Disney is important to me. I have Disney toys on my bed, I go on Disney holidays and I even have a Disney handbag these days. Now some of you may have ready my posts such as my favourite Disney 3, or my top Disney songs. Or just the fact that I write about Disney quite a bit. And that’s because I love it. I love the magic and the escapism. The whole lot. But, I didn’t always. Yes, I used to watch Disney as a kid, and it was actually a large part of my childhood, but that’s not to mean that I’ve loved Disney all my life.
“You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – Winnie the Pooh.
Actually, my love for Disney is far more recent than that. It actually started my first year of university. During my first year at university, my family and I went to Disneyland Paris for New Years. I was so excited, since I hadn’t been back to Disney since I was 6 years old. It was a nostalgic thing for me then.
“The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem.” — Jack Sparrow
At this time in my life, I had just gone from studying A-Levels to literally moving to Birmingham on my own, met a load of new and amazing friends and started studying at University. Least to say I was feeling overwhelmed. I didn’t really know what was going on at the time, so a trip away in the freezing cold to Disney was a welcomed distraction. Little did I know it would be everything I needed.
“Oh yes, the past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it.” – Rafiki, The Lion King.
I don’t think I realised how much I needed our Disney break until I was there. The genuine magic that I felt while I was there, with my little brother and watching the shows, was just incredible. I felt so relaxed and honestly, I felt free. Free from stress, from work and from what was expected to me. The trip was so incredible, the first thing I did when I got home was made sure that my friends and I would stop in Disney during our trip.
“You control your destiny — you don’t need magic to do it. And there are no magical shortcuts to solving your problems.” – Merida, Brave.
I made a real point about it, so of course we did. On our last day of our interrailing trip, we stopped at Disneyland Paris, and I was super determined to make it the best day of our trip. We saw all the parades, did all the rides and we topped it off with a trip to the store before watching the fireworks. It really was the perfect day. And to top it off I was there with some of my best friends in my entire life.
“Ohana means family, and family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.” – Lilo, Lilo & Stitch.
Disney now holds a really special place in my heart. It’s what allows me to be a child still and gives me the inspiration to go out and shoot for what I want. I honestly believe that behind every Disney film, every character is a really amazing lesson. I learnt so much as a little kid from Disney, how to follow my dreams, to never give up, even to see a person for who they are inside and not by their appearance.
“I’m a damsel, I’m in distress, I can handle this. Have a nice day.” – Meg, Hercules.
When I was little, I watched The Fox and The Hound, The Little Mermaid and Sleeping Beauty on repeat. They were everything I needed when I was little. Lessons of friendship, of following my dreams and kindness. All I even wanted was to be a princess and to go to the cottage in the glen. As an adult now, I surround myself with these things of my childhood. Things that make me happy and remind me of the lessons I learnt when I was little. Plus, they make me feel the way I did when I was is Disneyland Paris that last trip with my family and then again with my friends. As though nothing in the world could be bad enough to ruin my day.
Do you guys love Disney as much as me, or anything else? I’d love to hear about your passions. Thank you so much for reading! xxx