I grew up watching Walt Disney on television. The Wonderful World of Color. The Mouseketeers on the Mickey Mouse Club. I saw Jiminy Cricket do his "I'm No Fool Spots" on that very show, and I fell in love with the little guy who was Pinocchio's conscience.
Our family was poor, and so there was no money to take trips to the Disneyland that I saw on television. I saw Walt Disney talk about the new themepark that he was going to build in Florida. I remember hearing the news, the day he died. Disney World got built, and I knew lots of people who had visited. I figured it wasn't in the cards for me.
My younger son got to spend a few days there in the 80's when he was invited to Florida by a classmate. My brother visited with his wife just about the time Epcot was built.
I raised two boys, and then I became a grandmother. Sean liked watching Disney videos with his grandmother, and his favorite character was Pooh. My husband wanted to send Sean, and I, and Sean's mother to Disney World for a vacation. I was reluctant to travel with a young child, and so I started researching the idea instead. I bought a few Disney guidebooks, and started saving my money.
It wasn't until 1997, that I finally actually booked a trip. Sean was 4 years old, and I talked my husband in to going to Disney World with me and our grandson.
What follows is the scrapbook that I made of that trip.
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I didn't actually make a scrapbook with the pictures from my very first Disney World trip until 10 years after the trip. All the pictures I took were taken with a small pocket size camera, and I actually had all the pictures developed at the Photo Shop which used to be located in Magic Kingdom's Town Square.
Here is the album that I used.
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Disney World was celebrating it's 25th Birthday, and coincidentally, I would be celebrating my 50th birthday during my vacation.
Here is the title page for this scrapbook.