Hello everyone, and thank you for coming by as we start our new series focusing on our Favorite Disney Memories! Yesterday we kicked off the series, so today, we are taking a look at the first time I went to Walt Disney World with who would become my wife Cindy. That year was 2000, the dates were July 3rd and 4th, and we went to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot on our short little getaway. Here are our favorite Disney memories, both mine and Cindy’s. Enjoy!
Cindy’s Favorite Disney Memory
When I asked Cindy about this trip back in 2000, she made a note that we have been going to Walt Disney World together for 13 years now! It seems incredible that it was so long ago that Cindy and I went on that trip — we had travelled with my parents to my grandparents house so that Cindy could meet them — and they could meet her — so while we were there we decided to take time to spend a couple of days at Walt Disney World. Believe it or not, this was Cindy’s very first trip to Disney — and as she told me the other day, the thing that really stood out to her is how incredible it all was. She knew all about the Magic Kingdom, of course — to those that have never been before, quite often they think Walt Disney World is the Magic Kingdom and nothing else! What she didn’t know, though, was that Epcot was a separate park, and that it was so cool!
We reflected on the time that day when we were in line for Test Track, and this Mom and her two kids were in line with us. We had been waiting and waiting, and it was finally almost our turn, when all of a sudden one of the kids had to go to the bathroom really badly. Since we had been talking, and they had gotten to know us, the Mom asked us if we would take her son on the ride with us while she took her daughter to the bathroom. We did that, met up with them afterwards, and her son had the best time riding Test Track that day.
In the end, Cindy’s memory from that trip comes down to that Test Track ride, soaking in all that we could of Walt Disney World, and learning that I am terrified of the sound of fireworks — something I have learned to overcome with ear plugs!
Mike’s Favorite Disney Memory
Thinking back over the 13 years since that trip, the thing that stands out most of all for me from that trip is being able to share with the love of my life all that Walt Disney World has to offer, and explaining all the nuances that make up the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. While we didn’t spend time in every park, we did hit the big two, and for me, my favorite at the time was definitely Epcot. I loved walking through World Showcase with her, I loved experiencing all these things through her eyes, and lastly, I loved how the Disney Magic was in full swing because, despite it being July 3rd and 4th, 2000 — the first July 4th in the new millennia — the parks weren’t really all that busy! Walt knew I had someone special with me on that trip, and he was determined to make sure that Cindy would enjoy that first trip as much as possible!
I hope you have enjoyed my trip down memory lane as we explored our favorite Disney memories from the year 2000. Next week, we are going to take a look at January, 2001 — just six months later, when, as a newly married and pregnant couple, we would spend a weekend at Disney eating our way around Disney! I hope you’ll come back and enjoy my memories from that trip as well!
Have a wonderful day, and until next week, please, take a few moments and tell me your favorite Disney memory from any trip you want to recall! Just leave it in the comments, and thanks!
I love this idea for a series and I can’t wait to read more. It sounds like Cindy’s first trip was awesome!
Thanks, Melissa! One of these days we’ve got to arrange a meet up between you and Andrew and us! We’ll be there in June if you’ll be around…
Mary ~ Capturing Magical Memories
Love this series (makes sense that I would). Cannot wait to learn more about you and the family through it.
Thanks, Mary. The idea came to me when I was writing about Walt Disney’s birthday — I figured that the one thing he would like to hear is about all the memories people have of their trips to Disney!