The Magic Kingdom – Young at Heart Photo Album

10 Feb

This photo represents the beginning of my love affair with Disneyland, Disneyworld and Euro Disney (remember that?).  I think I am ten, and unlike too cool for school Laura, who tagged me, I am dressed entirely in yellow, including my shoe laces, but not including my rather fetching Mickey Mouse sun visor.  I have no idea why, no doubt I thought it was a good look in 1982 or thereabouts.  I am standing with my little brother, also fetchingly visored, and Janet, our New Zealand nanny, who we will be spending this Christmas with in Auckland.  It’s been almost ten years since I’ve seen her and I can’t wait.

I had never been anywhere as magical as the Magic Kingdom before and it’s a place I still have very fond memories of.  We’ve taken Eve to Disneyland Paris for the weekend, which she was enchanted by, but I can’t wait to take all the children to the real deal in LA.  Before you say anything, Disneyland Paris will never be the real deal.  Most of the staff are French for a start.

Now, on to my tagee, who has sent me this beautiful, sparkly Christmas picture that must have been taken with the aid of a starburst filter.  This tag has an air of mystery about it. You have to guess who she is…

She will be posting her Young at Heart photo and story tomorrow, and revealing another youthful blogger for the photo album, so keep them peeled. And you never know, you could be tagged  next. . .

NOTE: Make sure you include the name ‘Young at Heart Photo Album’ in your title and post so your entry is easy to find in Google. The originator of the meme, Tara, will be looking out for you…

There are no rules as such, just keep paying it forward.

I’ve already done it behind the scenes and she’s all ready to go. And she’s primed her tagee etc. See if you can guess who it is before you click through to find out who our sparkly blogger is . . .


17 Responses to “The Magic Kingdom – Young at Heart Photo Album”

  1. English Mum 10/02/2010 at 9:55 am #

    I’d recognise that smile anywhere!!! Last time I saw it, though, it was stuffed full of marshmallows! x

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 15/02/2010 at 10:09 am #

      Even at a young age, that mouth showed great marshmallow stuffing potential.

  2. TheMadHouse 10/02/2010 at 10:19 am #

    My mum, brother and family are all currently at Disney in Florida. I am very envious, we have only been to Paris. Over the next couple of years we would like to take the boys.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 15/02/2010 at 10:11 am #

      I went to Florida twice as a child and it made a very deep impression on me.

  3. Heather 10/02/2010 at 11:53 am #

    I love, love, loved disneyland. I really hope to take my kids someday. Never been to the paris one though.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 15/02/2010 at 10:14 am #

      The Paris one isn’t bad exactly, it’s just not the same. I feel like the French staff begrudge the level of service they are required to give. Tokyo Disneyland on the other hand is absolutely marvellous.

  4. Tara@Sticky Fingers 10/02/2010 at 11:57 am #

    So loving your top to toe yellow look! Lovely lovely memories.
    And as for your mystery blogger I hadn’t a clue (until I cheated and clicked through) but on a cheese scale it’s off the chart!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 15/02/2010 at 10:16 am #

      I know how to rock a look. I think the visor sets the whole thing off particularly well.

  5. Mark J Daniels 10/02/2010 at 12:01 pm #

    I tend to think that if you’ve never been to Disney World in Florida then Disneyland Paris is brilliant; but if you HAVE been to Florida, then Paris just doesn’t cut the mustard. I am waiting for my youngest son to reach ten before we take them out there as I want to make sure they remember it. So, another three years to save up, anyway….!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 15/02/2010 at 10:18 am #

      It’s always good to have something to look forward to!

  6. Liz (LivingwithKids) 10/02/2010 at 12:01 pm #

    Oh once you’ve been to Disney it gets right in your heart and stays there forever. We never went as kids but once I started going (on my post-uni trek across the US) I just couldn’t stop! Lovely photo x

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 15/02/2010 at 10:21 am #

      Steve and I went to LA together on our first holiday, as he was attending a conference. I made him go to Disneyland and insisted on two days there. He came along to humour me but ended up loving it too.

  7. Crystal Jigsaw 10/02/2010 at 12:03 pm #

    You look great in yellow, and very cool. I went to Disney Land in Orlanda in 1991 so I imagine it’s changed a lot since then.

    CJ xx

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 15/02/2010 at 10:25 am #

      It has changed and it hasn’t. It’s still the same in all the essentials. They still have the Tiki Room…

  8. angelsandurchinsblog 11/02/2010 at 10:57 pm #

    My son still hasn’t got over not being allowed into the Magic Castle – it being so two-dimensional really threw him. I think he thought Sleeping Beauty would be inside, or something, and he’d get to battle a baddie like a prince. You look nice in yellow, btw!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 15/02/2010 at 10:29 am #

      When we went to Disneyland Paris, we left our then two year old with my mother because we thought he wouldn’t get it. When we got home and showed him the pictures, there was one of his sister standing next to a pirate with a huge knife. He burst into tears and said “the pirate’s going to hurt evie”. He wouldn’t have enjoyed himself.


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