Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Original Disney Park

I started living at least part of the year in Florida in 1972, Walt Disney World had opened near Orlando just a couple of years earlier.  I lived in Orlando from 1980 to 1995.  My middle brother has worked for Disney since 1978.  The last couple of years I lived in Orlando I bought an "Annual Resident Admission" allowing me to go to all of the Florida Disney properties as many times as I wanted for one fixed price.  Needless to say, I have been to the Magic Kingdom, Epcot and the Studios many - many - many times.  The Magic Kingdom over 100 times.  That is a lot of Disney.  

I have been to Disneyland, just once. It is the genius of it all.  You can clearly see the roots of the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in the layout of the original Disneyland.  Some of the rides were duplicated, some were changed.  The California property is more compact.  

The Magic Kingdom I still enjoy, it is timeless and classic.  The last time I was EPCOT I felt like I was in a time warp - it seriously needed updating, having traveled a lot, the World Showcase felt very fake.  I have not been to the Studios in 20 years, I have been to Animal Kingdom once - and kind of liked it.  

Have you been to Disney? 


  1. once in FL (1978) - HATED IT! and FL too!

    1. hahaha!!!

      I went to Disney in '76 or so, as one of my Army buddies was from Cocoa Beach, and much of his family worked at Disney.

      We were too busy partying and chasing girls for me to remember much.

      Been to FL many times since, but never again to Disney.



  2. I've been to both Magic Kingdoms multiple times. Florida as a child and California as an adult. You see my grandpappy lived in Winter Park when I was growing up and I currently live only an hour and a half drive from the gates of the original. Your adjective of 'compact' for the original in California I find most appropriate. I am rather fond of Mr. Disney's vision.

  3. Anonymous1/18/2017

    Yes, but the one in Los Angeles. I have been to Florida but we went straight to The Keys. I love rides but Guido seems to get motion sickness!

  4. I have never been to Disneyland it is on the bucket list.