Dear Minnie-Ellie (get it- play on words as you are so teeny and we are headed to Disney TOMORROW!),
Your Daddy had never been to Disney when we started dating so of course it was an experience I had to share with him! So the two of us went for his 21st birthday and actually had a romantic time!
I think it was April of 1977… Aunt Phyllis’ Toy Company held their sales convention at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, and she was so wonderful to invite me along with her family to attend. I have been hooked ever since! Since the Magic Kingdom was only a stone’s throw from the hotel, we spent quite a bit of time there! Space Mountain was probably the coolest and fastest roller-coaster ride of that time… (However now I am thinking it is more like Aerosmith’s Rock-n-Roller Coaster!) My cousins Joey, Linda, Missy, Johnny and I would go off on our own and explore the variety of attractions at the park as it was (and still is) an amazingly friendly, clean and safe place! I remember one ride called Twenty Leagues Under The Sea that is no longer there. At the time I thought it was an awesome ride because you had to climb into a submarine that was partially submerged in water. I remember it gave you the feeling that you were deep underneath the sea as it circled the tank while you focused on the fake fish outside the sub’s windows. Now looking back, it was kind of a corny ride Ellie… Fun, but corny! When we were hanging out at the hotel, we spent a lot of time at the pool and also driving the little motorboats around the lagoon! There was always something to entertain us! In fact, Aunt Phyllis’ company sponsored a private party character breakfast for everyone. All the Disney characters made an appearance and one in particular took a liking to me Ellie.
I am not sure if I was more embarrassed or more mortified, but I can tell you one thing for sure… my cheeks were definitely beet red from the attention! This trip to Disney was absolutely one of my favorite experiences!
And yes we stayed at the Contempory Resort! (I think you could say that that hotel is our favorite!) When we got there, he mentioned to the reservationist at the front desk that it was a special anniversary, and to our surprise they accommodated us with an upgraded room on an upper floor in the main tower with a direct view of the Magic Kingdom! It was awesome Ellie to relax on our balcony, watch the spectacular fireworks burst in an array of vibrant colors and “be in the moment” of Walt Disney’s ‘dream’! And one more thing… One of your Poppy’s and my all time favorite spots in Disney is Main Street located in the Magic Kingdom! I remember 33 years ago Main Street had a Houdini Magic Shop that sold every kind of magic trick imaginable! Poppy and I were always fascinated and frequented this shop quite a bit! Main Street also had a movie theater that showed very old movies (I think from the 1930’s) all day long. That was a pretty cool place to walk into also! But those shops no longer exist … they have since been replaced with more up-to-date shopping stores. (The kind Poppy loves to buy from!) (The kind You Little Princess make out in spades with gifts!) Oh Ellie I could go on and on and on, but then this would no longer be a blog but rather an “unofficial” and quite lengthy Disney Guide Book of informative as well as nonsensical information seen through the eyes of The Russell’s! With us Ellie Disney is NEVER dull! Prayerfully you will learn this fact many times through the coming years!