Tom Henry, Jr.
I am a "Disney child" and have been my whole life. My family grew up watching everything Disney on TV, especially the Mickey Mouse Club and I dreamed of visiting Disneyland, but it never happened. My family was rich in love and support but we didn't have the money to travel from central New York State to California. My Mom was a stay at home Mom and my Dad worked two jobs to support the family.
After graduating High School, I received the "greetings from your president" letter in January, 1969 and decided it was in my best interest to enlist in the USAF and served my country proudly. My high school sweetheart and I were married just before I left for basic training and in the next four years, we had three children. We returned to Central New York and raised the family. We still couldn't afford to visit Disneyland or Walt Disney World. I worked as hard as my Dad, working in a factory and playing drums in several successful Rock and Country bands. I was determined to give my family a better life.
After my first marriage ended, I met the love of my life in 2000, Patti! One of my dear friends invited us down to his house in Florida in the spring of 2001 and while there Patti and I visited the Magic Kingdom for the very first time and we fell in love with the park. Three days later, we talked our friends into a visit Epcot with us and we were head over heels in love with The Walt Disney World Resort.
Patti and I were married in April, 2002 and decided on a Disney Honeymoon. We did the Land and Sea Package. We stayed at the Caribbean Beach Resort for four nights and then spent three nights on the Disney Wonder! We returned two years later and stayed in a Magic Kingdom View room at the Polynesian Resort courtesy of McDonalds! I had won the trip by eating a salad for lunch instead of my usual burger. The only thing we spent during that trip was for food and souvenirs.
We've been lucky enough to have visited Walt Disney World every year since. We are now Disney Vacation Club owners, and Annual Pass Holders so we get to visit our happy place a couple of times during most years! While at The Walt Disney World Resort we've stayed at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter Resort, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge-Kidani Village, Disney's Old Key West Villas, Disney's Boardwalk Villas, and Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa. We've also been blessed to stay at Disney's crown jewel of the Hawaiian Islands Disney's Aulani Resort in Ko Olina, Hawaii.