The first time we ever went to Disney World when I was a kid was because my grandma entered a raffle at our local Friendly's diner. We won a trip to Disney (staying off property), a VCR and a VCR video recorder (a big deal in the mid-80's!) We had such a great time that my mom scrimped and saved so we could go back about two years later. I got to keep all the money from returning sticky soda bottles to use as spending money and I have strong memories of lining up empty cans and bottles at the return desk--- before they had these new-fanged bottle return machines.
We are planning our third trip to Disney this year and I'm happy that my girls have been able to share all three of these trips with their grandma and even made memories at Seaworld with their great grandma (my paternal grandmother)! A lot of folks question my adoration of Disney, they view it as a commercial enterprise out to devour all disposable income. And, it may be that. But it's also about family and memories. For me, Disney is about generations of memories. I think of my grandmother often when I am in the parks --- especially EPCOT's lands where she loved to stroll and shop and nibble on snacks, and when we're sitting on the curb waiting for parades which was also one of her favorite things to do: she always had a book in her purse, and when not reading would strike up lengthy and meaningful conversations with those around her.
My grandmother passed away in the early 00's before recording everything and everyone became as ubiquitous as it is now, so footage of her is rare. I recently had a bunch of old VHS tapes converted to digital and managed to find footage from our early trips to Disney and, miraculoussly, a few bits of her speaking! You can't imagine how wonderful it is to hear a voice you haven't heard in years and years.
Since I'm a bit ... erm... hesitant to ride some of the bigger rides, I'm usually the one to volunteer to sit on the curb, staking out a spot for us all to watch the parade. More often than not I've picked a spot where two decades ago my grandmother sat. I love this quiet time to sit, read an ebook, maybe strike up a conversation with a stranger... I love taking my kids to Disney and I look forward to taking my grandkids someday!