I've been to Florida many times, but I remember my first visit well. (And I was only five.) I was just like the little boy in the commercial, too excited to sleep because we were going to Disney World!
Back in those days I had never been on a plane. This was a road trip. All the way to Orlando from North Carolina. It was a long trip. A really long trip. This was before hand held electronics and in car DVD players. I was bored! Since I was only five I wasn't really reading yet. But even looking at books with pictures made me a little car sick in the back seat, so that was out. I'm pretty sure I was a little annoying on the way down. But I was a super bored and over excited 5 year old. I couldn't help it!
The trip was about 10 hours, and that isn't including the frequent stops you need to make when you have two little girls in the car. It's funny...I still remember passing the Florida state line and thinking we were there. I found out the hard way that Florida is a long state. There's still plenty of driving left to get all the way to Orlando. (We even drove to the Keys once on a later trip-I think I blocked that car trip out of my mind!)
But just like any road trip, eventually we got there. And it was SO.MUCH.FUN! I kept the little Winnie The Pooh bean bag toy we bought on that trip for years. (It was eventually lost in a move, which still makes me sad.) My favorite memory of Disney World was riding "It's A Small World". Such a simple ride, but I loved the colors and the song and the fact that there was no line to get on the boats.
Of course the main purpose of the trip was visiting Disney World, but I remember so many other things from my trips to Florida. Like the giant orange of Orange Wold. Xanadu, Home of the Future. (I'm still bummed I never went inside before it closed down.)
I had so much fun on that first trip it expired many more trips down the road. Some with family. Some with friends. But all with great memories and a desire to visit again soon!
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