting talking to us and of course my DD said ”It’s my birthday”. He picked her up and talked with her for about 5 mins. She was in heaven! I couldn’t believe it. They were kinda playing hide n seek so no one could see them. We saw him later in the day and he made a point to say hi Nicole. My wife and I were astonished. We had never experienced anything like this before from a theme park.

But the one piece of magic that sealed the deal for my wife and I happened on the last day there. Now remember, this was before digital cameras. We spent a lot of time on our first trip hunting down characters and taking photos with DD. So we decided to have our film developed at MK just to make sure we got all the shots we wanted. Some of the pictures didn’t come out (DW has a habit of cutting off people’s heads but don’t tell her I told you) so we spent that last half day at MK redoing some of the photos that didn’t come out. We were in line to get Daisy (one of the hardest to find). Just as we got to the front of the line at the old character spot by the Snow White ride, they announced the characters were going in for break. We had cut it close so we needed to catch the bus back to the resort to catch our Mears bus. Seeing that our DD was sad, one of the CM’s came over and said she’ll be back in awhile. We explained that we had to leave to catch our flight home to CT so she pulled us to the side and said wait here. What she did was went inside and got Daisy to come back out for a photo. Not sorry she’s on break or come back later or too bad, they really cared about making our trip magical. And since that day, we have been back year after year continuing to experience the magic that we came to love on our first trip.

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PostSubject: Re: Why do you love WDW?   Tue Mar 16, 2010 6:03 pm

My first trip to Orlando was in 1987, I was supposed to be travelling with my sister, whom I had previously travelled to europe with -2 months before we were due to travel she told us she was pregnant -a bit of a shock with her young age (18)& she told us she was already 6 1/2 mths into her pregnancy
My sister decided that she wanted to transfer her ticket to my mother who had never travelled outside the UK. so first time for a plane for her & first time on a proper holiday we had always been to Blackpool & north wales in caravans when we were children, this time we stayed at the international Gateway hotel -I think it has changed name now
We had a really good time & my mother was in awe of everything she saw ,3 days before we returned we had a call from another sister & grandmother who were also at home to say my neice had been born.
I have some great photos one in particular at a character meal with Chip n Dale ,we did not know at the time that we were walking into a character meal & it made it more special

My mother & I went back to Orlando the next year but we only had time for a week instead of the fortnight we had spent previously & we stayed at Comfort in LBV. Just after we returned my mother was diagnosed with cancer & died 6 mths later. Our only regret was that we didn't spend longer on our last trip -she loved it so much.

I travelled with my sister & my neice a coule of years later back to the International gateway & my sister say the gift that she had given our mother , something that she would never had done unless pushed into taking the holiday.

I have been travelling with my neice now 22 ever since & this year we are staying at CSR going in 6 weeks
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PostSubject: Re: Why do you love WDW?   Tue Mar 16, 2010 8:42 pm

I just spent about an hour looking through old albumns of trips while I wrote a mini novel here. I hit preview and it had logged me out... My whole entry gone forever. *sigh*
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PostSubject: Re: Why do you love WDW?   Thu Mar 18, 2010 8:53 pm

Okay, Take Two - hopefully shorter...

My first trip to WDW, I entered the park on March 3, 1987. My DS was born 5 years later on this same day! So, it turns out that March 3rd is one of the most significant dates of my life - my greatest gift, my DS was born, and my love affair with Disney began, which ultimately influenced where I live and where I have worked...

When I was working for Amtrak, we had a Magic Kingdom Club benefit and free travel, so off we went to our first Disney vacation! After a taste, we were hooked. Between '87 and '91 we stayed at the (a lot of these hotels have changed names since then) Viscount Hotel in WDW Village, the WDW Village Hotel in the Club Villas (now part of the Saratoga Springs Resort, I believe), Buena Vista Palace in WDW Village, then the Yacht Club (shortly after its opening). Some of these names have changed. Each stay was more and more wonderful. My lost post gave some details from each trip, but I'm cutting to the chase this time. On our 5th trip, I was working for Hyatt at the time, and got free rooms at Hyatt Orlando (gone now) and the Grand Cypress (one amazing hotel!). While we were here, we looked for a place to live. When we got home, we put in our 2 weeks notice and moved to Kissimmee without even having jobs. My then DH's first job was as a tour guide in the House of Innoventions. From then on, we visited Disney almost daily...

