Monday, June 6, 2011

The Magic of Walt Disney World

There is no other place in the world that I love more than Walt Disney World in Orlando.  It is truly magical.

The photo is from the early days of Walt Disney World.  Notice I am wearing bell bottom pants . . . what does that tell you about how long ago that was?  I was there the first week the park opened and continued to visit at least a couple of times a year.  My husband and I were annual passholders and visited at least once a month, sometimes a couple times a month.  We were there for the opening day of Epcot Center.  

So many memories lie in the magic of Walt Disney World.

Since I became a widow almost 9 years ago, I have not returned.  That will soon change as I have moved on with my life and I know that new memories of Walt Disney World with The Captain will be equally as awesome and magical.  I can't wait to show him all my favorite places at the various parks and resorts.

What I've decided to do is feature Vintage Walt Disney World in future blog posts.  I have numerous photo albums going back through time and VHS video that I would love to convert to CD so I can share rides that don't exist anymore and construction of new rides and resorts as they were going up.  The parks and resorts are constantly evolving, but I'd love to feature the many changes and take a trip back in time to earlier days through my memories, photos and video.

The backdrop of this photo are the gardens at the Polynesian Hotel, one of the original monorail resorts that also features boat rides across the lagoon to the Magic Kingdom.  The lushly tropical lobby whose atmosphere is complete with waterfalls, awesome tropical landscaping and parrots remained one of the most beautiful places to hang out on the Disney property . . . in my opinion.  This is the only photo I have scanned into my computer at the moment, but I will definitely be featuring the Polynesian Hotel in a future post with much better photos and video.

The gardens at the Canadian pavillion at Epcot Center . . . one of my favorite spots to get away from the crowds to chill out and get a little rest.  Gorgeous!

Keep checking back for new posts as I dust off my photo albums, convert my videos and dig up some magical memories of Walt Disney World.


Eschelle said...

i really look forward to all your vintage disney world photos that will be super cool!!! Glad you're going to finally travel back to make new amazing memories :D!

Catherine said...

Dear Gina, The time a patience that you will devote to this project will bring so much happiness to the people reading your blog. It will be a happy memory lane. Blessings, Catherine

Gina Alfani said...

Thanks Eschelle and Catherine :) I really can't wait to dig into those memories . . . I haven't opened those photo albums in years. It will be like experiencing the moment all over again.

Sara said...

New follower from one of the many blog hops! Too many to keep track of :) I look forward to reading more of your blog!

Silvergirl said...

you look great Gina :)

Gina Alfani said...

Thank you Silvergirl :)

@Sara . . . thanks for following, I'm following you back!

Des said...

Those are great photos. Now, I want to go to Disney Orlando too. ;D

teecup said...

I love it and look forward to seeing more of your photos! You look so pretty in bell bottom pants.

The only Disneylands I visited are the ones in Tokyo and Hong Kong. I wonder if they look the same as "your" Disneyland. :)

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Gina Alfani said...

Hey Casey! Thanks for visiting and following . . . I'm following you back :)

Pushhyarag2000 said...

Sure to come back to check out those vintage photos! Am reminded of our own bell bottom days!