Throw Back Thursday: October 1996

We take our children to Disney World for their tenth birthdays.  My youngest turned ten in December, so we went to Disney for Christmas.  Overall, we had a lovely time.  I enjoy spending time with my family and hope they feel the same way about me.


I will say that I will never go to Walt Disney World for Christmas again.  Don’t misunderstand.  The parks are decorated beautifully.  And there is still that classic Disney cheer there.  If possible, everyone should go at least once.  That being said, I prefer spending the holiday at home, seeing my siblings and their families, and enjoying our long standing traditions.  And I could do without the crowds.  There were just too many people at the parks.


This post isn’t about my recent experience, pleasant as it may have been.  I wanted to share some pictures from the trip my husband and I took to Disney in October of 1996.  It was just the two of us then.


Jo Ann and Mark Ward ca, October 1996

Dinner at Disney.

ca. 1996

The Magic Kingdom Main Street, USA

ca. 1996

The Magic Kingdom’s 25th Anniversary People hated the castle decorated like this. I kind of liked the candy castle. It was fun.


Come on! What’s more Disney than a Candy Castle?


Beauty and the Beast during the 3 o’clock parade.


Ah, Venice! Just kidding! It’s Epcot!

Mark Ward, Disney's Epcot, ca. 1996

Norway…He told me we’d see the world together, lol! Notice his sweat shirt? Go Smith!

IMG_3884Jo Ann Ward, ca. 1996

Mark Ward, ca. 1996

What’s more fun than getting your haircut in Disney?



  7 comments for “Throw Back Thursday: October 1996

  1. January 11, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    Beautiful pictures to be treasured.That’s really a throwback.
    I was just two years then

    • jrusoloward
      January 11, 2018 at 7:56 pm

      Thank you! It was definitely a long time ago! The castle is now back to normal. I was just there last month. I hope you enjoyed your trip when you went there.

  2. January 12, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    Salute to your hubby for daring that haircut at Disney. It could have gone wrong. I personally don’t trust my hair to anyone but my mom and, after years of accidents, this one stylist. Try giving myself haircuts most of the time.

    • jrusoloward
      January 15, 2018 at 5:36 pm

      I think men are a lot more relaxed about these things. For him, it was less about the cut and more about the experience. I’m very picky about my stylists, however, after the last year and a half, I realized I’m a lot less not as vain as I thought I was.

      • January 16, 2018 at 10:23 am

        I wouldn’t quite call that vanity, Jo. It’s more about appreciation than narcissism.

  3. January 17, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    You blew my mind with the castle and the haircut.

    • jrusoloward
      January 17, 2018 at 7:17 pm

      It was quite the experience!

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