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disneydoug
05-20-2008, 05:00 PM
For me, I was 10 1/2 years old in 1973. MK had been open 2 years.

Tinkerfreak
05-20-2008, 05:07 PM
Very first visit was in 1987 and I was 18 years old. I have to say that it was not the trip that made me fall in love with Disney. We stayed off-site and only went to one park and kind of rushed through it so I really did not appreciate it. When DH and I went again in 2002 for the first time with our DD's it was totally different. We stayed at the AKL and did the dining plan or whatever it was back then. We stayed for 4 nights and it was wonderful. Before the end of the trip we knew that we just had to go back the following year for one more trip and stay a full week to really slow down and enjoy the resort and everything Disney had to offer. We have been every year since then. We keep saying just one more year and then we won't go for a few years but we just can't stay away. I always said I would never go in the summer because of the heat and crowds but I'm sure I will change my mind about that too. This really is the last year we can pull my DD out of school and hot crowded disney is better than no disney.

BluewaterBrad
05-20-2008, 05:07 PM
!973 I was 6 yrs old:mickey:

Pipalotta
05-20-2008, 05:09 PM
It was 2004 and I was 19yrs old.

diz_girl
05-20-2008, 05:14 PM
My first trip was in June of 1976. I was 6, almost 7, as my birthday was the following month. It was great!

TinkiTime1989
05-20-2008, 05:25 PM
1995 and I was 5 1/2 years old. I fell in love. :cloud9:

TheMartellFamily
05-20-2008, 05:26 PM
I was 4 and it was 1976.

MicMouse
05-20-2008, 05:28 PM
2000 and I was 25. We went with my husband's family to celebrate my MIL's clean bill of health from breast cancer. We also just found out we were pregnant with our first child, so it was an extra special trip for all of us. :mickey:

joonyer
05-20-2008, 05:31 PM
I first visited when the MK had only been open a week or so, in late October, 1971. I was 15 years old and we camped off-site with my family and another family from our town that were close friends of ours. My mother was a big Walt Disney fan and had followed the construction so we planned ahead of time to go shortly after it opened.
My memory is faded now, but what I remember specifically was that crowds were much less than we expected and were much much less than they are now. There was no fast pass in those days of course, but we didn't have to wait more than 5 minutes for any attraction. I can remember thinking that 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was a really cool ride, even though looking back now I realize that the underwater effects were pretty low-tech. I also remember the circle vision 360 theater (I don't remember what the film was named), and IASW. And of course the A-E ticket books; you basically had to pay for every attraction you rode. My family was pretty tight with the $$, so we carefully used our tickets.
We were only there for a long three weekend and only visited the MK for one day. and spent the rest of the time at the campground. We did visit Ichetucknee Springs on the way home on that trip which was also cool . . . very cold, in fact.

beachezncream
05-20-2008, 06:24 PM
I also remember the circle vision 360 theater (I don't remember what the film was named), and IASW. .

My dad says he thinks it might have been called--America, the Beautiful

also my First trip to MK was February of 1994, i was 2 in a half :mickey:

Tink#64
05-20-2008, 06:39 PM
I was a deprived child! Just kidding, but I didn't visit for the 1st time until I was 38 years old! DS's were 4 & 6! It was magical! We couldn't believe that alot of people that we talked to visited every year! Well that first trip hooked us & in 6 years we've now visited 5 times! We've taken a couple of years to take other vacations, which have been great, but we end up missing Disney sooooo much! My mom was 62 when she visited her first time! She of course came with us & then again the next year! She loves it as much as we do! :mickey:

LoriMistress
05-20-2008, 07:46 PM
First MK visit it was 2003 and I was 23 years old. Though, my first visit to DLR was when I was 8 months old.

tinkerstinker
05-20-2008, 07:53 PM
1977 and I was 11 yo.:mickey:

ibrowse17
05-20-2008, 08:00 PM
I was 7 in 1975 when my parents first took me. Our entire extended family went, and we stayed at Ft. Wilderness. I never thought such a place could exist:cloud9:, and that memory really sticks in my head even today. I walk through the the castle, and I can remember holding both of my grandfather's hands. I see SM and laugh at the thought of my cousin getting so scared and not wanting to ride it. So on and so forth. The MK, and all of Disney, is magic for me:thumbsup:

eeyorelovesme
05-20-2008, 08:05 PM
My first trip was in 1997 and I was 3.:blush::mickey:

mickey&missy
05-20-2008, 08:14 PM
1987, I was 11!

laward32
05-20-2008, 08:22 PM
[quote=Tink#64;1635297]I was a deprived child! Just kidding, but I didn't visit for the 1st time until I was 38 years old! DS's were 4 & 6! It was magical!

