This is a blog post I have started over and over again, before I just delete it and decide to write something else because it “doesn’t relate to fashion” or “isn’t relevant”. But it is such an outstanding part of my life that it is something that inspires me everyday, and that’s what these posts are about, right? So, I thought since I’m feeling a little uninspired today (and I have a crazy weekend that’s sort of consuming all of my thoughts right now), it would be a good time to kind of talk about why I’m so obsessed with Walt Disney, his characters, his movies and his theme parks.
As a kid, I was obsessed with The Lion King. My parents have photos of me watching it at home in diapers. I was almost born in Walt Disney World; there are pictures of my mom with a giant pregnant belly and my older sister a few months before I was born. I have been to Disney World eighteen times in my twenty years of life. We went every year when my dad had a huge meeting down there. My entire family went for my grandparents 50th wedding anniversary. I was in fifth grade when High School Musical came out. I grew up watching The Disney Channel and even in high school would go out of my way to watch Disney movies and see them in Theaters. I’ve seen every Disney on Broadway show (most recently Aladdin, thanks to my boyfriend)
My favorite princess? Tiana from The Princess and The Frog because she’s insanely independent and works hard (Rapunzel, Aurora and Mulan are all a very close second). My favorite Pixar movie? It’s a tie between Up and Ratatouille. I love the classically animated films and envy those animators because I would love to be able to draw like that.
Disney has just always been a place of joy and happiness for me. In February 2014, my grandpa died from Lung Cancer, and it hit me very hard. I had a hard time doing anything, and I would spend my free time watching Disney movies from my childhood and thinking about the memories from when we went to Disney together in 2004. My parents knew it too; Disney was one of the only things keeping me afloat. So, in June of that year, they told me they had booked my boyfriend, Matt, and I a trip to Disney World for that August. I cried when they told me, and my boyfriend (who had never been before) was so excited.
The next two months consisted of me spending all of my time on Pinterest and various Disney blogs planning the trip. I knew where we’d eat, I had our Fastpass+ times picked, I knew what hotel we were staying at, and which parks we were going to on what days. I was so excited and just kept accumulating tidbits of trivia about all of the rides, the history of Walt Disney World and of Walt himself. It consumed me, but it was a healthy habit.
The trip was absolutely amazing. I could write an entire blog post about that, but we had an amazing time. My parents said it was my “sweet 19” present (I had never had a sweet 16 while my sister did), I was turning 19, and it was my boyfriend and I’s 3 year anniversary.
I was so sad when we came home, so I kept researching and trying to figure out how I could see more. I want to go to Disneyland. I want to go to all of the parks all over the world. I plan on doing the Disney College Program in Orlando when I graduate. I have so many plans and they all seem to involve Disney. I just want to pass on my love of Disney to others and I want to make other people happy. I am just obsessed, because it’s something that will always hold so many fond memories for me. I love the man who Walt Disney was, and the movie Saving Mr. Banks is my favorite Disney Movie of all time, because they portrayed him in the movie so spot on. I love him for everything he’s done for me, and I can only hope that I can pass this love on to everyone I know. It’s pure magic, and it makes me feel like a kid again, always.