September 2008 was our first trip. I grew up going to DL until I moved away in 1991. From 91-08, nothing. One day, I was watching tv and that Visit California commercial came on and I saw the scene with Vanessa Williams, Mickey, and Minnie at DL. I told my wife I wanted to take the family(just the 4 of us at that time) to Disney, either out west or in Florida. She had only been once to WDW in 1983. So, we booked a September trip to celebrate our anniversary. Our two kids were 8 and 7 at that point. With the exception of 2010, we've been every year since then for a total of 26 or 27 times.