I know how you feel. I was 31 and my DD's were 3 & 5. Now we are addicted. My husband, not so much. It's like pulling teeth to get him to agree to a trip. The last trip we went without him.:mickey:

DISFREAKS
05-20-2008, 08:23 PM
It was 1990. I was 26 and DW was 25. We took our 4 yr old niece. I will always remember that first time driving onto the property. They used to have a :mickey: gradually appearing with each sign you drove under. We told our niece we were visiting an old friend and she was sooo excited when she realized who that friend was.
DW had wanted to go since she was little so when we drove onto the property she started to cry tears of joy.

biodtl
05-20-2008, 08:26 PM
1972 - I was almost 4. I was lucky enough to have an aunt who lived in Tampa, so we went a lot when I was young.

dizneegirl71
05-20-2008, 08:30 PM
My first trip was in 2003 on my 32nd birthday :party:

Speedy1998
05-20-2008, 08:53 PM
1980 I was 4.

I have a vague memory of the old A-E tickets from this trip and my second trip in 1981.

merlinmagic4
05-20-2008, 08:56 PM
2003 and 33 years old :mickey:

We had made a trip to Disney in 1998 when someone gave us a week in their timeshare. Our son was only 1 so we decided to save MK for a future trip.

I never thought much about going back but our Make a Wish trip in 2003 changed that!

Dakota Rose
05-20-2008, 09:23 PM
March 1988, I'd just turned 11 the previous month. We were supposed to go to Germany that March, but my mom (who was 36 at the time) got chickenpox. So my dad went to Germany for biz as planned, and instead of going with him, we met him in Orlando.

Friend of Figment
05-20-2008, 10:22 PM
1985 - 15 years old

My mom and I went over 4th of July just before I left for a year abroad as an exchange student.

My three main memories are:

Dennis the very high strung bus driver from our off-site hotel "Ladies what we've got here is a mass ball of confusion!"

The fabulous fireworks.

Figment!

pogo
05-20-2008, 10:27 PM
2001 was our first trip and I was a young 51 ! :D

katzctkpt
05-20-2008, 10:37 PM
My dh went in the 70's, myself, I was 35 yrs old and along with our children 2 dd's & 1 ds our 1st visit was 2004. I will remember walking through the entrance of MK and down main street looking at my youngest dd and her eyes. I kinda got a little teary eyed myself.
The smell, sounds, & sight nothing else compares.

Ryan Towle
05-20-2008, 10:40 PM
1996, 9 years old

kelly.garrett
05-20-2008, 11:03 PM
2007, and I was 17; however, I went to Disneyland in 2000 at 11 years old.

Engine1822
05-21-2008, 12:07 AM
2000, I was 39, and I regret not going much sooner. My wife have been back every year since!!:mickey:

beksy
05-21-2008, 01:08 AM
In 1985 when I was 3 and my biggest memory is chasing Goofy down for an autograph! Then we moved and my sis was born so I didn't get to go again until I was 8 and she was 2 in 1990 and I got to get out of school 2 days early (major bragging rights!) After that we went almost every year until 1996 when Mom's health got to the point she couldn't take the trip. It was a long time until my sis and I went this Feb when I was 25! Of course until this last trip we only stayed off-property and ate one TS meal (always in Epcot) without characters but I still have great memories of all those trips.

Soul_Power
05-21-2008, 04:02 AM
My first visit was in 2007, and I was 22. :mickey: Being a California girl, the rest of my years before that were spent at Disneyland (and I may never go back - I'm a WDW addict).

I'm hoping to have another visit to WDW soon!

Here we go again...
05-21-2008, 06:00 AM
November 2001... right after 9-11. We were looking for a way to get my (then) 6 year old DD away from the news and all of the bad things on TV.
It was my first trip and I was 38. The sad thing is that we lived in Miami when Disney World opened. We just did not have to money to take a family of 5 to the park. Oh well, I think I have made up for it by buying into DVC!

jrpersinger
05-21-2008, 06:17 AM
1980, I was 6 weeks old.

BritCody
05-21-2008, 06:33 AM
I was 8 years old in July of 1976

letsdoitagain
05-21-2008, 06:50 AM
Just last August at age 31. My first Disney experience ever though was Disneyland in 1979 at age 3.:mickey:

stephntampa
05-21-2008, 06:59 AM
In 1971, I was 6 years old. I remember being in awe of the animatronics, they seemed so real! I have been hooked ever since!:mickey:

d_m_n_n
05-21-2008, 07:08 AM
February of 1972...at the ripe old age of 4 months! :cloud9:

Kairi_7378
05-21-2008, 07:26 AM
1981, I was 3 years old... back when the MK WAS WDW!

