Honestly, Disney movies are my happy place. I grew up in a broken family, I’ve been forced to grow up way too fast, and sometimes I feel like I missed out on a lot. But, whenever I watch a Disney film, for that hour and a half, I don’t feel so broken and helpless.
I am happy that Disney is making more Tiana merchandise but I feel like they’re also making a lot of the merch exclusives or limited editions because they know people will buy it. There is hardly any merch for Tiana or her movie so I always buy it when I can.
Lilo and stitch will always be one of my favorite Disney films. It’s about a young adult who has to raise their younger sister. I relate to it a lot. I kind of raised my sister. Mom wasn’t really around a lot. My sister and I have an amazing relationship, just like Nani and Lilo. We are sisters and also mother and daughter. She is my whole world and I would do anything for her, just like Nani. My sis and I watch Lilo and Stitch together and see ourselves. It’s amazing what Disney can do.
When I was a teenager my dad would criticize me for liking Disney, he told me I was too old for it. I started hiding my Disney dvd’s in my room so he wouldn’t find them for fear he’d throw them away, and if I was watching something Disney on TV, I’d change the channel if he entered the room. Now that I’m older I don’t care what he thinks, I love Disney, forever and always!
TRIGGER WARNING- SUICIDE: I’ve been bullied and harassed in school. I felt hopeless and numb as a teen. I even thought of committing suicide. So, I started watching movies to help me move forward. I was already in college when I saw Moana. I loved the story, the culture, and all the characters, but the one that struck me the most was Tui (Moana’s dad) because I kinda saw myself in him. I really hope I’d see him more in a possible sequel or spin-off, probably about how he’d cope with his trauma as well.
I’m not particularly attached to my fish, I mostly keep them for decoration. But I recently lost half of my tank overnight to White Spot or Ich. I held a funeral for them in the middle of the night and buried them under my loganberry bush to Circle of Life from The Lion King. I hear that song now and though I cry, it feels bittersweet. My fish may be gone, but they’re on the next stage in the circle of life. They’ll live on through my tree.
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 love Alice! I don’t think she gets enough appreciation. For a story about a young girl going on an adventure on her own, with no romantic twist, I think it’s a very important movie for young girls. She isn’t royalty or a beauty, she is just a curious young girl with imagination. I took a lot of inspiration from her as an adult. I try to be as curious as Alice when I’m out and about. In a way, she’s helped me be more confident.
This may come off as childish but I dream with flying away to Neverland with my little siblings and never coming back to our toxic, abusive household. Trauma and mental illnesses sure suck and it’s kind of my way to escape from my harsh reality. I’m still waiting for my Peter.
While I’ve enjoyed being in the Disney fandom, I still feel as if I’m not completely welcome and I think it’s due to the massive amounts of bigotry that still fills the fandom. And whenever people try to talk about it, people plug their ears and ignore the discussions. It’s frustrating because I want to enjoy everything Disney related but I feel like I’m not wanted.