You may have noticed that I haven’t made a post in a while, that is due to the fact that I was in Disney World for a week! Since then I have been working on making a creative space in my house. Normally, I would make a post about the next question in Soul Pancake, but for today’s post I decided to write about Disney after all my blog is named after Peter Pan’s home.
I have been going to Disney my entire life.. To me, going to Disney World is more than just going to an amusement park. Going to Disney is an experience; one that changes with age. When I was little Disney was magically. I was the little girl who went around the parks in her princess dress.
I had every character’s autograph, and I even learned the Princess Stance from Jasmine. For me, Disney was that one place where all my dreams and wishes came true. I could see Cinderella’s castle, eat breakfast with all the princesses, and I could even perform with Belle. When you’re young Disney isn’t about the rides or the souvenirs, it’s about seeing your favorite movie live on stage,or getting to run up and hug your favorite princess.
I went to Disney the most when I was young, but I also went when I was 12. At 12 you get in your head that your just a little too cool to take pictures with characters. But that doesn’t mean that going to Disney wasn’t/ isn’t an experience. At 12 I was old enough to understand and appreciate the details put into the theme parks. I was able to ride Splash Mountain and see all the details during the wait. That year I got to help with the planning of the trip, so I learned how to use a map, time management, and I even learned how to go with the flow. Even though I spent hours planning each day in the park, sometimes things don’t go as planned; for example we ran into a talking/walking tree; sure it put us behind the schedule I had but it created a memory that I will never forget. One of the greatest gifts I received from the trip was a chance to be a kid again. That was the first time we had went since moving 4 times. Moving 4 times in one year didn’t leave a lot of room for “magical moments”. Going to Disney really helped remind me that I was only 12, and having fun is an important part of being a preteen.
For this Disney trip I was 15. A teenager. Now most people assume that when a teenager goes to Disney they are only seeing it as an amusement park, but that is definitely not how I saw Disney. This trip was full of roller coaster rides, amazing shows, and fantastic food; but mostly this trip was full of magic. Not the kind of magic where you get items that you’ve always wanted, and not even the kind of magic that brings princesses to life. This was the kind of magic that was able to take a 15 year old girl, and make her feel like she was 5 again. It was Disney magic. It allowed me to get a break from the workload of an early college, get away from the drama of a 15 year old, and just have fun. I was able to sit on the ground and wait 45 minutes to see Voyage of the Little Mermaid, I was able to reach the level of Star Space Cadet in Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. I was able to face my fear of the Yeti on Expedition Everest. I was even able to eat a crepe in France. This Disney trip was just what I needed; it was a reminder that there is still fun in the world, and that I’m still just a little girl. Being able to have the experience of feeling young again was the most magical gift I have received in a long time.
On the drive home from Disney, I sat there thinking about a way that I could help keep that magic alive. I tried to remember how I had done it when I was little. Then suddenly I remembered. When I was little I would play with Disney toys,
I would make the characters act out the movie that they stared in. Lucky for me I had seen the movies so many times that I knew them pretty much word for word. Thinking back I realized that these Disney movies have taught me valuable life lessons. I decided that to end this blog post I would list some of my favorite movies and the lessons they taught me. You would never realize how much you learn from movies, whether it be good or bad. But for today’s challenge I challenge you to think about what you have learned from movies. I know that now I am guilty of watching movies with very low life lessons, they’re mainly just comedy. But when I was little I learned a lesson in every movie I watched. So think about it. What do you learn from movies? Post it was a comment, share it on Facebook, tell the world what you learn from movies.
The Newsies: Seize the day; Anyone can make a change
Finding Nemo: Just keep swimming
Beauty and the Beast: Never judge/love another based on their appearance
Monsters Inc: Laughter has more power than screams
Toy Story: The power of friendship
Peter Pan: Growing up is important, but you don’t have to turn mean and grouchy in the process
Lion King: Hakuna Matata
Mary Poppins: A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down; finding joy and fun in things makes them easier to deal with