Disneypixie513
05-21-2008, 08:14 AM
My 1st visit was in 1997, and I was 5 years old.

mouseketeer mom
05-21-2008, 09:08 AM
I was 12 years old in 1977. My father booked us on a bus trip from NYC to Orlando. It was a group tour and yes, it was as bad as it sounds! We drove and drove, stayed in crummy motels, and had 2 days in the MK before we turned around again. I remember the sky buckets vividly, my Dad was trying to rock ours..I remember feeling afraid..and I remember the 20,000 leagues under the sea, feeling like we were really deep under water..(what were we? down like 3 feet??) I also got my first WDW t-shirt, white with Mickey. My Mom saved it all of these years for me, and now my DD wears it as a sleep shirt.

elmjimmlm
05-21-2008, 09:26 AM
1978...I guess I was 6 years old ( please dont count to find how old I am now)...There was only MK and what I can remember is riding 20,000 leagues and buying a poster of :mickey2: that hung in my room forever...

4ubie1
05-21-2008, 09:44 AM
The year was 1991 and I was 11 years old. :mickey:

cinderellagrl
05-21-2008, 09:49 AM
well, a time or two while my mom was pregnant, but the first live trip was 1988 when I was 7 months old. First trip I really remember was 1995. I was finally talk enough for space mountain. My parents told me it was a slow ride that talked about the planets. Boy was I surprised, when my rocket took off!

MsMin
05-21-2008, 09:59 AM
Mine was in 1967 when I was 12 (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2324788930083799695innIRG) :blush: It was at DL of course. We switched to WDW in 1972 a few months after it opened.

eam
05-21-2008, 10:01 AM
March, 1972, I was 19 and on spring break. We then went back in August for our honeymoon, stayed off-site, and returned in March, 1974, to stay on-site at the CR. I have stayed on-site an average of once a year since then. Myself and my girls love it - it is truly our happy place!:mjump::mjump::mjump:

scuttle66
05-21-2008, 10:14 AM
1972, I was 6 years old. . . SOOOOO long ago -but going back in 9 days, 21 hours, 46 minutes - but who's counting :blush: :mickey:

mouseketeer mom
05-21-2008, 10:18 AM
Mine was in 1967 when I was 12 (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2324788930083799695innIRG) :blush: It was at DL of course. We switched to WDW in 1972 a few months after it opened.


Love, love, love the picture!

paragon
05-21-2008, 10:29 AM
Oh, this is sad, because I can't remember! I know we were on one of those tour vacations, where you got three days for MK and two free days for "Wet & Wild" or "Sea World", Epcot wasn't open yet, still being built. You needed three days for MK because it was soooooo crowded, and fastpass hadn't been invented yet! There was only one "mountain" Space mountain and it was the hottest ride, with two hour waits. I remember wanting to live in one of the "upstairs apartments" on main street!

SoaringDisney
05-21-2008, 10:52 AM
I was abused as a child, well not really, but I was 30 years old the first time I went to MK. It was in 2005. I am now in love with Disney and am planning my third trip.

Bri
05-21-2008, 10:53 AM
my first trip was around 1995 and i was probably 11 or so. we didn't stay on the property and honestly i don't remember a whole lot about disney world. we did stuff off property as well so it wasn't a solely disney trip. my first trip on property wasn't until 2005 and i don't think i will ever stay off property again!

gauvin4
05-21-2008, 11:30 AM
Our first trip was in 1999. I was 28, DH 33, DD8 & DS5. In 2005 we took my Mom (68) and sister (39) for their first trip.

cal5755
05-21-2008, 11:56 AM
It was 1987 and I was 11 years old (turning 12 later that year).

We went with our twirling group and band. We performed on Main Street !! I did fall in love with it then!! I loved the monorail... JIYI was my favorite Epcot Center ride and I loved POTC and the People Mover in MK!!

brad192
05-21-2008, 12:00 PM
For me, it was Christmas Day 1971, and I was 13. We camped offsite, with a large group of people. I distinctly remember the crowds, and trying to decide what attraction to burn those coveted E tickets on! I also remember telling my mom on the drive back to our campground "This was the best day of my life!" - and really meaning it! I've been hooked ever since.:mickey:

DisneyCouture
05-21-2008, 12:06 PM
I was 3 years old and it was 1983. I still remember trying to reach out to touch the 3D objects during the movie thinking that they were real. lol.

Charlee
05-21-2008, 12:28 PM
Ever since a really young age, my dad promised we'd go to Disney World and my dad never broke promises so it was 1998 and I was 10 though we stayed offsite and my sister wasn't with us as she was on a band trip.

It was a great time but I still think every year it gets better walking into MK on that first day of our trip... :cloud9:

joanakaylene
05-21-2008, 12:41 PM
i think our first trip to wdw was in 1986 which would put me at 4 years old. i only remember bits and pieces.

-we stayed at the treehouse villas. i remember what the outside looked like and the bedroom had a big mirror

- i remember riding the railroad with my cousin kegan

- i remember seeing cap't e-o at epcot

and i just remember bits and pieces of rides.

bruin1344
05-21-2008, 01:03 PM
1989 when i was 4

LovinWDW
05-21-2008, 01:44 PM
1977, I was five. We went on a bus from Pennsylvania with our high school band. That bus really stunk! No really, it really did smell!

