I was about 5 the first time I ever visited WDW and walked down Main Street USA. (the rest of my family were already Disney veterans!) and we went with my entire family aunts and uncles and all. Although I don’t remember all of it there are certain aspects that remain in my head and heart that I can play back like a personalized home video. Such as, I remember being to scared to ride the ToT and sitting out with my two cousins. I instantly fell in love with it. I always grew up with a love of ANYTHING Disney! So even though I’d never been to the parks, I already was in love with the characters, movies, etc!
When we went with my extended family we always stayed offsite. Originally we used to share our offsite Disney vacation with Sea World, Universal and Wet and Wild water park! But we soon went all Disney, falling in love with the ease and relaxation of on-site living! What with the theme of the hotels, the choices of pools and arcades, the ease of free transportation, and having a cafeteria to run down to or stop in on the way back from the park to get snacks wasn’t a bad touch either! I grew up going to Disney every other year (going to Myrtle Beach Carolina the other years… dad’s a big golfer!) My family soon decided, Myrtle Beach wasn’t fun enough and Disney was just too great to go every other year! SOOO we started going EVERY year. We always go in August! We started staying on site in 2000s, and we went to the Millennium celebration.
In 2005 the grandkids began to be born and I was in my teens so I really began to develope a GRAND LOVE for the company, and a HUGELY INSANE interest in the parks, at the ripe age of 13 I was considered the Disney expert in the family. I knew about everything! And explained it to anyone who would listen… hahah! :laugh: I taught my family about the dining plan and so we began to do it! And have ever since. Believe me it’s great for it’s value when you have a party of… 12 or more! haha.
I have visited Disney with my friends family once, so I’ve also been there during Thanksgiving and got to see the Xmas decorations! I’ve also since the Fall decorations that they put up during September!
We ALWAYS do atleast 2-3 character dinners, and we’ve tried nearly every one, considering there’s 5 kids under 5 in my family! haha. We always eat in the parks for both tray service and sit down dining. Sometimes we do a breakfast, but we aren’t early risers. We usually get a snack in the late morning at the hotel.
Ofcourse, we have our favorite restaurants and places to eat that we do EVERY year, but we also always try to eat or do something new. We’ve eaten at most of the places in Disney and at the resorts we’ve done a few.
We LOVE POP Century and that is where we usually stay, although we’ve stayed at some others, but POP has stolen our hearts and I don’t think it plans on giving it back any time soon! :] haha.
I recently began my journey with WORKING for the Walt Disney World Resort. I began an internship on the Disney CareerStart Program in Feb. of this year, as merchandising in Fantasyland in the MK and it was the most amazing experience of my life, but unfortunately due to a death in the family, I had to come home early. But I’ve started new plans of going to school for Art in Fall and then hopefully continuing a new program internship in Spring of next year with WDW!
While in college, I have a long term goal of writing a book on my learnings and experiences while working with the Walt Disney Company which I’ve already started!! Wish me luck! haha.
The future is still to come, and with that my Disney history will continue to grow, flourish and become even more magical!
I hope to find a wonderful boy who has a love for Disney or can be molded into it… :laugh:!! I plan to instill the love, appreciate and morals that come alone with loving Disney into my children, like my family did for me, and possibly work with Disney while I’m in college, considering I don’t plan on ever LIVING in Orlando, or FL! Disney will definitely be a huge part of my happily ever after! :]