One of the things that I’ve been working on since I started the Dreams of Disney blog was working on getting my blog posts to display in the classic Walt Disney font. After many Google searches, and a lot of reading on CSS and things like that, I have finally realized my goal (except for some additional tweaking) and my blog now displays in the Walt Disney Script font. However, while that works for my web browser (because I have the font installed on my computer), it doesn’t work for web browsers that don’t have the font installed. So, if you are interested in seeing how the blog looks with the Walt Disney Script on it, take a look at this embedded picture (feel free to click on the picture to enlarge it):
After looking at the image, if you are interested in downloading the font, you may do so from the searchfreefonts.com website.
In the beginning of my Disney experiences, all of our visits consisted of single day trips. The first time we went, we spent one day at the Magic Kingdom, one day at Sea World, and then continued our trip out to Cape Canaveral to visit the Kennedy Space Center.
When we went to Epcot in 1983, we went over and back in one day, although we didn’t get back to Port Richey until about 12:30 AM (or maybe later)! With Grandma and Grandpa living in state, it just didn’t make sense to stay in a resort, or visit for longer than a day at a time.
However, in 2000, all that would change. That was the year that I found the love of my life, Cindy. In June and July of that year, my parents, Cindy, and I went to visit my Grandparents. While we were visiting them, Cindy and I decided to take a couple of days and go to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot Center. Since we were there at the right time, we went for July 3rd and 4th. We stayed at a hotel in Orlando, so we didn’t stay on property, but despite that, we still had a great time.
We both expected the parks to be really packed, but to our surprise, it wasn’t so bad. We had a really great time, and we saw a show that is no longer presented at the Magic Kingdom: The Timekeeper.
If you have never seen it, the Timekeeper was a circle-vision movie about time travel that was hosted by Robin Williams. His assistant, 9-Eye, was played by Rhea Pherlman, and there are other big name actors in it as well, such as Jeremy Irons. I really liked the Timekeeper show (for an idea of where the show was presented, the current attraction is the Monster’s, Inc. Laugh Floor). I have found a YouTube videos of the Timekeeper, so feel free to enjoy it if you wish.
The EPCOT Center opened it’s doors on October 1, 1982. The following summer, my grandparents took me to see it. We went with some of their friends who also had a grandson, so the two of us got to enjoy it together for the first time.
Unfortunately, Walt passed away before Magic Kingdom was built, and the planning for EPCOT changed.
For my money, though, I love Epcot Center (as it became known in the mid-90’s) just the way it is. I love all of the futuristic exhibits, and Spaceship Earth is one of my all time favorite rides, not just in Epcot but in all of the parks. I can ride that ride eight times in a day, and sometimes do!
My first visit to Epcot was in 1983. I was 15 years old, and my summer friend and I had a great time seeing the park together. He was from Chicago, so after that summer I haven’t seen him since, but boy did we have fun!
We rode all of the rides together (which was just fine with our Grandparents!), we were both old enough that we could go off and see things on our own, and without adult supervision! It’s funny the things that I remember, I don’t remember all of the details for that first trip to Epcot, but what I do remember was seeing the fireworks show that played that night.
The real beauty of Disney is the amalgamation of all of the memories from all of the times we have been able to go to Walt Disney World. From each visit, a special memory is ingrained in me, whether that memory is of a ride we enjoy, or a special food item we ate, or even something as simple as taking it all in.
The real joy of this blog for me is that, with every post, I bring those memories, even if they are really small memories, back to the forefront and I am able to enjoy the moment once again. Thanks for reading!
This picture is from 2006, the next time that my Mom would visit the Magic Kingdom!
I was about 10 or 11 years old when I first went to Walt Disney World. My Grandma and Grandpa had retired the previous year, and moved to Florida, so the following summer my Mom and sister and I went down to visit them. In the course of that trip, Grandma and Grandpa took us on a trip to Walt Disney World.
I don’t have any pictures of the trip, but I do have memories. I remember that at that time Disney World consisted of the Magic Kingdom, the Contemporary Resort, the Polynesian Resort, and the Grand Floridian resort. We didn’t stay on property, and we had to decide which rides we wanted to enjoy because the park had tickets for the individual rides. The more popular rides took more tickets than the less popular ones.
I remember that I wouldn’t ride Space Mountain. Robin (my sister) tried really hard to get me to go, but I was chicken.
Remember when the Theater on Main Street showed silent Mickey Mouse cartoons?
So many things have changed at Walt Disney World, but regardless of that, so much of the Magic Kingdom has remained the same.
Despite the changes, the predominate things that make Walt Disney World special remain. The Magic began for me with the moment we would get into the car to make the trip to Disney. The closer we got to the park, the more the excitement would build, and when we saw the “Walt Disney World Sign”, I was about ready to bust with excitement.
The excitement continued to build as we passed the parking attendants, got out of the car, and memorized where we parked (we were usually in Grumpy or Happy).
Then, as you ride the tram to the the Transportation and Ticketing Center, reality continues to fade into the background as you are magically transported to the world of Walt Disney.
For us, as we rode on the Monorail to the park entrance, seeing the famous Magic Kingdom landmarks approach always started a discussion on what ride we would ride first. The answers always varied, but for me, and that first visit, I didn’t care which ride I rode first.
For me, the experience of it all is what was really special to me. I didn’t care which rides I rode, that first trip I was all about where it all begins — Main Street, U.S.A. Seeing the train station, experiencing the buildings around the circle, and then taking in all of the shops, that is, in many ways, what it is all about.
Even now, after years of visiting Walt Disney World, to me, nothing is as special as the feeling I get when I enter Main Street, U.S.A. and take it all in.