Back in 1978 I was lucky enough to visit Disney World in Florida with my Mum, Dad and two of my Brothers. It was quite rare for British families to go as far as the US for their holidays back then so it really was a very exciting adventure for us. It was a fantastic trip and as well as staying at an amazing Disney world hotel we also stayed on Miami beach for two weeks, spent two days in New York and then we went to Canada to visit my Auntie, Uncle & cousins.
My memories of the holiday are so special and very vivid...I loved everything about the US...the sunshine, the hugeness of everything but most of all how lovely the people were over there. One day I would love to take my own kids just so they can experience the magic like I did. So here are some memories from Disney World when I was eight years old.
At Disney I spotted Alice in Wonderland...I sooooo wanted to meet her and if you look closely you can see her in the back ground. I'm not sure what it is like now but when we went it was quite difficult to meet the characters because all the kids would swarm around them. I didn't manage to get close to Alice but I did get a cuddle with Baloo from the jungle book which absolutely thrilled me and my Brother.
We went on all the rides including space mountain which at the time I think was the fastest roller coaster in the world... It was very exciting. One of our favourite rides was 'The Jungle Cruise' which is still in action. We got squirted with water by elephants as we made our way through the jungle on a little boat. Here we are with our Dad about to go on the ride for about the 4th time, lol.
Here's my Brother with his Micky ears...we treasured these ears.
Here is a photo of the Disney monorail which at the time was so futuristic, like something out of Buck Rogers (If you don't remember that far back buck Rogers was a very popular and Groovy 70's science fiction TV show). My Brother and I loved the show and the monorail felt like we were in the show.
My Dad taught my Brother to swim at the Disney hotel pool. He tried to teach me too and thought I would learn quicker by throwing me in the deep end. It had the opposite effect and I have never learnt to swim since. Still it was a lovely pool and the weather was glorious. In fact the weather was so lovely during our stay in Florida that it actually rained warm water, of course that was super amazing to us Brit kids.