This reminded me of our family’s childhood trip to Disney World in July 1973, its second summer in operation. I’m currently borrowing the photo album covering that period, and guess how many photos we have in Disney World?
Yes, that is correct. Digital cameras have indeed changed the way we document our memories, huh?
Walt Disney World, July 1973
Here is one of the treasured five:
There’s my dad, front and center in front of Cinderella’s castle. To the left, my frail younger sister, and next to her, decidedly non-frail me. I love looking at the fashions of the day — the guy(?) in plaid shorts and a patterned shirt — eesh. The forest green wife-beater is a style-miss as well. I’m guessing the July crowds in front of the castle are much greater now?
Here’s my mom with my sister and me. Here, we’re in the entrance to the Magic Kingdom. Back in ’73, the Magic Kingdom was Disney World. None of the other parks had yet been built. Epcot would come next, but not until 1982. My mom sure looks skinny, but then again, she was only in her early 30s. I liked that flag dress I’m wearing, and wore it often — most notably, in my 2nd grade school picture. Looks like Jill and I had some kind of patriotic theme going for the day. Again, I’m finding the lack of crowds refreshing.
Did you visit Disney World in its early years? Any memories?