AdventurerKim
05-21-2008, 02:55 PM
First visit was 1980, and I was six years old. Then. . . we never stopped going back! :mickey:

SoaringEpcot
05-21-2008, 03:25 PM
The first time I went was April 1983. I was 7 years old. My uncle lived outside Orlando and cousin had just been born. I think we only went into MK one day while we were there, but it made a lasting impression on me.

Gottaluvgoof
05-21-2008, 03:54 PM
My first trip to Disney World was when I was 37 years old, in 1997. The first time I went was when I took my kids DS6 & DD4. I now have four kids and when I FINALLY get to go this September, it will be my 11th trip! My lucky DD14, will be making her 10th visit this trip. My parents just weren't Disney people. :confused:

EJS-Houston
05-21-2008, 04:01 PM
It was the Summer of 1972 and I was 12. We stayed in the Polynesian Hotel and watched the light show on the lagoon from our hotel. I was smitten from the get-go; I still remember the overwhelming emotion I felt seeing the Main Street Electrical Parade for the 1st time, and I get that feeling today when I see its current incarnation. I also remember in 1972 seeing a scale model of the plans for EPCOT.

MissMaryPoppins
05-21-2008, 04:08 PM
I was 1 when I first went to Disney World in 1978.

Joy

TBY2225
05-21-2008, 04:12 PM
I went for the first time to WDW in 1983. I would have been almost 9 years old. I remember going the first of June and I missed the last few days of school. It was really hot and we stayed off-site. Also, my mom took sandwiches inside the park, so we didn't eat at all in the park resturants. My favorite rides were Mr. Toads Wild Ride and Space Mountain.
I know this is a weird thing to remember, but my dad worked at Coca-Cola at the time and I remember my mom had us all matching Coke is it and Sprite shirts to wear. I hated those shirts!

fielin
05-21-2008, 04:15 PM
I was 29 when I arrived for my first visit, last year in 2007, and left when I was 30... One week later.

We celebrated my birthday at V&A, and this is a wonderful memory, that I'll keep for the rest of my life.

Narawen
05-21-2008, 05:03 PM
I went in 1994 when I was 4.

BriarRose
05-21-2008, 06:56 PM
Our first trip was in 2001 and I was 32. Being a lifetime Westcoaster, all our family vacations were to Disneyland, where my first trip was in May 1977 at the age of 8. My family loves Disney, starting with my parents going to DL for their first time in 1967 for their honeymoon, and they even went back in Oct 1977 (without my brother and I :() for their 10th anniversary. My husband and I went to DL for our honeymoon (even though I had just been there six months earlier!) and my brother and sister-in-law went to WDW for their honeymoon in 1994 (their first trip). Now my brother and I and our spouses are headed for our second trip together in October, which will make it five trips for us! :mickey:

disneyboundagain
05-21-2008, 06:59 PM
1984 and I was 14. Didn't really appreciate it. Went back in 1998 with DW and we both fell in love with it, but more so me. Now that we have 2 little ones, we try to go every year. We HOPE to buy into the Bay Lake Tower when it becomes available. Will will most likely move down there sometime later in life, probably after the kids graduate HS (only 16 more years).

snerd475
05-21-2008, 07:23 PM
I was 11 and it was 1975. Won a trip and stayed at the Polynesian Village Resort, as it was called then. Check out the pics on my home page. :)

Flower
05-21-2008, 07:57 PM
I was born Jan 1973 and had my first WDW trip in March! We stayed at the contemporary (Of course I remember the experience Hahaha:)).

We went almost every year growing up until I was in my early 20's, then DH and I started going 2 times a year and lately we have been 3 times a year.

Even though we have been so many times I just love it and never tire of it. DH has been talking crazy lately about going some where different (I never really knew there were other places to travel;)), anyway, last night over dinner he starts going on about how he has been thinking of Disney lately and we need to start planning our next trip!! Yeah!!! When we go next there will have been a year since we were last there, but with work we just can't get there earlier.

A few minutes ago as we were tucking DS4 in, he asked to see the Birnbaums. He pulled out the map and says "Daddy, see here....mommy wants to stay at hotel #1" Hotel #1 is GF....I have my boy trained so well!!!!! Now if only I really could get the chance to stay there.

drummerboy
05-21-2008, 08:16 PM
DW and I married in August, '76, but I could only get a couple of days off then. We had to wait until late September to take our delayed honeymoon at WDW.

We stayed at FW in a backpacking tent for three days. MK was it then. I've still got some "A" tickets left in the ticket book.

pdrlkr
05-21-2008, 10:01 PM
1972 and I was 4 years old.

