I remember my most recent trip to Disneyworld. It was in 2012 with my folks and the kids. When we were there I couldn’t find anything labeled for the place where Betsy and I spent our honeymoon in 1995. Dixie Landings is no more. Took me a Google search and some Wikipedia reading to find out that Port Orleans Resort absorbed and reworked the Dixie Landings. So our honeymoon stay location is still there — sort of.
Pulling out the pictures of the honeymoon also reminded me of many things that were there in 1995 and still there in 2012 — along with things that no longer seemed to be there.
But mostly it was a reminder of wonderful times, and of a younger self and bride, and how much joy there has been between then and now.
One of the things about the honeymoon is you travel with a special someone, yet your pictures can seldom show the two of you together, because you aren’t traveling with someone that can take the pictures besides yourself.
So below are two pictures taken that I have decided to show side-by-side, since the settings are very similar. When I look at the picture of me here, on the dock, I think about how much I liked that shirt, and how I haven’t been able to find one similar to it since. When I look at the picture of Betsy, I think how good she looks, and how she needs to have more outfits like that today, to show off how good she looks — hard to find those flattering fashions for her today, like it is hard to find the things I used to like.
One of the things about our honeymoon, we got a bonus to our travel packet — they threw in breakfast tickets. So we didn’t eat breakfast at Dixie Landings, but at the higher end resorts. Our favorite was the Polynesian, but the most elegant was the Gland Floridian. The fruit that Betsy ordered was elegant and bountiful, and the actual value of the meal was shocking to us — especially at 1995 prices. I believe it cost more per plate then than our recent trip to The Melting Pot here in Kansas City.
But the most fun breakfast was the character breakfast with Chip and Dale at Epcot. It was a country theme. We also got to meet Mickey and Minnie.
(Yes I really liked the orange shirt I was wearing in these pictures — I liked bright colors — but upon reflection I don’t think it was as flattering as the black pirate shirt in the previous pictures. Betsy, of course look lovely and ideal in the environment with her ensemble.)
One of the other persistent memories of the trip was Betsy playing in the water fountains — the ones where you jumped from place to place as the water sprayed up through the pavement in different patters. We did look for those, and still found them around, on the 2012 trip. Here below are a few pictures from the 1995 Honeymoon.
My final note will be on the Muppets. We looked for Muppet 3D in 2012 because we really enjoyed it in 1995. Back in 1995 it was Disney-MGM Studios theme park, and in 2012 it was Hollywood Studios theme park, but the Muppet 3D was the same zany show.