I'm a really sentimental person, and honestly one of the best experiences of my entire life was my first trip to WDW in 2009 at the age of 30. Never went as a kid, my parents couldn't afford it. I never even had much of a desire to go. But my husband and I decided to take a vacation and wanted to go somewhere that offered a lot of activity rather than a tropical beach with a lot of lounging. I kind of blindly picked Wilderness Lodge as the resort and off we went without much planning, other than some ADR's. I was pessimistic going into it, thinking I'd be standing in line more than anything. There's just no way to have any concept of the immersive experience you're about to have. I walked into the Wilderness Lodge and was hit with the most comforting aroma, it felt like home. The grand lobby and welcoming staff immediately told me I was somewhere special. We checked in, had a magnificent dinner at Artist Point, and hopped on a boat for MK. I walked under the railroad station, entering Town Square and my life changed forever. The timing was perfect, Spectromagic was just rounding the circle and everywhere I looked was magic. I entered a new world where everything was perfect, there wasn't a worry to be had, and it was okay to be a kid again. I'll never forget riding IASW, my first ride. I'll never forget that vintage space feel of Tomorrowland, the sounds and smells of Space Mountain, the awe-inspiring sight of that castle that I'd seen a million times on TV but now here it was, right in front of me, more beautiful that I could ever have imagined. On that trip, I changed. We both changed. We didn't want to leave, but when we did, Disney became a HUGE part of our lives. We'd do anything we could to recapture the feeling of being there. We immediately started planning our next trip and continued going back year after year. The entire year leading up to it would revolve around counting down, being excited, watching Disney movies, etc. It was everything to us. In 2013, on our 10 year anniversary of being a couple, we were surprised by a free upgrade to the Yellowstone Suite at WL. Unforgettable in every way! In 2014, he made arrangements with the hotel staff to propose to me on the roof of the WL during Wishes! Again, unforgettable! In 2015, we were finally able to legally marry and celebrated our honeymoon in WDW for 2 full weeks. After that trip, we experienced severe financial troubles and in late 2018, the problems of every day life got the best of us and we decided to separate. We remain very good friends but I don't know that I'll ever be able to return to WDW again. The memories are just too hard. I'm in tears as I sit here and type this. I guess I needed some form of release from the terrible pain that I feel every day about our break up. Sharing one of my greatest memories of my lifetime with you all helps a little... I'm in tremendous pain but there is some comfort in knowing I had this amazing experience.
I'm sorry for oversharing.
I'm sorry for oversharing.