Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Why Disney Means So Much to Me





There are two types of people in the world: the ones who love Disney and the ones who just don't get it. I think you all know which category I fall into, mainly just from the title of this post, and while I don't have anything against people who don't get it, I am often bombarded with the same kinds of responses from them:

"Why do you care about Disney so much? It's not real!" 

"Disney is for kids!" 

"You know it's just a big, money making company, right?" 

And to be honest, I often find it hard to put into words why Disney means so much to me. In a way, it's not a case of just being a fan of something, it's having a deeper connection to it. I mean, you should see some of the looks I receive when I tell people that I always cry when walking down Main Street for the first time on a Disney World holiday. I can't tell you why I cry, it's just a feeling.

Like many children I was raised on Disney. As a little girl, I truly believed that I was a princess like Belle or Ariel and I was just waiting for my adventure to arrive. As we get older, we realise that the world isn't quite as magical as it appears in a Disney movie, but we're still able to apply a lot of the lessons we're taught from them to real life. 

Cinderella didn't teach me to find a prince, it taught me to follow my dreams.

Beauty and the Beast taught me about true beauty lying beneath the surface and always trying to see the good in others.

Aladdin taught me that not everything in your life is mapped out, you can make your own destiny. 

Hunchback of Notre Dame taught me that there are monsters out there, you just have to recognise where they truly lie. 

I know it's often said that Disney is a 'bad influence' on children, or anti-feminist etc etc, but I completely disagree. There are so many lessons that can be taken from the movies and I've retained them my entire life. 

It's not even just about the lessons, it's about the feeling. I can't even explain it, but Disney evokes a true sense of passion and joy within me. It's magic, simply put, and nothing can quite explain it. And if something makes you feel that happy, why would you ever want to let it go? 

I even have a little hidden rule that whoever I date must love Disney too. Although it sounds absolutely ridiculous, if someone can't share this love with me then how could I ever be with them forever?! Luckily, my boyfriend is almost as big a fan as I am!

So you might read this post, roll your eyes and think, "My god, this girl is nuts" or you might totally understand where I'm coming from. Either way, you get a little bit more insight into this passion of mine. 

I'd love to know if you feel the same way about Disney, or if you even feel the same way about a different thing! Let me know in the comments x




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