My first trip was with my family in the summer 1972. My parents didn’t really understand the whole Disney thing…we just happened to be in FL and we stopped by on our way between cost. I have no memories of the trip other then a picture of me holding Snow Whites hand in front of a building in Fantasyland. My older brothers tell me that we just sort of walked around and then left (I think my brother is still upset he didn’t get to ride that “submarine ride”).
Other then brief encounters with such Disney classics as “Old Yeller”, “The Blackhole”, the occasion Disney TV show on ABC, and seeing someone in a Mickey shirt I had no contact with anything Disney.
In the 90’s we meet a couple who became one of our best friends. They actually had grown up with a very famous cartooning family who’s son had become one of the top animators for Disney. My friend was still really close with his childhood friend that would send him signed stills form Disney movies he was working on. Now they weren’t Disney fanatics but she told DW that she should take me on a trip to WDW. Well we finally got around to in in 2001 (about 5 years late).
When we went the first time DW had every details planned and scheduled on index cards. It was one of the funniest most exhausting trip we have ever taken. We stayed at the WL for a week. It was 3 weeks before Christmas.
Since that trip I have taken nearly 100 trips to Disney (nearly half in 2007). I have taken my Nephew twice and my Niece once. I have taken my Mom and Dad making them ride just about everything in MK, AK, EPCOT, (have not gotten them to HS)…they really love EPCOT and go there at least once a year.
My younger sister, who was just born on our first family trip is married to a Disney fan and they go as often as they can (which sadly for them is about every other year). My older brother have a deep seeded hatred for the mouse…I blame them for being sticks in the mud.