ASweetLov
05-21-2008, 10:54 PM
2006 I was 22 years old:cloud9:

pianobabe
05-21-2008, 11:02 PM
My first trip was December 1988. I was 18. It was a family trip and we stayed off site. While we were packing, I wanted to pack a couple of long sleeve shirts, but my mom said "no, we're going to Florida". Needless to say, it was freezing during most of our trip.
I didn't have the opportunity to go back until 2000 when I took my son.

coachgoofy
05-21-2008, 11:37 PM
1988, 22 one day at Magic Kingdom

the other micki
05-22-2008, 12:54 AM
1979 - I was 10 years-old. I remember Space Mountain, the monorail, and the game room at the Comtemporary the most!

avantgardeinker
05-22-2008, 09:29 AM
It was 1992 and I was 18 yrs old. I've never been the same since.

:mickey:

Young@Heart
05-22-2008, 09:33 AM
My first trip was in 1987 and I was 13 years old. :cloud9:

WinnipegDisneyFanatic
05-22-2008, 09:48 AM
First trip was in 1997. I was 13!

Chris :hatter:

Mousemates
05-22-2008, 10:43 AM
1973 or 1974 (can't remember for sure if it was before or after my fourth grade year of school)....still have fond memories of Mr. Toad and being a calvalryman in studio participation performance of somekind in a show in Frontierland.

Ian
05-22-2008, 11:32 AM
We checked into the Contemporary for the 1st time on Saturday, September 14th 1974.

I was 5 years old.

Unlimitedfun
05-22-2008, 12:19 PM
First trip was in 2006...47 years old. Incredible....now we're hooked. Open and closed parks...when asked what I wanted for my 50th birthday this year...I said I wanted to go back...so, we're going!!!!! Yippee!!!

BMan62
05-22-2008, 12:53 PM
DW - 1975 @ 18
Me - Sept 2003 @ 41 -- Celebrating our 5th Wedding Anniversary! (My avatar pic was taken on that trip!)

Next trip Sept -- Celebrating our 10th Wedding Anniversary and 5th Disney Anniversary!

brownie
05-22-2008, 12:57 PM
1994; I was 23.

PirateLover
05-22-2008, 01:02 PM
We went about a week or two before I started 5th grade in late August of 1995. I was 9 going on 10. I can still vividly remember sitting with a Birnbaum's guide, mapping out all of the rides I wanted to go on before we left. :mickey:

WhiteRose1
05-23-2008, 07:05 PM
I was 6 1/2, it was June 1980.

I have very few memories of the trip... I remember arriving...going on Pirates I think, and HM...and Mr Toad's Wild Ride. OH! and the CBJ! And the Treehouse.. and and and...I got mickey ears! Wee! I still got them, somewhere...very old and beat up.

sigh. I loved it all, except Mr Toad's Wild Ride...that one terrified me.

tjstrike
05-24-2008, 01:03 AM
If DL counts, It was 1976, I was 8. For WDW it was 2002. (married w/ kids)

another tink
05-24-2008, 08:55 AM
We went in 1975 for the first time. I was 32, DS 8, DD 5. Now going back in Aug with my DS DD and family. This is our 4th trip with my grandsons x4.:mickey:

Kennywife
05-24-2008, 09:59 AM
My first trip was truly magical: it was my honeymoon. :wine::bride:
I was 29 and hubby was 30. He'd been numerous times before and had been to Tokyo Disneyland several times (his mom's family are in Japan).

I was sooo terrified to get on the plane, but was so glad I went! I fell in love wiht Disney the moment I set foot in the park! Being someone who loves good food, I was :cloud9:

I have been lucky enough to get a job where I get to go and cover a Disney related event at one of the parks yearly! :cheer: So, hubby and I will be Disney visitors for a looong time!

1st trip to the World:
June 18-25, 2006 honeymoon land and sea
1st trip to the Land:
Aug. 22-26 off-site, followed by three days in Vegas!
2nd trip to the World:
in progress!

tinkerbell04
05-24-2008, 10:11 AM
1977, I was 18 months old :)

"SULLEY "RULES!!
05-24-2008, 11:06 AM
:bride::groom:My first visit was in 1997 on my honeymoon. And now my husband and I have been going ever since. Next visit will be November 24th thru December 5th.:pixie:

hubbyofadisneyholic
05-24-2008, 05:17 PM
My wife and I made our first trip to WDW in Dec. 1985 for her 29th birthday.
We went again in 1988.
Took our daughter for her first trip when she was 18 months in May of 1991 and have gone at least once a year ever since. :thumbsup:

RalsFam
05-24-2008, 05:28 PM
Grew up in SoCal I went to DL quite a bit. It was our family tradition to on Christmas Eve every year until we moved to the midwest. We are taking our kids and my mom this fall to WDW and I cannot wait. :mickey:

dfamasb
05-24-2008, 05:50 PM
First trip for me was '92 and I was 12. I didn't get to go back until 2005 with DH, DD & DS (both 8 months old) and my DS #2 went for the first time at 6 months! My twins will be taking their 3rd trip in December and they will be 4, lucky kids!!

Disneydol
05-24-2008, 06:20 PM
November 1971
WDW was a month old, and I was 8 months old.
:babyroll:
Aparrently the traffic was horrible that first Thanksgiving. It didn't bother me, though! haha

NJGIRL
05-24-2008, 06:35 PM
1978 with my parents and sisters.

