June 1, 2018

The Things That Say "Walt Disney World" To Me

When someone says "Walt Disney World", what comes to mind? Without a doubt, the iconic Cinderella Castle with or without fireworks might be a common and expected response. (By the way, I love this photo from Tom Bricker.) Truth be told, Walt Disney World is many different things to many different people. With that in mind, I'd like to share what it means to me.

Haven't been to the World in almost a decade. That'll change soon, but it means perhaps that my ideas could now just be distance memories of attractions and settings past. Let's begin.

EPCOT Center. Yep, Epcot. Being that I grew up in Southern California, the second park at the "Vacation Kingdom of the World" made a huge impact on me, and to this day, it is one of the primary reasons we go to Florida. It could also account for one of the main reasons we've stayed away. The short-sighted suits have let one of Imagineering's greatest achievements left in such a sad state. In it's prime, and I'd define that after the opening of The Living Seas, the park was still well maintained, fairly new, and amazingly forward thinking. There was nothing like it. 
  • Riding the Monorail to the park from the Transportation and Ticket Center
  • The first sight of Spaceship Earth from the entrance
  • Breakfast at the Good Turn
  • Journey into Imagination and its water garden
  • Horizons
  • Hearing "It's Fun to Be Free"
  • Gliding down El Rio del Tiempo
  • Being swept away by Impressions de France
...and so many more. In my heart, EPCOT Center is the heart of the World, elegantly speaking "Walt Disney World" to me.

Not to say other parks and experiences don't also come to mind:
  • Sailing across the Seven Seas Lagoon with the Magic Kingdom ahead
  • Walking into the gorgeous lobby of the Polynesian Village
  • Evening thunder and lightning storms
  • A lunch at Sci-Fi Dine In
  • Wandering around the Tree of Life
  • Seeing the Contemporary Resort from the Peoplemover
  • Exploring Liberty Square
  • Expedition: Everest and its last big drop- my favorite attraction at the World
  • Dinner at California Grill and taking in the fireworks from the outdoor balcony
  • Strawberry Soup at Disney Village
These are just a few things that say "Walt Disney World" to me. What are yours?

(Photograph copyright Tom Bricker.)

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