We (Mr. T & I) have been keeping a spreadsheet for many years to track the number of trips we have taken to Walt Disney World and Disneyland. I first got bit by the Disney bug in 1977. Mr. T was employed by Trans World Airlines (TWA) and we wanted to schedule our first non-rev trip as far as we could go in the United States. We chose Los Angeles. Neither of us had ever been to Disneyland, so we thought we’d throw that in as a little side-trip. I can’t explain what “it” was that drew me to the experience, but I have been hooked for over 34 years.
Our first trip to Walt Disney World was in 1982. We were enticed by our friends, John and Diane, to go with them. BAM! Hit again. What an awesome place this was! This park was even larger than Disneyland. There are those who say that the Magic Kingdom in California is better than the Magic Kingdom in Florida, and I have to agree.
Walt Disney World got even better with the opening of Epcot in 1982. During our trip we had tickets for a preview of this new park via Monorail. I had never seen anything like it. The Geosphere, Spaceship Earth, was something out of a science fiction movie. We knew we had to come back to experience this new place.
And it goes on from there. MGM Studios opened, and the final park, Animal Kingdom. I have to admit not really liking Animal Kingdom so we really do not visit that park too often; mainly when we are traveling with others who want to go.
So, here is the count of trips: Me-47 39 to Walt Disney World, 7 Disneyland and 4 Disney Cruise Line. Mr. T-37 to Walt Disney World, 6 Disneyland and 4 Disney Cruise Line. Our daughters have been going to the parks since they were babies and have accumulated 20+ visits each, excluding the daily visits my one daughter made when she was a Cast Member in the College program. It is now time to pass on the legacy to my grandson who has 1 visit and I know it will certainly not be his last.
How many times have you visited Walt Disney World or Disneyland?
- Disney World’s low-key milestone (cnn.com)
- Strategies for Paying for Disney – How to Finance Your Annual Pass (meetthemagic.com)