Can we just talk about the Magic Kingdom for a minute?
Most of us have grown up loving that place, myself included. I always looked forward to their newest animation film. Belle was my favorite because she had brown hair like me, so by default, I looked like her the most (Ha!).
When I was in eighth grade my parents surprised us with a trip to Disneyland.
It was Christmas. My siblings and I always got up really early to open our stockings and sort everyone’s gifts. This particular year, my sister woke us up at 4:30. We usually got up early, but never before 6…something was off. Did I also mention that there didn’t seem to be very many presents under the tree?…
We sat down to open our stocking stuffers and the first one was a wrapped piece of paper. Upon opening it, we found that it was a plane ticket to Orange County. I had never been on a plane before and I was pretty sure Orange County was in California…
That was the only gift we opened that morning because we lived an hour and a half from the airport, and we had a plane to catch!
It was an amazing trip that will never be forgotten.
Now I have my own kids and I am just beside myself waiting until they’re old enough to go. I understand Disney has fun for all ages, but we don’t live close, so our trip will be a major event. Both kids WILL remember their first trip to Disney!
So while we wait, my children get to be immersed in Disney culture.
Can I just give a nice shoutout to the Disney marketing team for a sec? Their ‘Disney Princesses all over everything’ campaign is genius. Being a child of the ’80’s, I’m more likely to show my kids the movies I grew up loving, ‘The Little Mermaid’, ‘Beauty and the Beast’, etc, and of course the newer ones. This mama doesn’t want to miss out on six months of ‘Frozen’ every single day!
But since there are all the princesses plastered on all the things, my smart girl wants to see every single one of them. We may have led our girl towards Ariel for her first princess because of her long red hair and her mermaid-like qualities, but now she wants them all. The second she watches a new one, she wants the next one. As hard as I’ve tried to lead her to my favorites, she is loving the oldies. While watching Cinderella for a month, she talked about Aurora the entire time. We finally got Aurora, and after seeing it for the first time, I asked her what she thought. She said, “I really, really liked it, but my favorite is Belle.”Ok. So next up is Belle. I told her once she filled out her entire potty chart, as a reward, we could get Belle. Unfortunatly, Belle is not to be found. I believe she is “in the vault” as they say.
So instead, we got ‘The Princess and the Frog’ because Miss Z was talking about Tiana a bit too. It’s fantastic, by the way. I’m sure it would be scary for some, but apparently its not for my 2 and 4 year olds.
I love how the newer Disney movies have such great messages (unlike Sleeping Beauty-“I’ll give her the gift of beauty.” Really? Seriously??)
What I’ve learned as a mom of a Disney Princess obsessed toddler, is that the movies have a great message and they have a lot of funny little things that are easy to miss. You know, if you only watch it once. If you watch each one as many times as I have, you become an expert on the idiosyncrasies of ‘Pascal.’
What’s your favorite Disney movie? What about your kiddos? Are they Princess obsessed or have you gotten to watch some of the other greats like ‘The Lion King’?