Just recently I have been sharing some information with Lesley Carter, the travel bucket list girl, about the pro’s and con’s between Disneyland and Disney World. Lesley writes a great column so I suggest you pop over and read it, click here, its full of derring-do, crazy stunts that I would not attempt. Leaving a perfectly serviceable airplane in mid-flight, by the side door would never appeal to me.
But we do share a fondness for Disney, I prefer World to Land. Actually, as I was telling Lesley, when we first flew over from England with our two young (then) daughters, it was a truly magical experience.
We stayed in a motel right across the street from the Disneyland car park. A quick walk through to the main gates and you were in.
There is so much to see and do, which is why we kept going back. For me it was a life changing first trip. In those days, sixties and seventies in London was a magical mystery trip all of its own. We were happy and carefree, I did not have a steady job, did not need one. But my wife Wendy, insisted that I got a proper job, and applied for one for me with an airline, TWA.
Somehow they hired me, I agreed with her indoors to stay at the airline long-enough to qualify for cheap rate tickets, and we would take the kids to Disneyland. Back then just the flight on a Boeing 747 jumbo jet was magical. It is still the best aircraft in the sky.
Once we had all tasted Disney, and the wonderful people of America, that was it, the kids insisted we have got to do that again. Next trip was to Disney World, that trip was even better, I could see myself working for the Airline forever, actually I stayed for about 23 years. TWA were replaced by American Airlines and things just got better and better.
Arrival at Disney World is so much more grand, a drive down a huge multi-lane highway, at least three miles long, that is just up to the main gate. A train ride from the car park to the turnstiles and then chose whether to ride the mono-rail, or sail over in a boat to the Magic Kingdom. It always ended, after a very long day, with the Electric Light Parade, and fireworks display. The kids thought it was a miracle, my back-yard efforts with fireworks on 5th November were resigned to the bin.
We went backwards and forwards until the kids were pretty much grown-up. Then before we knew it the grand-children arrived, as each one got to around 4 or 5 we took them to Disney. We had to rent two houses, side by side just to accommodate everyone. The headcount of the last trip was, two grownup daughters and husbands, two teenage grand-kids, four younger ones, for a total of twelve.
Where is all this going, I here you say, I will tell you mate, we now have a great-grandson, who is five and ready for Disney. They all expect good-old granddad to take everyone to Disney, just like the old days. Apparently I am rich enough to pay for the now three houses we will need, but how can you resist a little one like this;
Tyler in his First Class travel suit.
Ready for the pool.