Dsnygirl
05-24-2008, 08:59 PM
:mickey: I was "deprived" of Disney growing up, as I had "non-Disney" parents... so I didn't go 'til I was in college, visiting a friend in Orlando. We went to MK, and the love affair began... :cloud9: (Between me and WDW, not my friend, cute though he was... ;))

DissneyPrincess17
05-24-2008, 09:40 PM
My first visit was when I was four. [1997]That's ten years ago! Wow! :mickey:

NYCGirl2582
05-25-2008, 01:37 PM
My first visit to MK was in 1996 when I was 12 years old

GrmGrninGost
05-25-2008, 08:52 PM
My first visit was over New Years in 1974-1975. I was three weeks shy of 13. I will never forget it! :mickey:

wendy*darling
05-25-2008, 09:15 PM
First for me and DH was 1980 on college spring break. We weren't married- or even dating at the time. A group of 9 of us drove from Purdue to Sanibel Island (2 cars). Then toward the end of the week, we were going to see a friend of one of the girls in Daytona- so we planned a day in Disney. Just the MK then. All I really remember was riding Space Mt and BTMRR over and over and over...!
Didn't get back until 1992 with our 2 kids (18mo and 3 yrs)- another one day only in the MK while passing through the area.
It was on the 1992 visit that we got hooked and planned a full week at the Poly for the following fall.
The rest is history!!! :mickey:

MauiMouse
05-25-2008, 09:23 PM
I went with my family in the 70s, don't remember exactly what year. We stayed at one of the hotels near what is now Downtown Disney.

I went back with my mother in 1982 after Epcot opened and we stayed off-site.

It took another 20 years before I went back in 2002 and have been back every year except 2004 when I went over to Disneyland Paris.

wdwgrl377
05-25-2008, 09:30 PM
My first time was my Senior Trip, in 1995. I was 18 years old. I have always wanted to go to WDW since I was a little girl, but my parents could never afford to take me. I had everything planned out what I was to do while I was there!

Since then, I've had many, many trips to the Happiest Place on Earth!! :cloud9: And much, much more to come too!! :mickey:

bmj721
05-25-2008, 09:35 PM
1981 . . . 27yrs Great Florida vacation! Traveled with long standing childhood friend. Next time down there was for honeymoon.
:mickey3::minnie:

TiggeRia
05-25-2008, 09:37 PM
I was a deprived child...I didn't make it to Disney World until 2005, when I was 25. I've been hooked ever since and have made about six additional trips!!! :mickey:

Crow
05-25-2008, 10:30 PM
I think around 72 during Hurricane Agnes when i was 10. i remember driving in lots of rain & a tornado hitting Key West an hr after we were there. and it was just MK.
the next time was 83 I believe & Epcot was there also

MickeyandTink
05-26-2008, 12:34 AM
First trip was in 1983 for my HS graduation. Epcot had just opened a few months earlier and I absolutely loved it. Went back again in 1988 for college graduation with just my brother and me. Tried to drink a beer in every country of the WS, but started to get too intoxicated and too poor to finish.

Didn't get back for almost 20 years, but after DW, DD and I went last year we were hooked. Taking DD2 with us this time and hope he'll be ok.

MIKESMOM
05-26-2008, 05:53 AM
1975 - I was 14. I think the price for a book of tickets was $7.00.

Gooftroop5
05-26-2008, 06:28 AM
My first trip was Fourth of July week 1973. I was 6 months old.

2Princesses4Us
05-26-2008, 07:32 AM
2004 and I was 32 years old.... DH had a conference in Orlando so DD and I tagged along for the week and we went to MK on Saturday. :mickey:

2Epcot
05-26-2008, 09:33 AM
First Disney trip was to Disneyland I want to say around 1970 I would have been about 4.

My first WDW and Magic Kingdom visit was in 1985 ...
I was 19 and had been wanting to go since I was about 12. :mickey:

Texas Tinkerbell Too
05-26-2008, 09:54 AM
My first trip was in 1975 when I was 3 years old.
My favorite picture from this trip is of my dad holding me in front of the castle. I am wearing mickey ears and eating cheetos.

Mickey052501
05-26-2008, 10:30 AM
It was 1977 and I was three years old!!!!!

disneygal4ever
05-26-2008, 11:12 AM
In 1972 -- I was 13!! Only the MK back then.

KevMcNJ
05-26-2008, 04:32 PM
November 1971 6 years old

we stayed at the Contemporary Hotel. I didnt know the word "Contemporary"

I thought it was called the Temporary Hotel. Figuring it was only there until another hotel was finished.

