The very first of anything–first job, first kiss, first day of school–can be magical. A first visit to Disney World amps that magic up to an even higher degree. Everything is just so new and exciting and ideal; you’re overwhelmed with pixie dust and magical mice and real-life princesses. You get to wear the “My First Visit” button and all the cast members and characters warmly welcome you to that happy place. Nothing can beat the feeling of seeing that castle for the very first time.
My first visit was in 2009. I was 16 and had always been a Disney kid, but my obsession with all things magical was solidified on that fateful visit. I felt an overwhelming desire to never want to leave and forget all the fun I had. I didn’t even want to think about having to wait three more years until we could return.
To counter those emotions, I bought this classic pin:
Even though my fingers are covering the lettering, it says “My first visit to” at the top and “Walt Disney World” at the bottom. It has four icons from the four different parks (including the now-gone hat from Hollywood Studios!) and Mickey Mouse exuberantly gesturing his welcome. It epitomized the giddy feeling you inevitably got when wandering the parks, gaping in awe at the icons that were sure to greet you. It was the perfect little trinket to have and to hold to remember my favorite vacation ever–Disney World was truly the first time I had ever had so much fun on a summer vacation. Any stress I ever had just melted away. All that I had to worry about was which line to get in, which snack to taste, and which show to watch.
Obviously, I loved it.
Do you remember your first visit? Did you buy anything special to commemorate the experience? Feel free to comment down below; I love hearing other Disney stories.
I hope everyone has a magical day!