One year (or longer) ago I watched a version of Alice in Wonderland which traumatized me. I just wanted to watch Disney’s version but I couldn’t hold on longer than 15 minutes. Everything in me wanted a break. If I would have watched the whole movie I would for real have gotten terrible nightmares or a panic attack. So I stopped. It’s really awful and sad for me because I am a great admirer of Wonderland and I like the character Alice. But I do like the live action movies. So it’s even sadder.
Lion King and Zootopia were my last favorite movies and in a way lost the magic of Disney. 3 years ago I went to Disneyland just for the experience but I found the magic again! Just by watching the parade I saw Simba in the pride rock and had tears in my eyes, I was so happy and felt like a kid again! I was 32 years old, I also saw Nick and Judy! Best day ever!
Whenever I go to Disney World, I always ask to ride Peter Pan’s Flight by myself (apart from my family) because ever since I was a kid, riding it alone made me feel so much more immersed in the experience. I would talk to myself and completely believe I was flying with Peter and the Darlings. Even now, my heart swells as the boat turns over the city of London and soars into Neverland. I always get off grinning like a little kid and I love it.
Growing up my grandparents and uncle always called me Cinderella. It was cute at first but as I got older it got more and more annoying. Now I hate Cinderella so much I won’t even watch the movies. She went from being one of my favorite to my most hated princesses
Being a transgender person gives a lot of things to deal with, but sometimes the inspirational stories and quotes of Disney give me the courage to go on and live life at its best. Disney shows how everybody has value, which is beautiful
IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth is my mom’s favorite firework show. I’ve been going to Disney World my entire life and it’s the show we watched every single time we went. It was a show I recorded on my DS as a kid and my parents had on old cameras. My marching band went on a trip to Disney and my mom came with us. As it started, my mom and I realized this was our last time ever watching it together. She held me and we watched the entire show in tears until it finally ended. Afterwards, with tear streaked faces, my friends and I walked out of Epcot holding hands in a long line of sobbing, exhausted teenagers. I am so so happy for this show and I hate to see it go but as I go to college next year, it’s almost symbolic in a way. Farewell, IllumiNations! Thanks for lighting up my childhood!
My Disney dream since I was a kid is to buy all of the books Disney characters’ stories were based upon and get them to sign them. I would love to have a copy Peter Pan signed by Peter and Wendy themselves and Alice in Wonderland signed by Alice. My family never liked meeting characters but this is a dream I hold steadfastly onto.
ABUSE-I just got back from seeing the Live Action Aladdin film and…Speechless made me cry. My dad passed away and I’ve dealt with a lot of mental health issues. At this same time and for years, I went
to a strictly Christian school where I’ve been physically,
emotionally and sexually abused. I graduate at the end of the year. I resonated so much with that bloody song and it’s going to be my anthem until I’m free.
I watched Coco many times, often to the point I would I would watch it every single day for a week. I never knew why. I don’t come from a Hispanic background and I always wondered why I was so drawn to this movie. I always played it off as the animation being gorgeous, which it was, but I realized what it
really was: the family dynamic. My family isn’t close at all, even my grandparents/uncles/aunts/cousins/siblings aren’t close to me. Coco inspired this yearning in my heart for a large family and I still dream of the day I’ll get that warm, loving family. It means so much to me and I’m so grateful for that.
I liked Disney as a kid, but I really started to love it intensely when I was a teen when it started to help me cope with my mental illness. Now I’m 25, a true Disnerd and so happy. I never had that “I feel like Disney is for kids” shame phase. Be proud kids, always.