Guest series: Disney Delights #2 – A Disney Monorail Ride Down Memory (E. L.) Lane (E. L. Lane Writer)

This week, we hear from E. L. Lane, sharing various memories of Disney World, and what they mean to her and her family. I loved her post when I first read it, and am grateful that she decided to share these special moments on my blog.

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Hi all! I’m E. L. Lane, and I was born and raised in Miami, Florida. Only a four-hour drive from Orlando, Florida, it is home to the most magical place on earth: Walt Disney World.

I went to Walt Disney World countless times as a kid, and created many childhood memories in these parks that will last me a lifetime. Come along with me on a short monorail ride down memory lane.

‘Please stand clear of the doors. Por favor manténganse alejado de las puertas.

Next stop: E. L. Lane’s childhood memories of Walt Disney World

The magic of Disney always started for me as we drove through the welcome sign that reads “Walt Disney World: Where dreams come true,” with Mickey and Minnie standing on either side; my little body would shake and my teeth would rattle with excitement as we approached and drove under this iconic sign.

From that point, we’d usually head to one of our two favorite parks – Magic Kingdom or Epcot Center. (We did visit MGM Studios – now, Hollywood Studios – several times, but more often than not, we’d go to only Magic Kingdom and Epcot.)

My parents usually rented a stroller at the parks. They were blue and so comfortable.

Nothing like the plastic contraptions they rent out nowadays. You can see the new plastic strollers here.

I love that my parents collected photos of things I can’t possibly remember, but that I’ll treasure forever. Like my first time meeting Winnie the Pooh.

Or this poopocalypse (poop-apocalypse) that my mom seems to be calmly handling with a giant tub of wipes!

Next stop: A List of E. L.’s favorite childhood memories at Disney Parks

Magic Kingdom

  1. My dad fed the seagulls once at Tomorrowland Terrace, and one of them pooped on his arm. Needless to say, he never feed the gulls again.
  2. On Peter Pan’s Flight, there’s a part where you, Peter, and the children fly over London. I always felt so big flying over that tiny model city. Only at Disney World did I ever feel big while still being small.
  3. The first time I ever became curious about differences in culture was riding It’s a Small World. The lovely colors, sights, and sounds on this ride made me hungry to know about different places in our big, yet small world.
  4. A ride that is still near and dear to my heart is Pirates of the Caribbean. I clearly remember the butterflies I got in my stomach on the small drop into a cannon battle between a fort and a pirate ship. I’ll never forget how my dad and I would shake a fist in the air and yell at the pirate ship, ‘Pirata bandido!
  5. I’ll probably never forget the heartbreak I suffered as I saw my favorite pacifier (the one pictured later on in this post) drop and unceremoniously get engulfed by the waters at the now-defunct 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea ride.
  6. And I love boasting about the fact that I went on Space Mountain for the first time when I was 8 years old and loved it. I always conveniently leave out how scared, nervous, and excited I was leading up to the rocket ship-shaped cars.

EPCOT Center

**DETOUR – Fun fact: Did you know that EPCOT stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow? Walt Disney intended to make a futuristic community with the latest technological advances, but he passed away before he could realize his dream, and that’s how we got EPCOT Center. You can see a little model of the community he intended on building in the People Mover ride in Magic Kingdom. Cool, huh?**

Now let’s get back on track …

  1. I’ll never forget how I used to steal my mom’s cheese quesadilla (that seemed more like a cheese empanada to me) when she would order a platter at the restaurant right across from the Mexican Pyramid in the Mexico Pavilion in the World Showcase.

  1. My favorite ride in the World Showcase was Maelstrom (now the Frozen ride) in Norway, because I always felt like such a bad-ass facing trolls and falling backward for a couple of seconds.
  2. I used to love singing along with Figment and the Dreamfinder (R.I.P. <3) on Imagination.
  3. My favorite Walt Disney World memory is when I got piggyback rides from my dad around the World Showcase, and used my blankie as a bandana so I could pretend I was a pirate being caravanned around the world.

Little E. L. loved creating these memories with her family; and big E. L. is having the best time creating memories with little Leia, and re-experiencing the magic of Walt Disney World through her little eyes.

Next stop: E. L.’s recent memories with Leia at Walt Disney World

So far, my husband and I have taken 3-year-old Leia to Disney four times, and we hope to pass on the following memories to her in the form of pictures and videos (because, let’s be honest, she’s probably not going to remember anything before the age of 4):

  1. She took her first unassisted steps at Gaston’s fountain, in front of Gaston’s Tavern in Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom.

  1. She was a bit nervous meeting her first favorite Disney princess, Ariel.

  1. She was so delighted the first time she met Minnie Mouse that she danced with her and didn’t want to leave.

  1. She got her first haircut at the Harmony Barber Shop in Main Street, U.S.A., in Magic Kingdom at 3 years old.

I’ve had such a wonderful time writing this, and sharing most of my favorite Disney memories with you on Romina’s blog. I have several more Disney memories that I’ll always treasure, and that I’m sure I’ll be creating with Leia in the future, but we’ve reached the end of the line for now, and I’d like to thank you so much for coming along with me on this short monorail ride down memory lane.

Have a magical day, lovelies!

-xoxo

E. L. Lane

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Thanks so much for sharing all these wonderful memories! Stay tuned for another #disneylove post, soon! If you’d like to guest post on sharing what you love about Disney with your kids, please check out the series page and email your post to minimummiblogger@outlook.com.

About E. L. Lane

E. L. Lane lives in Miami, Florida, USA, with her 6-year-old canine daughter, 3-year-old human daughter, and young-at-heart husband. She has an MA in psychology, but reading and writing have always been her main passions. When she’s not hanging out at a local bookstore with her daughter, she’s blogging, trying to find time to hang out with friends, doing quick crafts with her family, or planning the next trip to Disney.

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Blog: http://ellanewriter.blogspot.com

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