Anyway, we fell in love with the fantasy and the entertainment and the AMAZING service. Being at WDW made us so happy. Every CM made you feel as though you were royalty and as if they truly cared that you were having a fabulous time. I will share a brief story that epitomizes what Disney service was back then...

I think it was on our 2nd trip in 88, we were there in early FEB, so it was way off peak. We left for our trip from our home in the DC area the day after the Redskins won the SuperBowl. We were in the Magic Kingdom. It was so quiet. We could literally just walk on to each ride with no one in front of us. We were at Space Mountain, and I was really scared. Never having been on it, and harboring a lifelong fear of rollercoaster, all the warning signs were so intimidating in this long, winding cue line. No one was around either entering or exiting the ride, and my DH was trying to ease my fears... He was goofing with me and dancing around me. At one point, he decided to hop over the cue line fence. At that very moment, a CM out of nowhere was running down the out cue (I guess to get back to his post) and my DH's legs were in flight and clocked him right in the stomach! affraid OMG, the CM is laid out, slammed to floor on his back and is lying on the ground clutching his stomach, wind knocked out him, moaning... surrender And out of his mouth... "I'm sorry, sir. I should not have been running."

I don't know if Disney represents happier times, or youth, or just the ability to still believe in fairytales, but for some reason, even today... I get exicted when I go each time, even though I eventually became an Imagineer, lived in Celebration, had a Maingate Silver Pass, and literally went hundreds of times... It is a lifelong love affair sealed by the bodyslammed CM whose only concern was not ruining our vacation experience even though he was virtually assaulted (though accidentally) by my goofing-off DH who shouldn't have been jumping cues!

God bless Walt Disney and the living Disney Dream. Tink
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PostSubject: Re: Why do you love WDW?   Sun Mar 21, 2010 9:02 am

LuckySTAR* wrote:
[size=1 I don't know if Disney represents happier times, or youth, or just the ability to still believe in fairytales, but for some reason, even today... I get exicted when I go each time, even though I eventually became an Imagineer, lived in Celebration, had a Maingate Silver Pass, and literally went hundreds of times... It is a lifelong love affair sealed by the bodyslammed CM whose only concern was not ruining our vacation experience even though he was virtually assaulted (though accidentally) by my goofing-off DH who shouldn't have been jumping cues![/size]
Glad it worked this time! I love you story. I wish I was able to visit WDW when I was a kid. Working there would have put me over the top.

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PostSubject: Re: Why do you love WDW?   Sun Mar 21, 2010 9:14 am

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PostSubject: Re: Why do you love WDW?   Sun Mar 21, 2010 12:23 pm

We never took vacations as kids because my parents just couldn't afford it. The first time I went to Disney World, I went with my girlfriend after we had finished business school -- so this was 1976 (yes, I am old!). We had a great time, but I never thought it was something I would have to do again. Fast forward to 1982, and I went with my husband to be and doing Disney with Mark, I just fell in love with the place. We've gone over twenty times now and it has never lost the magic. We love our "home away from home" at the CSR and really have no desire to stay anywhere else (although we will do a split stay on two future trips -- one at the AKL/CSR and one at the Beach Club/CSR; we've stayed at the CR and Poly and none of the other deluxes hold much appeal to us); as two adults in our 50's traveling alone now that the kids no longer go with us, we enjoy watching the faces on a newcomer to DW or the faces of little ones whose eyes light up with wonder when they see Mickey; we like taking our time and finding all the nooks and crannies that we missed when traveling with the kids. There is just something magical about Disney that brings out the kid in all of us. Proof is in the face of my DH:
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PostSubject: Re: Why do you love WDW?   Tue Mar 23, 2010 11:09 pm

I first went to WDW in the summer of 1977. My great uncle and grandmother took me an my sister. Of course back then there was only Magic Kingdom. I remember being asked to be in the Bicentennial Parade that they used to have over in Liberty Square. I still have the pin they gave me for participating.

