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xx What was your first Disney park memory?
« Thread started on: May 17th, 2005, 12:44pm »

Disney World, Disneyland, or wherever, what is the earliest memory you have of being in a Disney park?
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xx Re: What was your first Disney park memory?
« Reply #1 on: May 17th, 2005, 12:47pm »

1978 - my friends trying to talk me into going on Space Mountain - my initial reluctance and then absolute amazement at how cool it was!

That, and Fred Collins telling me that the best meat of the shrimp is in the tail while we were eating at, I guess, the Adventureland Terrace - wherever they had the Polynesian food.
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« Reply #2 on: May 17th, 2005, 1:52pm »

Disneyland - geting a tuna fish sandwich at the Pirate Ship Restaurant in Fantasyland and taking it to Skull Rock to eat it. Probably around 72 or 73.

Walt Disney World - walking down Main Street and looking for the Matterhorn and being disappointed that "they took it out". I think i thought I was still in Disneyland. This would have been 75 or 76.

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« Reply #3 on: May 27th, 2005, 10:21am »

Disneyland - Watching Mr. Lincoln, because my parents took us out of school to go to DL and my teacher told me I could only go if I went to see Mr. Lincoln. I was about 9 and determined to do what my teacher told me to do! smiley
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« Reply #4 on: May 27th, 2005, 6:34pm »

I can't speak for M, but I remember going to Disneyland in 1982 with my father. The first thing that really hit me was walking up to the gates from the parking lot. One minute we are driving down a city street and the next we are in front of this tremendous barrier (I thought I remembered it being a hedge of some sort). I was so excited about getting inside I thought that I was going to explode. I was just shaking with excitement. cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: May 29th, 2005, 12:01am »

So many memories from the two trips I took as a child, they seem to blend together, and I can't distinguish one trip from the other.
I do remember going through the gates for the first time, and how odd I thought trams were (why didn't we just walk), the wonders of the monorail. The terror of space mountain. Being absolutly amazed and speechless over the electrical parade.
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« Reply #6 on: Jun 9th, 2005, 5:22pm »

Buying old fashioned candy sticks on Main St. at DL when I was 4 - summer of 83. grin It was the very first thing we did when we arrived at the park. grin Every time I have an old fashioned candy stick, I think of that moment - when I first put the raspberry stick in my mouth and I turned around and Mickey was standing there - arms stretched wide for a big hug. Like he was just waiting for me to notice him. grin Raspberry is still my favorite non-chocolate candy flavor because of that. grin I even had a raspberry milk shake today. wink
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« Reply #7 on: Jun 9th, 2005, 6:37pm »

on Jun 9th, 2005, 5:22pm, Chrissi wrote:
Buying old fashined candy sticks on Main St. at DL when I was 4 - summer of 83. grin It was the very first thing we did when we arrived at the park. grin Every time I have an old fashioned candy stick, I think of that moment - when I first put the raspberry stick in my mouth and I turned around and Mickey was standing there - arms stretched wide for a big hug. Like he was just waiting for me to notice him. grin Raspberry is still my favorite non-chocolate candy flavor because of that. grin I even had a raspberry milk shake today. wink


OMG, Chrissi! The candy sticks are what I remember most from my childhood trips. My Mom-mom bought us one every time we went!
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« Reply #8 on: Jun 18th, 2005, 9:50pm »

Mine wasn't a good memory, as my first Disney trip ever was to Disneyland when I was 24...I was utterly disappointed. Don't ask me why, but I swore I would never even go to WDW after that. Now look at me!
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« Reply #9 on: Jun 20th, 2005, 10:44am »

I know what you mean Cindy. I was the same way after my first trip to WDW. The change came after I had children and I could see it through their eyes.
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« Reply #10 on: Aug 8th, 2005, 11:10am »

My first WDW trip was in March, 1978, and I was enchanted by Cinderella's Castle. It is still my favorite WDW icon. My first trip to DL was in March, 1982, and I was disappointed at first because Sleeping Beauty's Castle did not compare. DL also seemed "old" to me. I've returned to DL 5 times since then, but I definitely prefer WDW.
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« Reply #11 on: Aug 8th, 2005, 12:57pm »

disneyland in the early 60s. i would have been 4 or 5. i remember getting on the "buckets" (as my dad called them, i think it was the magic skyway or something like that). it was so exciting to fly over the park and see everything. i miss those!
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« Reply #12 on: Aug 27th, 2005, 9:05pm »

First memory of WDW was in DEC 73- cheesy
Rode ferry to park.....Then when walked into park seeing the biggest tree I had ever seen, I thought I remember it where the flag pole is now.....

First attraction was Monsanto America the beautiful 360 movie- because you didnt need to use a ticket for it huh


Must be why I just love it so much at Christmas..... wink

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You might say..I visited the MK ALOT after that first visit.....scariest moment there was 4th of July 74..park was at capacity... they had closed it at about 5 shocked and you couldnt move when the fireworks began shocked cry- and I am not ususally scared by crowds....Returned the next year, but went to the Poly beach to watch them grin

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xx Re: What was your first Disney park memory?
« Reply #13 on: Sep 23rd, 2005, 08:45am »

Disney World when I was 15.
Later that same year I went to DisneyLand.
I've been addicted ever since......

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« Reply #14 on: Sep 30th, 2005, 08:00am »

My 1st visit was when I was 22... we were there to get married at the Poly. We drove straight through some snow storms and ice storms in Ohio and made it there in like 17 hours. After an icky stay at a crappy motel on I-4, we got our marriage license in Kissimee and then drove to WDW.
While driving there, I remember being so enchanted by all of the attraction signs -- particularly of TOT with the shaking elevator car. It is probably silly that I remember this, but it just built up to the anticipation of actually being there.
Then once we arrived at the Poly, and we were checked in, we heard a noise... We went to the balcony and watched the monorail whiz by. We had arrived and we were just beginning to get a taste of all the magic around us...
It gives me chills thinking of all those great first impressions. smiley

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