First Impressions: Part Two

First View

When I first visited Walt Disney World some 31 years ago, I didn’t know what to expect. I was with my cousin, who had been with his family once or twice, but I had never seen The Magic Kingdom up to this point. We flew into Orlando, got a car service to our hotel, checked in, and jumped on a bus to the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC). The TTC was the only way to get to The Magic Kingdom. You could choose The Monorail or a Ferryboat. Of course, being my first visit, it had to be the Monorail for me!

As we walked down the ramp at the MK Monorail Station, my excitement grew! I was amazed that I couldn’t really get a glance of what was inside. As I got to the bottom of the ramp, I looked and say the Main Street Railway Station and that’s about all. But, as I entered the front gate to get my first look at Main Street USA, I was truly in awe of all that I was seeing! City Hall, the Fire Station, all the little shops, the circle with a little court yard in the middle. It all looked beautiful and I felt as though I had been transported to another time in history!

As we began to make the walk around the circle, I was thinking “what more could there be”? Well, that proved to be a rather silly question. As I came around The Emporium, my eyes felt like they got 3 times wider as there was quite the reveal in my eyesight…Cinderella Castle! It was right there! Right in front of me! WOW!!

And to this day, when I enter The Magic Kingdom, I still have the same sense of awe and wonder that I experienced back then. Just walking into The Magic Kingdom gives the feeling of weight being lifted off of my shoulders. And, the initial view of The Castle still takes my breath away, as though it was my first visit.

How about some of you? Is there something at Walt Disney World that still makes you say WOW? Let me know about it in the comments section below.

Until next time, enjoy a little magic in every day!

Author: threestrandswdw

I am a Disney fanatic who can't get nearly enough time to be there! I am married to someone who isn't as into it as I am, but tolerates my "hobby". I live in Ohio, but would love to make the move to Orlando, if I would work either at Walt Disney World, or in some peripheral business serving the WDW area! I invite you to read, comment, and submit ideas anytime at Or, even better, send me a trip report to share with others! We all like to live through the experiences of others, help us stay connected to the magic! Thank you!!

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