I remember eating dinner one night in the restaurant and seeing the monorails going thru the hotel as we ate. I had a PB&J that night

Loved the Haunted Mansion

I remember the If You Had Wings ride from back then

The Christmas tree was up and it had gigantic balls on it. Dont remember crowds or prices as I was only 6

Eric87
05-26-2008, 05:10 PM
I was 5 years old in April 1987. My brother turned 3 on that trip. I don't remember much, but I remember taking the Ferry to MK. Also, a month before we left I got a Fisher Price camera from my uncle. I still have a picture of my Dad and Mickey that I took with that camera.

Only 74 more days until our Honeymoon!

Earnhardt321
05-26-2008, 05:33 PM
My first trip was in 1989. I was 8. I had am amazing time and have been hooked ever since. I think our next trip will be in January and I can't wait for it!!!

DawsonAR
05-26-2008, 06:01 PM
It was 1978 and I was 9 years old. I remember bits and pieces of the trip. My parents were amazed at how worderful it was. They would really be amazed now.

goofygirl67
05-26-2008, 08:42 PM
My first trip was in 1978 I was 11 years old. I remember a parade in Liberty Square that happened. My younger brother and sister were chosen and got copy's of the Declaration of Independence.

MegaDisney
05-26-2008, 08:56 PM
1997 the year of the Castle Cake!

I was 29 years old.

First trip to Disneyland 1968, the year I was born.

SurferStitch
05-27-2008, 06:32 AM
My first time was in 1988 when I was 15.

DH's first time was in 1996 when he was 25 (our honeymoon).

mrsgaribaldi
05-27-2008, 06:33 AM
Summer of 72 or 73 and I was either 7 or 8:mickey:

JenniferS.
05-27-2008, 07:05 AM
The year was 1993 and I was 18 yrs old.

dudeman1975
05-27-2008, 12:33 PM
1979, on TWA from Philadelphia, my family and two other people were on the plane. I was four and it was such a thrill and we captured the experience on picture slides to watch. We stayed in the Contemporary.

Imagineer1981
05-27-2008, 12:56 PM
1st time I was 1 year old, but the first time I can remember is 6 in July of 1987

FenwayGirl
05-27-2008, 01:03 PM
My first visit was in 1981. I was 26 and pregnant with my second child. We only visited for a day (in Aug....crowds were exceptionally low) as only the Magic Kingdom existed.

I have been more times that I can count since...

johnO
05-27-2008, 01:38 PM
1994. We stayed at All Star Sports and it was brand new. I was 16 or 17 .

BelleLovesTheBeast
05-27-2008, 04:00 PM
My first visit was in 1991. I was 16 and it was a band trip where we played in the Magical Music Days Parade. I grew up going to amusements parks like Cedar Point and Kings Island so Disney was quite impressive. Been in love with WDW ever since.

KAT1811
05-27-2008, 04:12 PM
1975 in utero!!! I guess that is when my addiction began. After that it was probably around 1980 and every other year after that until DD#1 was born and since then it has been just about every year, sometimes twice a year!

Norwellian
05-27-2008, 05:21 PM
was 1979 and I was 33 yrs old. I took my mother (62) and my son (7). That was the start of my addiction, but only recently did I start going once or twice a year. :mickey:

the real Alice
05-27-2008, 05:59 PM
March 1989 I was 9 years old and SOO excited. we went on spring break but left a day early. Not long after we got back they started showing commercials for MGM's opening and I begged to go back! It took a few years but we made it several more times. The 10th trip is in 2 days :party:

Capt. Sparrow
05-29-2008, 09:28 AM
I was 4 and the year was 1988. Since then I have loved and cherished each and every visit to the most magical place on earth.

hubbyofadisneyholic
05-29-2008, 09:22 PM
For years we had tried to get my parents to join us on one of our WDW trips but they never did.
Finally in early 2005 they decided to come with in June of 2006. My dad passed away that July. My mother decided to make the trip with us the following June; her first visit to WDW at the age of 77.

Marceline
05-29-2008, 09:44 PM
1988 and I was 12. Ever since then 88 has been my favorite number and WDW my favorite place on earth. :D

Momof2boys
05-30-2008, 01:10 PM
It was Christmas break when I was in 8th grade which would have been in the year . . . doing the math . . . 1988.

ibelieveindisneymagic
05-30-2008, 01:13 PM
2004...I was 28! (and my now DH proposed at the Castle..is it any wonder I now have a Disney addiction?)

The coolest was my Mom, this year, her first visit at 61!

wire0monkey
05-30-2008, 02:36 PM
The first time I went to the MK was December 1976. I was 8. I broke my arm about a week before we went. I remember being especially impressed by the huge Christmas tree on Main Street.

Coach48
05-30-2008, 02:49 PM
15 yrs old in 1978.Stayed in one of the garden wings of the Contemporary.

mitchsfan
05-30-2008, 04:43 PM
Senior Week 1993

I was 17 years old and I hated it. Was never going back. The people I were with "villianous" people. I remember calling my parents hoping that they could bump my flight up one day so I could go home. The trip was awful.

