I have been fortunate to be able to go to Disney World on 7 different trips. This 7th trip, I was alone. While I thought it might be strange to be there alone, it was a great day riding most rides, taking in shows and reflecting on memories from past trips.
My second trip to WDW was the year after I graduated from college - my friend Tami and I went to Orlando to celebrate her graduating from college. As I drove through the gates of the Magic Kingdom I thought of that taken with my friend - my first vacation as an "adult".
The third trip was with my mom and Margrette. As I rode Dumbo, I remembered the bumpy ride that my sister and my mom had riding the elephant. Splash Mountain was closed, but I smiled as I remember them making me go on that ride, which I rode with my eyes closed.
Ben's ten year old trip was my fourth time and Jerome's ten year old trip was my fifth trip - so many memories there... Roz, Teacups, Buzz Lightyear, every corner seemed to remind me of something I did with with the two of them there - good memories.
So today my seventh trip was full of memories - I was there when Mickey rode the train to welcome everyone as the park opened and left after the night fireworks. I made a few new memories in the new Fantasyland and going to see the talking Mickey (did you know that he now talks to you when you visit?) It was a great day full of great memories - and that makes me smile.