When I was a kid The Little Mermaid was my absolute favorite movie. I would watch it all the time, along with the sequel (never watched the other one though). The idea of mermaids and everything made me so happy, but like most children things, I grew out of it. I completely forgot about my love for it until my high school did The Little Mermaid as their spring musical and immediately my love for it was rekindled.
I relate like crazy to Ariel singing “Part of Your World”. I love the entire soundtrack, but that song and it’s reprise is perfect. I have something called “maladaptive daydreaming disorder” and I basically spend upto sixteen hours a day fantasizing, and nothing else, and I desperately wish I could be part of the worlds of fiction in my head, in books, in movies; I feel Ariel’s longing when she goes “wish I could be part of your world…”
I relate with Ariel a lot. Our dads are similar. Although I love my father, he exhibits anger issues and is constantly trying to shelter me from the world by never letting me go anywhere and by telling me how dangerous it is ‘out there’. It’s comforting knowing I’m not alone since Ariel’s dad is very similar. One day I hope to be part of that world
When I was in preschool, there was this Ariel doll that I always wanted to play with, but someone always beat me to it, and whenever I asked the teacher if I could have it, she was all like “wait your turn.” I never once got to play with that Ariel doll. As an adult, I have five Ariel dolls, the jewel of my collection being the Fairytale Designer set with her and Eric. I fully admit that I am being petty, and I own it.
When I was little I used to pretend that Ariel was my mom and Melody was my big sister. It helped me cope with the fact that I didn’t have a sister and that my parents were beginning to fight and later divorce. It made me feel like I had a stable loving family.
Some people claim that Ariel and other petite princesses influenced their body insecurities and eating disorder(s), but as a person who has previously had an ED myself, I don’t think Disney ever made me question my body or make me insecure about it. I know that everyone experiences things differently, but if I’m honest, Disney was one of the only things that helped me through bulimia and other problems when I was eleven.
I’m an out lesbian and I’ve loved Disney my whole life. I had a MASSIVE crush on Ariel when I was little and my fascination with Disney princesses helped my realize my gayness at a fairly young age. Still, I wish there was more representation in the Disney universe. As f/f pairs are becoming more mainstream, I’m hoping we could get some recognition. To see a Disney character love another woman on screen would be all my little gay heart could wish.