Seeing ariel’s large forehead in the final shots of “part of your world” helps me feel less self conscious of mine
I always cry when Ariel says goodbye to Triton. He reminds me of my own father – he showed abusive behaviors at first (like destroying her possessions), but then he realized how awful he was being and tried to make up for it. I love the way they expanded it in the musical too.
When I came out as bi to my husband we played a 20 Questions version of which disney character was my sexual awakening. He was guessing Ariel, Belle, Tinkerbell, etc until I finally told him Jasmine. I thought it was really funny he didn’t think of Jasmine because Aladdin is his favorite disney movie
When I was younger I had romantic feelings for both male and female characters. But my favorite were Belle and Ariel because I could relate the most to them. Being autistic I didn’t understand that my feelings were on a romantic basis but now I came out as Bi I understand them much more. I still love all of the princesses even though I know it isn’t just on a friend basis ]
“I relate deeply to Ariel and Hercules, and how they feel like they don’t belong. The songs “Part of Your World” and “Go the Distance” spur me on and give me hope that someday, I’ll get somewhere where I’m understood, loved and welcomed.”