2005, married with 2 kids we were treated by my wife's uncle staying outside the parks. I had forgotten how amazing WDW was. Being able to watch my kids light up on their first trip was indescribable. At this point I knew I would have to keep coming back each year to watch the MAGIC through their eyes. This first year the kids were very into the characters and getting autographs. It is amazing what these people do. At one point Pochahantas saw my son while she was walking with her cast member to her assigned place, she came over grabbed his hand and said "come with me little prince". At 5 years old I'd swear me son was blushing...and I have to say this Pochahantis was breathtaking.

We have been blessed to go every year since thanks to some well planned overtime at work and the most appropriate timing of the free DDP. 2006 All Star Movies, 2007 All Star Sports, 2008 Pop Century, 2009 Pop Century and All Star Music. 2010 we are set for CSR.

The thing that is amazing for me is that I am so stress free when I am there. Everyone is so nice, helpful, they really make you feel special. I have watched my kids explore and brave new challenges everytime we go. I can't tell you how many times I had to ride Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Railroad, Expedition Everest and Tower of Terror with the kids. I figure to take them as much as possible now before they become teenagers and diss me and the Mrs. :P

I have 10 years before I can retire and I have to say me and the Mrs are seriously talking about leaving NJ behind and hitting Orlando. With my background in Law Enforcement I would love to get a job with security at Disney.
Hey..It is the Happiest Place On Earth After All.
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PostSubject: Re: Why do you love WDW?   Mon Apr 05, 2010 9:46 am

Oh my gosh---this thread is GREAT----it's making me soooo weepy and choked with emotion~~~I LOVE these stories! Thanks for sharing.
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PostSubject: Re: Why do you love WDW?   Wed Apr 07, 2010 8:13 am

We are also Disney lover! We love Disney because we always spent here memorable time together. It is a beautiful place and has huge variety of things to do. The all Disney parks, rides and resorts etc have unique attractions.

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PostSubject: Re: Why do you love WDW?   Wed Apr 07, 2010 8:49 am

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PostSubject: Re: Why do you love WDW?   Wed Apr 07, 2010 12:17 pm

I don't have anything specific, but our one and only trip to WDW was in 99', when my daughter was 6 (my son was only 6 months old and didn't go with us). The way the characters interacted with my daughter and to see her eyes light up was amazing............I couldn't wait until my son was old enough to experience it. Unfortunately, we were never able to take him due to financial problems. After getting a divorce last year, which was hard on the kids, I was determined to take them there and saved up enough money to do so. My son is now 11 and my daughter is 16 and that's all they talk about when I pick them up on the weekends. I can't tell you how many times they've watched the planning DVD. lol

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PostSubject: Re: Why do you love WDW?   Fri May 07, 2010 1:23 pm

We love WDW cause there is somthing for everyone in the family there. There are special rides that my son loves, that my daughter loves, that my wife and I love. It is a wonderful together time for the family. Our kids are 10 and 16, and live very busy and separate lives. This week for example;
Monday, grammer school and high school, no dinner together as my dtr was afterschool for solofest practice and my son had soccer practice till 8pm. Tues. an actual dinner together for the family. Wednesday, my son had a soccer game about an hour and 15 minutes from here, Dtr couldnt go as she was studying for AP tests. Thurs, Dtr again after school for solofest practice, son had a baseball game. tonite, my dtr has solofest and my son is part of group of kids being honored at the local AAA baseball stadium as a safety patrol member.

The last time we went to disney, in 08, I took a picture of my son and dtr walking ahead of my wife and i holding hands in the magic kingdom, I think that says it all
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