Often times, people ask me about my Disney obsession. “Aren’t you too old?” “Where did it come from?” “Why do you like Disney so much?” I’m used to people asking questions.
With that being said, I think that it can be helpful to shed some light on the (sometimes irrational) obsessions that people tend to have when it comes to Disney. While I feel that everyone should be a fan, I realize that a lot of people really do not understand the hype. It’s cool! That’s what I am here for. My job today is to let you in on the secret. It is, also, for me to come clean about my Disney obsession.
Here… The Disney Obsession All Began!
When I was a child, my parents began fostering and nurturing my love for Disney. Aladdin was my favorite movie as a tiny tot. I’m sure that I wore the VHS out. PLUS, I loved Disney princesses, especially Cinderella and Snow White.
Another Disney movie that I REALLY loved was the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Esmeralda was my favorite character for a long time. She was beautiful and kind, and I LOVE(D) her name. Anyway, my mom bought me Esmeralda sheets, and my brother got Quasimodo sheets. (Again, the 90s were a great time to be alive LOL.)
Mulan was another favorite. I was three or four when it came out, and I even remember having a Mulan themed birthday party. We had the Hercules plates. (Look them up!) My brother and I had so much DISNEY around us. It was too hard not to become Disney obsessed.
Time Goes On… Even For Those With a Disney Obsession!
As I got older, I began to venture into Nickelodeon cartoons, but my Disney love never faded. I was a huge fan of Disney Channel, and I loved being able to catch the original Disney movies. As I grew, it seemed that Disney grew along with me. It remained relatable.
The shows and movies evolved, the storylines evolved, and the princesses became more diverse. I could understand the messages of the movies, and shows, and that made them all-the-more appealing.
Furthermore, some of the quality time that I cherish the most with my cousins and parents were over Disney movies. When I used to go to my aunt’s and cousins’ house, my cousin, Kendria, and I would watch Disney channel all day and play with toys.
Fond Disney Memory: When Toy Story 2 hit the theatres, I remember my mama taking my brother and me to watch it. We enjoyed it so much that we movie hopped to watch it again the second time. While this may not sound so obsessed, the memories will forever stick with me. When I watch those shows and movies now, it brings me back to my happy childhood, and it makes me feel great.
Even The Disney Obsessed Take a Break!
While Disney stuck with me throughout my teenage years, my love faded during my time in college. Once I graduated high school, it was all about class, work, and reality television. It took the highly anticipated Finding Dory to come out to reignite the spark and passion that I have. It brought me back to my childhood, and it reminded me of my happy memories. I went to watch with my mother, little cousins, and niece. Sharing this moment with an older generation and a younger generation made me appreciate this so much more.
Then, Moana came out and stole my heart. To this day, I can watch this movie over and over, and never get tired of watching it. Side Note: I happened to share the love with one of the cousins that I mentioned earlier (with my aunt’s house). She’s always been my Disney twin because we shared this Disney obsession and love. We got the brilliant idea to go to Disney World, and it happened. Read about our journey here.
AmberLynn Takes Disney!
Like I mentioned before, my cousin and I were gifted with the opportunity to visit Disney World. We spent a week in Orlando last May (2017) and had the time of our lives. (I’ll post a few photos below.) Anyway, the trip gave me the inspiration to tell others why they should visit and how to make the best of your experience.
The trip quadrupled my obsession, and there has been no turning back. I often find myself watching Disney Youtubers, I am always watching a movie from my childhood (or even adulthood… i.e. Finding Dory, Frozen, Tangled, and Moana.) I signed up with Movies Anywhere (formerly with Disney Movies Anywhere), and buy digital copies of my favorite movies.
Additionally, I have brought my Disney obsession into my classroom. I have been buying Disney books and goodies from ShopDisney.com. When we return back to school in August, my entire classroom will be Disney-themed. I’m so excited! I will even have a Disney-dedicated bookshelf because I have so many Disney books.
What Does All of This Amount To?
I’ve shared some of my history with Disney, but I haven’t really answered why I’m so obsessed. While I’ve briefly touched on some of the reasons, I will outline them here. If you skipped until the end, this is the part where the question will be answered briefly. I am obsessed with and in love with Dinsey because of the memories that are created. Disney was a major part of my childhood, and it still remains a major source of happiness in my adulthood. Disney relates to everyone of ALL ages, and that’s what I love most. There are life lessons that can be learned in EVERY Disney book, episode, movie, etc. No matter what joy or difficulty you may be facing, there’s a Disney quote or movie for it that you can relate to.
Additionally, I admire Walt Disney and his vision. I love that despite opposition, he believed in his dream enough to pursue it and make it happen. Often times, I shy away from pursuing my dreams, and instead, I find myself doing what’s comfortable. The more I read into Disney and the vision (and visionary) behind it, it gives me more courage. It pushes me a little further, and it makes me want to step out of my comfort zone and to do what makes my heart happy. For that, I thank you, Walt Disney. Thank you for giving me something that has come to be a huge part of my life.
Now Talk to Me!
What is something that you are obsessed with and have no shame of? Why? Are you a huge Disney fan? Let me know in the comments below. Of course, any love that you can share by sharing this post would be appreciated. Until next time…