Going Bananas at Walt Disney World Since the 70’s

In searching for ancient vintage photos from my childhood visits to Walt Disney World, I came across what may perhaps be my favorite. From the looks of my hair, I’m thinking this was around 1st grade, so 1978 or 1979. My Gramma Lucy (my dad’s mom) and I are both enjoying a wonderful Disney treat – a chocolate covered frozen banana. This was once one of my favorites, but I have to admit, I haven’t had one in years. Maybe I need to attempt to re-create this picture so my children can blog about it in 30 years??

wdw frozen banana 1970s
This trip is bananas! B-A-N-A-N-A-S!

In this photo, you not only get to see adorable 6-ish year old me, you get my mom next to me in a long sundress (which is I think back in style today?!) and Jackie O sunglasses, my brother on the other side of me in knee socks and short shorts, and to the far right, you can see part of my sister in a green one-piece tube-top/shorts-set situation. If my dad were in the picture, I can only imagine the fashion fabulousity he would’ve added, given his previous appearances with white pants and reaaaally short shorts.

I think my family is pretty tame compared to the other 1970’s theme-park couture going on, even from behind. Thanks, lady with the matching red pants and vest, lady with the super high plaid bell-bottoms with matching plaid jacket in your hand, and dude behind my brother with his shirt buttoned ALL the way down. You really made this picture worth posting. How did we survive as a species during this time?? Oh that’s right. Disco!

  • That’s adorable. And look at your little feet in a ballerina pose!

  • Excellent! I just realized that my dad continued to dress like that kid on the left well into the ’90s

  • That is full of awesome.

  • Haha, I was wondering if anyone would notice my feet like that! 😉 I did
    spend a lot of time in ballerina poses back then.

  • Sheila Bennett

    How funny that you can pick out so many details from one photo. 🙂

  • I know…I wish I had more photos to dissect like that! 😉

  • Reuben

    My favorite kind of pictures: nobody is purposely posing in front of anything, just your family walking down the castle bridge, enjoying summer treats! A moment of 1970s “normalcy” captured for us to enjoy today.

  • KarenR

    Fu-nny! I can relate……I am a little older (graduated high school in 1977) and I had the green ensemble as well as maybe the red one..(sad but true). Though I never could convince my parents that is was a worthwhile idea to visit Florida (or any other state for that matter)…we are also from Massachusetts, I have made up for it in adulthood with my Disney obsession. Thanks for the post….love the “vintage” pictures. 🙂

  • Wow, how funny! Makes me wonder if my sister still has any of her old outfits! 😉 Thanks for visiting – glad to see another Mass person here! 😀

  • I agree, Reuben, I love the freeze-frame of life back then! 🙂

  • Joelgreat2000

    i must tell you. I live in south florida. I have found a chocolate covered frozen banana from a company called Totally Bananas. They are far superior to any other frozen bananas In addition, the product is dairy free, gluten free and transfast free. here is their website. http://www.totally-bananas.net

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