The trips that made me fall in love with DW were the past 5 trips. The honeymmoon was incredible. The last 2 trips with our young son were extraordinary. We have no interest in going elsewhere.

4MAXWELZ
05-30-2008, 05:28 PM
It was 1975. I was 5 years old. The whole family went back 30 years later, this time with all of "new" members of the family too.

MississippiDisneyFreak
06-01-2008, 05:37 PM
2003 and I was 32

Bethis26fan
06-01-2008, 05:52 PM
2006 and I was 26

Ropachs
06-01-2008, 06:08 PM
It was 1979 and I was 7. My parents promised we could come back in another 7 years - and I made sure we did!

SBETigg
06-01-2008, 06:32 PM
1981. I was twelve.

readytogo2
06-07-2008, 10:52 PM
2001 and i was about 6 or 7 i think

goon29
06-08-2008, 10:49 AM
I was 3 years old when I visited in 1978. I don't think my parents were aware what they started.

alilprincessmom99
06-08-2008, 10:57 AM
It was 1987 and I was 11 years old. That was the trip I fell in love with all things Disney. We went back 2 times a year for several years after that. And now we take my DD at least once a year if not 2 or 3 times a year.

Mad About Mickey
06-08-2008, 11:19 AM
1973, I was 3 years old, I've been smitten with the mouse ever since:mickey:. Headed back in 182 days, almost ADR time:fingers:.

SpecJoe Magic
06-08-2008, 11:50 PM
I was only 6 months old in June 1981 when I first visited the MK. I was literally a Disney baby. I'm not exactly sure why my parents decided to visit when I was so young, but I suspect that they just couldn't keep themselves away since they both enjoy WDW quite a lot. I really didn't have any other choice except to be a WDW addict given my early start. It has been ingrained in me practically my whole life. I'm not complaining though.:mickey:

Aggie97
06-09-2008, 10:20 AM
I visited DL for the first time Thanksgiving weekend 1978, when I was three. We moved overseas for several years, so I didn't get to WDW until April 1985, right after I turned 10. :mickey:

gmgdisneymom
06-09-2008, 11:33 AM
1977 and I was 10 years old. We stayed at the Contemporary. I remember the last night just staring out the window at the Castle and never wanting to leave

Marker
06-09-2008, 12:24 PM
First time to WDW - 1983, I was 23. My oldest son was not yet 2.

CrazyStitch
06-09-2008, 01:32 PM
My memory is a bit fuzzy, but my first visit was sometime between 1983 (9) and 1986 (12). I distinctly remember my first visit was soon after Epcot opened (and it was still called EPCOT Center). I remember going on Horizons and World of Motion, and visiting Communicore. I also remember seeing Captain EO. Truth be told, we did make a yearly visit for several years about that time, so I'm probably remembering parts of individual trips. Sadly, we stopped going around 1987, as my parents divorced.

I was then able to finally return in 2005 (31) with my wife, and then again with my kids (3, 7, 10) in 2007. If all goes well, we'll be back next year :)

Stu29573
06-09-2008, 02:42 PM
I went to Disneyland in 1973 with my mom and grandparents, and I went to WDW in 1981 with my mom, stepdad, amd aunt. I was 18 at the time and I remember dragging my poor aunt onto the Haunted Mansion about five times in a row!:hmghost:

italiangrl.08
06-09-2008, 05:49 PM
My first visit to Magic Kingdom, was for my parents Honeymoon! I was nine months old, and it was 1995! Obviously i don't remember anything. But we have been going every year and Disney always has something new! :mickey:

bertasso59
06-09-2008, 07:29 PM
1981-part of the Tencennial Celebration and I was 31.It was the year before EPCOT opened and we were only there for two and a half:cool: days and did everything at least twice.

disneygeek84
06-09-2008, 08:35 PM
My first MK visit was to DLR in 1986 when I was 2. But my first trip to WDW was in 1989 and I was 4 1/2. :mickey: We stayed at CBR I still remember thinking how awesome it all was.

forgettomorrow
06-09-2008, 09:33 PM
My first trip to WDW was in 1986. I was 2.

My parents tell me that we stayed at the CR, but I can't remember a thing.

Gator
06-10-2008, 07:10 AM
It was 2002. I was 27 and my wife was 22. I did all my childhood disney visits at Disneyland.

DisneyOtaku
06-10-2008, 09:28 AM
1986--I was four months old. Until I was seven we lived in Gainesville, FL so we went all the time--we still try for a MINIMUM of once every two years (I'm 22 now). I can't even count the number of times I've been there.

RBrooksC
06-10-2008, 09:28 AM
Funny I should see this thread today. As I mentioned before a while back, I am going to be getting a slide to digital picture converter and some of those slides include photos from my first trip to Disney so I was discussing it with my wife this past weekend.

My first trip to Disney was October 1976. I was five years old and would be six in December. We stayed as the Golf Resort due to my dad's grand idea of being able to play golf when there. Of course, that never happened. :mickey: